Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala
This video Q&A is a part of a series:
Question: How Do You Find Cheap Ways to Travel?
Answer: Watch the video below.
There's a big difference between a tourist and a traveler, or between vacation and travel.
Vacations are expensive. Tourists usually spend a lot of money.
Travel is simply living (often temporarily) in another country.
If you can learn how to live inexpensively, then you can travel for cheap.
Here are some ideas for cheap travel:
- Getting somewhere will often be your biggest expense. Consider alternative forms of transportation - earn free flight miles; drive; walk; public transportation; ride a bike; buy a boat and sail.
- Don't make pre-arrangements for accommodations, if possible. The best deals will be found 'on the ground', and won't be advertised on the internet.
- Stay where you can cook your own meals. Buy local food. Imported foods are expensive. Eat at local cafes or roadside stands (where the locals eat). Shop where the locals shop. They know how to live inexpensively.
- Don't be afraid of the local areas - they are where you'll find the best deals, and the nicest people 🙂
Real travel is cultural immersion - you learn to live like the local people live. In many places in the world, people live on significantly less than the average American. If you can model what they're doing, you can 'travel for cheap.' (And this doesn't mean you have to live in a shack without running water.)
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