A little saved here, a bit more spent there – Day 18 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Budget

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Day 18 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll

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Prompt #18: BUDGET

“Every traveler has a budget; for some it just might be higher of lower than for others What’s your style? What do you spend very little on and what are you always willing to pay more for?”

A little saved here, a bit more spent there

When Jodie and I travel, we try to budget according to what matters most to us:


We love hostels but prefer our privacy. We pay extra for private rooms instead of dorms.


Getting around via public buses and trains saves us money and shows us far more of day-to-day life where we are. We also don’t have to worry about the expense and logistics of renting (and parking and gassing up) a car, and we save more expensive taxi fare for when a taxi ride is really needed.

Trains and buses are where the regular people are, and we ride to see this slice of life. The routes also let us see more of the place than we could observe if we were driving.


If there’s anywhere we scrimp in some areas to be lavish in others, it’s food.

When traveling, we usually breakfast on fruit, granola and yogurt at our hostel, with the occasional brekky at a must-try local place. Lunch varies: if we have a big breakfast, lunch can be bread, cheese and fruit. We snack when needed, because what’s traveling without sampling delicious lovelies from shops, stalls and pubs?

If lunch is a larger meal out, we have a light dinner back in the hostel. Some dinners we have out, at a place we’ve been wanting to try, or so we can have a date.

Souvenirs & Gifts

We’re not big souvenir people, and don’t want to bring home more stuff to dust. Instead we take lots of pictures and do journaling. We also try to find one thing that could be beautiful, useful or both for us and our home. (Since Jodie knits and sews, this is often yarn, fabric or really neat buttons.)

At Home

Of course, all this budgeting has to start somewhere. At home, travel is always a big priority for us. We regularly set aside money here and there for future trips, and that bit of budgeting helps a lot.

For us, how we budget our trip funds is all about our priorities. We can pick a lavish dinner one night, knowing that the next day we’ll eat cheaper DIY meals. Our tastes and pleasures are simple, but when we do see something that for us is a splurge, we feel okay doing it.

Overall, though, we know how fortunate we are to be able to travel, and we make sure that we savor every moment and every dollar of the trip.

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