The wonderful blog ‘Call Me Boujee‘, belongs to the very, very charming Kel. Kel created the blog as a place to detail her ‘travels, struggles and mumbles’. Here is a typical post that can be found on ‘Call Me Boujee’ written by Kel- How to plan a trip with €1000.
Since I started my blog a few months ago, I have been pleasantly surprised to receive a few questions from some of my lovely readers.
One of these questions was how to plan a budget trip to the destination of choice. First of all, I am humbled that you read my blog and grateful that you take the time to ask me questions. I shall try not to let this get to my head. **too late**
When most people think of traveling, they are panicked by the humongous price tags that may come along with the decision to travel. Most people actually end up never traveling or not traveling enough because of these price tags. Maybe it’s African in me, but I do not think it’s fair to pay out of your nose to travel and experience nature and culture.
I going to give you a few tips and tricks that will reduce your travel costs immensely, while still allowing you to have fun on your trip. I have personally traveled with a less than €750 budget twice, so I think I might be of particular help. It is risky, but sure, but what’s the fun in safe?
The most important thing you have to do when planning a trip for less than €1000 is chosen a country whose local currency is inferior to the currency you earn in. Life tends to be much cheaper in countries with inferior currencies so you will almost definitely enjoy a lot more luxury at a far cheaper cost.
Another thing you want to get out of the way is flights. I personally use jetcost.co.uk which I have found gives the cheapest prices on the world wide web so far.
There are a number of options for accommodation when on a budget. My personal favorite is Airbnb which is abundant in choice and reasonably good self-catering Airbnb accommodations for €50 or less a night. A tiny tip for you here is to book much earlier than your intended trip, especially if you are traveling during peak times. Airbnb hosts tend to get a little pricey during peak seasons.
You can also look into backpackers, hostels, and camping depending on your personal style and preference.
If you rent a self-catering accommodation, you will probably have a kitchen available to you. Cooking your own meals will cut the cost of your trip by at least 50% as restaurants in most holiday destinations are unjustifiably expensive. Again, if you go to a country with an inferior currency, meals will almost definitely be affordable even on a budget. If you travel to a considerably expensive country like Seychelles, you can pick up luxury food choice from the supermarkets and cook for yourself.
Hiring a car in anywhere in the world will set you back €30-50 per day so depending on how tight your budget is. You may choose to stick to the public bus system or even just hire a car for a few days where you need to travel far and use public transport for the nearby areas. Good itinerary planning skills are needed here.
If on a budget, there is a good number of free and/or cheap things to see and enjoy in every country in the world. That is the best thing about keeping an open mind when budget traveling. You will see wonder where a normal person wouldn’t even take a second glance. Therefore, you do not have to pay out of your nose to experience and enjoy the world.
Things like hiking, ocean swimming, swimming pools, DIY snorkeling, museums and farmers markets are free or really cheap.
- DIY snorkeling-Love snorkeling or just simply want to try it out, why not try a DIY snorkeling adventure. Tour guides would charge an arm and a leg to take you snorkeling when in actual truth you on your own near the shores. Bring your own snorkeling equipment in your suitcase and you will avoid the exorbitant prices of hiring on the Island.
Safety Tip: keep close to the shores and don’t venture out too far into the ocean.
- Visit a museum- museums tend to be free or very cheap to get into. They are a brilliant way to learn more about the history and culture of the land without paying out of your nose.
- Swimming pools- If you fancy a day at the pool, most hotels will charge a small fee for swimming in their pools. Why not grab your beach bag and head over to a hotel pool for some relaxation time?
- Museums-Most museums around the world are free or extremely cheap to access. Museums are a great place to learn about the culture and history of the local area. They are informative, interactive and fun
Don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you travel. If you are traveling to a country with an inferior currency, chances are that health and medical services there are rather inferior too. It might be wise to take out travel insurance to cover you in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
Let’s sum this all up, shall we?
Accommodation (7 days).
Double room €35 – 50 = €245 – 350
Luxury Supermarket groceries €180
Car hire €50 × 7 days €350
Miscellaneous insert your own figure.
In my opinion, €1000 is more than enough spending money for two as long as you budget and plan your trip well. So why not plan an adventure there for your next holiday? I promise you will not regret it.
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We loved this piece by Kel and most certainly feel the need to jet away now! Also, here’s a cute snap of Kel and our popcorn!