Kako isplanirati putovanje sa ograničenim budžetom | Planning a trip on a budget 1

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Pregurali smo prvi sneg (doduše nije se zadržao, bar ovde u Beogradu, ali nema veze), tenzija zbog kraja polugodišta i približavanja ispitnih rokova raste, praznične reklame su krenule da se vrte na TV-u i novogodišnji ukrasi su na ulicama - doduše to se ne računa jer su tu od oktobra - što znači samo jedno: još malo pa ćemo moći da danemo dušom, provedemo neko vreme sa našim dragima i milima i eventualno otputujemo negde.
Bilo da ovo čitate sad (zimi), u proleće ili leto, uvek je dobro vreme da nam pozadina vidi sveta. Ako vam je umeće organizacije na nivou Filološkog fakulteta u Beogradu (čitaj: loše), spremila sam vam mali priručnik i korisne savete kako da putujete i imate i jare i $$$ (RSDRSDRSD izgleda malo bezveze).

1. Prvi korak je, logično, izabrati ili destinaciju (pa na osnovu toga naći ko će ići sa vama) ili društvo (pa se onda zajedno dogovorite ćete se zaputiti), kao i vreme putovanja.
Thank you, captain Obvious!
Nema ne čemu.

2. Odredite budžet. Nako što ste odlučili gde ćete i s kim ćete, okvirno odlučite koliko biste potrošili na smeštaj, prevoz, hranu (da li planirate da jedete u restoranima ili da je uglavnom spremate sami) i ostale troškove. Ako već imate uigranu ekipu ili ako idete porodično onda verovatno već otprilike znate, ali ako nikad niste putovali sa nekim, ovo je vrlo važan korak.

3. Prevoz
Moj savet je da prvo proverite datume kada idu autobusi/vozovi ili leti avion jer je mnogo lakše uklopiti hotel sa prevozom nego obrnuto. Gledajte da ovo rešite što ranije - ja uglavnom gledam da kupim kartu i rezervišem smeštaj 6-8 meseci ranije, jer su cene izuzetno povoljne, posebno karte low cost avio prevoznika (kao što je WizzAir kojim najčešće idem), a izbor hotela i apartmana je odličan.

Ako ne postoji direktna linija ili je skupa, razmislite o tome da idete iz većih mesta koja su relativno blizu (Budimpešta ili Temišvar, na primer), može jako da se isplati čak i uz dodatne troškove prevoza do tamo. Još jedna opcija je da idete iz Niša jer je prejeftino (prošle godine, povratna karta do Holandije sa prtljagom je bila samo 200e za nas petoro).

Ukoliko idete kolima, obratite pažnju da u troškove morate da uključite ne samo gorivo, već i naplaćivanje putarina i eventualno prenoćište ako se budete predugo čekali na granicama. Sajt koji vam može pomoći u planiranju troškova tog tipa je Via Michelin.

4. Smeštaj
Moji omiljeni sajtovi za traženje smeštaja su booking.com i AirBnb (za koje verovatno znate). Obavezno, ali obavezno pažljivo pročitajte komentare onih koji su već bili tamo, kao i sve što piše o samom smeštaju. Ako vam nešto nije jasno, pitajte ih. Ništa se ne podrazumeva. Po Evropi, jeftiniji i naizgled pristojni hoteli često nemaju posebna nego spratna kupatila. Ako niste neki ljubitelj tog koncepta, obratite pažnju na to (jednom zamalo da rezervišem sobu, a onda sam bukvalno u poslednjem trenutku videla da bih morala da delim kupatilo sa nepoznatim ljudima. Ipak ne hehe)

Tip smeštaja koji meni najviše odgovara je Bed&Breakfast: 1. Uklapa se u moj studentski budžet i tip putovanja (probudi se - doručkuj - ceo dan obilazi grad - dođi u hotel samo da prespavaš).
2. Doručak je najčešće po principu švedskog stola, tako da napravim sebi i sendvič za kasnije (na ovome sam sama sebi vrlo zahvalna posle višečasovnog obilaženja, kad su mi najbolji drugari bol u nogama i krčeći stomak).

To be continued...
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'Tis the season - it snowed, decorations are up, semester in schools/unis is about to finish, you can feel holiday spirit so much that you can cut it like a cake.
I don't know about you, but my favorite New Year eves were ones spent on a trip. After you relax, wine and dine and spend time with your loved ones this festive season, it's a great time to start planning where to travel next - for NYE, a long weekend next spring or even a summer holiday.
You may be on a budget, but, well, I got you.
It doesn't matter if you're reading this now or any other time of the year. If organizing isn't your strongest skill, here are tips & tricks for having a great time on a trip AND saving $$$.

1. First thing first - deciding where you want to go (and then finding a company) or who do you want to go with (so you figure the destination together) and when will your trip happen.
Thank you, captain Obvious!
You're welcome.

2. Figure out the budget. The next step is to decide how much do you want to spend on hotel, transport, food (are you going to eat in restaurants or cook?) and other expenses. If it's a family trip or it's not your first time travelling with the same group for people, you probably already know; if it is your first one, this is super important.

3. Transport
My advice is to first figure out the transport, and then accommodation; dates of flights and bus/train trips are often much less flexible. Book both as early as possible. I usually do it 6-8 months in advance, as everything is cheaper and there's wide variety of options to choose from.

If you're from a smaller city, consider catching a flight in a bigger one; sometimes it ends up being cheaper even with the extra costs of going there.

If you choose a roadtrip don't forget extra expenses such as fuel, toll booths and maybe spending the night in a hotel/motel if you wait too long on the border. Great site for helping you with these things is Via Michelin.

4. Accomodation
My favorite sites are booking.com and AirBnb, that you probably already know about. Make sure to read carefully all the reviews and all the information provided. Don't assume anything - if something is not clear, ask. Hotel rooms in Europe that are cheap but look nice sometimes tend to not have private bathroom, but only one on one floor. If you're not a fan of that concept, pay attention to that. I'm not, but I almost booked a room with that charming characteristic.. I saw what's up in the last moment.

My favorite type of accommodation is B&B, for the following reasons:
1. If fits my budget of a college student and my travel style (wake up - have breakfast - discover and wander around whole day - sleep).
2. For breakfast, there's usually buffet, so I make sandwiches for later. After hours and hours of standing/walking, my tired legs and empty stomach thank me for that.

To be continued..
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If you want to add something, write me in the comments!

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7 comments

  1. I like the way you approached this subject - very logical and methodical. People can follow this as a guide together with the post you are planning to follow up tomorrow...

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    1. Thank you! That's the idea of this post, to serve as a guide. I'm trying to write something I'd want to have if I'm planning a trip (on a budget or not) for the first time :)

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  2. Great post, I love to travel and I have run into some of those european hotels with community bathrooms. Always double check what you are getting.

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  3. Great tips! Air bnb is great for cheaper accommodation, we've had a few now and they;'ve all been great and good locations too!

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  4. These are some amazing tips to stay on a budget when traveling! I agree that cheap accommodation can make a huge difference!

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  5. I love your travel tips here. They are spot on. I like to shop around and stick to a budget. Great post.

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  6. These tips are great for planning a trip. I have never tried booking an accommodation with Airbnb but have heard great reviews from my friends. Will try them soon!

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