traveling as a couple
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Mar 13, 2012 12:15 PM Last Post By: lambskin
Feb 29, 2012 12:02 PM
15Was in the same boat years ago. I liked the more luxurious but my boyfriend is Mr. Budget. He told me that traveling on a budget meant more places to visit. Plus, more money saved on accomodation and and food meant more shopping. Less fancy hotels and restaurants meant packing less clothes and shoes- which tranlates into more luggage room to bring things back. Spend a night or two at a nice place at the end of the trip. This trip made me realize that you can see the world and do some serious shopping. I fell in love with him and we got married. Fast forward 25 years later-we are still uber cheap travelers and have taken our girls to over 20 countries-on the cheap.
Feb 29, 2012 1:01 PM
Feb 29, 2012 1:18 PM
Mar 1, 2012 12:24 PM
Mar 8, 2012 1:29 PM
19You have encountered a problem you will have the rest of your life.
My last girlfriend would talk a good game but freak-out when we arrived. I remember her calling the airline to go home as soon as we sat down in the hotel in Florence. In Hawaii, she just walked around by herself all day.
My second wife was kind of empty headed but nice looking so I had to figure out all the train shedules and such in Europe.
My first wife was a great traveler and never complained about the budget digs.
Point is, they are all different. I used to never travel solo but since I have discovered that, I can do my rough stuff and save the civilized stuff for the couples trips. Thailand, I would consider a solo trip. Remember, when you're alone, the world is full of possibilities!
Mar 8, 2012 8:09 PM
"have fun / not schedules" i love that. words to live by!
i kind of get the feeling my girlfriend will be like your last.. who knows though she might surprise me. but we have deiced on not going to Thailand i came up with the money much faster then she did so im going to take this one by my self and im sure that by the time she comes up with the money ill have enough for the next one. as for your second wife, planning the trips and travels is half the fun for me. i love figuring it all out. so that would have been fine with me. but like you said to each there own i guess, everyones different and if i truely want to do it my way ill have to save the trips i really want for my solo trips
Mar 12, 2012 9:22 AM
21Viagerro-I guess budget travelling for 24+ years as a couple has outweighed my big buck shopping! As I get older my shopping addiction has been curtailed. I do not need another carpet, carving, painting, mask, blanket, tee shirt, purse, etc. I am more focused and my priorities have changed- plus we have kids. We have been to over 110 countries together so I have already shopped for souveniers (some cool and some crappy) and avoid shopping at these places on return visits. He hated going to these places but had to help me do the math and money exchange. Now my priority is to find some type of ornament for our christmas tree and a silver charm for the girls' bracelets. I also save a coin from each country. I still do my shopping research and will buy if warranted i.e. pearls in Shanghai, silver in Thailand etc. With the dollar in the toilet bargains are now hard to come by. But I will spend money on cheap massages (China) and mineral baths and spas (Siberia, Kazahstan) to soothe the weary body from the cheap train seats or hard hostel matresses! He uses this freetime to sleep or chill out with a beer or secure the train or bus ticket for the next day. The key to travelling together is to find the strengths and weaknesses. He plans the trips, handles the tickets, visas, documents and money. I have a great sense of direction and can navigate locally, find a great place to eat and remember where a particular place is. He secures transport and I do the laundry-etc. It also helps that we have the same interests-museums over bars, concerts over sports. We like to travel hard and fast as opposed to cafe sitting. It works for us.We have had some big fights but travelling makes us stronger. If you can't travel together...
Mar 12, 2012 9:28 AM
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Mar 12, 2012 12:08 PM
25Bangladesh had nearly no tourists. Travelled to Chittigong and back to Daka. One of my least favorite places to visit-getting out of the airport was quite an experience. Algeria and Eritrea were pretty much tourist free as well as Iran. Hit Laos, Burma and Cambodia before the tourist wave. Libya and Iran were hard to get to and had only 1 week visas. Awesome places. Sakhalin, Nias , Rebun and Gorgona, Reunion, Lord Howe and Madeline islands are favorite-but hard to get to island destinations. Interestingly, none are budget friendly.
Mar 12, 2012 12:21 PM
Mar 13, 2012 8:00 AM
27You have to get to Gaspe first to take the ferry. The islands are not cheap but can be done on the cheap. The youth hostel has family rooms and a kitchen and is located right on the water. You can rent a car for the day to explore or bring your bike. We have hitched there too. Many pacific islands as well as the carribean are uber expensive- so to find interesting but economical islands is a bonus! I like the Azores.
Mar 13, 2012 9:26 AM
Mar 13, 2012 12:15 PM
29Absolutely correct-as I said I saw them before the tourist wave. In fact a lot of places have changed since my last visits. Even a couple of years makes a difference-for example-Novosibersk-been there 3 times over a 5 year period and each time there are more restaurants, buildings,hotels, shops etc. The same thing with Tashkent, Alamty, Dubai etc. The amount of development is astounding. I feel fortunate to have visited many places before they got popular such as Albania and some parts of Mexico. Conversely, I have been to inexpensive places that I thought would be not tainted by tourists and was disappointed upon arrival-Darjeeling, Kathmandu, Bali, Thailand etc. I have been travelling since 1984 and try not to return to places unless they appeal to me or my shopping urges. Laos, Burma and Cambodia were very cheap and thus desirable. No one can be surprised that tourists have descended upon these places. As the economy worsens and oil prices rise, travel dollars do not go very far any more. I know that our budget has decreased and we find it harder and harder to get an interesting experience on the cheap. I believe that travellers are in search of cheap, interesting and off the 'gringo trail' destinations and once discovered....
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