When I was younger, I would always be the type of backpacker to blow my entire bank card by day 2 of my holiday. Sure, I had fun in the days I had money but stretching a handful of notes for the entire duration of the trip was TOUGH. I literally spent hours at a theme park trying to win soft toys and candy, even though I didn’t have enough room in my suitcase to bring them back home. Luckily, I’m older and wiser now hahaha. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are some ideas to keep your holiday functioning.
Well, well, well. Ladies and Gentleman, we have a crowd pleaser here. Markets. Not only do markets provide variety, meaning all your travel companions with different interests will be entertained, you’ll probably get given the odd sample or two. This is especially true if you attend food festivals. I could spend days strolling through markets and I know my friends would say the same. If you ever visit Istanbul, I really recommend checking out ‘The Grand Bazaar’.
Next one. Reminder that many street festivals are free to enter, which is perfect if you want to soak up the atmosphere and be around people. In both summer and winter, you’ll find events open to the public so keep your eyes peeled. I love to browse my options using the ‘Eventbrite’ app.
Going onto music. One of my best pieces of advice if you are trying to find live music at a bar is to stay away from typical tourist hotspots. I genuinely find more local bars tend to have free live music, as we all know touristy bars want every opportunity to rack up the spending of those visiting!
Still following? Let’s consider park trips and photoshoots. Simple on the surface, yet effective. Just stock up on a few snacks from the hotel all-inclusive (hehehe) and you’re good to go. Photoshoots with friends are such unforgettable ways to create permanent memories. You’ll probably incorporate sight-seeing too, as you’ll want to find the most picturesque spots for your backdrops I’m sure!
An oldie but a goodie. Hiking or walking tours. The thing is, hiking/walking is only half of the equation as you could always go see a sunset or head to the beach afterwards. Ding Ding, more ideas. You’ll feel exhausted afterwards, probably, but it will be worth it for the endless minutes of discovery along the way.
Finally, don’t be disheartened if a building has an entrance fee. You’d be surprised at the number of museums which have designated ‘free entrance’ days or hours. It’s just a matter of searching the official webpage for your desired location before visiting to scoop out more info.
Hope these suggestions are helpful to you. If you have any others to add, let me know in the comments.
See you in the next post!