Vagabondish recently posted a great article about budget travel and the idea of “stereotypical backpackers” which we felt was worth sharing. It essentially states that just because you’re traveling on a budget and staying at cheap hotels or hostels does not mean that you’re a grubby and party-going backpacker.
This is something that we’ve always believed to be true, after all, and fits right in with our travel style. You can do it on the cheap and still get close to the culture without going to nightclubs every night or hooking up in dorms. In today’s economy, sometimes you need to travel like the 99% and enjoy yourself while saving cash. This usually means taking local transportation, staying at a cheap hostel (even when you’re a little older), and grabbing some street food. But it doesn’t have to mean that you’ll behave like it’s a year-long spring break.
More importantly, not all hostel rooms are huge dormitories to be shared with all and sundry. Many hostels offer small rooms of bunks, double rooms and even single rooms, usually with shared bathroom facilities but even sometimes with your own bathroom. Of course, these rooms cost a little more but are still usually considerably cheaper than a hotel.
You can read the entire article at Vagabondish: Why Budget Travelers Are Not All “Stereotypical Backpackers”.