What type of traveler are you? Do you like luxurious trips with little to no stress? Are you an adventure junkie? Or maybe you just like roaming around to the craziest hostels you can find… However you travel is up to you, but before you start planning a trip you have to decide.
A few things we will look at in this post:
Its time to say a little something about the travel B word… Budgeting. For most people how you travel is dictated at least in part by the budget you have (or don’t have) for a trip. The other factors we will talk about are all affected in one way or another by your budget. You can either determine your travel budget by the way that you like to travel or you can fit the way you travel to your budget. On our European adventure Megan and I did a little of both. We decided how we would travel based on what we liked and what we would be able to get away with not doing and still enjoy the trip. The combination of these two ideas helped us to determine our traveling style.
Lodging is a huge factor in how you travel, both from a budget standpoint (this is usually one of the larger expenses) and from a leisure standpoint. Some people are just fine with staying in rat infested hostels and some people want the most posh hotels that money can buy! Most people, however, would prefer to be somewhere in between those extremes.
But none the less the decision has to be made. Are you okay with staying on someones couch? Or do you prefer hostels? Maybe a little more privacy with a private room with Airbnb? You may like hotels or maybe even a resort. It is really worth researching what you will be most comfortable with and what will meet your needs. There is no better or worse way, its all up to you! Heck, if you want you can pay to pitch a tent in someones garden! Just decide your comfort level and price and don’t be afraid to try something new. That is all part of the fun!
Transportation is another BIG factor in your travel style. Renting a car or hiring a private car can be awesome but it is usually extremely expensive! This can add a HUGE amount to your trip. In a lot of places it really may not end up being very practical either. Through Europe the public transportation can be figured out with a little research and is usually pretty cost effect. Other means of transportation include camels, boats, skateboards and bicycles. Again, this is a huge decision in the process and can add a lot of money to a trip. Are you fine with hitch hiking? Or taking a train through the middle of Africa? Or renting a seat in a car headed from point A to point B? Don’t forget about budget airlines either! All of these decisions will affect your travel style and budget.
Another factor in your travel style is luggage. Dragging luggage is great if you can afford checking it and walk it from the conveyor belt to a taxi and then wheel it up to a resort! However, if you are schlepping around on donkeys to the bottom of the Grand Canyon or taking public transportation through Europe, that may not work out so great. How heavy you pack is another BIG decision in your travel style. I will tell you this, if you are traveling to multiple countries in a short period of time you will want to pack AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE. Every extra pair of shoes, shirt and even underwear will be adding to the beads of sweat rolling down your forehead as you walk for hours to your private room in Venice. Extra stuff in roll along luggage is a huge price to pay when you are moving around a lot.
There is no “RIGHT” way to travel. Although there are lots of wrong ways to travel. You have to decide what kind of trip you want to take and what travel style you want to adopt. Do your research when you finally pick what you want to do and how you want to do it. There are great tips out there for every type of travel. You don’t want to be trying to strap a 50 lbs suitcase to the back of a camel or carrying a 70 liter backpack with jungle mud stains into The Ritz Carlton.
Traveling is an adventure and it is up to you to choose what kind of journey you will embark on.
Until next time, I am Joseph Lewin, and enjoy the journey!