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Budget Travel for Baby-Boomers

Budget travel could be the cheapest form of seeing the world. There are so many ways to achieve this; from hitchhiking (not recommended in most parts of the world these days, although hugely popular in the 60’s and 70’s); budget airlines, budget hotels/hostels, couch surfing, and reciprocal exchange hosting are all ways to keeping one’s costs down.

Budget Transportation

Not only considering one’s mode of travel, but costs for travel are also determined by ‘high season’ and off-season.’

High-season travel is generally considerably more expensive than ‘off-season’ travel because that’s when most people will be traveling to this location. It could be because it’s the best time of the season for foliage (i.e. Cherry Blossoms in the spring, or autumn in New England), or during festival season (i.e. Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, or Fourth of July).

Whether one is traveling by car, RV, railway, airplane or cruise ship prices are generally more expensive during high season. This is partially determined by the popularity of that particular travel season and destination (supply and demand) and because the cost of goods (fuel) is historically raised during peak seasons also.

Off-season, and low-season, varies depending on what part of the world one is in or traveling to. I know several people have taken cruises during the off-season in North America, called repositioning in the shoulder season.

Repositioning is when a cruise ship is being taken from one location it had been operating in during peak season, and is now being ‘re-positioned’ to a new location for a new high season (i.e. being re-positioned from Northern Alaskan waters to the Caribbean).

Budget Accommodations

There are many forms of budget accommodations. From couch surfing, BNB rentals, home trading, hostels, and budget hotels.

Again, hotels and other commercial forms of accommodation have their high season and low season pricing based on the popularity and demand of their respective locations around the world.

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Budget Eating

Eating like the locals, or preparing one’s own food versus eating in expensive restaurants are a couple of ways to slash one’s food budget while traveling.

One has to be diligent in the planning of one’s trip and realistic about what they can afford to spend their money on. I guess it depends on what ‘experience’ you are looking for during your travels.

Off-season travel generally offers better rates on transportation, accommodation and even food.

Cutting costs on transportation, accommodation and food allow for more money to see some of the sights in your destination.

I would probably travel a fair amount of the time during ‘off-seasons’ to avoid the crowds.

Have you done any Budget traveling? Where’d you go? What did you do? Would you do it again? Leave your comments below.


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