5 Tips to Travel on a Budget

5 Tips to Travel on a Budget

Traveling is a rewarding, fun, and exciting experience. You get to see a lot of sights and learn about other cultures. Traveling can be expensive though so you need to make it affordable for yourself. 

Traveling does not need to cost you a fortune. You can explore the world even if you are on a tight budget. The smarter you are about learning to travel on a budget, you more of the world you will be able to explore. You can use our recommendation from Willie at www.roofersbocaraton.com/, they worked with us on planning the best trip for his family.

Here are five of the top tips on how to explore the world on a budget.

  1. Be flexible with your Travel Dates

You will be able to save hundreds of dollars on airfare and accommodations if you choose the right days to travel. Some airlines have cheaper flight fares on weekends. It will also cost you cheaper if you book your flights earlier.

Opting to travel during off-peak seasons can seriously help you cut down on costs. Check your preferred travel destination and review their peak and off-peak seasons. If you are traveling on a budget, avoid major holidays as well as summer and spring breaks. Airline rates can really get crazy during those seasons. 

  1. Avoid Staying in Hotels

Hotel accommodations can eat up a huge chunk of your travel funds. If you are staying in one city for more than two days, it may be wiser to stay in hostels or Airbnb homes. You will surely get to save a lot of money and stretch your travel budget. 

  1. Walk around the City

Explore the city by walking. Taking tour buses can be expensive and will allow you to see only limited sights that are part of the tour. With your Google map and comfortable shoes, walking around the city will allow you to see more sights and experience more of the local culture. As you walk around, you will get a good work-out, too. 

If you are visiting a large city, search for cheap walking tours. If you wish to take this touring route, choose accommodations that are near the walkable parts of the city. If not, choose accommodations with accessible public transport to take you to the city. 

  1. Eat where the Locals Eat

Meals are also expensive when you are traveling. It would be a great experience to try street food or restaurants where the locals frequent. That is where you can find the best and cheapest food. 

It would also be great to bring your own food when exploring the city. Cook your own meals if your room has a kitchenette or grab some takeaway food from a local restaurant. Taking this option will not only be cheaper but will also give you the feeling of actually living in the city. 

  1. Pack Properly

Make it a point to properly pack everything you need for the trip including the right clothes, comfortable footwear, toiletries, and medicines. You do not like to spend your pocket money on some of the essentials you forgot to pack.

Make it a point to always be a budget -conscious traveler. This will make you explore more places without having to spend so much. 

The Steppe Province Of Manitoba

Manitoba, Canada has a great number of places to go to. It offers museum tours and historical places to jump right into the cultural experiences that define Manitoba.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights is one of the most eye-catching buildings in the entire country. The structure also houses a collection of ten core galleries housing exhibits and the shining structure of curved steel and glass is really something to view. The museum is unique itself as it is the sole museum in the world devoted to human rights that focuses on awareness and education. You’ll come to learn about Indigenous perspectives on rights, the Holocaust, and other genocides, how to break the silence and inspire change, and more during your visit here.

The Forks National Historic Site

For thousands of years, on the banks of Winnipeg’s two major rivers, the Aboriginal Peoples stopped at what is now The Forks National Historic Site. On present day, the historic site was transformed into a nine-acre hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment that is popular with locals and visitors both. Educate yourself to learn the rich history of the site, or stop by the sculptures, stone pictographs and other displays that tell its story.

The Manitoba Museum

The largest museum in Winnipeg is the Manitoba Museum and its scope is as big as its collection. From a full-size 17th century ship that can be explored a recreation of early bison hunts, there are nine permanent galleries showcase everything.

The Manitoba Legislative Building

Make a stop at the Manitoba Legislative Building if you’re a fan of the movies Da Vinci Code or National Treasure. Check out the grand staircase, beautiful statues and all the classic trappings, the building also has the character of a beautiful government building.

The hieroglyphics, masonic symbols, numeric codes, and secrets are hidden somewhere in this building. The Hermetic Code Tour of the building, occult links, sphinxes, ancient temples and more will be discussed and explained.

