Red Pill Money: Traveling on the Cheap
Travel is a very important part of the Red Pill man’s life. Minimalism can help a man travel the world even on a corporate serf’s budget. There are so many appealing destinations in this world and many of them have a far lower cost of living the good life than Anglo America. Southeast Asia and Latin America are two favorites among expatriates who are looking to escape a culture in decline and nations that increasingly treat heterosexuality as a disease. But, there are many other places that the explorer type can enjoy. The world is your oyster, my goal is to help you enjoy it for less.
The good news is airfare can be bought on the cheap now, and if a man has a sense of adventure and isn’t afraid to sacrifice unnecessary luxury, decent hotels can be rented at exceptionally low rates. Personally, these are my favorite hotels to stay in, as they free up money for other fun like drinks and cigars. It’s a bed to sleep in and a shower, why turn it into an exorbitant expense?
Those are only two ways men can save big money on trips. Here 5 of my biggest travel secrets for seeing the world on a tight budget. It doesn’t take much for a man to live on, and this is also advice that also applies when a man is traveling.
When booking airfare, do it through Priceline bidding well in advance of your travel dates. Why Priceline? Using their bidding feature I have saved hundreds of dollars at a time on flights. Think of all the other sites (and even Priceline when your not bidding) as paying retail price for flying. Priceline lets you knock a little off retail by bidding. The site says it can save you up to 40% off retail through bidding, but in my experience savings have more realistically amounted to 10% to 20%. Name Your Own Price bidding will definitely save you significant money in most circumstances. Also, Priceline’s layover rules mean you’ll get reasonably timely connections with no overnight layovers.
Don’t book a hotel at your destination for more than one or two nights online. Online hotels will always have higher rates than the local, unadvertised hotels. Be willing to look for bargains, and don’t be scared to stay in a hotel that doesn’t look like the one in a brochure. I have traveled extensively in Latin America and Southeast Asia and clean hotels with running water (and often LCD TVs) and either a fan or air conditioning (depending on how hearty you are) can be rented for between $7 to $15 and up to $25 a night. Most of these businesses operate on a cash basis which is definitely in the “pro” column. Who needs to fill out paperwork for a freaking room?
Street food. Don’t let uppity people tell you food poisoning myths and convince you street food is dirty. I have been eating “en la calle” (in the street) for years and have never had a bad experience. Better yet, the food is usually better tasting (to me) than in the restaurants that have a lot of overhead expenses people who sell in the street don’t have. In Mexico, one of my favorite meals was tacos from the street vendors, they’re absolutely spectacular if you find a good vendor. The key: find one that is doing a lot of business. If a lot of people are buying there, it means its safe and probably delicious – as well as dirt cheap. And, unlike restaurants street vendors prepare the food right in front of you for bargain basement prices. This is one of the biggest ways to save.
Get Skype calling or TextNow to call – and text – your friends back home. WiFi is pretty much ubiquitous worldwide, so there’s no reason to be gouged with high international calling and texting rates. With TextNow, I bypass the cell carrier game and call home regularly for FREE as well as text all day long for FREE to my friends back in the States with only a $27 a month Mobile WiFi connection. There is truly an app for that when it comes to big savings on communication.
Avoid the “gringo” tourist areas. The islands of Western style consumerism abroad are designed with American women and their Beta walking wallets in mind, and are nothing but money traps. Venture away from the areas with lots of gringos around to get the best rates on everything from beer to food to hotels. Safety is usually brought up by critics at this point, which only tells me how woefully socially conditioned most people are. Sure you don’t want to wander down a dark alley at 3 a.m. but you wouldn’t do that in any city in America, either. Getting away from the gringos who only want to shop, eat, and consume is one of the best ways to really experience your destination. It also is a good way to get into the seedy underground if that’s your bag. To me, that’s when the real fun begins on a trip.
These tips are designed with the minimalist, thrifty, and hearty male traveler in mind. Even though I normally keep a lot of money in my main checking account, the “game” for me is seeing how much bang for the buck I can get by taking advantage what’s available while helping the locals out instead of enriching some faceless, monolithic CEO who threw up a pretty box for people to wander into. Using these five tips will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars depending on how long your vacation is.
Money buys freedom – and nowhere is that truer than when traveling – a maxim men everywhere should take as the gospel. You spend a lot of time and went through a lot of pain earning your money, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to maximize it. These five easy steps have become a sort of rulebook for me as a traveler, and have certainly provided me with far richer travel experiences and saved me tons of cash versus seeking out the islands of materialism and consumerism I wanted to leave behind in the first place.
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