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Day 79: Resourcefulness in Travel — A Roundup of Responses

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I like being resourceful, and apparently I’m not the only one. I asked my readers what they’ve done to be resourceful and save money for and during travels, and the list that’s been compiled is awesome. It ranges from daily life decisions, packing tips and travel gear hacks. Have a read, be inspired and learn a thing or two about living a resourceful life.

Sabina from Solo Female Traveler

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.

Kelsy from Drifting Focus

In response to Sabina: 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.

Tony from It’s Good Overseas

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.

Bethany from Beers & Beans

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!

Arlo from Postcard Valet

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!


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6 Responses to Day 79: Resourcefulness in Travel — A Roundup of Responses

  1. Bethany March 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Great round up Brooke! Thanks for including me 🙂

  2. Katherina March 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Really good tips! There are some blog I haven’t checked out yet – on my way!

  3. Kelsey March 23, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    One of the things that many people forget about is the power of bartering. If you have any sort of skills, you can often barter for goods and services that you would otherwise have to pay for. For instance, I run the weekly newsletter for a local specialty butcher down the street and I get about 2.5lbs of good meat per week, which pretty much covers all of my meat-y needs. I’m hoping to work out something similar with some of the farms that attend our local farmer’s market as well. If I can do that, I can knock out almost my entire food cost.

  4. Luna March 23, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Good tips! You can do these at home too, not just traveling! Always save some money!


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