I’ve been at this traveling thing for over thirty years now, and I’m pretty good at it at this point. Over those thirty plus years at the helm of my own globetrotting fun, I’ve heard a lot of things about traveling that turned out to be pretty far from the truth. I’m going to attempt, over the course of a few posts, to dispel some of those myths. Of course everyone’s experience is different, but I’m talking about general myths that get thrown around constantly. The first myth I’m going to discuss is that TRAVELING IS REALLY EXPENSIVE.
Don’t get me wrong–I’ve paid a lot for trips, but I’ve paid next to nothing for others. Let me say this: traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. Maybe it’s just me, but the quality of a hotel room doesn’t make or break a trip for me, nor does the quality of the food. But if those things are important to you, going on a guided tour is probably a good choice for you, because a lot of tour companies get great deals at fantastic hotels and put together packages with cheap airfare and some or all meals included in the price. Probably my favorite tour company is Gate 1. By the way, I’m not getting paid to write this, nor am I getting anything for free. Just passing along a little secret:
If I’m looking for a package deal this is the company I use most often. I’ve also started to use them for “independent tours,” where you don’t actually have a tour guide, but you get the package. Without the guide it’s even cheaper.
Probably my favorite way to travel cheap is on a road trip. I love the American road, and I’ve road tripped in other countries, too, usually hiring drivers to do the driving. Vietnam and India come to mind as very reasonably priced places to hire a driver and hit the highway. On the American roads it’s cheap to drive, stay in charming little mom and pop establishments, and pack a picnic lunch. Last time I was on the road for six weeks it cost me $5,000 ALL TOLD.
However you choose to travel, and however much you choose to pay, just remember this: