Podcast #63 Traveling Inexpensively

Published in the category General Practice, Travel

My wife and I like to travel. Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. We have a car that runs on gasoline and batteries. It gets about 45 miles per gallon. We have started camping again. A camp site is about 80% less expensive than a hotel. We can cook our own food, which saves money. At lunchtime we stop the car at a nice spot. Out come the cooler and the camping chairs.. And we eat a healthy inexpensive lunch.
Even for a motel we spend a minimal amount. We figure we are just using it for sleeping. As long as it is clean and safe, that’s enough. Many motels even offer free breakfast.

We spend a lot of vacation time in the outdoors. A good deal of that time we are hiking.
In restaurants we save money by sharing a meal. Portions in U.S restaurants are way too large. We tell the waitress we want to share one order. It has almost never been a problem to do this. We don’t consider shopping a leisure activity. So we don’t come home loaded with junk.

Don’t misunderstand me, traveling takes money. But you can be selective about spending. A fine museum is worth the price of admission. The same for a good stage performance. Or a canoe rental on a quiet lake. The purpose of a trip is to have fun and to experience something new. On a trip or at home here is my philosophy:
Save when you can…so you can spend when you want to.

My wife and I like to travel.
My wife and I like travelling

Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
Traveling can cost a lot, but not necessarily.

We have a car that runs on gasoline and batteries.
Our car is a gas-electric hybrid.

It gets about 45 miles per gallon.
It gets about 45 miles to the gallon.

We have started camping again.
We have taken up camping again.

A campsite is around eighty percent less expensive than a hotel.
A campsite costs roughly eighty percent less than a hotel.

We can cook our own food, which saves money.
We can prepare our own meals, which is a money saver.

At lunchtime we stop the car at a nice spot.
For lunch we pull off the road into a nice spot.

Out come the cooler and the camping chairs..
We take out the cooler and camping chairs

And we eat a healthy inexpensive lunch.
And we enjoy a meal that’s cheap and healthful.

Even for a motel we spend a minimal amount.
Even a motel stay doesn’t run us much.

We figure we are just using it for sleeping.
In our eyes it’s just a place to sleep.

As long as it is clean and safe, that’s enough.
It just has to be clean and safe.

Many motels even offer free breakfast.
Free breakfast is a bonus at many motels.

We spend a lot of vacation time in the outdoors.
A lot of our vacation time is spent in the outdoors.

A good deal of that time we are hiking.
Hikes take up a large portion of that time.

In restaurants we save money by sharing a meal.
Sharing meals saves us money in restaurants.

Portions in U.S restaurants are way too large.
Servings in U.S. restaurants are far too large.

We tell the waitress we want to share one order.
We inform the waitress that we are splitting one order.

It has almost never been a problem to do this.
Doing this has almost never posed a problem.

We don’t consider shopping a leisure activity.
Shopping is not a leisure activity in our book.

So we don’t come home loaded with junk.
So we don’t return home with a load of silly purchases.

Don’t misunderstand me, traveling takes money.
Don’t get me wrong, it does cost money to travel.

But you can be selective about spending.
But you can exercise judgment with regard to spending.

A fine museum is worth the price of admission.
The price of a museum admission is well spent.

The same for a good stage performance.
The same goes for a theater experience.

Or a canoe rental on a quiet lake.
Or renting a canoe on a tranquil lake.

The purpose of a trip is to have fun…
The idea of a trip is to enjoy yourself…

…and to experience something new.
…and to encounter new experiences.

On a trip or at home here is my philosophy:
Whether at home or on a trip my thinking is the following:

Save when you can…
Reduce spending when you can…

…. so you can spend when you want to.
….so you can lay out money when you want to.

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