For many travelers across the world, budget travel is the holy grail of adventure. There’s nothing like striking out somewhere new and feeling like you’re exploring the place from the ground up.
Who wants to simply visit a succession of five-star hotels that are all the same, where you could be anywhere in the world, right!? It sort of defeats the point of traveling in the first place. However, on the flip side, it’s alright to admit that occasionally budget traveling can be exhausting! I get it, it’s basically all I’ve done. Once you’ve reached your tenth shared-dorm hostel, and stretched your legs after your fifth budget bus journey, you might need some energy restoration before you can truly enjoy your adventure again.
Here are some ideas about how you can give yourself some luxury “breaks” during your traveling- topping up your stamina levels, and giving yourself a trip to remember!
When it comes to budget travel, accommodation is a huge way to save your hard-earned cash. However, it’s important to recognize the limits of your own body, and the importance of a good night’s sleep. Without decent sleep, our brains and bodies find it really difficult to cope, especially in new locations and exciting situations – exactly what you’ll face while traveling!
If you find that the budget accommodation you’re using is affecting the quality of your trip, it’s okay to take a night or two off. Book a decent hotel (it doesn’t have to be five-star – you can go as luxurious as you want), take a hot shower and make sure you’re letting your body recharge before heading back out into the world again. When I did a two week camping trip in Utah, every 4th night we stayed at a hotel just to give our bodies time to re-charge. We also did something similar during our road-trip in Iceland. You can only handle “so much” of communal showers after a while!
As much as we all love traveling, who can deny that long flights, train journeys, and buses can become exhausting? If you ever feel the need for a pick-me-up, it might be time to invest in just that – a pick-me-up! Consider booking private Airport Transport on your next visit, skipping the lines and crammed bus connections from the airport to the nearest city, and allowing yourself just that bit of extra space to decompress from the flight before plunging into your next adventure – particularly if you’re in a rush. Your mind and body will thank you for this little bit of luxury to tide you over on your journey!
You could also consider hiring a car for your trip away. If you are used to public transport and hiking with a backpack, then hiring a car for a week now and then will make a huge difference, particularly if you need to travel a long distance. Make sure you have the essentials sorted such as a car accident lawyer, travel insurance, and your driving license.
If you’re traveling, food is often eaten on the go. You’re so desperate to see all the sights and not waste a single second, that you end up grabbing cheap bites to eat whenever you can. If you’re visiting somewhere famous for its street food, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that? However, food is also a vital part of settling down, recharging, and enjoying your experience in a more relaxed way. Booking one meal at a nicer cafe or restaurant isn’t going to break the bank, and it’ll offer you a chance to sit, eat, and reflect on your journey, while still experiencing elements of the local culture. When I was honeymooning in Zanzibar, we splurged by eating at a famous restaurant that is also its own island. Sometimes you just deserve it!