17 Feb 2016

PART II : Planning


Planning can lead to huge savings. You may feel 'locked in' to your travels but hey, you want to go there anyway right? 

The 2 Travel Cheap-ers in Rwanda
If you want to have more freedom or a more nomadic feel to your travels, you can leave certain windows of time for that kind of experience in between all the planned stuff. In our experience, this works better in cheaper destinations.

For the long haul transits and the more expensive destinations it always pays to do your researchplan and where possible, book + pay in advance.


Now that you've done your budget, and have a general idea of what you have to play with financially, we recommend nutting out where you want to go (obviously).

Enjoying Caipirinhas in Granada
Write down EVERYTHING, and we literally mean everything you want to do, see, eat and experience on your travels. At this stage it's not about what you can and can't afford, simply what you want to do on your travels.

Next up, use a ranking system to determine how important each experience is for you. We used an A/B/C system. We each had our own spreadsheets, which meant we could independently have a say in what was most important to us while still making the decisions a collaborative process when we compared notes later on.

We also loosely priced up each experience, and decided on our own "non-negotiables", essentially our bucket list items. For us, bucket list items / non-negotiables  are one step up from an 'A' rating. 

What this allowed us to do, is select an activity or two each (over our 5 month travel adventure) that was most important for us. Generally these tended to be higher ticket items, although it may not be the same for you. Planning in this way, while travelling on a budget, made it feasible for us to splash out on a few additional things...

- Lap of the Nurburgring anyone? 
- How about 5 nights at Bangkok's Lebua Tower Club (AKA The Hangover 2 Hotel) with a dozen or so pals? 
- Or even a night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan complete with 13 course meal, and Onsen?


These are not your typical 'cheap travellers' endeavors, but they are possible on a strict budget.

The key is to prioritiseresearch and ultimately you just need to know your limits and how to make it work (or make the call when it seems too much of a financial burden). FYI staying away from tourist traps helps, but we're sure you already knew that.

In our next blog, find out how we reduced what are generally considered the largest expenses when travelling, our accommodation and transit costs, plus our top tip for flying from Bangkok to Cologne for only £140 (yup, you read that right).



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