FortWhyte Alive

A 640-acre urban wilderness oasis is FortWhyte Alive, located at the center of Manitoba’s capital city. The park offers different activities, a variety of wildlife to visit, cultural and historical exhibits, a farm, a restaurant to dine in, and much more.

Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature

After a long day, it’s time to relax! You can visit Thermëa by Nordik Spa. This is the perfect place to unwind, de-stress and recharge for another day.

You too, can take long dips in their thermal pools, try the Finnish saunas, or get a well-deserved massage time to cap your Manitoba visit.


The Paradise Of Vanuatu

Vanuatu is located in the continent of Oceania. If you wanted to go on a trip to this small island nation, check what’s install for you.

Underwater Adventure: Send Postcard

In case you are wondering, the world’s only underwater post office can be found in Vanuatu, off the tropical reef of Hideaway Island.

You can go on a trip here as a sightseer even if you’re not lodging at the resort and say hi to the clownfish and why not trying to send mom and dad a postcard all the way from this paradise island.

Crystal Clear Blue Holes

Vanuatu’s islands consist of hidden natural swimming pools that are just waiting for travelers to be explored. Matevulu Blue Hole might be the prettiest one on the island of Espiritu Santo. A crystal clear natural swimming pool springs out of somewhere enclosed by massive banyan trees.

The feeling of floating in space upon swimming in this blue hole. You can also grab the rope and swing off the giant banyan tree right after you’ve watched the local ‘pros’ in do the first move.

The Wreck of Coolidge Dive Spot

During WWII, the SS President Coolidge was a luxury liner that was converted to a troop carrier. It was carrying 5,000 troops to the military base in Espiritu Santo Island in 1942 when tragedy struck a friendly mine and sunk just meters off the beach.

The wreck has been a destination for scuba divers ever since. Make arrangements to reach through the dark hull of the giant wreck where you’ll feel stepping back in time. The Coolidge is considered as one of the best wreck dives in the world as the ship’s close accessibility to the beach, its well-conserved cargo, and rich history.

Just enjoy the beaches!

Let’s be honest because really, we long for the perfect white sand beach is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a vacation on a South Pacific Island. Vanuatu has plenty of those perfect white sand beach.

Champagne Beach, where the sand is ridiculously white and where all your troubles seem to disappear and considered the best beach in Vanuatu.

The neighboring Lonnoc Beach is just as pretty, and less known beach and you might have it all to yourself.

Chinese Memories

My first trip to China was incredible. The culture, the people, and the experience was memorable to begin with. Our flight to Beijing was just over 13 hours. My husband and I slept most of the flight, however the occasional offering of food and drink woke us up. Our plane landed smoothly and we were grateful to be on solid ground.

Our first stop was our hotel to drop off way too many bags we packed. We didn’t waste much time, we headed straight outside and wandered the streets. My husband gave word to his family and his office that he was safe and I did the same with my home health agencies in West Palm Beach. We were just glad to be whole.

We visited the local shops and smelled the local food, although it didn’t look appetizing in the windows, it definitely tasted better in the booth. We picked up our local guide at the building down the street and he was able to direct us in our stay.

We were able to attend a concert and a slew of ‘Broadway’ shows while in the main city. Although we tried to get as much done in the first day as possible, we were beat. More stories are to come!

Food Tasting In Thailand

One of the world’s best place to eat tasty authentic Thai food is no other than Thailand’s capital Bangkok. To spot really the best ones, there’s a ton of restaurants and street vendors selling Thai food that it’s difficult to choose from. Also, since visitors are usually easier to satisfy than the locals, some restaurants serve mostly to tourists, and the food may not be top quality.

Thai cuisine had emerged into international food palette in recent time. Thai cooking is prominent on lightly prepared dishes with strong fragrant components and a spicy verge. Liberal amounts of coconut milk and fresh turmeric has that in common with Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisine that contains many of its dishes. There is a great influence on the cuisine of the center for its cooking techniques, presentation, refinement, and use of ingredients. Thai Food is worth to quest on.

Top Thai Dishes

Tom Yum Goong or Spicy Shrimp Soup is the classic Thai cuisine. Ingredients consist of lemongrass, chili, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce  — is a striking, refreshing combination of fragrance for this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick. The presence of fresh prawns and straw mushrooms blend in well. The distinctive smell reminds you of exotic perfume, a versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal.

