Considerations of a budget traveller
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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I often find myself asking "is this worth it?"
Even over a bottle of water! Today I stopped by a small street store for a small bottle of water. The lady wanted 15baht ($.50). I knew that if I walk to a 7-11, I can get a liter bottle for 13baht. So I left.
Even a bigger issue involves activities that cost a lot of money.
If you know me or have been following my blog you know that I LOVE scuba diving and it is my passion. I know that it is an expensive sport/hobby but I came on this trip prepared to spend $ on diving when I am on an island.
But everywhere else in between, there are infinite other activities like rock climbing, zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, cooking classes, tour packages, spa treatments, etc!
I am struggling to prioritize my spending.
Tao, for example, broke my budget for the Philippines but was a priceless experience that I would do all over again. There are some things that are worth spending money on.
There are 3 things I really really really want to do in Thailand before I leave here in 8 days: Spending a day with an elephant ($150), a Thai cooking class ($30), and another trekking in the jungle and visiting the local villages ($100). While all 3 of these activities will break my budget again, my thought is that I will likely never experience these things again. Wouldn't these experiences be worth it, even if it meant that I would have to shorten my journey due to a fund shortage?
I like to think so.