Why You Should Not Travel On A Tight Budget?

I wrote this post sitting at a shack on Calungute Beach in Goa. The weather was hot and humid and my body was dehydrating. I ordered a fresh lime soda, took a pen and paper and thought of writing something that inspired me to visit Goa.

I traveled to Goa for my friend’s bachelorette. After the Saturday night party, we checked out of the guesthouse Sunday morning and all my friends left for the airport. I didn’t want to spend extravagant amount on flight tickets, and decided to book a bus. As my bus was going to depart in the evening, I thought of sitting at a beach and reading a good book. I sat peacefully in what felt like a hot summer afternoon….”happily tanned”….wondering why people go for budget travelling? Why did I choose to save money on flight and booked a bus?

The buzz word nowadays is budget travelling. Everybody talks about how you can travel on a budget. You will find many posts like ‘10 Tips for Budget Travel in Europe’ or ‘How to travel on budget in Thailand’, that give you tips on saving money. I feel that budget travelling is over-hyped term now a days. Even though I come from a middle class Indian family and don’t spend extravagantly on travelling, I don’t usually prefer traveling on a budget. Here are my reasons for not traveling on a strict budget:

  1. Freedom to choose what you like – Travelling is about setting yourself free to explore the world you live in, eat to your heart’s content and experience something you have never experienced before. Budget travelling curtails your freedom to experience all this. If you are travelling on budget, ensure you save enough money to try things that you like – local cuisine, shopping, adventure sports, entry tickets for museum or concerts etc. Do not skip things that you would have loved doing
  2. Safety –Even though you would have thoroughly researched about the place you are visiting, you might put yourself into situations that compromise your safety just to save money. Do not take decisions that compromise your safety. It is true that you should take risks to bring out the adventure and fun in your travel, but these should be calculated risks. They should not leave any permanent negative impact on your life.
  3. Stay in clean hygienic rooms – People often compromise on hygiene if they are travelling on a tight budget. In the budget hotels/ hostels sometimes the rooms are not clean or you have to share the washroom with unknown people. You do meet few like minded travelers in hostels but you also end up sharing room with people who do not understand basic hygiene. These small things spoil your travel experience.
  4. Comfort – Setting travel goals and following a bucket list is great. You can make yourself uncomfortable for your passion (Biking, driving, trekking etc).But there is no point in making your life miserable while travelling by compromising on basic things just because you are on a strict budget.
  5. Try local cuisine – Often food delicacies are expensive. If you are visiting a new city, you would want to try the local cuisine. You can enjoy the street food which is a cheaper option or you can dine in a nice local restaurant. When we went to Greece for our honeymoon, we researched online and finalized what all local cuisine we were going to try rather than just going to a restaurant and ordering anything and everything that was delicious. The reason was, for a salaried employee earning in Indian currency Greece is an expensive country. That was the time I decided not to compromise on food and to eat to my heart’s content wherever I go.

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Are you a budget traveler by choice? If someone is willing to sponsor your trip, would you still choose budget travel? I would say, think about how you can earn more and travel the way you want to. After your trip, don’t regret that you could have done it in a better way or would have tried something which you couldn’t due to budget constraints.

Budget travel is about travelling frugal and not cheaper!

48 thoughts on “Why You Should Not Travel On A Tight Budget?

  1. Good points set to all. Very true and the fact should be accepted. We need to do some research and pre work before booking hotel or flight or even restaurants you chose. Budget doesn’t mean meager and stingy. Should check if it fits our pocket that’s it. Very good blog post.

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  2. A new set of traveler has emerged in India which is budget traveler. Although budget traveling has always existed but off late it’s so much in trend. Bloggers rave about budegt travel. Well, each style of travel whether budget or luxury has it’s own set of fun. whatever style one follows, it’s important to do so for the right reasons and suitability!

