Budget Travel and Affordable Travel
More Than Words: Budget Travel vs. Affordable Travel
Budget. Cheap. Affordable. Inexpensive.
When it comes to travel, is this a case of six of one, half a dozen of the other?
My hairdresser would often remind me that in the world of hair extensions, there is a difference between cheap and inexpensive. Cheap hair tangles, frizzes, and sheds. Inexpensive hair makes you look fabulous without putting a hurting on your budget. When it comes to your honeymoon, do you want cheap? Or inexpensive?
My guess is that you want fabulous without the financial pain, amiright?
This site is dedicated to affordable travel. What do we mean by affordable travel? It’s designing a vacation where you can reasonably afford the things and experiences required to make your trip comfortable, enjoyable, and worthwhile. This definition is purposefully subjective as it has nothing to do with a dollar amount. Instead, it has everything to do with how you define comfortable and enjoyable and what you are willing to pay for those experiences. I have a friend who is 6’5” and flies business class just for the extra leg room. If flying business class is what it takes for your trip to be comfortable and enjoyable, then that is your reality and what you need to afford to happily go on that trip. Similarly, if staying in hotels gives you the heebee geebees and you’d rather be in a tent under the stars, then this is your version of affordable travel.
We all have our individual notions of what we think of as enjoyable and comfortable. I have a friend who will sleep ANYWHERE to save a few bucks. We once spent a night in a modern-day version of the Bates motel, in order to stay near the action on the strip in Atlantic City. The place was so filthy that I slept in my clothing, placed plastic bags on the shower floor, and air dried my body in fear of the dingy towels. There was nothing about this hotel that was comfortable and enjoyable. My friend didn’t mind it all.
There are two lessons here:
Lesson 1: Cheap is not the same as affordable.
Cheap is just about price with no regard to comfort. Affordable is about price AND comfort.
Lesson 2: The best trips are when you and your travel partner share the same ideas (or can compromise) on what makes a trip comfortable and enjoyable.
Making your trip affordable means having a good idea of what’s comfortable and enjoyable for both of you. We recommend starting with the First Rule of Honeymoon Planning as a great place to get started on figuring out what “affordable” means to everyone. You’ll also need to talk money at some point, which we get to in Funding Your Honeymoon.
The goal of this site is to provide a wealth of tips, stories and advice for people who want to plan awesome and affordable honeymoons but don’t know where to start. If you’re ever stuck on how to plan or just want some need some good ol’ venting, feel free to send us a note via the contact form and we promise to get back to you!