Travelers and stuck at home Wanderlusters alike have all heard this phrase, "Don't worry about the money, its about the experience." Well, I am here to tell you that that advice is kind of bullshit.
but it will also ensure that you will not get the full experience of your travels!
Traveling costs money. You have to pay for flights, hostels, food, transportation, tours, city passes, clubs, drinks and every other activity you feel the need to buy or experience aka hang gliding in the swiss alps.
smart travelers are aware of the minimum amountthey need to spend
Having a set amount of money that you plan on spending means you can figure out just how long your trip can be without having to struggle to pay for simple things like getting on a train or buying a round with your new friends that you met at the hostel.
Because trust me you don't want to spend your whole trip worrying if you can spare the 4 euro to buy a drink for your roommate.
Heres what will happen if you take this terrible advice:
I have heard of some peoples trips being cut short, or they had to move to crappy but cheaper hostels, or they couldn't even do stuff like the Heineken Experience because they couldn't pay to get in!
Actually, this means you are wasting all this money to experience only the first layer of the countries experience.
The best thing you can do is be honest with the amount you believe you are going to spend and try to stick to it.
Pay attention to the money, because you need to it fully experience traveling. But then again, don't let the money control your trip because you will figure out some creative ways to save what you have!
So yes, you will be spending a decent chunk of change....but its worth it as long as you're smart about it