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  3. I dont really agree with you on this. Budget traveling doesnt necessary mean that you stay in unhygienic rooms with jerks 😀 it doesnt mean that you are starving and eat nothing but noodles and having not money to visit le Louvre once there.
    I believe that budget traveling is becoming more and more popular because people start realizing that you dont have to be super rich to travel and you can enjoy the beauty of our world without spending fortune on luxury hotels and very expensive restaurants. Local cuisine is better anyway where locals eat and locals dont spend hundreds of dollars for their dinner 😀

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  4. Yes, Budget travelling doesn’t always mean staying in unhygienic rooms or starving yourself. Sometimes you end up compromising few things just to be on budget. Being a frugal traveler is good but one should not compromise on hygiene, health and safety.

    The local food (even the street food) in Paris, Switzerland and other European countries is expensive for an Indian earning in Indian Rupees and spending in Euros 🙂

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  5. Europe is quite expensive in general comparing to other countries. But there are always ways around it 🙂
    And as you say it is expensive for an Indian earning in rupees, a russian earning in rubles …..so better not travel at all? or what did you mean?

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  6. Traveling on budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on hygiene and safety. It means to travel smartly and chose ur stay or travel etc etc wisely.
    Even if traveling on budget, keep a back plan handy incase if u struck in bad hotel or hostel.

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  7. I totally agree with this! While I am not wealthy by any means, when I travel, it has to be nice. Hygiene is a must, and I like to eat wherever and whatever I want when I’m somewhere new without having to worry about the cost. And safety is a must. Feeling super cautious the whole time your abroad takes the fun out of it.

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  8. This was a great post! I stayed in a few hotels in the Philippines that definitely could have been cleaner, so the part about staying in clean rooms is so true. It makes the experience a lot better when you feel comfortable where you’re staying. xoxo

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  9. This is a really great point, I had never really thought about it like that before. I find that most of my money traveling gets spent on transportation and food, so I always try to find the cheapest options. Though I love trying new foods, so that just can’t be helped!

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  10. why travel to Paris if you cannot afford the admission tickets to exhibits? i think there some who travel not-on-budget that end up isolating themselves from some of the actualities of a city or region, i,e, in a tourist bubble. but that doesn’t mean spending a little extra for a private room is somehow dooming the traveler from “truly experiencing” the place. there is a similar romanticizing of struggling in poverty and being an artist. You can be a good artist and have air conditioning at the same time. 🙂

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  11. I don’t really agree with that. I get your points and I understand that they’re important for a lot of people and low-cost travelling is not for everyone.
    In our case, as we are students that don’t have money at all and live poorly, we are travelling with, literally, 0 money. We are, of course, concerned about our safety and hygiene; so we shower everyday, stay with nice people in nice, clean houses. We are also not starving since we are freegans and we’re dumpster diving so sometimes we have plenty of food and we’re even giving it away to poor people. And we sometimes try local cuisine when someone made us dinner.
    Of course we would love to see everything, also all those attractions that you have to pay for and it saddens us when we can’t see everything, but, as I said, we don’t have money. But we don’t want the lack of money to stop us seeing beautiful world and meeting new, amazing people. We don’t want to sit in our country and do nothing (or just work all the time; it’s boring!).

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  13. I agree to an extent, nearly every time I travel it’s on a very small budget, and it does mean compromising on the activities you do, food you eat etc. But many people don’t have the money to travel of its not budget travel, and I think that you don’t necessarily need to spend money to embrace and discover a new culture. And it also definitely depends on your destination as currency and incomes vary.

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  14. TOTALLY agree, I class myself absolutely as a “budget traveller” but I always budget enough to actually do what I want to do. Travelling on a budget to me means eating street food or staying in hostels so I can afford to have unique experiences that I wouldn’t have been able to afford if I was eating in restaurants every night. It’s finding the best deals on things I want to do during the day so I can afford a few extra drinks that night. I’ve met a lot of travellers who say no to everything and never actually experience a thing in the countries they go to. What’s the point in that? I believe in compromise, but not compromising your entire trip.

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  15. I agree, always best to spend where you can. If you can’t, then of course that’s a different story. For the frequent traveller for example on a basic income, sometimes it’s necessary to go on a budget, but I still agree it’s always best to get the most out of a trip rather than having to go back and spend more by doing so!

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  16. As a poshpacker, I totally agree and disagree. Im agree that we need have freedom on choice, where to eat or where to stay. And disagree of being spent to much on total freedom, you still need calculate everything and just post bigger budget on what you most like to do.

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