Wanderlust Tour

Anonymous asked:

I got the BankAmericard Travel Rewards card for my trip to Europe. It had an EMV chip (that never really worked), 0% APR for 18 months, and about a $7500 credit limit. It worked well for me. 

The EMV chip thing didn’t really matter, even though everyone in Europe uses EMV chips, most, if not all card readers can still swipe with the magnetic strip. It wasn’t an issue. The only thing that needed a chip was some self-service ticket kiosks at train stations, but I could always just go to the normal ticket counter. That being said, I don’t know how much credit cards are going to change in the next few years in Europe. Last summer not using EMV was fine, but I don’t know how that’ll be in a few years.

If you’re going to get a credit card to travel with overseas, I recommend Visa, getting 0% APR, and applying for your card 1 or 2 months before hand so the 0% APR last long after your trip while you pay it off, and a card with no foreign transaction fees. Credit limit depends on your credit score and stuff, so that just depends, but if you aren’t satisfied with the limit they give you, you can always call them and ask them to raise it. I did for that Bank of America card and I just told them I was going on a big trip and didn’t want to get close to maxing out the card, so my credit utilization won’t be too high and won’t ruin my credit score, and they upped it for me by a few thousand dollars.

Anonymous asked:

You know the saying, “When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did…” Well, some of my regrets were just little things that I chose not to do because I didn’t want to spend the money, like skydive in Prague. It was only around $100, and I really wanted to do it, but I chose not to because I hadn’t paid that much for anything on my trip yet. But in the end, $100 wouldn’t have made any difference to my budget. I should’ve done it. Also, I wish I would’ve been a little more social and met more people, especially towards the end of my trip.

Anonymous asked:

I worked a lot my senior year of college, I didn’t get to go out very much at all because most of my nights and all my weekends were spent at work. But I saved some money, the rest of it I put on a credit card, which I don’t regret.

Make your future backpacking trip a priority, and things will hopefully work out for you. Make it happen, it won’t just happen on it’s own.

Anonymous asked:

Nearly everyone in developed nations are “rich” compared to the people in third world countries. So yeah, I’m rich, and if you’re using the internet right now, you’re probably “rich” too, and after spending some time in Belize City and parts of Mexico and Guatemala, that was made clear to me.

But as far as your typical American goes, no I’m not rich. I’m very lucky to have a full time job, but I can’t afford to live on my own yet. I saved money over time to go to the Yucatan, and I’m still paying off a little bit of credit card debt from my trip to Europe last summer. Travel is a priority for me, and after bills and and adding to my savings and retirement, the rest of my money goes toward travel. 

I use mainly hostelworld.com to book, but sometime there’s good hostels that aren’t on there, or only take bookings over email, so I’ll check out reviews on Hostelz.com and book via email or whatever. 

Anonymous asked:

Rome2Rio is a great site, I didn’t use it to plan my trip, but it could be very useful if you want to use it.

Right now I’m going through and seeing how accurate it was for my trip. Here’s a comparison, if you’re interested… (If it’s only about a dollar or two off, I’m just considering it as correct)

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Anonymous asked:

I flew on Ryanair and EasyJet once. I preferred EasyJet over Ryanair, because on Ryanair we were bombarded with ads during the whole flight, it was so annoying. But it was cheap. 

Ryanair also has really strict carryon policies, so luckily my bag was small enough (barely) that it counted as a free bag, but if you’re not traveling ultra light, then make sure you pay for your bags in advance, this goes for about any airline these days.

If you plan on flying with a budget airline, make sure you learn their fees. If you know what the fees are and avoid them or pay for the in advance you’ll be fine, but if not, you’ll pay for it in the end. Sometimes when you add in all the fees you’ll have to pay, the price might be the same, or more than a normal airline, and in that case, just fly with the normal airline. 

I just flew on Spirit, which is the US budget airline, and when I was shopping for plane tickets the Spirit flight was only a little bit cheaper than a United flight, maybe a $50-75ish difference. If I were to do it again, I’d just go with the normal airline. 

Just added up our spending and this 2 week trip to the Yucatan came to a grand total of just under $700 per person (not including airfare).

Not bad. We were budget travelers, but within the budget travel realm we were “splurgers”. We stayed in nicer hostels and ate at sit down restaurants the majority of the time.

I kept track of exactly where the money went this time so I can tell you how much we spent on each thing; hostels, taxis, buses, food, etc. I’ll share that a little later.