Som Tum or Spicy Green Papaya Salad comes from the Northeast state of Isaan. Ingredient consists of shredded raw papaya, garlic, chilies, green beans and cherry tomatoes gets fiercely pulverized in a mortar and pestle, liberating a well-developed sweet-sour-spicy flavor that cannot be dismissed from one’s mind. There is regional alteration for this dish into the mix as some add peanuts, dry shrimp or salted crab.

Pad Thai or popularly known as Thai style Fried Noodles is prepared in a sizzling hot wok, zestful of little, thin or wide noodles — as you can pick which of these two you preferred — together with crisp fresh bean sprouts, egg, and onion. A truly satisfying eating experience, half its fun, and flavor come in using condiments including fish sauce (native Asian condiment), sugar, chili powder and finely ground peanuts – to totally awaken the senses.

When In Mallorca

A mere 24 square miles (60 square kilometers) of the lush, seafront city of Alcudia, doesn’t mean it has no stance on how much this lovely port and ancient city on the island’s lower region, can give holidaymakers.

As the Romans did, you can find it, round an hour or so away from Mallorca’s capital, Palma in the northern reaches of Mallorca. Thanks to heavens and earth for it does not have the buzzy boozy nightlife of Magaluf. It is instead home to impressive landscape, abundant heritage (Bronze Age population as cited by history books), a lovely family pleasant beach and a fascinating art destination that is waiting to be unveiled.

Wander through the old town of Alcudia

The Moors arrived there in the 9th century and for 300 years they occupied the area. They named this ancient hilltop city “Al-Qudya” which translate as the hill in Arabic.

In 1298, they were conquered by King James I. But the 14th-century quadrangular shaped ramparts were designed by King James II. The 6m high walls are standing still and giving views over rooftops and private terraces as they serve as a perfect place for a lovely stroll. Its dotted with 26 towers and two gates, with a length of 1.5 km  – Porta de Xara and Porta de Mallorca – which have been proclaimed National Monuments.

They nearly encircle the compact old town whose picturesque winding roads are bordered by sandstone architecture that looks attractive in the golden-hued late afternoon sun ray. A flurry of quaint shops and restaurants are within them.

You’ll get to see a glimpse of the white-washed Ajuntament d’Alcúdia (Town Hall) and its lovely gold tip clock tower in the Calle Mayor district.

The Beach

Alcudia has a fabulous wide-edged, soft-sand beach on Platja d’Alcúdia and on the island, its one of the extensive. It’s perfect for young families because around here the beach has no doubt shallow waters, specifically by Playa De Muro. All the way to Can Picafort, it also provides to unravel hidden coves and stunning cliffs that highlight along its 14 km long stretch. There’s a fun theme water park by the water’s edge, go-karting and crazy golf for the kids – not to get bored.

The remains of a Roman capital of the Balearic Islands is located close between Bahía de Pollensa and Bahía de Alcudia, and conveniently close to old town of Alcudia. It’s labeled as Ciudad de Pollentia which translates as a city of power, a name that gives an understanding as to how the Romans distinguished themselves.

To make known an incredible 12 hectares of ruins from the 1st century BC, it’s been years of digging. To assist the juices of the imagination to implore up visuals of what might have been, most of it is easy to recognize and each piece has a notice board of facts.

How to Pack Lightly

Traveling light makes the trip easier and more convenient, but it can be hard to travel light when you have so many things to bring and you are not used to packing lightly. There are so many factors to consider, such as the country you will visit, the activities you need to do, and the length of time that you will be staying in that place.

So, for the first factor, the place or the destination. Check the weather. This will give you an idea on what clothes to wear. Do you need light clothes or does the weather dictate that you have to dress in layers?

Once you have figured out the weather in the country that you will be visiting, you should be able to know what clothes to wear and pack for your trip.

Next step is to determine how many clothes to bring. You have to take note of how long you will need to stay in your destination. Will you be there for three days or one week? Are you planning to take side trips? If so, what is the duration of your trip?

