It’s kind of interesting actually, because before we decided to travel like nomads I had this preconceived notion that you need dough to travel. Not knowing that even the most expensive place in the world can be explored with little to no money, depending on how well of a budget traveler you are.
Becoming budget travelers was the way to go for us because we have a certain way of doing things and spending a lot of money to do them, isn’t our cup of tea. Our normal way of life before traveling, our characteristics, and personality just so happen to fit within the “definition” of being a budget traveler.
We didn’t alter the shoe to fit our feet, the shoe was already our size.
Even before we were travelers, Ben and I weren’t the type to spend money lavishly, especially not if there is no need to. How can someone really and truly justify spending $800 on a phone, $200 on a pair of jeans, or $50 on a meal with a small piece of meat, a small side and a leaf for decorative purposes? I know we can’t
Most people might think, “Oh $800, that’s nothing, as a matter of fact bring me two phones.” While my ass is like, “Umm does that shit come with a piece of gold?” No? “So why the fuck would I spend that much money on a phone that can pretty much do the same shit as another phone that is $700 dollars cheaper?”
Maybe our problem is that we think to critically about spending money and everything else for that matter but certain price tags just don’t make sense logically. For example, spending over $500 each on a 3 day all-inclusive resort, where you have have a pool, gym, all you can eat and drink buffets, entertainment, drunk assholes, etc., it’s just something we wouldn’t even consider.
And here is why:
1. We don’t get to experience the true culture of the place we are visiting.
2. Why would we buy a plane ticket to go somewhere, just to do something we could do back home?
3. For the price of two people, we can live in many countries for a whole month and do several adventurous activities, go sight-seeing, eat out every night at local restaurants, sip Mojitos on the beach and party like a rock-star. All while learning about the local culture and meeting local people.
And you know what, resorts are probably your thing and it works for you but for that price tag it doesn’t work for us.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not “hating” on the people that do decided to travel in luxury, it’s whatever works for you. If you got it like that, by all means. It is your money after all, spend it how you like.
We spend frugally and wisely because we don’t want the temporary happiness we want the ultimate euphoria.
Just to clarify, being a budget traveler doesn’t mean:
– We are cheap and stingy with our money. It just means we are frugal spenders, who spend their money wisely, and on their happiness and freedom. We are budget travelers because we want traveling to be a lifestyle not just a two week vacation.
– We worship money, meaning we like to hold on to it because we fear we may never see it again. People might assume because we think so much about how we spend our money, we must worship it. Well that’s false. At least for us. I fucking hate money, with all the bones in my body, for how it corrupts people’s minds, kills people, creates wars and enslaves us. If I could wash my hands free of money I would (slowly working on this project). I personally am never afraid of giving away my last dollar or using it, because I know somehow money will find its way back into my hands.
It’s not about losing the money, it’s more so about making the best out of each dollar.
– We are broke. In the words of my sister, We are never broke because we have money in transaction. Though we don’t know where or from who it’s coming from, it’s still in transaction. Plus, we are rich in others ways :)
– We don’t experience or do the cool things a country has to offer. We are all about doing things we would never do at home. We agreed that whenever we are in a new place we must experience it fully. Which means, visiting and doing the things that makes a country unique, eating local food and so on. We do it all, while still being mindful of our budget.
Our budget is what we PLAN to spend somewhere, not what we HAVE to spend. We always over-budget and plan for adventures. After all, what is traveling if you don’t explore what countries truly have to offer. So yes, even as budget travelers we go on adventures, eat out the majority of our travels, and do things outside of our daily budget.
Okay, I am going on a rant here, back to the purpose of this post. We chose to be budget travelers because that’s who we are and have always been. We are who we are and so are others (lavish spenders) but understand that we chose this travel lifestyle it didn’t chose us. Again, we are budget travelers because we want traveling to be a lifestyle not just a two week vacation.
Are you a budget traveler? If not, what’s your travel style?