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Day 69: Are You A Resourceful Traveler?

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Day 69: Making Do With What I Have

Day 69: Making Do With What I Have

I’ve explained before that the key to being able to make the amount of travel happen that I have been able to thus far is due to my frugality — frugality in life and travel decisions. But, yesterday (day 69), as I was chipping the ice out of my bar fridge’s freezer in order to make ice packs for my sore ankles (it’s what I’m working with at the moment), I got to thinking that being resourceful goes hand in hand with the frugality and thriftiness.

I must be the queen of being resourceful. I mean, seriously, have you read about my amazing McGyver skills? Locked out of my room, unable to get in touch with the landlord, flatmates begging me to just call a locksmith, I refused to give up. I saw a metal hanger and wowed them all with my awesome, resourceful skills that helped me save a handful of money.

It’s little things like this that help me save a buck or two to help me travel. Even on the road, I’ve been known to take what I have and make it work for me. I’ve sewn holes in my t-shirts, duct-taped pieces of shoe together, layered up instead of choosing to carry a proper coat… what about you?

What have you done in a resourceful manner to help you save money when you travel? Have you created a bug net out of a bed sheet or created extra straps for your backpack with old shoelaces to attach your sleeping bag?

I’d love to hear what you have to say! Leave a comment, and I’ll put together a master post with all of your ideas in the near future.

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10 Responses to Day 69: Are You A Resourceful Traveler?

  1. Sabina March 11, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Good for you – not listening to the naysayers and unlocking the apartment on your own 🙂 I usually buy the cheapest of most everything – food, gas, nice clothes which have been marked down five times and now cost almost nothing. Once you get accustomed to spending almost nothing, I think it’s really easy to continue.

    • Kelsey March 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      I agree. The first few months are hard, but after that, it’s quite easy. I’ve been living this way for years and I actually find it hard to spend money now – the only times I really buy things are software, music, and meals out with friends, which are few and far between.

  2. Kelsey March 11, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I’m the same way – very resourceful, due to years of reenacting.

    • Kelsey March 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      Also: The more of your writing I read, the more I think that you and I are quite similar. This post is a great example. There’s so much I do in both regular life and travel that is based in the “I could spend money and make this easier, or figure out a slightly harder way to do this for free…” philosophy. I see so many people who think they’re “roughing it”, when their travel life is nicer than my home life!

  3. Bocas Chick March 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Way to go Brooke! Your McGyver skills are totally cool, I wish I can think of those ideas at the heat of the moment 🙂

  4. Tony March 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    On many occasions, mostly on long haul flights, I’ve managed to sneak much more into the airplane cabin than you’re supposed to. I craftily leave hand luggage out of sight and then waltz on through customs with it. If you board early and commandeer the overhead compartments, the world’s your oyster.

  5. Bethany March 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Usually people think I’m a bit cheap but resourceful is a much better word. I LOVE being resourceful. Personally for some strange reason, I get a real satisfaction out of it – makes me feel like I got one over on ‘The Man’ and really nothing makes me feel better. hahaha… sick, but true. I made the $1 camera LCD screen loupe – that was pretty resourceful and saved me $79 bucks – yah!

  6. Arlo March 16, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    Once, when traveling in Costa Rica, the shoulder strap on my backpack ripped loose. Faced with days of cradling my heavy pack around in my arms, my wife and I wracked our brains. We bought a thick needle at a roadside kiosk and proceeded to empty out our spool of dental floss. It turned out to be an ugly white scar on an otherwise black bag, but I’ll tell you what: That floss held up not just for the rest of the trip, but for the rest of THREE MORE trips, as well!

  7. Brentwood Locksmith March 26, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    I like your resourceful nature. Most people would freak about being locked out but wire hangers do work if you have them handy.

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