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Travel can be expensive. When you start adding up the flight, the hotel, parking, food, excursions etc, you may start to think that it's not worth it. And it may not be the right time if you're trying to get your finances in order. But if you're spending money on clothes, coffees, late fees, and take out that you don't need, I would highly recommend diverting that cash into a travel fund.
20 years from now, you won't remember that $4.00 coffee you got this morning, but you will remember the time you climed Mt. Kilimanjaro, zip-lined through the jungle, or snorkeled the great barrier reef. And while we're thinking about all the awesome things you can do with that extra cash, let's take a moment to think out of the vacation box.
There's a few typical vacations: beach, historical, road trip. You're either lounging at a beach, touring museums and ancient ruins, or cruising down a beautiful road and checking out the sites. This of course is a broad spectrum of vacations. But, there's lots of other ways to vacation, here are a few:
Voluntourism: This is where you volunteer somewhere, often times in exchange for lodging, tours, etc. I've done this a few times with the Sundance Film Festival. Not only do you get to save money on your trip, but you also get to make great friends, and get those warm fuzzies from giving back. There's lots of ways to do voluntourism from film festivals, building homes, or doing beach clean up. There are some groups that are better to work with than others, and some that are doing more good than others. This article, gives you some tips on figuring that all out.
Agritourism: Agritourism is a great way to travel and learn more about a passion of yours. It's becoming increasingly popular all over the world and is a big boom to small farms that can offer a rustic old world feel. You can make olive oil, wine, go on cattle drives...basically anything and everything. Some farms will give you free stays for the work, and you'll learn a fun new skill. This isn't for everyone, because you will have to work, but it's definitely a fun alternative to your everyday trip. There's also an option called help exchange, which exchanges work for lodging and food. Which is a great budget way to travel long term. Find out more at http://www.helpx.net/
Experience Travel: This isn't new, but I think it's something that often gets overlooked when planning a vacation. This is the idea that you're traveling for a particular experience: surfing, race car driving, painting etc. So, for example, Pat and I have been researching a surf school that provides lodging and daily surf lessons for your stay as well as other surf centric items. I've also looked into rally racing schools, pub/castle bicycle tours etc. These vacations are very centered around one activity so that you can get the most of the opportunity to have the best of the best. I think a lot of people try to do a million different things while they're on a trip to get the most of out it. But, by doing the exact opposite, and focusing on one really cool thing you want to do, you can have a blast and be a lot less stressed.
What about you guys?! Have you been on any unique out of the box trips?
Have a great week!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz