"Vacation for poor people"

@Porcospino (16460)
Denmark
June 26, 2012 10:33am CST
Last time I went to the library I borrowed a Danish book called "Vacation for poor people" and it is a book about cheap and free places to visit in Denmark. Only free and cheap things (less than $5) are mentioned in the book. I am trying to save money at the moment and I like the idea of visiting free and cheap places. It is easy to spend money on your vacation for instance if you visit theme parks, expensive museums or expensive restaurants, but there are also a lot of cheap things that you can do. You can go for a walk in a new town, you can visit a lake or a mountain or you can have a beach picnic. Some museums have free days and that is another way to save some money. Which cheap or free places can you visit in your area? Which free or cheap place did you enjoy the most? Have you planned any cheap activities in the future?
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@topffer (19851)
• France
26 Jun 12
The area where I live is not very touristic, and actually all the museums are free. A lot of free animations, from block parties to classical music concerts, are programmed for July and August in my city, and night buses will be free for people living in suburbs during these two months. I have personally bought a mountain bike to explore the towpaths and public woods around : nature is still free here, and I enjoy walking and jogging.
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• United States
26 Jun 12
I see that you are taking great strides now and have retired your wheelchair for a mountain bike and have also taken up jogging ... I hope that all this exertion does not put you back into that broken-down wheelchair of yours.
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@topffer (19851)
• France
26 Jun 12
LOL ! You have already broken my wheelchair at myLot, stay away of my bike
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• United States
26 Jun 12
So does that mean that you are too scared to race me down one of your towpaths ... your mountain bike versus mine, and the loser has to cook supper?
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@GemmaR (8527)
26 Jun 12
I think that this economic climate is a brilliant time to be thinking about the things that you can do to make your vacations a little bit cheaper. I have tried a lot of things in the past, and I have to say that camping is great because you can only pay a small amount each night and it means that you will be able to keep the costs down. If you have children, then making sure that you take plenty of games for them to play would mean that they could stay occupied without having to spend a whole lot of money in doing so.
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• United States
26 Jun 12
Camping is a great idea if you already have all the equipment for it. If you do not, though, and cannot borrow what you need from family members or close friends, then it can be quite expensive to get started. If the family really enjoys camping, then it is a good investment that will pay off in the end, but many do not have the funds to get the tent and gear needed if they do not already have them.
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@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
27 Jun 12
Yes, camping is a great way to save money. Some years ago my friend and I went camping in the eastern part of Denmark. We stayed in my friend's tent and we cooked our own food instead of eating at a restaurant. We saved a lot of money that way. It wasn't a luxurious vacation, but we didn't care about that and we had a really great time. Another cheap option is a hostel. I have stayed in many hostels and it was much cheaper than staying in a hotel. I look forward to reading the rest of book about cheap vacations, maybe I will get some new ideas and find some cheap things to do this summer
@schulzie (4071)
• United States
27 Jun 12
I live in South Florida which as I'm sure you know is a tourist destination for many. We have beautiful beaches here and those are just a few of the many places I go with my family to enjoy and it's free to boot! There are many nature centers in the area and many of them are available to enter with a small contribution (they don't set a dollar amount on the contribution, so it is whatever you choose to pay). I don't put in $1.00 but I don't put in $20 either, usually around $3.00 to $5.00 for each of us. I feel it goes to help pay for the upkeep and for the food, medication, etc. for the animals housed there.
@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
29 Jun 12
I wish that I could be one of the tourists in your area It is great that you have many nice places to visit with your family. We have beaches in my country, because the climate is much colder in my country and the water is always quite cold even in the middle of summer. We visit the beach anyway, but we don't spend more than 5 or 10 minutes in the water and then we run to car and get dressed really fast. The nature centers in you area sound great, it is a nice place to visit with your family.
• United States
27 Jun 12
That's really great that they have a book out to help people have next to free places to visit and things to do while on vacation. I'm not good at stuff like that but now I think I will try to find a book on the subject! Thanks for the information!
@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
29 Jun 12
Yes, I think that a book that like is a great way to find free or cheap places to visit. I didn't read the entire book yet, but I already learned something new. I don't have much money to spend on my holiday this summer, so I plan on visiting some of those free and cheap places in July or August. I think that is possible to go on vacation even when you don't have much money to spend as long as you are willing to stay in places that isn't very luxurious like a campsite or hostel dorm. If we cook our own food instead of eating in restaurants we can also save some money.
• United States
26 Jun 12
Well, if you do not count the gas that it takes to get there, then there are a lot of things to do around here that are very inexpensive or free. There are nature trails, beaches (although some beaches do charge a small fee there are some that are free), public swimming pools (again, some charge a small fee but some are completely free), libraries that have special functions or activities, and museums just to name a few.
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@Bhebelen14 (4570)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I think the free place that I enjoyed the most was the The Rizal Park here in the Philippines because my husband brought to this place few years ago and we enjoy playing with our dogs and flying our kites. There are lots of places here in the Philippines that I really enjoyed and visited most of them are very cheap and some of them are for free.
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@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
27 Jun 12
Where in the Philippines is the Rizal park? It sounds like you had a really good time there. It is great that you have many cheap and free places to visit in the Philippines. In my country we can visit most of the parks, forests, lakes etc without paying and it is nice to visit those places in our free time. On my island there is a sculpture park, it is not one of the free places, but it is not that expensive either and it is nice place to visit.
