Is it really possible to travel on a budget? That depends on your budget. Seriously though, it never hurts to stretch your travel dollar, and to some people, budget travel simply means getting the best deal possible. To others, budget travel has a more concrete definition, usually a dollar amount per day or per trip. Is it really possible to travel on a limited budget without sacrificing access? The answer is a qualified yes. It is possible to put a cap on travel expenses and still get the accessible services you need; however, don’t expect to get five-star service for a two-star price. Like everything else, budget travel requires planning and research, and sometimes a little compromise. But the good news is, it is possible. Access and affordability don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
What Is Budget Travel?
To better understand travel costs, let’s take a look at two different trips to the same destination. The first trip is a hotel and air package deal, and the second trip is an all-inclusive guided tour. Both tours are accessible, and they use the same hotel. The guided tour includes private tours each day in an accessible minivan, and the hotel package includes a half-day sightseeing tour on an accessible bus. The hotel package costs $800 per person, and the guided tour costs $1,500 per person. Why? Well, in this case you are paying for service; more specifically, the service of your own personal tour guide in a private vehicle. Is it worth the extra cost? It depends on what you want. If you truly want an all-inclusive escorted tour, then it’s usually easier to join a guided tour than to arrange things on your own. On the other hand, if you just want to explore the city yourself, you’re probably paying for unneeded services if you join a guided tour. At first glance, the hotel package seems like a deal, but if you plan to tour the city extensively, the hotel package becomes less of a bargain. The first rule of budget travel is to pay only for the services you need, but don’t forget to figure in all the associated costs before you pick the best deal.
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