I can proudly say that I’m one half of a budget couple. Yes, sometimes it can be frustrating if there’s loads of things you want to do, but can’t afford it, but we always enjoy ourselves whatever we do. From mine and Tom’s own experience, I’ve put together my top budget couple travel tips that will hopefully help you better navigate the world of travel.
1. See What You Can Do For Free
This is the definitely the best place to start, and one of my top travel tips. Before you research loads of activities and grab your bank card to start booking, have a look and see what you can do for free. Museums, galleries, parks…the list goes on! Even just walking around and exploring a new place is great fun in itself, so it’s something to bear in mind.
2. Consider Each Other’s Interests
If you’re going away somewhere as a couple, it’s not all about you – it’s about both of you. You need to consider each other’s interests and think about what each of you wants to do. You won’t be able to do everything, so you’re going to have to pick and choose depending on your budget. It can actually be a great way to try things you wouldn’t usually do as well. I remember once, Tom really wanted to go to Go Ape and generally, I’m not about that life. Swinging through trees and getting covered in muck? No, thanks. But when I gave it a go, and I properly loved it and had an amazing day!
3. Be Open To Compromise
This kind of links to my last point, but it links to joint activities too. In an ideal world, you might love to go out for a romantic dinner every night you’re away. However, in reality, that just won’t be possible if you’re a budget couple. That’s not to say you can’t go out for dinner, you just have to say, ok, let’s just go out two nights instead of every single night. You could even stay in and cook something yourselves! Me and Tom did a full, 3-course style meal in our flat. We cooked it all, got dressed up and had a really cosy night – it was great. It was probably better than going out, actually!
4. Don’t Argue About Money
I think I read somewhere that money is one of the top 3 things couples argue about or something, and it’s just not worth it. Money does dictate a lot of things, but it doesn’t have to dictate your travels – that’s the whole point of this blog! When you go away, you don’t want to spend your time having silly arguments. Realise what’s more important and just do what you can with the money you have… Although, that doesn’t stop us trying our luck with the lottery now and again!
5. Just Enjoy It All
At the end of the day, you go on holiday to relax and have a good time…so enjoy yourself! No matter where you are, no matter how much money you have, it doesn’t matter. When me and Tom went to Rome, we stayed in an absolute hole of a hotel. We just laughed about it though, and we still had a great time. We were in such an amazing city and were determined to make the best of it, so we didn’t let anything get in our way!
In my opinion, travelling with your boyfriend/girlfriend is the best. I’ve had some of the best times of my life visiting new places with Tom, and our budget has never been an issue for us. Think about my travel tips when travelling with your significant other, and it could potentially transform your trip!