Traveling, irrespective of whether it is globetrotting or backpacking could cost you a sizable part of your bankroll. Here are a few tips that could help you to prolong the pleasure and period of traveling.
If you have taken a decision to travel, whether it is to explore the world, do business, or for a vacation, it is time to worry about and plan your logistics carefully. Traveling as a backpacker always leaves a lingering question about how long your money would last, and how far you can travel on your shoestring budget.
Prudence and flexibility can extend your budget to last substantially longer, if you adapt to the many ways to save money and enjoy a longer period of travel. Flexibility in travel, living accommodation, and adjustment to creative plans, opportunities and destinations work out greatly to your advantage. A simple example is how much you can save by taking a bus trip from London to Paris instead of a flight or even Euro rail. Trust your common sense and arrive safely at your destination.
While traveling to distant locations, avoid the restaurants, as they are a big draw on your budget. If you pack a lunch from a nearby grocery store and eat in a park, you will enjoy the great experience of living like a local. Travelers can also save considerably by using the public transport or a bike, and shopping at the markets instead of those expensive malls. The secret is to act as a local and not a tourist while traveling.
Accommodation while traveling can range from star luxury to couch surfing depending on your budget. You can also save on accommodation by spending the night on an overnight train or bus, or, taking a cheap flight that leaves late and arrives early the next morning, also called ‘red-eye”. Some travelers barter 3-4 hours of work for a free bed and three meals a day.
Use an experienced online travel agency to plan and execute your travel plans without any hassles. This applies to both personal and corporate travel.
There are a few other factors you must consider while traveling.
While traveling abroad, you should take much care about your health and safety, security of travel papers including driving license and insurance, baggage handling, and security at the airport and country specific suggestions.
Women traveling while pregnant, whether for business or pleasure must have awareness of changes in their particular psychological and physiological conditions that put her and the baby at a level of higher risk. A prudent prospective mother should visit her doctor with her itinerary at least 180 days before travel. The best time for a pregnant woman to travel is in the second trimester, between 18-24 weeks and they should check their insurance policies, many of which do not cover problems related to pregnancy.
Traveling in the company of children under 18 years requires a consent letter from an approved authority like a notary public or a commissioner of oaths, in several countries. All children must have a valid passport with other identification to prove their age. Some identification on the body or the pockets of the child will serve to ease the problems in the event of an unexpected separation from the parent.