Budget Travel Vs. Cheap Travel

If you are following me on any of my social media accounts, you already know that this blog is not about traveling as cheaply as possible. There are plenty of resources available on other travel blogs if that’s your goal, but that was never my goal nor the focus of this blog.

I like my creature comforts. To borrow a line from my cousin, who also happens to travel frequently, I want 5-star accommodations on a 2-star budget. I’m not interested in backpacking my way across the world or staying in crowded hostels. If that’s your thing, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just not my thing.

So what, exactly, is my thing? Funny you should ask. I’m figuring that out as I go, however, I do know that I’ve already learned much about myself, the way I like to travel, and the things that are important for me to enjoy the experience.

#1 Comfortable Accommodations

Traveling on a budget does not mean you have to give up comfort. If you read my blog post about traveling to Bali on a budget, you can see what a huge difference a few dollars a night can make. For me, comfort includes a good mattress, quality sheets, a hot shower, nice decor, air conditioning, dependable wifi, and television. Yes, television. Could I live without it? Certainly. Do I want to? Hell no, and I say that unapologetically. I am traveling for a year and I want television. Period.

#2 Walkable

I want to be in a nice area with plenty of things to do within walking distance. Being able to walk out my door and find coffee, breakfast, lunch, shopping, pubs or bars, etc., is important to me. Yes, there are times I just want to get away from it all, and when I want to, I do. I can go hang out at an elephant sanctuary, go explore the city’s temples, or head off to a nearby mountain for the day. I can also take weekend, week long, or month long trips to the beach should I so desire.

#3 Food

Portugese bean soup and Ragu Italian sausage flatbread
Portuguese bean soup and Ragu Italian sausage flatbread

I’m a foodie. A big part of any travel experience for me revolves around food. From local eateries to 5-star restaurants, I’m always looking for my next “best meal I’ve ever had.”

Trip of a Lifetime

I didn’t sell everything I own to travel around the world in discomfort. I did it because I wanted to experience the trip of a lifetime. MY trip of a lifetime. That doesn’t make my way better or worse than anyone else’s way. This isn’t a competition. There are definitely ways to travel much cheaper. Your level of comfort and my level of comfort may be vastly different, however, if you’re looking for ways to travel affordably and comfortably, I hope to show you it can be done without breaking the bank and without pinching pennies.

Within the next few days, I’ll be breaking down my travel expenses starting where I left off after traveling from Bali to Thailand.

Until next time!

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