Too much indulgence and splurging often is getting a bad rap these days. It’s no different when it comes to travelling as well. There is quite a lot of hype around budget travel these days. But does it really provide what travelers are looking for? Does it really satisfy?
If you are the kind of person that likes to keep your feet on the ground and careful of your spending then most likely you will opt to look for budget options. After all if experiencing a different culture, seeing new places and attractions are your main goals, there is no point in spending a lot of money for a costly room, if you are only planning to come and sleep in it. An affordable hotel on this page or a hostel would more a less provide you a clean room and a bathroom that will serve this purpose. However this is not the only benefit in traveling cost consciously.
Connection: budget travel will keep you close to the local community you are staying with. As there will not be chauffer driven cabs, you are more likely to take the local transport which will give you a chance to truly experience the local people and connect with them better.
Taste what’s local: when traveling on a budget another key aspect is the possibility to indulge in a lot of local cuisine that will be overlooked in expensive star rated hotels.Most often the expensive bill you have to pay in a high class restaurant includes the price of the décor, service , cutlery etc. however all these can be overlooked if you take the leap and try some of the local street vendors or small eateries.
Less travelled roads: if you are the adventurous kind, then travelling on a budget will give you more access to local attractions that are mostly overlooked by a mini hotel Central. Most budget hotels are connected to the local community better and may even be owned by a local, which will be even more advantageous as they will know much more about the destination and will help you to have the best experience.
Money matters: as you travel with a price in mind, this will no doubt stop you from indulging too much on things that are not really necessary. So more or less budget travel will make sure you really get what you really need and value for money too. Not only this, a cost conscious traveler is able to keep travelling for longer and even do repeat travel as you keep saving and experiencing more.
So budget travel does have its merits. However indulging yourself in luxury once in a while is not a bad thing at all. After all who doesn’t like to put their feet up and be waited on? But it has to be done without spoiling yourself too much I think.