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21. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1833 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You can get a travel guide for whatever country you are interested in from your local library. No charge to check the book out for reading at home. Yeah, old fashioned tech but it still works!

One suggestion - if you are doing all of your research using a smart phone try using a big screen laptop or desktop computer. Your research might be more productive when you can have several windows up for comparison, etc. You can even save some of your research in your computer for future use.

If you leave on a long trip overseas thinking you can get a $15 dollar room all the time you will run into problems. For some "cheap" accommodation you may have to pay for an expensive taxi ride to get to that place if you can even find it. (Sometimes the cheap comes expensive!)

For your first night overseas in a strange country I think it is prudent to have a room or hostel bunk reserved so you do not wander in the dark of night carrying everything you own!

  • You always should have some back up funds for emergencies you might encounter!

I personally would get sick of eating the cheapest food I can afford all the time. And get sick of staying in the crappiest places just to save a buck too!

Work hard, save up your money and travel when you can afford it!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2017, at 18:43 by karazyal ]

22. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Terry's rant (post 17) really cracked me up Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed
Yes Google will throw up a lot of answers but that is why you need to read them carefully and draw comparisons. It does sound like you are skimming through these sites. Your day to day cost will depend on what you are willing to give up and what you are willing to put yourself through, to cut costs or earn money. It is too individualistic for us to give "direct answers".

I know you said you are adventurous but this extreme budgeting takes more than a spirit of adventure, it takes a bit of grit. Cheap can also be pretty nasty which can be disheartening, it can also be monotonous as it limits your choices in variety of food and activities, cheap transport can be extremely uncomfortable leaving you worn out and having to be dependant on others for help can be a dampner on any carefree ambience you might be hoping for. You may find as the poster before me karazyal suggests you'll be sick of living like this for 8-12 months straight. This why I suggest doing some domestic trips first. You can test how far you are willing to push yourself and it is a great way to learn the logistics of travelling so you'll already have that base knowledge when you go overseas and what you need to plan for your overseas trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Aug-2017, at 20:50 by Teoni ]

23. Posted by Survival_kid (Budding Member 11 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

So the more I look into this and read up it will probably cost somewhere around $30 to $50 per day

24. Posted by Survival_kid (Budding Member 11 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

And I'm reading that it will cost somewhere in the area of $40 to $70 a day in eastern Europe so I believe these are my 2 options

25. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 823 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I think Eastern Europe will end up costing more than that. The longer a country is in the Euro and the EU the higher their prices get, so much of Eastern Europe isn't the bargain it used to be.

How are your savings going to be?

If you still plan 8-12 months of travel I think the WHV options in Aus / NZ and work your way around are the thing you could do with the least upfront cash.

South East Asia is by far the cheapest destination but you have no opportunity to work there and replenish your funds. 8 months there at $40/day is still $10k plus airfare. (And initial kit, insurance - which some places want to see that you've got.)

Europe works out a far higher cost too. The East is cheap, but the big hits are sure to tempt you when you're so close - Venice, Rome, London, Paris - and they're budget killers. Small town eastern Europe is cheap but often boring and the temptation will be there to see the big stuff.

The only other avenue which hasn't been mentioned (I think) is getting a qualification to teach English.

26. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Actually, Terry is quite right. No one is going to hold your hand while you're on the road. But if you've acquired some street smarts, you'll learn quickly enough.

I don't think doing some domestic trips in the U.S. is going to help you. Travel in the U.S. isn't quite like traveling in many places overseas.

Yes, you'll spend more in Europe; but you're likely to spend less in Asia. So if your overall budget is $50 per day, I think you'll be OK. If not, simply go home once you've nearly exhausted your funds. I keep a budget, so I know where my money goes.

Traveling on a shoestring isn't easy day in, day out. You need to treat yourself every now and then. One thing I've discovered is that if you're staying in a dump it tends to color your view of the entire destination. So I avoid dumps if I can. Check out the place for safety and security. Turn on the tap; flush the toilet (if there's one). While I sometimes stay in places with no electricity, I won't stay in places with no water. If you don't like what you see, move on.

Frame of mind is important while traveling. If you're not enjoying it any more, time to return home.

As others have advised, do some advance planning. You might find, for example, that low-cost carriers such as Norwegian Air, can get you to Europe at very reasonable prices, from either the East Coast or the West Coast. The more you know, the better off you'll be. You say you like weightlifting. Train smart; travel smart.

27. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 144 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I don't think doing some domestic trips in the U.S. is going to help you. Travel in the U.S. isn't quite like traveling in many places overseas.

I can only go with what has been written here and if I am wrong the OP can correct me but I am assuming the OP hasn't travelled on their own at all so when I suggest domestic travel I mean to do so to understand the basic logistics of travel, things like managing a travel budget, working out trasportation schedules, researching things to do at destinations, and he mentioned couch surfing and hitchhiking which if you haven't done before it might be good to practice in your home country first. Domestic travel is a good way to experiment with travel styles. You can find out how long you can last without running water or electricity (the OP mentioned wanting to tent it), if you find it is something you can't give up then you would have to take that into consideration when budgeting your overseas trip. I have heard stories of people who tried extremely thrifty travel and found it not to their liking and ended up spending a fortune to cut their trip short and get back home. That's why I was suggesting maybe experiment with that form of travel closer to home so you can figure out what you will withstand in order to save a dollar and what you would refuse to live without despite the monetary savings. At the end of the day it's about finding your travel rhythm

28. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Excellent comments. But Brad, like most Americans, probably drives a car to get around; and public transportation in the U.S. isn't as convenient nor extensive as elsewhere; and there aren't many hostels and similar accommodations (I'm a life member of Hostelling International USA). Traveling in the U.S. is expensive.

Brad says he is planning and saving now for a trip he hopes to take before going to college; and that he's not afraid to shy away from adventure. So be it. I had never been overseas before when I put my career on hold to travel around the world at 25. I learned a lot over the 18 months that I was away; and he can, too. But we're all different. Some people seem to have a more difficult time acquiring the skills and frame of mind to enjoy travel.

If Brad has any smarts, he'll learn from the mistakes he'll make while on the road. These can be invaluable lessons. But it's not all negative. He'll discover, too, that there are a lot of people out there willing to lend a hand if he's friendly and willing to reach out. Traveling on a shoestring doesn't mean you can't afford to smile and say hello. And it doesn't mean you have to be a skinflint.

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