Any experienced budget traveler will tell you that there are a million ways to trim costs while exploring this beautiful planet. From saving money on flights to staying in hostels to eating nothing but oatmeal, there are a huge number of methods to help make travel affordable. These methods range from highly effective to highly idiotic, and everywhere in between. But when it comes down to it, the #1 factor in a successful budget-friendly trip is choosing an affordable travel destination.
Why? Because the destination you choose has the biggest overall impact on your budget while abroad. You can do Paris on a tight budget, but you’ll be missing out on many of the things that make the city so wonderful (namely, the food). You can do Amsterdam on a tight budget, but you’ll be missing out on the charms and treats of this vibrant city (namely, the “cafes”). Alternatively, you can choose an affordable travel destination to travel in relative comfort, without breaking the bank. Here are some reasons why choosing an affordable travel destination are key to budget travel success.
Destinations Dictate Costs… for Everything
When planning a trip, it’s easy to base your budget off easily measurable costs: airfare to the destination, average hotel prices, etc. However, what’s important to note is that – generally speaking – expensive areas are expensive for everything.
To illustrate, let’s compare average travel costs for an expensive city like Paris to a budget-friendly city like Bangkok.
Budget-friendly travel destinations allow you to experience the full sights, sounds, smells, tastes and wonders of the area.