A friend sent me a message yesterday and it said “You hit the lotto or something?? How can you afford to go on so many trips?!” And, my response was, “nah, travel, and more importantly traveling in Africa, is a priority for me so I create my budget to ensure that I am able to do it.” But on a real note, people think traveling is expensive, but there are sooooo many things you can do to make it affordable. The way I #travelafrica is with my coins in mind, but also with the intention to share my experience with you all so you can finally check some of your travel goals off of your list.
So, in response to his question here are my top 3 tips for affordable travel! Tag a friend now who has been talking about traveling but always mentions money! Help is below. (1) Be almost obsessive about your flight cost by searching multiple search engines. I’ve gotten $550 RT flights from Kenya to New York on several occasions. @momondo is my go to and it almost never fails me. Also @secretflying is clutch! (2) If you don’t mind @couchsurfing sign up for the platform. By Couchsurfing you gain what I’ve coined as immediate cultural capital. Because, when you stay with someone, who is from the area, you get to know people, spots, and deals that you would’ve otherwise have missed out on. With free accommodation you’ve reduced your travel budget quite significantly. This community is give and take so if you use it, it’s great to host someone when they come to your neck of the woods. (3) 2 for 1. There are so many opportunities to go on two trips for basically the price of one. When you’re booking your flight to your destination, check to see the location of the layover. If it’s a country that interests you then do a multi-city search with that location and spend 2-3 days there. On my way back to Kenya from South Africa, Malawi was my layover. The ticket straight back was $201. When I added Malawi in the search engine it ONLY increased by 8 DOLLARS. Total ticket price $209 to spend 5 days in Malawi and then continue on to Kenya. #noexcuses To travel is to prioritize yourself by widening your world view.