Travel Miscellaneous, Travel Tips

Stretching Your Dollar While Traveling Abroad

by Jill Robinson

After planning, sacrificing and saving, the gratifying moment of booking your trip is upon you.  I always wish some sort of theme song was playing in the background when I hit “confirm” on my flight purchase, but it is a victory no less. The trip has become a reality and now it is time to think about a budget while traveling abroad.

There are plenty of ways to stretch a dollar while exploring a new country and culture without sacrificing the experience. Here are a few suggestions to help get you in the mindset of a traveler – not “tourist and to save on your expenses.

  • A loaf of bread and peanut butter = lunch and dinner for days.  Head to the local markets and not only get a first hand experience in interacting with the locals, but you can enjoy a delicious picnic fare for much less than that touristy restaurant down the street.
  • Make friends and be open to hospitality.  Lots of people offered meals and lodging to my friend during her travels. Just be safe and smart about accepting an invitation.
  • Do your research! There is a wealth of information on the internet, and researching the local papers and event pages you can get a feel for what is going on around town without paying for an overpriced tourist show. I was lucky, in Spain I stumbled upon a tiny tavern that was featuring flamenco dancers.  That evening, sharing a table with two gentlemen who continued to offer me cheese and jamon, the smell of sweat and damp cement floors and people clapping and stomping; the vibrations rumbling through my chest, only cost me a few euro.  I had seen advertisements for flamenco dancing in a huge auditorium for exuberant amounts, but I doubt it would have made the same impact on me.
  • Take public transportation while you are abroad and “do as the locals do” – this is a great way to travel cheap and really experience the local culture and people. My most eye opening and memorable experiences abroad happen while en route to your destination.
  • Teaching English abroad is a great way to support yourself while you travel! If you are planning on staying for a longer time frame, this could provide a stipend to cover food expenses.

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

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