Smart Travels: Four Instances You Will Regret Traveling Cheap
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small, and in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks—on your body or on your heart are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” -Anthony Bourdain
Wanderlust (noun): a strong desire or urge to travel and explore the world
Most people want to see the world.
Unfortunately, not many of them possess the necessary funds to finance such excursion. However, modern innovations have significantly changed the way people travel insomuch that more and more foreign countries are seemingly more accessible to people. In this era of cheap airfares, travel promos and alternative accommodations, traveling is not so much of a question of how much you can spend but rather when you would have the luxury of time to do so. Unfortunately, while we can potentially save a lot with today’s myriad of travel discounts and promos, it is not without its own consequences.
In this world, nothing is truly cheap—regardless of how far we have come. In this regard, while you can get big discounts on travel promos, expect there to be a certain compromise on your part. You might be paying a fraction for what the full price might have been, but it might cost you your convenience. Indeed, traveling cheap is an excellent way to see the world if you are on a budget, but there are certain concessions to be made—but if you can afford to make them, why not? Keep in mind that while some parts of travel are not always worth the splurge, you may end up having regrets such as having to wake up at the crack of dawn just to catch your cheaply bought flight. Regardless of whether you are just going for a brief domestic food trip in Pampanga or an extended vacation in the Bahamas, here are some of the instances you will inevitably regret traveling cheap:
Waiting for the shuttle to an off-airport rental car
After a long flight, the last thing you would want to do would be to stand around waiting for your shuttle to pick you up. Of course, by now, there is nothing more you would wish to do than to get to your final destination and rest. Unfortunately, you booked a shady rental car company that might have been cheap but is pretty much far off from the airport. Now, instead of simply getting into a car and waiting to arrive, you would be constrained to waiting for your ride or even trekking to a rather obscure place just to find your transport.
Getting up before dawn for an early flight
While this might be an exciting prospect going to your destination, you might not be as receptive to waking up at the crack of dawn by the time you need to go home from your vacation. Sure, at the time of booking you might be excited about the discounted rate until the night before your flight when you would be calculating just how early you need to rise to be at the airport on time. Unfortunately, you might have to board your plane sleep deprived and spend the rest of the day bleary-eyed and without energy—effectively wasting a day of your brief excursion. More importantly, if you arrive way too early, you might be constrained to paying an extra fee to your hotel just to be admitted to your room before check-in hours.
Not having any privacy
…or worse, having your belongings stolen. If you wish to save big on travel accommodations, bunking in hostels with other travelers is a good option. Unfortunately, as you are sharing a single room with three to four other bunkmates, you would be constrained to leaving your belongings out in the open. And unless you have secured your bags with a lock, you could potentially fall victim to theft. On other times, the potential situation might not be as dire but nonetheless annoying anyhow. Bunking in with other travelers means subjecting yourself to their nightly habits and being constrained to use a single bathroom. If you need to take a bath in the morning and someone has already occupied the loo, then you are in touch luck. Similarly, if you are a light sleeper, then you would have a hell of a time trying to get some sleep if some of your bunkmates snore at night.
Stressing over your flight connection
On the first leg of a plane journey with the tiniest allowance for a flight connection, every minute can feel like an eternity—especially when your plane has not boarded or taken off yet. Sure, you might have saved yourself quite a lot of money just to book this flight and at the time, an hour layover seemed like a reasonable time to make it. But now that your plane is delayed, is the discounted price really worth the stress? Or worse, missing out on the first leg of your flight?