How to Travel Big with Little Pocket Money

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Let's say you have won free tickets to somewhere, earned a scholarship, or landed a volunteering gig, but what to do with little pocket money?

Let's try to check out what #RoverRecommends.

1. Map your plans ahead. Get to the point. Save time. Avoid extra costs.

Learning from the earliest world explorers, one definitely needs some sense of orientation before travelling.

Photo of Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon, Portugal by Unshod Rover

It also gives you an idea of which neighbouring sites, cities or countries you can visit.

Photo of Bratislava, Slovakia by Unshod Rover

Or just simply realize how lost you can get.

Photo of Málaga, Spain by Unshod Rover

2. Have a nose for free gigs, free entrances, Stuff on sale.

One time, my friend and I went to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris ready with our wallets. While lining up for tickets, we had a lovely surprise as we were informed that museum visit on that day was for free!

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Photo of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France by Unshod Rover

Or one time, just by sitting at the Plaza de las Pasiegas in Granada, Spain, I was treated to this rehearsal by a group of dancers.

Photo of Plaza de las Pasiegas, Granada, Spain by Unshod Rover
Photo of Plaza de las Pasiegas, Granada, Spain by Unshod Rover

3. Have heavy brunch (normally free at lodging). Lots of water. Little snacks. Light dinner.

Photo of Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Unshod Rover
Photo of Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Unshod Rover

Once, during Ramadan, after a day of fasting, we were treated by our bus driver to a sumptuous iftar.

Photo of Tangiers, Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco by Unshod Rover

4. Walk. Great exercise. Smell the city. Meet strangers.

Whether you have all the time in the world or just a quick layover. Walking takes you around without wearing out your wallet.

Photo of Amsterdam, Netherlands by Unshod Rover

Of course, in uphill spots like the republic of San Marino, it is more of a hike.

Photo of Repubblica San Marino San Marino by Unshod Rover

5. Live la vida local. Shop Local. Eat local. Try local.

Local drinks. Local spices. Local fruits.

Photo of Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Unshod Rover
Photo of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India by Unshod Rover
Photo of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India by Unshod Rover

Of course, in places like Italy or Spain, you're really in for a treat!

Photo of Da Nerbone, Mercato Centrale, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy by Unshod Rover
Photo of Da Nerbone, Mercato Centrale, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy by Unshod Rover
Photo of Granada, Spain by Unshod Rover

You can try street food in Hong Kong or a delicacy in Paris (not so cheap, though).

Photo of HongKong, Hong Kong by Unshod Rover
Photo of Paris, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Paris, France by Unshod Rover

6. Park by the park.Free view. Free fun. Future friends.

In India, parks may not be the friendliest and most accessible, but certain exceptions like the Cubbon Park in Bangalore could really surprise you. The free beaches in Goa are also a delight.

Photo of Cubbon Park, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Unshod Rover
Photo of Betalbatim, Goa, India by Unshod Rover

In Europe, public areas are quite conducive for people-watching, meeting strangers, even finding love.

Photo of Lyon, France by Unshod Rover
Photo of Siena, Province of Siena, Italy by Unshod Rover
Photo of Zagreb, Croatia by Unshod Rover

So, save money, gain more memories! //

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