When you think about budget travelers, you probably get a clear picture in your mind of backpackers hopping off a bus or train and lugging all their belongings to a hostel where they sleep on bunk beds in a room with 14 strangers. They live off €2 gyros from a street cart and only visit museums on free days.
On the other hand, when you think about luxury travelers, you probably imagine those who fly first class and have black cars waiting to whisk their designer suitcases to modern hotels. These travelers have reservations at Michelin-star hot spots and hire personal tour guides at big-name attractions.
So what type of travelers are we? We’re a little bit of both and neither.
We are Value Travelers.
In our 20s, we stayed in hostels and didn’t mind wearing flip flops in communal showers to avoid contracting something icky. As we got older, we experienced the benefit of staying in beautiful hotels with comfy beds and expensive room service pancakes. While there is no wrong way to travel, there is a right way for us that lies somewhere in the middle: Value Travel.
We probably can’t take credit for inventing the term Value Travel, but we are embracing it as if we did because it’s our blog and we make the rules.
Many of the characteristics of budget and luxury travel have to do with money, and that’s a huge part of Value Travel too. Value Travel is all about stretching our dollars as much as possible to get the most out of our experience. At the same time, we’re not 21 anymore and we’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of comfort. We don’t plan to give that up; we’re just finding ways to fit it in with our budget. We’ll share all those tips with you as well as how we saved for this trip, how we figured out how much we would need, and what our monthly budget looks like.
There’s also more to Value Travel than just the money aspect. Value Travel is certainly about getting the most out of your money, but it’s also about getting the most out of your time and energy. Who wants to return from an amazing trip exhausted? We’ll share how we’re taking our time to get the most value and meaning from our adventures and show you how you can do the same.