Everyone has seen the guidebooks that tell you that you can have the time of your life in x city on a budget or on a “shoestring”, or more outlandishly, for only 20 (or 15 or 10) dollars a day. I like these guides–hell, I have both the budget and shoestring version. I think more information is better than less, and even though the path may be well-worn and the information, certainly the prices, a bit outdated, the information is still worthwhile.
I like these guides for what they can inspire in people–travel does not have to be some lofty, expensive, impossible-to-acheive goal. It is within your grasp to live your dreams if you make it a priority.Particularly growing up in America, our common experience of vacation is renting a condo by the beach in the summer or a trip to Disney world. Great holidays, for sure, but the idea of traveling by bus or train and shared accommodations is lost on many, along with the cost savings.
I disagree, though, with the idea of harsh budget restrictions. Some of the most amazing things I have done on my trip have come with step price tag: learning to scuba dive in Thailand, sky diving in Namibia, ice climbing in Iceland. Without these experiences, my trips might not have been the successes that they were. Would I regret not doing this?, I ask myself.
Not all my great memories were expensive though: jumping into Victoria Falls in Zambia, becoming one of the band in a restaurant in Bali. You never know which experiences are going to be the most amazing, which is why you have to do everything you can! If you want to do something, do it, no matter the cost. Who knows when you will cross through this town again… who wants to leave unfinished business?
Ha, motto of my life, I suppose 😉