Travelling on a budget

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Travelling on a budget

Local student Mehrnaz Karimi gives us some tips on travelling on a budget.

Travelling on a budget can be a tricky thing, but assuming you already have some money saved up for your big adventure, you may be worried that what you are taking isn't going to be enough. However, there are surprisingly many ways of managing your money sensibly whilst travelling.

Depending on where it is that you plan on travelling, determines how much money you will need to take with you. If you were thinking about heading off to Australia, you’re looking at taking around four figures, but there are many other destinations that you can travel to on a three figure budget. If you’re looking at travelling to destinations in Europe, you can fly to your first destination from Southampton Airport at a very reasonable price, with costs varying, depending on which destination you decide to start your adventure off in. Don’t think that you will have to fly from destination to destination though, because once the first flight is over, you can travel to all of the other destinations in many other ways if flying isn't your preferred way of travelling. If you prefer a journey more grounded, then you can travel all over Europe on the train.

Now we've tackled the transport side of the things, the next thing is accommodation, food and generally surviving off of your budget.  When it comes to accommodation, try not to be too picky, although the sound of a hostel doesn't really sound appealing, many people find themselves pleasantly surprised, because if you’re lucky enough to get a room in a decent hostel, you may find that it is actually nicer than some hotel rooms. There are even some perks if you choose to stay in a hostel, as accommodation and food can come hand in hand. This is because some hostels provide jobs in cleaning and reception work in return for your stay, so you wouldn't actually be paying anything for your keep. This is why it is good to go travelling on a budget with an open mind and a willingness to actually do a bit of labour, even if it doesn't sound appealing to work whilst travelling. Another perk of staying at a hostel is the fact that there are going to be tons of other explorers like yourself that will be staying there, so you may find that if you have gone alone you may leave wherever you are with a phonebook full of new friends or you may even meet people to continue your journey with. Some hostels also include food by providing a continental breakfast, so that’s one meal out of three that will save you a bit of cash.

If you do your research properly, you can arrange to stay in such hostels in all of your planned destinations, so that you can go from hostel to hostel without finding yourself stuck in one for too long because of all the perks that you may not get in a different hostel because you didn't do the appropriate research.  There are also many people who provide work for accommodation at their own properties if you decide that a hostel is not for you. If you choose to go down this route, food may also come provided just as they would in some hostels in return for work and you may find that you are provided with more than just one meal unlike a hostel depending on how much work you are willing to do.

So go with an open mind, be prepared to work, and above all, follow these tips and you may find yourself coming home after your travels with a bit of money in your pocket.