As I was browsing through my blog, I noticed that people usually search about the elements of travel on my search terms. It made me think of writing something about this topic even with my limited experience. This doesn’t mean that I’m a travel expert; rather, this is a reflection of how I plan and do my travels.
Traveling can be a very expensive activity if want to splurge and do a luxury kind of traveling. However, it can also be affordable with the help of really good planning and understanding about your own personal preferences. I usually plan my travels months before. Not only does it make me very excited, but it also helps me budget my funds. I try to go to a place that I haven’t been to once a year. This means that I have to set aside a travel fund and decide where I want to go. Instead of asking for gifts for birthdays or Christmas, it would be a good idea to ask for donations for your travel funds. With right planning and preparation, traveling can be affordable for everyone.
I would love to just stop working and travel everywhere. Sadly, that’s not possible for now, so I think that carefully planning the place that I want to go has to be a priority. I always think that I can still explore more places locally if my time is limited and have the same fun as when I go internationally. The first thing I do is to know my preference. Should it be a nature focused trip, beach destination, colder place or an adventure trip? After that, I look at local destinations that I haven’t been to. Most places around the country or to nearby ones offer most of the things that I want to do. I then decide by browsing through websites and look at the places where not that many people go. I like to explore those kinds of places and see what they have to offer.
3. Right time and season
Peak tourist season means that hotels and flights will be more expensive. That’s why it’s important to first decide the destination and read up about the right season to travel there. If time is not on your side, it’s still possible to schedule your travel by going when it’s almost at the end of that season. I usually go when I get my holidays, however, with the help of my advance planning, I am able to check when I can possibly get the best of what hotels and flights have to offer.
4. Sense of Fun and Adventure
I can say that my best travel moments and destinations were when I went with locals. It might be a little bit scary but they really know where the best places to go. We usually go to restaurants with no tourists but full of locals. I found that a smile goes a long way and people usually respond to this, especially in Southeast Asia. Try to learn a few words of the local language and people will try to help you out more. They appreciate the effort and that goes a long way in meeting and enjoying yourself.
So I guess those are the 4 travel elements I can think of. Maybe you have some other ideas; it would be nice to hear them too. :)