If you’re like millions of other Americans, you’ve probably spent the past few years living a little more frugally; but living a fiscally responsible lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t see the world. Here are four ideas for traveling on the cheap:
1. Go Au Natural
As long as fresh air is free, there will always be options for a little R&R with less $USD. National parks offer a variety of options for the adrenaline junkie to the less adventurous, with hiking trails and campsites that range from completely primitive to quite modern. Check with your travel agent (for free!) for great national park ideas.
2. Beach Vacations
At first blush, the price tag of an all-inclusive vacation may seem high; but once you break down the individual components in the cost, the total package is much less costly than the a-la-carte equivalent. For one price, you can book a flight, hotel, airport transport, and all-you-can-eat (and drink) in an exotic location with heavenly views. Different resorts sometimes cater to different travelers: newlyweds, singles, groups of friends, and families with small children. Work with your travel agent to find the best deal and the best location for your travel needs.
3. Bright Lights, Big city
Drawn to the big city but don’t have a big budget? The problem with big cities is that space is a premium, which makes hotel rooms small and pricey. Curb your costs by staying outside the city and taking mass transit into and around the town. You’ll get the real experience of life in the city; and even better, you’ll get the best views of the skyline.
If you’re willing to sing for your supper, you might consider capitalizing on this emerging trend in the travel industry. Volunteer tourism rewards your service with free or low cost room and board. Trips can be designed to be appropriate for any age range or a combination of ages and abilities. But be warned, not all volunteer tourism programs are as altruistic as you are. Contact your travel agent for help finding a reputable program that’s the right fit for you.
Downsizing doesn’t have to mean giving up your downtime. Try these ideas, or call your travel agent to help you!