What do you splurge on when you travel?

As a rule, I am a budget traveler. In some cases, you could easily call me a cheap traveler — although when I hostel I usually get a private room. And yes, there’s a difference between cheap travel and budget travel. However,  when it comes to finding something to eat, you won’t usually catch me in restaurants. I’m in the markets, at the store or somewhere else where there’s good, cheap food.

My travel plans are always filled with a list of free things to do in every city I visit. And then come the rare splurges. They don’t need to be huge to put a smile on my face. In London, I felt like going on the London Eye was a major splurge, but it was one of the highlights of the trip. In Bucharest, after 10 hours on the train, I paid €35 for a hotel room with TV, ensuite bathroom and internet in the lobby, despite the fact that I was already contemplating a night in a hostel.

Whether we’re on a short vacation or traveling for months, it feels nice to break up the routine and splurge on something. For some, it may be a private room in a hostel, for others, it might as well be a 5-star hotel room with a view, while others might spend a bit more than planned on activities like skydiving or a show.

» This week on BootsnAll: Articles you’ll read this week include: an inspirational story about someone who made travel a top priority in their live, a piece on why we should head to Burma now, information on adding volunteering to the RTW trip, details about WWOOF’ing and a piece about interesting travel fiction.

Week 29 of the Indie Travel Challenge is all about travel splurges that are worth it.

What’s one thing that you are willing to spend more on while traveling? Why?

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The Indie Travel Challenge is a year-long blogging project. Every Monday, we’ll post a new prompt, question, or challenge that bloggers can respond to via text, photos, or video. Respond on your own blog, and link back to BootsnAll so we can find and highlight the best submissions.

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Comments on What do you splurge on when you travel?

Gunnar Todal
17 July 2012

I am also a budget traveler. I will book the discount hotel on the internet. But I am mad about food especially the delicious local food, so I always spend more money on the dishes.

Gina
20 July 2012

I am a big splurger on restaurants. I love going to restaurants the locals recommend and trying their best dishes. Yum!

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