Look for the…Bare neccessities
If you’re looking for a low budget holiday that will give you an experience to remember and still carry great memories for you years down the line then have no fear, because it is not impossible. You should not have to spend forever looking for a cheap airport taxi (although it is a good idea to find one) or bargain with the waiter at every restaurant you eat in. I have been on my fair share of holidays, some of them costly, but I can honestly tell you now that most of my favorite ones have been cheap and cheerful.
The first thing to make sure is that you are traveling in appropriate company. Whether you are climbing the mountains of South America, partying on the sunny beaches of Ibiza or camping in the greens of England, it is no good bringing your mate who starts drinking from noon on a week-long tour of Rome. Think about it, if you are with people who are enjoying themselves then won’t you enjoy yourself more? Your positive attitudes will rub off on each other and your experience will be treasured.
The second thing to do is research before you arrive in the country/area. Read up on the culture and what to expect from locals as well as the cuisine and common tourist attractions. This way you know what is legitimate and when you are being ripped off. You should also make sure you sort out accommodation before departure to your destination. This is because you don’t want to be in a position where you have no shelter in a foreign environment; you will feel bad and probably have to give a ridiculous amount of money and time to someone taking advantage of you.
Thirdly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Try to have a positive outlook on mistakes and just enjoy where you are. People do not go on holiday to get stressed, rather the opposite in fact. If your kid starts causing mayhem then let them (within reason), if you wake up on the other side of Magaluf after drunken antics from last night then laugh! You’ll have a story to tell the kids.
Finally, I want to stress how important it is in being realistic with your destination and budget. If you are dead set on going to Greece but cannot afford it then we have an issue. Don’t go to a dodgy apartment there for the sake of budget, either save up or pick somewhere else. Local holidays can be great as well; you just need to know who to take and where to go. It could be a caravan with some mates in New Quay, a flat in Spain with your girlfriend or a 21 day tour of China, whatever arouses your interest.
So there it is, my (quite generic) guide on a low cost happy holiday. It’s by no means fancy, and you probably won’t be waited on hand and foot whilst you’re there (wherever ‘there' is). Nonetheless, you should have a great time and hopefully, an experience that you will look back on and treasure.
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