5 reasons to travel on a budget. And why you should too

No, it is not about the money. Most people, who know me fairly well, know that I like the challenge of spending less every time I travel. And it is all related to one single thing: The Experience.

I was never a big fan of the typical touristic vacation kind of thing, like going to a resort where you are basically resting, doing nothing, being lazy, and enjoying the perks of long months of work (I can enjoy a really good museum though).

Of course it is a challenge to find free stuff, like accommodation, transport and so on. But the Challenge itself is halfway through, to a different Experience each time I travel. To drill further down on this, my top 5 reasons to travel on a budget are:

  1. Meeting the most incredible people around

If you are going to get free stuff, or even less expensive than usual, you will have to get it from someone. You’ll be surprised how much people are willing to give you, due to the power of being kind and nice. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to give back, to contribute and to make other people happy to meet you.

And these people are also the ones you will enjoy meeting the most. Usually they are one of a kind for some reason; they have met other people before this way; they have incredible experiences to share with you, and definitely the best hints to make the most out of your time abroad.

  1. Experiencing local life

Like I said before, the touristic kind of travel is not really my cup of tea. I like to experience the local life, with local people, in local kind of places. Besides that, it is also a way to spend less, because touristic stuff is always over priced.
One of the most exciting experiences I am planning for the next couple of years, is to spend a few days living with a tribe in Amazonia. Living with the locals means so much more to me than any resort has to offer.

  1. Taking you out of your comfort zone

Well, every challenge does that, right? This is no different. The moment you step outside your comfort zone, is the moment unexpected things start to take place; it’s the moment you start gathering unpredictable experiences that you’ll take along with you all the way. And you know, once you overcome challenges outside your comfort zone, the following occurs:

  1. Boost your confidence

Once you manage to overcome the challenges, it will feel awesome. There is a natural reason for this: Dopamine working here – You establish a goal, you achieve it, and you receive dopamine shots in return. And it feels awesome – the whole purpose of Dopamine is to make sure we get stuff done, by making us repeat behaviors that feel good.
Get enough shots of Dopamine, and you will feel there is nothing you can’t do. Be aware though, Dopamine is highly addictive.
Know more about using our inner chemicals, for our own benefit, in the video Why Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek, who was one of my greatest inspirations during my corporate life, and still today is resonating.

  1. Travel Sustainably

This one is pretty straightforward. It is the last, but certainly not the least. When you travel on a budget, you use less resources, therefore your traveling holds a lower environmental impact. You are not a part of the mass tourism; you blend in with the locals and you become one of them, forever.

When I visited Norway with my good friends Daniel and Diana, we ended-up sleeping in a boat, free of charge. It was kind of concerning at the beginning – weather within the Arctic Circle in February is not amusing. In the end, this is what we saw in the morning, right after waking up and stepping out. Pretty cool isn’t it?


Only one more thing, if there is anything else that you think would fit here, and that I didn’t think of, please let me know. Drop me a line on andre@theoutlierwalk.com.

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