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
Rizal park located in the city (Manila Philippines)near to my house maybe around 30 minutes away. I really have a good time there because lots of families who are going there to spend their weekends for picnic, the place was very nice and near to the sea. Also in Manila there a lot of National heritage that you can visit for free or paying around $.50 for entrance fee.
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@jricky1 (6810)
• China
27 Jun 12
Honestly,this is really attracting for me to just visit in a cheap way.I think that many people would love to and enjoy this popular way.For me,i think that our country is vast and the ticket for some are expensive,so the total expense would higher.All i wish is to get a job and really take good care of my life.
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@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
29 Jun 12
I can imagine that tickets are expensive in your country since your country is so large. My country is much, much smaller than yours and by car we can travel from one end of the country to the other end in one day. My island is relatively small, and I like to visit other parts of my country. Sometimes my husband and I drive from our island to the peninsula and visit some places there. In the evening we drive back to our own island. I hope that you will find a good job and achieve your goals
@thesids (22568)
• Bhubaneswar, India
27 Jun 12
Hi porcospino Unsure if this happens only in India or other countries too, but being an outsider (a foreigner) gets reflected easily - because of the skin color. Once the people know that you are from a different country they start expecting that you can pay much more. Unfortunately this is quite common. Many cab drivers, hotelliers would try their best to exploit and mint money. So finding something free and inexpensive becomes difficult here. BUT, if you have someone to help you out (maybe a guide book or a local friend) the expenses can be drastically cut short. The most expensive would still be the staying in case you stay at any hotel or as a paying guest. Many of the places of tourist interest are now payable and they have a weird rate chart at times - Indian pays INR 5 or even gets in free and foreigners pay 5 USD to get in (this might be similar and cheaper for you being a person from a foreign land, but in indian currency the 5 usd translates to 250 INR - that is, it becomes 50 times expensive).
@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
27 Jun 12
I think that a price difference between the prices that the locals pay and the prices that the tourists pay is quite common. I have experienced that several times. I remember one place where the low prices (the prices that the locals had to pay) were written with letters instead of numbers in order to hide the the cheap prices from the tourists who didn't understand the local language. I have also met many taxi drivers who tried to cheat me. In Romania the taxi driver asked for 50 lei, we told him that we weren't going to pay that much and he reluctantly agreed to drive us for 20 lei. We were happy about that, but when we got to know the local prices we discovered that the normal price was 5 lei!
@prashu228 (6056)
• India
26 Jun 12
the idea is really amazing, in this way we can visit a number of places with lees money , wow its just amazing
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@Porcospino (16460)
• Denmark
26 Jun 12
I also think that it is an amazing idea. I look forward to reading the book, because I am sure that I will read about some interesting places that I haven't heard about yet. This summer I don't have much money to spend so it will be very nice to find some cheap places that I can visit with my husband or with some friends. Maybe there are even some places on my own island that I haven't heard about.
@maximax8 (27059)
28 Jun 12
I read an e book called Brit on a Budget. It gave some helpful comments for sightseeing that is low cost and free. A free day out from where I live could be cycle to the sea front, walk along the coastline and take a previously packed picnic on the beach. For people that live close to the sea front they could walk, let their kids do bucket and space sand castle building on the sandy beach. One of my friends lives within easy walking distance of the woods and went out walking in May to see the blue bell flowers. A couple of weeks ago I went out walking with my disabled son's wheelchair plus him, my daughter and my two dogs. On that sunny day we walked past two picturesque lakes. We saw a swan and some ducks plus moor hens. Last week I went for a walk to Brean Down ,a splendid looking walk on a headland overlooking the sea. I got fine views of the two off shore islands and the Welsh coastline. That was the free trip I enjoyed the most. All it cost was my petrol in my car to get there.
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@koopharper (5861)
• Canada
27 Jun 12
When our children were quite young we went on the ultimate poor family vacation. We went for a four day local bicycle trip. The only money we spent outside of our normal food for the entire trip was one night in a campground. Our four children at the time were very young. The oldest was seven, the twins were five and still on training wheels and my daughter was three riding in the bike trailer with equipment piled around her little ears. We spent the first night camping in my parents backyard where they fed us supper and breakfast. The second night was in a campground where we were interviewed by the local newspaper. The third and final night was in my sisters backyard where we also got fed. We visited every site of interest along the way. In all we covered a little short of 85 kilometers in four days of riding. It was one of the most memorable and rewarding vacations we've ever taken.
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@ryanong (9700)
• Vietnam
27 Jun 12
Oh, I like travel so much but i can't do it regularly since my budget is limitation. i am the poor and i really need a book like that when i go travel.
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@Shellyann36 (5301)
• United States
27 Jun 12
We are very fortunate to have a state park near our home. They offer primitive camping as well as picnic areas. I don't think we would camp there but it is a great place for a day trip. We also have a lake near us that does offer camping sites with or without water/electric hook-ups as well as showers and such. The lake is not free but it is fairly cheap for vacationing in state. They charge so much per night to camp and if you just want to stay the day they charge by the car load. We have not planned anything as of right now. I would just love to forgo a vacation and buy an above ground pool for the summer heat.