What type of traveler are you?
Do you plan your trips well in advance, looking at scheduled holidays for the year and plan corresponding travels? Or do you decide where to go just a few days before leaving?
As a budget traveler, I am definitely a planner. Cost is a major consideration for me, and there is nothing like Cebu Pacific’s seat sale when it comes to cutting down the price of airline tickets!
Last year, my return ticket to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia was only P871 (around US$20); this year, my Beijing trip only costs P2900 (~$US70) for a return.
However, I do plan trips on short notice, especially when it doesn’t require plane travels and if it is on my bucket list. Last weekend, together with almost 50 CouchSurfing members, I went to Anawangin Cove in Zambales, a 4-5 hour trip from my house.
It was definitely an eye-opening experience of what happens during a full moon party, and admittedly quite a lot of fun, but I have to admit it also reinforced my desire to travel solo or at least with a smaller group next time.
Last night, I have also decided to go to Anilao in Batangas next week to—finally!—enroll in an open water dive course. Scuba diving has remained un-crossed out in my bucket list for a long time, and I’m ecstatic to finally do it this year!
If you are an impulse traveler, do you worry about the cost at all? What do you do to bring it down? I know some use online resources in planning their last minute holidays, while others make do with strategies that make their trips über-cheap.
Some travel bloggers, for example, cut costs while traveling, from sleeping in a hammock rather than renting a room, to hitchhiking. I could do the latter, but I would probably prefer spending P150 or so for a room rather than get cold and feasted on by mosquitoes if I sleep outdoors.
Bottom line, I plan my trips well in advance to be able to save a lot. I don’t do last minute planning, unless it’s something in my bucket list (like caving and scuba diving!).
How about you? Are you a planner or an impulse traveler?