Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Budget Travel

I've been trying to figure out if I will take a trip this summer. I already did a California trip to visit family, but the last 4 years, I've managed to go to Europe for about a week each summer. (3 trips to France and 1 to Portugal, all done with frequent flyer award tickets to London, and then cheap flights on EasyJet or RyanAir from there-- fortunately I have friends to stay with in London. If you have to pay for a hotel there, it's not as much of a bargain.)
I used to subscribe to Budget Travel magazine, but after a couple of years I let it go. Some of the info was good, but I got tired of reading tips like "my wife and I saved tons of money by packing our own beanie weenies and avoiding restaurants!" That is not my idea of experiencing a foreign country! If you don't eat the local foods, you're missing half the fun! You can still have a very cheap picnic with fruits, cheeses, sausages, sardines, breads, etc. from markets if you don't want to eat in restaurants. Grocery shopping in a foreign language is great practice, too.

1 comment:

mmb said...

I am with you on this one. I do believe if you are going to go somewhere, try to experience it fully and that includes eating local food, following local customs and trying to pick up a few words of the local language. I am actually planning my 3rd Europe trip (to either Paris or Rome) for next year. My problem is that I am extravagant by nature so I have to plan ahead as much as possible so I don't fall into unforeseen spending traps.

Great blog by the way. And thanks for the comment on mine. I have to be more disciplined about posting regularly and you just inspired me to do that. :)