Travel in a new way - and save a buck!
5 Tips to amazing & cheap travel
Sometimes fitting all your desired activities in a single holiday can be hard, due to the limited time span and -sometimes- resources. Let’s face it, travel can be very expensive, but a lot can be done with a few bucks, a good attitude, and a Thank God for lowcost airlines.
There is a whole circuit outside of travel agencies with a local, personal approach to the city that offers a more authentic experience: it avoids the more touristy areas (you know, places crammed with souvenir shops and overpriced cafes located where locals used to hang out), showing the city as the everyman and woman lives it. Mix and match your choice activities and get a real feel of the place you’re visiting.
Note: Not on a budget? Read on nonetheless! You’ll love many of these suggestions!
1. Check the city’s cultural calendar
Every city offers many free or next to free activities, you just have to check their cultural agenda and be on your way. This often underestimated resource will give you the scoop on the small shows & group activities that you wouldn’t have heard of otherwise.
2. Take a walking tour
Why take a bus when you can put those legs to good use? Learn the place’s history as you tread through its streets, parks and most memorable sights. Walking tours are mostly tip-based, which means you can pay what you feel the experience was worth after the tour is over (just remember the guides live off tips, so if you liked it, don’t be cheap!)
Eat at the cooks house and meet the locals! Cookapp is a worldwide network that invites you in for a homemade meal at someone’s house. You pay a fixed fee but it’s a lot cheaper than restaurants. Check out the various events and pick, there are many amazing options to choose from.
Note: Yes, the dish above is from a Buenos Aires meal that is currently being offered. Gourmet and yummy!
4. Board cheaply
If youth hostels aren’t your thing, worry not. There are other options. Apart hotels usually cost much less than hotel rooms or suites, and are way more comfortable if you ask me. And for the more adventurous of you, there are what we call pensiones, which are basically rooms from family homes available to tourists. Google away!
5. Speak the language
Anywhere you go, you will be better off if you speak what the locals speak. And in places like Argentina of Barcelona, the more you sound like a tourist, the more it will cost you (many places charge por la cara, basing the price on how rich you look). So why not try and speak like a nativo? Take the Bueno, entonces course and speak conversationally in five weeks!