Are you travelling in a big group of friends? If there are ten or more of you travelling together, renting a villa instead of staying in a hostel could actually be a good idea.
Imagine you are taking a tour of the Greek islands such as Mykonos. Rather than clog up the hostels of the island, why not take a look at luxury villas in Mykonos? Staying in such a place for a few nights guarantees you will get a comfortable bed and much more privacy than what a hostel can offer. A place such as BlueVillas become a little more affordable when you divide the price between a few people.
It gives you access to more amenities
You get to a certain point when you are travelling where all you want is a bath. It doesn’t matter how many times you dip into a river or shower in a hostel; sometimes all you want is to soak yourself in a hot bath and wash away the aches of travelling. While you can find baths at many budget hotels, they are something of a rarity because showers take up less space and are cheaper to run. Opting for a single night in a more luxurious place to stay could allow you the use of a big bath and some brilliant luxury bath products.
Have the chance to unwind
Some people can get horribly stressed out by travelling, even if they fully enjoy it. From trying to catch public transport in a system which seems unorganised to just being surrounded by people who don’t speak your language. There are many reasons why someone can feel overwhelmed even if they are having the time of their life. Opting for luxury allows for a quick moment to step away and take a breather. It might not actually be much more expensive for you to grab the break you need, for example heading to a luxury hammam in Marrakech. There are many online booking agencies who often run special offers so it’s worth investigating.
After a few weeks of fast food and intriguing morsels from street markets, you might have a hankering for something a little nicer. If this is the case for you, you might want to take a look at some of the other offerings in the local area. Remember, something doesn’t always have to be expensive; you could define a hunk of mango as a luxury. If you want something fresh and different then it might just be the perfect hint of luxury to you.
It may enable you to buy yourself a cheaper souvenir
Think you can’t go shopping because it would be too much of a luxury? You might be missing out on the perfect little trinket to remind you of your time spent travelling. If the prices seem a little bit too high, you may be in an area which caters just for tourists. You may find shops just a few streets away where you can find something at a much cheaper price. You might also be able to haggle, though this is a skill which many struggle to pick up at first!
You can afford it!
When backpacking, there can sometimes be a fugal mentality which causes you to horde your money, and it’s not always nice to think this way. By hoarding your money and turning down experiences because “you can’t afford them”, you could be missing out on some of the best parts of your trips. This doesn’t mean that you should blow your money at every opportunity, but a packet of noodles here or there to supplement the extra cost of a guided tour might be just what you need.
Backpacking is about seeing the world and adventuring. Part of that is learning how to properly balance your budget so you can experience everything fully and still have money left over at the end of the day.
Start planning today
Your backpacking adventure is waiting for you and it doesn’t have to be as frugal as you might think. Take a look at the destinations you hope to visit and find out how to balance your budget with a mix of frugal and luxury choices. Before you know it, you might be on the road and experiencing everything this beautiful destination has to offer. Start planning your perfect holiday now; whether you will be taking a frugal