Graham Hughes, the world’s most travelled filmmaker, offers his expert advice on how to travel the world on a shoestring budget. When asked how can I afford to travel so much, I feel like retorting with: how can you afford your rent? To keep a dog? To have children? To smoke? I have no rent to pay, no dog to feed, no kids to look after or cigarette companies to support, so 100% of the money I have can go on travel. Keeping to a budget of a day is fairly easy if you’re CouchSurfing (free), eating street food ( a meal) and travelling on the chicken bus ( per 100 miles). That’s just 00 a year -less than a typical British cigarette smoker will spend on fags over the same period and much, much less than the rent on a squalid little flat in London or the cost of bringing up children. “The toughest part of travel is deciding to go.” Travel isn’t a question of being loaded, it’s a question of priorities. Obviously if you want comfort and security, stay at home, work hard and maybe go on a cruise when you’re 67 years old. If you’re lucky enough to live that long. But if you want to see the world, rush headlong into the thrill and vigour of the unknown, wake up every day in a new place with new challenges and new friends, then the world is your dancefloor -all you have to do is make the decision to GET OUT THERE and strut your funky stuff. To follow my Guinness World Record Breaking attempt to visit EVERY COUNTRY in the world.
I love our travel guides. We only started buying them when we went travelling in 2003. We now buy one for every new place that we go to. I have a Switzerland guide to add to these (going in May/June) but it’s next to the bed at the minute
I have just moved them in to the living room so that I can stare at them all the time! Lol. They bring back such happy memories
Most travelers prefer to fly with a certain airline and will take advantage of online travel opportunities that are sponsored by that airline. The airline might offer travelers a frequent flyer club and the air miles accumulated during years of travel may one day be converted into a free flight to anywhere in the world that the travel wants to go to. The airline might offer online seating selections and travelers can arrange special accommodations for disabled passengers traveling with them.
Online travel opportunities make budgeting travel expenses very easy for old and young alike. Hotels provide free internet access and many provide computer systems for travelers use right in the hotel lobby. Advertised pricing on all sorts of travel opportunities will be seen when travelers log on any travel website. Travelers can afford to be choosy because the number of discounted travel options will be numerous. Travelers only need to figure out where and when they want to travel.
Discount travel opportunities allow people to travel to exotic places that they never thought they would ever be able to afford. The travel destinations might be within the Continental United States or a bit farther where tropical forests and beautiful beaches abound. Destinations such as Hawaii, Bali and the Ivory Coast are but clicks away if the traveler is using a computer mouse to select travel arrangements online.
Travel opportunities might be offered as vacation packages or under-booked flights where airline seats were plentiful. To sell those seats, many airlines will offer travel opportunities that provide discounts to traveling partners and other opportunities could very well provide the traveler with a free travel flight in the future. The pricing on the travel packages might allow travelers to visit other places while they are out of the country and those discounts will provide more money to spend on souvenirs.
People can receive travel discounts just because they used the internet to book reservations. The online rebates will be very generous and might allow people to select rooms which are larger such as staterooms on a cruise ship or suites in a casino resort hotel. For those traveling to Las Vegas, the online travel opportunities might allow tourists to stay at magnificent resorts and enjoy spa treatments each day.
Comps for casino play will be provided through online booking agents too and tourists traveling to Atlantic City might receive coins for gambling because their online travel arrangements were made for traveling by rail. Online travel opportunities will be offered daily and discounted rooms and activities are made available to the public the instant they become available because once announced, travel agents know that these type of online bargains will be snatched up fast.
Air travelers will come to appreciate some of the online travel opportunities that are offered each month. The first come, first served approach to online reservation systems allows people to grab hold of the best seats first. International travel opportunities will allow people to update seating to first class if someone does not book those seats before the aircraft leaves the terminal. The bargain pricing for last minute travel opportunities is liable to produce perks that no traveler would ever imagine to be possible.