20 Common Misconceptions About Budget Travel

13. You only travel by bus

Not necessarily. Though buses tend to be cheaper, sometimes it makes more sense to pay a bit more for a flight and avoid a rough 15-hour bus journey. Like I said, it’s all about balance.

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14. You have to avoid expensive cities

You’re probably going to take that cost into consideration when planning the trip. So you know it’s expensive, but it’s not a problem if it’s within the budget. Budget travel is all about planning.

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15. You just eat sandwiches

We may make and eat our sandwiches most days, but just because it’s a lot cheaper than buying lunch every day. It doesn’t mean we never eat out! We just save our cash for the restaurants we really want to try.

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