Who else is so happy it’s Friday? I hope everyone has had a great week and has a even greater weekend. Today’s tip is going to be a simple one; don’t spend too much on alcohol. I know I may sound like a party pooper, but I swear there’s some logic behind this.
I have met so many people while travelling who spend a ton of money on alcohol. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging. If you’re going on a trip for the sole reason to get drunk and party, then fair enough. This tip is for those who are looking to save money while travelling, in which case I definitely suggest limiting your alcohol.
Alcohol isn’t cheap, no matter where you are. I see a lot of people falling into the trap of thinking that because alcohol is cheaper in Asia, they can go crazy there. Yes, a beer is cheaper in most parts of Asia than it is in the UK, but if you go out and drink eight of them, it’s not cheap any more. Let’s do a quick bit of maths; in Kuta, the average price for a large Bintang beer (the local brand) is 25,000 rupiah. For 100,000 rupiah you can get a dorm bed for the night. So four beers are the same price as a bed and hot shower. What’s more important? Also, keep in mind that beer is the cheapest form of alcohol you can get; if you drink spirits on a night out the price rises very quickly.
Maybe without really realising it, you’re spending a lot of money on drinks. That money could be used on other more useful things like food, accommodation or transport. When travelling on a budget you need to make choices; would you like to have a few beers every night or buy a boat ticket to see a beautiful nearby island? They’re probably the same price.
I’m not saying you need to go dry for your whole trip. If you’re watching the beautiful sunset in Ao Nang, treat yourself to a coconut cocktail (they’re so good; made with coconut water and served in a coconut!) and enjoy the experience. And if you’re really feeling a cold beer on a hot night, get yourself one. All I’m saying is to be aware of the price you’re paying for alcohol, and to be mindful of your spending. It would be a shame to have to cut your trip short because you’ve blown your budget on alcohol.
There’s only two more tips left, check back tomorrow for #6!