2017 has personally become the most travelled year. Having gone to 11 different countries, nearly one per month.
I started this month in Barcelona, doing a quick city-break. Then travelled to Switzerland on a family event; now I am in Germany in my second home and I still got some more country to visit before the end of year. So writing this blog is turning out to be somewhat poetic.
This blog is intended towards the rat-race running, working man (or woman) who wants to incorporate travel into their life. I do have a full time job with very limited holidays and somehow I’ve managed to fit in quite a bit of travel this year. Travelling smart definitely has its perks and rewards but also needs a little bit of research and planning; this is quite a good jumping off point.
In my current lifestyle I like to travel to multiple destinations on a budget rather than blow it all on a super mega one-off trip.
Having only 20 working days to expend on holidays every year, I always find it effective to book around the weekend, either leaving on a Wednesday or Thursday and returning on either Monday or Tuesday. 4 or 5 days is plenty for me to explore and enjoy a new country.
You don’t have to be rich to travel, all you need is to think smart i.e. travel smart. If you are limited on funds and still want to go out there and see the world. The key is you have to be open about the destination and the dates that you are willing to travel there.
Skyscanner has this amazing option where you can explore all destinations on all possible dates. Then pick the cheapest destination and dates and you can just go!
This really works out for me as I am flexible with my dates and mostly with my destination. This is gold when it comes to european city breaks as you really keep the cost down if you are really efficient with booking your trip.
If you’re on a super-budget, hostels are always a good option. I was quite skeptical about staying in hostels until I actually stayed in one. First time in Berlin; and I’ve actually enjoyed so much that I prefer to stay in hostels on every city break. You can get a pretty good overview of the hostels in one area and what they offer on hostelworld.com
Alternatively you can use Airbnb, especially if you are in a group. You get the feeling of living as a local and it usually works out cheaper than hotels.
If your into travelling, you have probably heard of Couchsurfing, I tend to use it when I travel solo, but I think that is a completely different blog in itself.
It is a social media platform where you can meet locals and/or like-minded travellers, I’ve met a number of good people on there and even managed to stay in contact with some of them. One of the best ways to meet people is to go attend preplanned events in the area or turn up at a ‘hangout’.
A combination of these will allow you to travel continuously throughout the year and keep yourself entertained while you are there.
Happy New Year. And happy travelling.