Welcome to The Tightwad Tourist.
For years I dreamed of traveling the world, mainly Europe, but always assumed that it was beyond my budget. On December 31, 2005 I decided that I was done dreaming and that one of my New Years Resolutions for 2006 was to travel somewhere that required a passport.
I just had to decide where to go.
This was to be my first international trip ever, and I was going alone so I decided that an english speaking country would probably be best. Ireland had always been at the top of my list of places to see, so I decided that that was where I was headed. I was intimidated by many things – the anticipated costs, figuring out conversion rates, I was certain that I would find myself completely broke half way through my trip.
I knew that I had to do this on a budget.
I was able to make some creative choices to minimize costs, yet still enjoy myself the entire time without sacrificing any of the experience.
That was a vacation that changed my perspective of the world, and of myself. In Ireland, I learned that I can navigate this world solo, meet interesting people from different cultures, and have a fantastic time exploring different countries.
Since then, I have been back to Europe and have learned more tricks to efficiently budget. I’ve become a resource to friends and coworkers, helping them to plan trips, saving them anywhere from $200 to $400 off their original projected costs. I’ll share with you my tips on how and where to find affordable airfare, reasonable accomodations, and how to make the most of your budget.
Whether busting out the passport to spend a week in Europe, or just getting in the car for a weekend trip in your own state, travel can be as affordable as it is enjoyable.