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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Utrecht

I usually try to get the best value things, when travelling.
This gives me the opportunity to travel more and to splash out sometimes, because there is more money left.

Also, paying more for something often does not necessarily mean it is better, so I dont mind walking 50 meters for a cheaper guesthouse room, of the same quality.

I used to be less careful, with my travel budgeting, when both my boyfriend and I had jobs, because we had more money. Now it is necessary, to be more careful. Especially, since there are now 3 of us, with our daughter.

Mel

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Clairabell

I was in Thailand, last November.
Even though, the guide book recommended 11 to 15 US dollars, as a budget, I think it could be done on a lot less. I think 5 to 10 US dollars a days is possible, without being too deprived. It is always possible to spend less. It just requires more patience, becasue u have to look for cheaper options, while trying to overcome the language barrier.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2007, at 3:24 AM by Mel. ]

13. Posted by Kitschiguy (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Hi,
Not to be offensive, but is it so important to know the exact amount of money you'll need for a day (instead of kind of umbrella amount like you say)? Doesn't it spoil a little bit, or does it give sattisfaction?
I have never had the problem of a very tight budget, so maybe that explains my question. I have travelled though with some people who had a tight budget, and it irritated the hell out of me. I mean, I really don't want to spend too much money, but for me, asking at the next hotel for an extra dollar less, and then on a regular basis about everything, spoils a little bit of fun travelling.
So once more...not to be offensive, just very curious about the subject and so on...;)

I agree with this. If you budget very tightly for every aspect of your trip you'll end up having a miserable time. After all, you don't travel to save money, you do it to experience what the world has to offer.

If you run out of money, bung it on your credit card. You'll regret not having done the things you wanted to do more than having a little bit of debt.

14. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Utrecht

I usually try to get the best value things, when travelling.
This gives me the opportunity to travel more and to splash out sometimes, because there is more money left.

Also, paying more for something often does not necessarily mean it is better, so I dont mind walking 50 meters for a cheaper guesthouse room, of the same quality.

I used to be less careful, with my travel budgeting, when both my boyfriend and I had jobs, because we had more money. Now it is necessary, to be more careful. Especially, since there are now 3 of us, with our daughter.

Mel

By the way, something completely else....how is travelling with a child? In some years, there could be a boy or girl walking around in my house, but I am so curious about some TP member who travel on a regular basis to faraway destinations.
Thanks, Michael

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Utrecht

My daughter loved Thailand, and the Thais loved her.

For parents, travelling with little kids it is exhausting and stressful. I would recommend, that whenever possible, there are two adults. I went to Thailand and Ireland, with my daughter. My mind never rested, with watching her, all the time. And with jet lag and travel fatigue....

But, if u are travelling as the only adult, with a child, I would recommend that u stick with child friendly countries like Thailand. They pet and spoil your child all the time, so at least sometimes u can just sit and have a coffee, in peace. But I did feel that being in Thailand was a different experience, just because I had a child with me. Parents are treated with a lot of respect

I hope this is not going to turn u off parenthood. U will love your child, and feel parenthood is worth it, despite the invasion they make on not just your travel life, but the rest of your life too.

Mel

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello kitchiguy

Bunging it on your credit card is OK, if u have a good income comming in, when u get back home and are sure u can easily pay it off, before interest gets added on.

I spent 3 years in debt. I got into this debt, by accident. Getting out of it was like trying to climb up an ice slope. The interest payments were horrible. I would prefer to budget while travelling, and at home, rather than have to go through getting out of debt again.

Mel

17. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Thanks Mel.
How old is your daughter by the way and at what age did she start travelling together with you?
It sounds tiring, but rewarding I guess. I would like to have my child grown up with seeing the world and appreciating it.
Michael

18. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Utrecht

She is 6 tomorrow.
She started travelling with me, when she was 10 months old.
Me, my boyfriend and our daughter went to Cuba, when she was 10 months old. We all also went to the Netherlands a bunch of times. And we all moved to Germany, together, from Ireland, when she was 1 year old.

After she was 1 year old, there was no more travelling, for 3 years, because we did not have enough money for it.

The first time I was in Asia, alone with her was last November. We went to Thailand, for a month. We will go to Thailand, for another month, this May. I also went to Ireland alone, with her, last December.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2007, at 12:15 PM by Mel. ]

19. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Al I have to say now is: Congratulations! Hope you will travel together lots of times in the future! I think it's great, growing up children and travelling combined.

20. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Utrecht

We are very proud of all the international things we are introducing her to.
She already speaks English, Dutch and German. The Kindergarten she goes to, 70% of the kids are not German. They come from all around the world.
She eats all kinds of international food.
An education in itself..
Anyway enough bragging.

Mel