Traveling “poorly” is bad. Our arguments for spending money on a trip

Proponents of budget travel are the real heroes of our time. Indeed, this is how brave you need to be to go to Latin America for a month with $ 200 in your pocket or, for example, hitchhike in Southeast Asia. There are, of course, a lot of arguments “for” – you can improve your communication skills and ingenuity, get to know the real life of people better, make friends. But, in fact, a “poor” trip is still a gamble that only desperate romantics with a drop of gypsy blood in their veins or hardened pragmatists who plan everything to the smallest detail decide on.

And yet what does a tourist lose by deliberately or involuntarily limiting himself in means? It turns out quite a lot. Now let's explain our point of view, and you share your opinions in the comments.

From point “A” to point “B”

A significant expense item for a traveler is airfare. But their prices are so inhumane that the frenzied popularity of low-cost airlines and tariffs like “economy light” is quite understandable. At first glance, such offers look very attractive, but upon closer inspection, pitfalls emerge: you can’t take luggage unless you pay another ticket price for the suitcase, a flight at 5 in the morning, an arrival at some provincial airport, from where to get to the place is a whole problem.

The fact that they don’t feed on board the low-cost airline, the seats are uncomfortable, and they will even put you in the toilet, if you don’t use the paid registration service, it’s not so bad.

But the inspection with predilection at the airport, when airline employees demonstrate their readiness not to miss a single extra centimeter of hand luggage or an additional tiny package from duty free, will drive the most persistent into depression. If you can still somehow come to terms with all this, then there will be nowhere to put the souvenirs bought on vacation, hardly. Yes, and one should not forget about long-term connections, which often have nowhere to wait (you need a visa to enter the city or the air hub is closed for the night).

Do everything like a local: a bus is a bus

Another common life hack is to use public transport instead of spending money on taxis. But there are a number of exceptions. In large metropolitan areas of Southeast Asia, it is generally better not to look in the direction of buses – the risk of standing in a traffic jam all day is too high. In the Latin American “collective minibuses” everyone sits on each other's heads, often inside the cabin is dirty and stuffy. The cheap sleeping cars of the Indian and Chinese trains are a real disaster, and travel in them is not exactly pleasant.

Comfort is for wimps

It would seem, why rent a full-fledged hotel room, because you can get by with a hostel or a room without a window in a guest house. Still just for overnight stays. It's fun when you're young and full of energy or completely unpretentious. Just think, a couple of sleepless nights due to someone snoring or terrible stuffiness. Or an attack of claustrophobia in a 9-meter “apartment”. But for most it will be hard to endure detailed hardships.

Some go even further – spend the night in tents, at airports, looking for accommodation using the couchsurfing system.

If everything is clear with the first two accommodation options, then the last one seems attractive – you just write off the owners on a special website and they host them completely free of charge. But in return, hospitable hosts expect intangible returns: stories, attention to their own person, compliance with their rules. You need to be prepared for a certain lack of freedom, as well as for the language barrier and other people's oddities – people are people.

What about impressions?

People go on a trip not only to change the usual picture. Immersion in the culture of another country pushes the worldview framework and changes the view of many everyday things. Connoisseurs of Verdi's operas will truly enjoy visiting Milan's La Scala theater, and those who are passionate about the history of Indian civilization simply must see the famous Peruvian Machu Picchu. But how to do it without money?

Extreme savings severely limit opportunities. Eating at the ubiquitous McDucks instead of visiting restaurants with delicious local cuisine, avoiding iconic sights to avoid paying entrance fees, and ignoring professionally guided tours because of the high cost is not the best strategy. Then the trip itself loses all meaning.

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