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Unfortunately I had to write this while I was travelling so wasn't able to put as much time into posting this. I will be updating it along the way with more content and pictures as I continue my travels.
One of the major benefits to minimalism is the ability to travel more because of the increase in the amount of time and money you have. But getting to the increase in money part can take some time to accomplish while paying off previous credit. So how do you travel with such a lack of funds?
This week I thought I'd do a little experiment and see how little I could spend while travelling. I decided to take a trip into the Rockies and then check out some other destinations on my return trip. Started making some calls to friends and family that were on the route that I had chosen to see if they were able to put me up for a night. Got two offers, one in Canmore and the other in Red Deer which would be on my way back. They were great launching points for me, allowing me to get to some amazing spots with not having to worry about the costs of hotels.
But enough about my trip, you can just check out some of the pictures and see the places I'm going to. (check back, I'll be adding more pictures to this each day).
Tips On How You Can Travel On A Budget
Here are a few things that you can do to lower the costs of travelling.
- Stay with friends or family - Save the cost of hotels and can give you a great launching point to do day trips.
- Check out free campsites - There are plenty of free campsites available, especially here in Canada.
- Camping Clubs - There are plenty of camping clubs, especially in the US where you can get sites anywhere from three to ten dollars a night.
- Check for deals - If you are planning on going any distance then check well in advance for promotions that are put on by vacation company's, hotels and airlines. Yes you can sometimes get great last minute deals but are you willing to take the chance of missing out on the trip you desire. Learn to travel in the off season. Whenever my whole family takes a trip here to Canmore, we usually come in the spring (off season here), we can get a two bedroom chalet with kitchen, dining room and living room for about $90 a night, then just bring our own food to cook.
- Pack a cooler - Nothing is more expensive on a road trips than snacks and drinks, learn to pack at least one meal and a few days worth of snacks and drinks. The savings can really add up.
- Couch surfing - For those of you who like the nomad type of travelling or don't have friends or family that you can stay with in the area that you are going to, then there's always the option of couch surfing. There are a couple of organizations out there that can help you out. Couchsurfing.org and Globalfreeloaders.com. I myself have never used them, so check them out beforehand, best to be safe on your travels.
I realize that most of these tips are just common sense. But it's amazing how many times we forget and do things at the last minute, costing ourselves more money. Best to learn to plan out your vacations beforehhand and save money and even stress.
The real reason I made this trip, got to see my nephew, niece and above my great niece. Unfortunately they are moving further away from me due to work, so I won't be able to see them as often.
I will update this post as I travel for the next couple of days, Giving you a total cost, which I figure should be about $80 for the three days. Usually would have cost a lot less but it being just after the easter weekend the price of gas is way up, $110.9 per litre or $4.19 a gallon. I will add plenty more photos over the next few days as well.
If you missed last weeks post, we had a guest writer Avie who wrote: http://www.levelsofminimalism.com/levels-of-minimalism/less-is-more-living-life-off-grid
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What an awesome trip it was, got to spend some time with friends and family and see some great places. Overall it ended up costing me about $87. Would have been a lot less but went out of my way to get to some great destinations. Went down to Bragg Creek and Kananaskis to see wildlife, usually this time of the year the bears are out in force after just waking up from hibernation, but none were to be found. The only thing I got to see was a huge wolf as it ran in front of the car in front of me. I have a 115 lb. Rottweiler and this old wolf was probably twice her size, lots of winter coat left so probably not twice the weight. By the time I was able to pull over and get my camera though I was only able to get a shot of him going into the woods. Then it was off to Drumheller, where I got to go see the Hoodoo's, the suspension bridge and the world famous Royal Tyrell Mueseum. Didn't go into the museum this time though, been there several times. I will put a few of the photos up here then put the rest on our FaceBook page. If you would like to see them then go to https://www.facebook.com/minimalist101/
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