A-Z Challenge Limited or Limitless? A New Way to Travel
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L is for Limited or Limitless A New Way to Travel
Hey, Mom, when it comes to travel one of the major obstacles most people experience is their limited funds and their limitless curiosity. In other words, there’s a list a mile long of places they want to go but they don’t know where to start because they don’t have a lot of money.
Instead of focusing on how to get more money, I want to suggest that it might be the approach to travel that needs to change. Being flexible will make your travel plans and money stretch in ways you’ve never considered.
Cruise to Save Time and Money
We’ve talked about cruising. A lot of young people don’t find this mode of travel interesting because it involves a lot of time on the boat and less time on land. However, if you’ve got a lot of places to see, one of the fastest and cheapest ways to accomplish this is via a cruise. The cruise takes care of your food, lodging, and transport to a lot of cities in a short time. No matter your age, cruising offers one of the most comfortable ways to travel while taking you to multiple destinations.
Let The Airline Decide When to Go
We’ve talked about signing up for lists that offer notices of when prices to your favorite destinations get tempting. But it won’t work if you schedule days off of work when there are no good flights going to places you want to see.
Instead of choosing your destination and waiting for the price to drop, let the deals guide you. Many of them let you know at least a few months in advance of travel while giving you rock bottom discounts when the season for travel to those locations is low.
Why go in low tourist season? Not only will you save on getting there, you’ll save on lodging and you’ll spend less time standing in lines to see your favorite attractions.
Hotels Are Overrated
One of the hardest things about travel can be finding a decent place to stay. Hostels have always been my favorite option because although you’re sharing a room with other people it is cheap and the side benefits are the connections you make with the people you meet there. Often they’re going to the same places you’re going and have tips on how to get in for cheap and avoid the lines.
However, for practicality hostels aren’t always an option, especially people traveling with a family. Consider instead a vacation rental. Renting an apartment or house in the area for the short time you’ll be there gives you a base from which to travel around a larger area. I’ve never personally done it, but I’ve heard first-hand reports from people who’ve loved it.
Become A Local Tourist
You don’t have to go far to enjoy the feeling of being a tourist. No matter where you live, there’s something to see. If you haven’t investigated your local attractions than you’re missing out on something special. You live in a place people want to see. Why not explore it and tell others what you find?
Lots of Time But Hate to Fly
Remember in the old days when people packed up the car and traveled over the summer months while the kids were out of school. Visiting the national parks is a great way to spend the summer. Consider putting a few on your list and taking a drive. With careful planning, you’ll have a chance to see your own country in a new light. If you like camping, keep in mind there are many locations where you can set up a tent and sleep for the night before moving on to your next destination.
Have you tried any of these before? How did it go? Any advice for people attempting this for the first time? Please comment below we’d love to hear what you think. We’re always looking for a new way to travel.