If you’ve read my blog much, you’ll know that I believe travel doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, we spent a whopping $50/day on basic day-to-day expenses for our family of four as we cycled through the Americas. That translates to about $1500 for our regular expenses, plus we budgeted an additional $500/month for those one-off things like visiting the Galapagos or Machu Picchu.
Thomson Cruises recently released this infographic (see below) showing just how cheap traveling on a cruise is over traveling the “traditional” way with airplanes and staying in hotels. While I don’t question their figures at all, I do know you can do better than either of these.
The key to keeping costs down is to travel slowly. Pick one destination and stay there for your entire vacation. Do you really need to visit three different countries in your week away? Or can you delve in deeper and get to know one place more intimately?
Using one of the examples below, they have a tour to Egypt with one night in Cairo. ONE NIGHT? Why on God’s green earth would anyone only want one day in Cairo? Sure, you’ll be able to see the pyramids, but you’ll miss the souks, the Egyptian museum, and the citadel, not to mention all the other fabulous sites scattered around the city.
If you’ve got bucketloads of money laying around, then by all means take that multi-country tour or cruise. If your buckets are running dry, then head out to one place and dive in. I think you’ll be glad you did.