Saving money on the wrong things
I thought it was right to save money by not going to places or doing things and looking back it’s kind of stupid because because I missed out. From now on I know that I should do them anyway and worry about money later.
Not surfing the Bondi Beach waves
In Sydney I did the Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk and I know it is soooo cliche, but I was looking forward to a surf lesson at the end (because you know…Bondi Beach). But there was that ONE person in the group who was not feeling up it for no particular reason and the group decision was not to do it. Meeh.
Not going to Auschwitz II – Birkenau
We have all learned about the cruel things that happened at concentration camps, but you don’t realise how deeply tragic these places are until you actually go there. One of the baracks was filled with shoes and there it hit me and I handle it anymore. We decided not going to Auschwitz II and looking back I do regret that because it’s not a place I plan to revisit.
Skipping famous attractions because entrance price too high
£16 admission for St. Paul’s Cathedral is actually a lot, but when I was on top I realized it was totally worth it and that I sometimes should go with the flow and be a money throwing tourist.
Taking long bus rides
Not all of them obviously, but taking a 15+ hours bustrips on the night bus to save a twenty on a hostel seemed a good idea at those times … if you can sleep on a bus (I’m lacking in this talent). Looking back I realise why I didn’t for example didn’t fully enjoy Istanbul because I was dead tired.
Taking the train to Monaco
A few years ago I went to Cannes Film Festival and felt like taking the train to Monaco, boy was that a waste of time. Thank God I had a friend with me and we could be grumpy about it together. As long as I’m not filthy rich Monaco is just not for me (or at least I got that impression).
Not visiting Lapland while I lived in Finland
I did an exchange in Finland and there was an organized trip to Lapland where you got to visit Santa’s Village, and see the Northern Lights. I didn’t do it because I had a trip booked to Cannes Film Festival and really couldn’t miss the money. I still should have gone and lived off good will from my fellow students.
Not flying via Dubai
When I flew to Melbourne I choose to fly via China instead of Dubai. It would save me €150 and the transfer time was meant to allow me to get a temporary visa so I could go outside and see Guangzhou. But this didn’t go according to plan – they didn’t understand us and we couldn’t leave the mini transfer hall for the whole 15 hour transfer time. On top of that me and my friend could not take any cash with our maestro cards, I didn’t know the pin to my new creditcard, we didn’t have much food and we had barely had enough money for one tea and some kind of sandwich. Dubai would have been so much easier and I would have crossed off lunch on the top floor of El Burj.
Not investing in good travel gear
Like buying cheap shoes. My grandma says: always invest in good and comfortable shoes and bed because if you are not in one you are in the other. So when it comes to good hiking shoes I should not go for a cheap option and have to replace it for my next trip.
Have you ever saved a few dollars, euros, pounds or any other currency on the wrong things?