...BUT there is just no way of sugar-coating it travelling=sacrifices.
There's a law of business that says that you can only have two out of the following: good, fast & cheap. The more I think about it the more this is true of travelling. You have to make the decision about what is most important to you and which factor you are willing to sacrifice.
Good & Fast
You want to see all the highlights & you want to see them fast? Well then you'll have to pay that bit extra. I think the best example of travelling good and fast is going on a tour. I went on a G Adventures tour in Vietnam and I saw so much in my short 11 days, but surprisingly didn't feel rushed. Admittedly it was more expensive than planning it all myself, but the trade-off was just how much I managed to see in a relatively short space of time.
Recommended for: those who are working, or time restricted.
Good & Cheap
Again I'm hasty to point out that everyone's view of 'good' is different, but I like to think that having a 'good' trip is all about the quality of your experiences - seeing what you want to see at YOUR pace.
|Long bus journeys > Expensive flights|
|Overnight Buses save on accommodation costs.|
|Local trains in Thailand are cheap as chips.|
Fast & Cheap
And so the last section is the least desirable of the lot, reserved only for visits to the in-laws. If you're spending any money on traveling at all you don't want to be left in the situation of scrimping and not enjoying it.
Realistically there are times when you have bad days, but the most important thing is that you don't miss opportunities or feel so stressed at the hurry you're counting down the days til you can sleep properly again.
|No-one wants those sad faces.|
Recommended for: ... really? Nobody.
What do you think? Does this make sense when you think about the times you've traveled?
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