Saving for Long-Term Travel, Part Five

Continued from Part Four

A Flashpacker’s Travel Expenses

I could have spent less money than I did. But I don’t budget, and it’s hard to be frugal when you’ve got $30K sitting in an account. I don’t believe I wasted money, but I did make a few mistakes that cost me, such as pre-booking expensive accommodation in Goa and chasing Lady Luck in a Singapore casino. But, I still think I’m a budget traveller because I stay in hostels and self-cater when possible, I couchsurf, I take public transit when possible, I make use of discounts and free activities, and I choose budget accommodation when hostels aren’t available. Here’s a sample of what my adventures have cost me, in average daily costs.*

On Blue Jeans and Hiking Boots

The eternal debate on how to pack for a RTW trip

A quick search of RTW or backpacker packing tips will generate tons of hits about how (and what) to pack for long-term travel of the backpacking variety.

The most common piece of advice (and surely the most universally applicable and accurate) is TAKE LESS STUFF AND MORE MONEY.

3 ½ Days in Wales

During the whirlwind of London 2012 excitement, I did manage to get out of the city to do a little touring. After my volleyball and fencing events were over, I jumped on a Megabus to Cardiff for a little taste of Wales.

Watching Bolt in Style

Nothing beats the experience of being in an Olympic stadium or arena—despite the airport-style security queues, the £10 spent on Cornish pasties and a Coke or two, and indignity of being herded on to trains when the event is over. (At every event I’ve been to, people leave early to avoid the rush—at a run-of-the-mill sporting event, I can see the point, but I’m not giving up a single minute of an Olympic event for a little convenience).

Top 5 Ways to Escape the Olympics

London is usually overflowing with tourists in summer, and we all expected the Olympics crowds to take it to the next level. So far we’ve all been wrong. The tourist attractions, theatres, and high streets are practically deserted. The planners warned the people away from central London, and unfortunately, the people listened. So, it’s a great time to visit London and an even better time to experience the city like a Londoner.