How to travel cheaper part 2 | Ako cestovať čo najlacnejšie časť 2



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You‘ll find the first part HERE.

Another important factor besides flexibility is to be prepared for saving as much time and money as possible. I always search for information about the destination country and about its usual manners.

When traveling on budget, you must know financial status of the country. You can’t expect to dine in a restaurant in the Scandinavian country with few euros in pocket, but in some countries, few euros are quite enough. For any case, I am prepared – I take food with me. This might still be a surprise for someone, but you CAN take food with you on the plane! And in some airports, you can also take water with you as well. However, if you‘re forced to drink it, keep empty bottles and search for drinking fountain.
It‘s also good to know about planned events and national holidays of the country you‘re visiting so you can avoid spending time and money and therefore can create further plan of the trip.
Prac Guell is also free, if you know how :)

A wonderful advantage is that you can save on sightseeings you really want to see and would pay otherwise. For example, in Europe, first Sunday in every month is usually free. That applies to museums and galleries, botanical gardens, castles,… etc. Find out what you can visit in Barcelona for free HERE.

When traveling to big cities, I always visit city parks. They‘re almost always free and they‘re perfect places to relax, take a break from city’s rush and often also places where many interesting events are held. It can be a group yoga training, various performances and so on. Some parks have program on the internet too.

If you have more time, you can go on a free tour, which means exactly that – a free guided tour. Well, almost. As every free thing, there‘s a catch in this one too. These guided tours usually work as a “trial“ of further paid service and it‘s generally expected for you to „tip“ in case you liked the guide, which is good in one way, because the guide must make an effort to gain your money.

I always look for unusual places. They‘re usually free and very interesting, moreover, you‘ll gain a different feeling of local culture than from a touristic sightseeing. It‘s usually street art or various pieces of architecture that I aim at. See how many unusual places are in Paris HERE.

Finally, if you want others to pay you to travel or at least minimize your expenses on the bare minimum – you have several options – you can either work abroad, volunteer or take part in projects.
The most popular projects in European Union are definitely projects of Erasmus +. There are few participants chosen of every participating country and except the project fee, everything is funded by European Union. Duration of these projects is from several days to several weeks. They‘re assigned for youngsters to gain knowledge, abilities and sharing experiences and intercultural exchange.
Volunteering has various forms and duration, these are only few of them:
European volunteering service (EVS) – in duration of 2-12 months in EU sates with pocket money for life expenses,
UN Volunteering – requires knowledge and abilities for projects and reimburses all the expenses.
Volunteering on farms – you can help in household activities, on a farm or work with animals, for example – workaway or wwof. Some of them are paid, another offer free food and accommodation in exchange for help.

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