20 Common Misconceptions About Budget Travel

Some people don’t like the idea of budget travel. They think it’s a constant struggle and you don’t have fun.

That’s not true! You just have to think twice before spending your money.

Here are 20 things people always get wrong about budget travel:

1. You don’t have a nice time

I like to believe that the best things in life are free. This is something every experienced budget traveler knows well.

Having a conversation with a local might be a lot nicer than spending the day in the pool, oblivious to the culture around you.

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2. You have to haggle for everything

You might need to haggle every now and then, but remember that’s part of the culture in some countries! So, by not haggling, you could be paying a lot more than you should.

You don’t have to haggle, but it is the best way to get a good price.

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3. You don’t see all the touristic points

If you really want to see a particular landmark, you can make it happen. But if you’re traveling on a budget, it’s worth asking yourself the following question: do you need to?

If you only travel to see the touristic points, you might need to reassess your focus. Why not fall in love with the people and the food?

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