When travelling, you may have visions of eating at the best restaurants every night, heading to the most famous clubs or living it up in trendy bars but unless you’ve got the budget to go with this lavish lifestyle, there’s a good chance you’ll have to make cutbacks. Sure, the odd theatre trip, late night diving excursion or three-course dinner may be possible, but if money is tight why not enjoy a few fun-filled nights in? They don’t have to be boring! Here’s a few examples of what you could do.
1. Get competitive
If you’re stuck in your hostel or hotel and there’s Wi-Fi you’re in luck. These days, there are so many gaming apps that you could get competitive and join Wink Bingo or practise your language skills while socialising via Words with Friends. You could even take on people around the world by downloading 8 Ball Pool or give fellow gamers a run for their money with Bowling King.
2. Have a movie night
These days, many of us don’t leave our home without some kind of gadget in tow. So if you’ve got a laptop, tablet or phone with you, why not recharge your batteries with a relaxing movie night? There’s plenty of sites that’ll allow you to stream films live, but it’s a good idea to download a selection of top movies before you leave to ensure you can watch what you want when you want.
3. Cook up some local grub
One of the best ways to save money is by shopping locally. Markets, roadside vegetable stalls and street vendors tend to have some mouth-watering delights at great prices, so how about stocking up on goodies and whipping up an evening feast? Not only will this put your cooking skills to the test but it will give you the chance to sample fresh cuisine from your destination of choice.
Feeling lazy? Then you could always see what the takeaways are like nearby!
4. Get to know your fellow travellers
The great thing about travelling is that you get to meet many different people from across the globe. So, if you’re staying in accommodation that makes it easy to mingle with others such as a campsite or hostel perhaps you could take the time to get to know your fellow explorers rather than heading out and spending money. Having a drink together could be a good ice breaker or perhaps you could start up a game of poker or cards?
5. Plan your next adventures
As an intrepid explorer, you’ll know that planning is key. Knowing what you want to do and when is all part of the fun, so use your evenings in to schedule your next adventures. Flicking through guide books and maps will not only help you to get excited but it’ll also ensure you don’t miss any key sites. What’s more, if you can head off with a clear head the next day and not one that’s fuzzy from partying you’ll feel a lot more eager to explore.
Once you’re done with planning, you could then retrace your steps by setting up your very own travel blog to help document and share your experiences with others.
Staying in while travelling is a great way to save money, but it doesn’t mean you have to be bored or feel you’re missing out on the fun.
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