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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.

Photos of Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon, Portugal 1/1 by Unshod Rover

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

Photos of Bratislava, Slovakia 1/1 by Unshod Rover

Or just simply realize how lost you can get.

Photos of Málaga, Spain 1/1 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!

Photos of  1/1 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France 1/3 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France 2/3 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France 3/3 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.

Photos of Plaza de las Pasiegas, Granada, Spain 1/2 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Plaza de las Pasiegas, Granada, Spain 2/2 by Unshod Rover


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

Photos of Bangalore, Karnataka, India 1/2 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Bangalore, Karnataka, India 2/2 by Unshod Rover

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

Photos of Tangiers, Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco 1/1 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.

Photos of Amsterdam, Netherlands 1/1 by Unshod Rover

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

Photos of Repubblica San Marino San Marino 1/1 by Unshod Rover


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

Local drinks. Local spices. Local fruits.

Photos of Bangalore, Karnataka, India 1/1 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India 1/2 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India 2/2 by Unshod Rover

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

Photos of Da Nerbone, Mercato Centrale, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy 1/2 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Da Nerbone, Mercato Centrale, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy 2/2 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Granada, Spain 1/1 by Unshod Rover

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

Photos of HongKong, Hong Kong 1/1 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Paris, France 1/2 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Paris, France 2/2 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.

Photos of Cubbon Park, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India 1/1 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Betalbatim, Goa, India 1/1 by Unshod Rover

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

Photos of Lyon, France 1/1 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Siena, Province of Siena, Italy 1/1 by Unshod Rover
Photos of Zagreb, Croatia 1/1 by Unshod Rover

So, save money, gain more memories! //


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