You know there quite many posts out there recommending where to go and what to do for free. For the budget traveller, this can be both boon and bane. Why you might ask? Well hear us out.
If one is tight with money while out on a journey, having free guided tours as now common in many cities is definitely a plus. What better way to get to know a place then having a knowledgeable local point you the way? Ask the right questions and that can help you plan the rest of your time in that city better. Obtain tips from the guide in a variety of queries. That, at least on paper is the selling point of getting on such tours.
But what about the opportunity cost of doing so? What do we mean?
You see, what one sees and is shown on these tours depends on the guide. It also means your frame of mind could have been influenced by the tour. Because the explanations may not be fully accurate and if one makes a decision base on that, one might go off tangent. Or is that paranoid thinking?
Have you been on a free guided tour before? Share your thoughts!
Yep. This is one of the most critical things in our opinion. You see, there are many folks out there who have traversed the world on a shoestring and lived to write about it, share about it etc… Great stuff. Some of them will tell you that they did all that without inasmuch with much money. You know, the best things in life are free?
And at the other hand of the ring, we introduce the luxury
boxer traveler who seems to live it up very well, all the time running an online business and maintaining a blog to tempt teach you how to emulate their lives… easy right? Sell some stuff, get paid and live a privileged life…
Now if you are like us born with wooden spoons in our mouths (if there was even wood for it) plus not being awfully smart, then obviously we need to work and budget for almost anything
we wish – if it includes a monetary exchange in order to obtain it. Otherwise, life sucks right? Heheh… no today it’s not a rant. And no we are not talking about getting into debt either…
It’s about pulling the wool away from your eyes and remind yourself what it really is. Someone told us that the amount we’ve spent on our travel handprints would have gotten us another piece of real estate… or that it would be a good chunk of retirement change available during our old age. Frittered away… oh imagine the dollars flying away…
So the question being posed today is this: do you budget to travel? Or do you travel because you budget? If you have already set aside something for say retirement, do you not ‘budget’ the rest to live you life? Just a thought.
Vacations. Trips. Journeys. Today we take them for granted. Be it sea, air or land, travel has never been easier or better worded – accessible. We recall as young kids going to the then Paya Lebar airport (yeah it’s an airbase now) to send off loved ones. It was such a big event that entire families turn up. Wow.
Over the years, flying and indeed cruising came to be common-place. It used to be folks who went on vacations often would buy lots of souvenirs and food as gifts for friends and family. Today, some folks can actually count the airport as their second home. Talk about owning a large piece of real estate (dream of many red dotters) heheh…
So this article intrigued us.
No. Not the fact that low cost airlines have brought fares down. That’s a given. Our perspective is drawn back to the issue of how sustainable this all can be. You might know of our rants (here, here and here) about how crowded it is getting to be. Many cities are simply reeling from too many visitors that their infrastructure were not geared up for.
Thus competition is great. Wonderful in fact. But it seems to have spawned ‘side effects’ no? Like the leader of our little red dot inferred last year, too much a good thing might be bad (referencing sugary drinks and the link to diabetes). Just like the cost of sugar-laden products have come down, so has the cost of air travel. Too many folks circulating in sightseeing cities like the sugar level in blood might cause a host of problems.
What do you think?
Oh no. Semantics. We recalled a year back we were looking for cheap flights from Newark to various destinations within the US. And it was so complicated. From booking classes (first, coach, basic) to seat location (main cabin, aircraft wing, pilot’s lap etc), to seat choices where you pay extra… so many options to have to choose from.
And then for us who are used to NOT paying for checked baggage, darn they charge US$25 per piece! In some cases, you might choose a seat where you pay more but don’t get any more service than the fella sitting next to you. Who could have paid what – like a hundred dollars less. And it borders on misleading the consumer.
This article some months ago illustrates this issue.
And today we what we want to focus upon is simplicty. Decluttering. You know in our daily lives we strive to live simple. Less complex is better. Get rid of unwanted stuff or those that do not really add value. Can airlines do the same in the way they offer their product? Afterall, it is first and foremost about getting people from point A to B. Safely. And comfortably where possible however you define that.
Getting ‘freebies’ is really nice, and let’s be honest who doesn’t want them? But we have to remember airlines are businesses too. So yes, they do want to profit from the endeavour of getting you (and us) to our desired destinations. We respect that. Surely they can get back to basics and KISS? You do know what that means right?
Don’t you think it is time for airline to declutter their complicated booking classes and options?