In packing your clothes, you also have to think of the activities you need or want to do. For instance, are you going on a business trip, a vacation, or both? If so, what activities have you planned? Do you need clothes for you meetings? Or will you go hiking? Or maybe you’ll go swimming, so pack a swim wear.

Lastly, make sure to bring the essentials – like toiletries, gadgets, and other stuff that you really need. Avoid bringing too many shoes too. That will take a lot of space, and trust me, if you want to travel light, you need to be very decisive in when it comes to choosing what items to pack.

To Argentina And Back

A reset to your internal clock is what is needed being on a night out in vibrant Buenos Aires: dinner is never earlier than 10 pm, and it can last for hours. To one’s social life’s credibility, showing up to clubs before 2 or 3 am is severely detrimental. Throughout the night (and the following day), locals are also excellent at pacing their alcohol consumption, so in this case, it’s best to imitate them in order not to be that gringo who can’t handle his or her alcohol or who starts yawning before the real party even begins. But really, it’s required just to feel good about yourself when dancing next to effortlessly chic Porteños, so better dress to impress – many clubs in Buenos Aires have dress codes.

Depending on what night it is for attending the must-see clubs, and Argentina’s capital is huge so when going out, it’s also best to pick and stay in one neighborhood. Friendly locals will extend an invitation to an after-party at their friend’s apartment as well and that’s highly possible so you better be prepared. What follows are several tips, but the honesty is that there are far more choices than could ever be wrangled into one article.

parrilla or barbecue restaurant is the only way to for the night to start. Coming in a group is ideal for sharing to pull out all the stops with an asado, a mountain of sausage, chicken, goat, lamb, pork, steak, and ribs. For couples, best to enjoy the meal together by ordering a bife de chorizo(sirloin) and bife de costilla (T-bone steak) with chimichurri sauce along with a roasted red bell pepper and a salad. By complementing it with a bottle of local Malbec is the only way to make this meal truly sing. As it’s not common, if you like your steak rare, press the point.

Introduce to oneself the local wines is another must do. At Gran Bar Danzón, also downtown, each glass of wine comes with a written explanation of the flavors and properties. The only clue to this place on the street  – Ocho7Ocho –  is a doorman because this is a well-known hidden bar. When gearing up for or winding down after an epic night, a top-notch whiskey, lay bare brick walls and a chill atmosphere serve as a fitting backdrop.

It’s hard to make a wrong decision when down in the bar-packed Palermo district. At Bar Seis, whiskey lovers will find solace while Espacio Dada gives live shows several times a week. Some notables like Acabar, known for it’s chock-full of board games and kitschy, floral décor while Carnal is the top place to pre-game, since it’s just right across from Niceto Club, even if it’s almost too easy to stay at Carnal all night if you’re fortunate enough to get a table.

Verona, The City Of Romance

The famous home of characters Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic play – the historic city of Verona “City of Romance” is a fascinating place to visit any time of the year, as it has the abundance of Roman-era sites and attractive trattorias to keep tourists engaged. During the summer, the visitors are treated to a truly noteworthy experience, as it’s the time of the Verona Opera Festival.

The opera festival distinguishes the world’s best opera singers present the genre’s best-known productions in front of filled houses of some 15,000 spectators and is held in the historic Verona Arena, which was constructed in AD 30.

The presentation runs from June to September – each season – and sees about a dozen productions that showcase on presentation almost every single night. For 2013, it celebrated the 100th incarnation of the festival and some remarkable productions from the year’s lineup included Giuseppe Verde’s Aida and Nabucco and, somewhat suitable, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The first opera production to be shown in the arena in 1913 was actually Aida, when it showed the significant celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Verde’s birth.

The main drag of Roman Verona was Corso Porta Borsari. A perambulate here makes for a fun, ancient scavenger hunt. The remainder of the town’s legendary past — fragments of Roman columns, medieval reliefs, fine old facades, and fossils in marble — are all over among modern-day whimsy shop windows.

Certainly, as it’s situated in an outdoor arena, the ambiance at the shows is less traditional than at most opera houses. But it brings a lot of happiness, and a totally distinctive experience to be able to experience and witness some of Italy’s greatest operas and performers in a place fit for a king – or an emperor.

Explore Verona and experience the Opera Festival and other events that may take place in and around the city.