June 21, 2012
Set Priorities to Limit Travel Spending
The world seems like a small place for young adults, thanks to college internships abroad, the Web, and some boomer parents who took their children to Paris as effortlessly as 1950s parents hit the road in a Chevrolet.
While surveys have predicted that Americans plan to spend more on their 2012 vacations than they did last summer, that may not apply to young globetrotters on a budget.
In this 2010 video, Matt Gross, a free-lance travel writer for The New York Times, provides great advice that never gets stale for young adults with far-flung travel horizons. Gross’s tips amount to more than money savers – he puts forth a travel-spending philosophy:
1. Set Priorities. “[M]aybe I don’t need to spend that much on the hotel, I don’t need to spend that much on getting there, I don’t need to eat anywhere besides maybe street food … focusing what your priorities are, is really the way to save money and to avoid blowing it on things that you don’t actually care about,” Gross said.
2. Food Matters. “[I]n Galicia, in northwestern Spain, they make this octopus … which is really simple, it’s just long, boiled octopus. They boil it perfectly, they slice it up, they drench it in good olive oil, crunchy salt, and pimenton, this sort of smoked chili powder, not spicy, but very smoky, sweet flavor. And I had it with some dark bread in this little bar, and it was just so totally amazing and perfectly cooked that I couldn’t eat octopus again for months and months after that because nothing could possibly be as good as this one thing at this little bar in this little town near the coast.”
3. Experience Matters More. “[I]f it’s a street stall with a great bowl of noodles, or if it’s a really great restaurant with two Michelin stars up in the mountains that’s totally inaccessible otherwise, those are the things that are important to me, and the price for them is something that I’m willing to pay wherever I go because I want that experience.”