Let’s face it, not every man is made of money, especially in the current economic climate. However, the days of nationwide lockdowns are thankfully ending at an accelerated rate. In turn, international travel is becoming a thing again. For a lot of guys, international travel is something completely new. Something that they’ve always dreamed of doing.
Are you one of those guys? Whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran traveler, there are always ways to improve the travel experience. With that being said, the following travel tips are golden for men of all ages who want to dip their beaks in international waters.
#1 Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More
The thought of winging an international journey may sound fun, but it’s not. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the chance of being fun. It just means that in most cases, a well-planned journey is the better one. Having said that, you don’t need to plan every minute of your journey like a concerned father prepping for his first family getaway.
More so, you want to plan the right way. The more time you put into planning, the better acquainted you’ll be with the place you plan to visit. Especially, if you’re a first-time traveler. To create a good plan, dig deeper than the typical travel sites.
Picture yourself sifting the internet for golden nuggets. When you take this route, you’ll find yourself picking up knowledge from guys who have been there and done that. For example, you may stumble upon a travel forum with content written by experienced men who aren’t trying to sell you anything. And this is the type of content you want to soak up.
On the flip side, you want to avoid content written by a “travel expert” who wrote an article after a one-day visit to a place to generate cash for his blog. Ultimately, the lessons you learn from planning your first trip will carry over into all of your subsequent journeys, and this is value at its finest.
#2 Get in Better Shape
If your goal is to enjoy the bachelor lifestyle while abroad, then getting into better shape should be at or near the top of your to-do list. Without a wallet stuffed with cash, you’ll need to take the natural route to become more attractive.
If you’re out of shape to begin with, your best bet is to work with what you have. This means getting toned and burning as much fat as possible. The good news about this approach is that it might not cost you anything.
There are plenty of bodyweight workouts to choose from. Plus, if there’s a local park, get inventive by finding places to do variations of dips, pull-ups, and leg raises. Plus, you’ll save money on food by eating less. Because the only way to lose weight is to burn more than you take in each day.
One good way to lose weight while preserving muscle is to practice intermittent fasting. Essentially, you’ll only eat during certain hours of the day while fasting for the others. For instance, you might do a 16:8 fast, which is 16 hours without food and 8 hours with food.
#3 Boost Your T
It’s nearly impossible for a bachelor with low testosterone to get the most out of a trip abroad. For this reason, you want to take steps to boost your T levels ahead of your journey. Several free and natural methods are cold showers, a steady exercise routine, a healthier diet, and no alcohol (you’ll actually save money here).
Then, there are natural supplements. If you feel as though your libido could be higher, there are plenty of herbs and vitamins that can help you feel more invigorated. Plus, there’s the option to make your own supplements to save some bucks.
Just imagine showing up in a foreign land feeling motivated to meet the locals. Also, you’ll have more energy and be ready to hop out of bed each morning to enjoy the day.
Conversely, if you’re low on T, you might feel sluggish, unmotivated, and moody. Certainly, this is not the type of energy you want to bring along with you when you travel.
#4 Choose a Developed, Budget-Friendly Location
One of the most valuable travel tips for bachelors on a budget is to choose a budget-friendly destination. This doesn’t mean you need to visit the cheapest place in the world, but it does mean that you should plan accordingly.
One great example of a budget-friendly destination that’s great for bachelors is Southeast Asia. Countries such as Thailand and Indonesia are both easy on the wallet without sacrificing much First-World convenience.
The key here is to find a place or places where you can afford to rent your own apartment. Having your own place is one of the most important steps any bachelor can take while traveling. If you can’t afford your own place, then talk to your friends about buddying up to split the cost.
#5 Steer Clear of the Hostel Route
While staying in a hostel and meeting new people may seem glamorous, it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. Keep in mind that there are a lot of hostel goers who are full-time international travelers.
They can be the type of person who’s on a very tight budget and knows how to stretch their money as far as possible. Consequently, you may meet people who want to borrow money for lunch with no intention of paying you back.
Next, you’ll have less of a chance of meeting locals when staying in a hostel. One of the best parts about traveling as a bachelor is meeting the locals. You never know who you might meet or where your journey might lead you. If you stay in a hostel, you’ll end up chilling with the people in the hostel who are foreigners like yourself.
Then, there’s the fact that you have much less privacy in a hostel. Even with a private room, hostel inhabitants will invade your space. The list of disadvantages of staying in a hostel as a bachelor can go on and on. The bottom line is to choose a destination where you can afford to rent your own spot.
The key to enjoying an international adventure as a bachelor on a budget is to put in the time to work on yourself before you go. Additionally, research as much as possible to get a lay of the land. When you do the research, you’re able to hit the ground running instead of scrambling after your arrival.
Chances are you’ll enjoy your first trip so much that you’ll find the experience intoxicating. By the time you arrive home, you’ll already be researching your next exploration. Then, you’ll have the knowledge you accumulated along your first journey to make your next one even better.