a reply to: saiyankev
You would be surprised how much you can do with $3000.00. Several years back, I got a great European 30 day tour, dirt cheap, and did it by myself,
for under $2000.00.
You have to learn how to spend smart. First travel cheap. Take a train, tube, or a bus. It is slow, but far more scenic. You get to meet some pretty
cool people, and you don't have to drive, or worry about traffic. Learn to enjoy walking, if you don't like to walk now. Stay away from any tourist
traps. Walk two or three blocks away from were all the tourist are gathering, and you will find that most things will be significantly cheaper.
Don't carry all that money on you. Just carry some light change for emergencies and quick meals. Most places take debit cards for all purchases, no
matter how small. If you get a hotel room, go cheapest, cleanest, safest. Remember a hotel room is just for sleeping. Why pay extra for a room with a
view, when you are going to spending the majority of you time in the room sleeping or washing up. Check out hostels.
Pack very, very light. No matter how little you pack, you will find you have packed too much. Especially if you are a woman. Most hotels have
complementary washers and dryers, if not, wash your clothes in the sink or tub. Roll in towels to get out the extra water and hang them were they will
have air circulating around them, and they will dry by morning. You are traveling, so get out there, see stuff, make memories.
Use your cell or computer to find deals, find local attractions, history and lore. Ask the hotel staff about where to go, what to see, and where to
eat. Check with the hotel about transportation. Most have complimentary transportation within a certain mile radius of the hotel.
Take some zip lock bags with you, not just for wet and dirty clothing, but for packing meals. When I was traveling Europe I always ate breakfast from
the complimentary breakfast offerings. I used my zip lock bags for packing a snack, and a lunch for the day. The only meals I paid for was dinner, and
I ate almost all my meals in pubs. The food was good solid fare and much cheaper than eating in the restaurants.
Two very important things to remember:
1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Craps happens. Nobody remembers the perfect vacation or trip. It is the trips where everything went wrong, or something really unexpected, or crazy
happened, that you remember. So #1, there are no bad vacations. Some are just more memorable than others.
2. Don't waste time on taking pictures.
If there is a sight that you really want to keep, as a memory for yourself, buy a post card. Listen carefully to me on this. Your friends are not
going to want to see a thousand pictures of your trip. I don't care what they say, they don't. You will never get the picture that is going to capture
what you are seeing and feeling, so take your pictures with your eyes and store them in your mind. So #2, your trip is your trip. You will be able to
talk about it if someone really wants to hear about it, and few will.
Make your memories and store your pictures in your mind where they will always be available to you. Don't waste time, or ruin the beautiful pictures
you will store forever by futzing around with a camera.
Now go do your research and take that trip of a life time. Tell us all about it when you get back. No posting while making memories. Oh, and take a
journal. it will come in handy if you meet someone you really want to stay in contact with, or if you want to send a thank you card. You never know.
Your trip may awaken your inner muse.
Forget about buying souvenirs. They are a waste of money and nobody cares about them anyway.