Traveling?

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    Aug 06, 2008 7:09 AM GMT
    I notice alot of gay men tend to travel alot. I would love to do this also, however I am a college student with very little funds. I was wondering how everyone does it? I also live in PA which isn't all that far from NYC and I never in my life have been to a club there and only visited about 4x in my life.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 06, 2008 8:02 AM GMT
    Traveling is really just experiencing new things
    ...you said it yourself
    You're just a few hours away from one of the most exciting cities in the world

    Get thee out to the Big Apple - Pronto! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    So you have things to look forward to when you start too work full time.

    I myself don't waist cash on clubs. I'd rather pay $200 for my dinner. Pluse I have my very own beer garden, and it's much cheaper than clubs, and you don't have the lines either.

    If it's something you really want to do, it will happen.

    Over the past 8 years I've put most of my cash into my new home, and creating a garden. now the mortgage is just about payed off, I now have more cash, and am traveling again. I'm planning an international trip every years now. I've already been to Hawaii this year, and off interstate in a few weeks.

    But I'm also middle aged, and it much cheaper being old, than it is being in your youth.
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:45 PM GMT
    take just one ticket along...
    you will find out how to deal with the rest things``icon_lol.gif
    someone always there to help you

    if you dare try.
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    While I was much poorer as a student, I did enjoy myself travelling to see the world. Often, it involved saving money during term, and even working part of summer to afford a short break somewhere. Even then, trips were not in the lap of luxury, but there are many stories to tell.

    Most cities in the world have student discounts for entry into museums, and even for theatre tickets. You can also try to get some student transport deals (airfare or train/bus fare). On the accommodation side, you can stay at Youth Hostels, or join in the community at www.couchsurfing.com!
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    couchsurfing is a really good bet, and Outofthegrey beat me to it. I've used it a couple times last summer when i was in Scotland. the money you save is pretty decent, and you can meet some awesome people
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    Aug 06, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    Speaking for myself, I couldn't afford to go to the movies when I was in college, much less go overseas. However, once you're out of college and making decent money it doesn't take long to build up enough savings for a nice trip now and then. That's assuming you don't spend everything you make like a lot of people do.

    There are also ways to travel cheaply. Couchsurfing might be OK for some, but that's not my cup of tea. I have enjoyed staying in hostels though. In Europe I've stayed nightly for as little as £6 in the British Isles, €7 in Europe, and $1.50 in southeast Asia. Believe it or not, I could have stayed even cheaper if I'd lowered my standards. icon_smile.gif I saw one place in Laos where I could have stayed for 60 cents a night.

    Finding cheap places to eat (or fixing your own food) is also pretty easy.

    So really, the only expensive part about my travel is the plane ticket to get there.
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    Aug 06, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    I try to be frugal to give me more travel funds. Plus, I have friends all over the place, so I have places to stay if I want to get away.

    Like this September. I'm going to SF again from the 6th to the 13th. I have friends who live there who are going to be out of town, so I'm staying at their apartment. Plus, I bought my plane ticket really early so it was a lot cheaper (about $300 round trip). I'm excited! Woohoo!


  • DuggerPDX

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    Aug 06, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    I think in general the cards are stacked in our favor for having the disposable income to spend money on things like travel. We generally aren't raising children, not planning for kids college or paying for the extra benefits of a family at work, and if we are part of a couple chances are all things being equal, we earn more money than the straight couple across the street if you believe that men are paid more in general than women and have more opportunities for advancement.
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    Aug 06, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    I managed to do a lot of road trips while I was in college. I got friends together to pool money and resources (ie: car, house to stay at, etc). I managed one time to go up to NYC, Philly, and DC from Orlando with only a couple hundred dollars. But definitely start with the closer places you haven't been to and then work your way out. It's worth doing while in college!
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    Aug 06, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen said
    There are also ways to travel cheaply. Couchsurfing might be OK for some, but that's not my cup of tea. I have enjoyed staying in hostels though. In Europe I've stayed nightly for as little as £6 in the British Isles, €7 in Europe, and $1.50 in southeast Asia. Believe it or not, I could have stayed even cheaper if I'd lowered my standards. icon_smile.gif I saw one place in Laos where I could have stayed for 60 cents a night.

    If you're in college, you could apply to study abroad. I did, and it was an awesome experience. I studied in Australia, and then spent three weeks traveling through New Zealand and Fiji. The hostel systems really are inexpensive and fun, as you meet other travelers.

    Funny story, though...once a couple years ago, while surfing porn, I found something that looked oddly familiar in the background. Turns out the series was shot in the same hostel room I stayed in in Auckland!
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    Aug 06, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    I agree road trips are a great way to see a lot on the cheap if you share the costs with friends.

    I think being flexible is big right now, you can find lots of last minute deals on the internet, either through consolidators like priceline or hotwire, or even the airline and hotel websites.

    Sign up at each airline, car rental company and hotel chain you think you might use and request their weekly newsletters and hot deals, be sure to sign up for frequent user accounts, that way as you accumulate miles and stays you can get free flights and hotel stays etc.

    And be sure to get a credit card that gives you points, there are a lot of websites that will rank cards based on how you use a card, i.e. keeping a balance, no balance, annual fee, no annual fee etc.

    As an example I was just able to book two business class award flights from Portland to Paris and Amsterdam on Lufthansa using United Airlines miles for May of 2009, only money out of pocket was $100 for taxes and fees. And then I used some Hertz points for a car and will use hotel points for each city, in the end the only out of pocket expenses I will have is for food and entertainment.
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    Aug 06, 2008 6:13 PM GMT


    So really, the only expensive part about my travel is the plane ticket to get there. [/quote]

    There is a skill to travelling inexpensively. I have always travelled and it's a passion. I never could have waited until a mortgage was paid off or until I was older.

    The plane ticket? Subscribe to "latest internet fare" sites and you can get a ticket much cheaper. Learn the frequent flyer mile game. There are sites out there that can teach you how to maximize your miles. Link your credit cards with mileage programs and shop online through mileage portals.

    It's great to stay in a luxerious hotel. But cleanliness, quiet and safety is all I need. Sometimes is fantastic to stay in youth hostels and other cheap places...you get to interact with so many energetic informed travellers that are on the same budget constraints. Check out government run tourist services that can help you locate a place. Don't walk, talk, act,dress or smell like those typical "backpackers". Once I landed in Kyoto w/o a hotel reservation. I was very nicely dressed. The tourist service promptly sent me to a hotel that normally charges over 500 bucks a night. I got it for 50 bucks. Or how about staying in a palace in India for 20 bucks a night, or 2 bucks a night in Laos at a mom and pop place?

    Don't wait until you are older to travel. Do it now.

  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 06, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    If you're willing to travel REALLY light, there are a lot of budget carries that can take you across the Atlantic for less than $500 (like Ryanair), and once you get there you can fly with all of the European carriers for pretty cheap (easyJet, Ryanair, SAS, etc.)

    Get a copy of "Europe of a Shoestring." It's not necessarily for the budget traveller, but it gives you good tips on how to get from place to place without spending too much money.

    And I agree with the study abroad bit. I studied abroad in China and got to do a lot of travelling around there, and it was incredible. I really want to go back!
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    Aug 06, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    zdrew said
    Funny story, though...once a couple years ago, while surfing porn, I found something that looked oddly familiar in the background. Turns out the series was shot in the same hostel room I stayed in in Auckland!

    icon_redface.gif Oh, my! I hope no sleeping travelers had an inadvertent cameo!