Travellig on a shoestring budget
Some people may not be willing to spend much money, but wish to see the world anyhow which means keeping expenses low. Students from different parts of the world have written about their experience of low budget travelling.
Maja from Berlin
I have studied landscape architectures. l like to travel as a backpacker, couchsurfer and bike nomad. A few years ago the travel bug gripped me and I found an interesting website of a backpacker company which boasted: 'We challenge you to travel Britain cheaper by public
I decided for the Backpacker Tour Company which is well-established and covers all parts of the UK. The itineraries, however, are not hop-on, hop-off, so we were not fee to interrupt the tour in places we liked and found our independence limited. We were recommended to hold
on to our cash. Tours with no-frills itineraries allowed us to pay for as many optional extras. e. g. meals and entrance fees - or as few as we wished.
At about £ 25 per day, this was better value than some other backpacker buses which offer a hop-on hop-off travel pass.
The experience was really outstanding. Our guides were full of know-ledge and had a great sense of humour. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and I couldn't recommend a better company to travel with. I will definitely be coming back.
Karel from Prague:
I've been couchsurfing for six years and I've met several of my best friends. For me it's the true sporot of travelling.
l've had plenty of guests over a span of years. One of my favourites was a group of four Hungarians. When l came back after work, the house was empty. - Suddenly they came in with nine bags of groce-
ries! Apparently in their culture. it's a custom that when you stay with a host, you repay the favour by cooking them dinner. They made some great Hungarian food and we spent the next few hours chatting in my kitchen. Budapest is now on my ever-growing list of places to see. To be honest, I only had one negative experience: In Marrakech, Morocco,
we had to wait for our host. The area seemed quite dreary: suspicious streets, decaying houses. lt was getting late, with the sky full of dark clouds. Not knowing French or even Arabic, we couldn't communicate with the people around. Our host ignored our calls. Only when we called him from the phone booth did he mercifully explain what bus to
take to the centre, because he was not going to host us!
Nigel from California
Finding an inexpensive place to stay can be a challenge in the US if you are travelling through the more rural parts of America. That's why my friend and I decided to camp. Almost all of the campsites can be
rented for extremely Jow rates, sometimes as low as five dollars night. Usually this includes a grill for cooking, space for tents, a toilet and a shower area.
Last year we travelled through California and did not have the space for any camping equipment, so we stayed at the campsite units in
Yosemite. This was quite a fun adventure!!! There are 3 walls. and a tent flap.
Our unit was Jocated in the middle. lt was quite a hike to go from our site to the main office. We were also close to the river, so that was great. We went there multiple times for the great scenery.
Bicycles turned out to be the best method to really take in all of the wonders of Yosemite.
Rumor has it that there are plenty of bears in the area. I was disap-pointed not to see a bear in the wild, but l was also relieved, because there was no way our tent flap could have kept them out.