Why You Should Travel Broke

Why You Should Travel Broke

Travelling expenses can be very misleading sometimes.  Of course, you will need some sort of money to be able to travel but the idea of having all this extra money to spend on crap is unnecessary.  I think everyone should experience travelling while being broke once in their lives because it gives you an understanding of the amount of stuff you unnecessarily buy.  Obviously, when I use the term ‘broke’, I mean having only just enough money to get by, nothing spare, not even an extra $1.  My experience travelling broke was when I decided to go to Dublin for a few days.  When I arrived my accommodation fell through and I literally had nowhere to stay as everything was booked out and too expensive because of some rugby tournament.  I guess when you have no idea where you’re sleeping that night your brain clicks into action.

Why You Should Travel Broke

I had around €70 left so I decided to head to the bus station as obviously I needed to get out of Dublin to get some sort of accommodation.  As I had already been to Dublin a couple of times I was so up for the idea of travelling somewhere new so decided to spend €30 on a return bus ticket to Cork.  On the way there I managed to get the bus wi-fi and quickly looked for hostels and found one in a little side street, which turned out to be a real gem!  So, that cost me €15 for the night which means I had €25 for food and anything else for two days.  I got most of my food from the supermarket to cut costs and I avoided any type of bakery. I drunk water which I refilled everywhere I could and stayed away from other types of drinks.  I managed to find the most beautiful parks and churches and I have to say I really had a lot of time to reflect and to realize you don’t need money to be happy.

Why You Should Travel Broke

What I’m trying to say is, be creative.  If you have no money head to Couchsurfing.com or Trampalinn to get free accommodation, and eat local food or food from cheap eateries.  Don’t fall into the tourist traps.  Usually, the most beautiful things in life are free.  Look for free walking tours in the city you’re in – most places will have them!  If you need to get around why not rent a bike or find out about getting a day pass for the bus instead of paying for separate trips!

Why not test yourself and see how little you can spend in one weekend.  I took a negative circumstance and turned it into a positive and got to explore a new beautiful city in Ireland.  Plus the bus trip down was absolutely beautiful and I got to see the Irish countryside, bonus!

If you need cheap accommodation then check out Agoda or Booking.com, I highly recommend them!  If you are wanting free accommodation then check out my article here where you will learn how to get FREE accommodation!


Why You Should Travel Broke

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  1. April 13, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Totally agree with you – that the most beautiful things in life are free! Thank you for sharing your travel experience – love the story that even with certain budget, we can still enjoy travel at most!

    • ahdykstra
      April 14, 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  2. April 28, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    How wonderful that you were resilient enough to experience this as an adventure, and make it so! I love your outlook.

    I haven’t travelled due to my life requiring other things from me since my teenage years – so I’ve travelled the depths of my soul instead 🙂

  3. June 25, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Love this! The best way for me to meet great people is on free walking tours. Btw are you South African by any chance?

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Yeah, walking tours are fantastic for meeting people! No I’m not South African I’m a Kiwi 🙂 Why is that? Usually people mistake me for South African or Australian when I speak 😉

      • June 25, 2016 / 7:37 pm

        I Guess its your name and surname it sound very South African 😉 I did a free walking tour in Tokyo with my hostel and it was so much fun and FREE!

        • June 27, 2016 / 5:46 pm

          Haha ahh yes well I am half Dutch so that’s why my name looks familiar then! 🙂 Oh brilliant! What hostel in Tokyo did you stay at?

  4. May 4, 2017 / 4:57 am

    That’s an awesome outlook, I really admire your positivity as most people would have just freaked out and not known what to do in that situation! It’s a great philosophy for life 🙂

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