Oh hey there family. I didn’t hear you there. It’s your boy King, AKA I don’t have a beard anymore. Welcome to the first podcast of Ask King, where people ask questions, and I give them some, real talk. Let’s jump into it.
This weeks question comes from Kelly. Kelly writes, “King, I saw the shoes and the bag photo so I guess you’ve been traveling? Is this why there hasn’t been any youtubes lately? If you’ve been traveling, do you have any pro tips for me?”
Thanks for the question Kelly. Thanks for hitting up the website at AskTheKingBlog.Wordpress.com. I appreciate it. On to your question.
I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to create youtubes content and will focus on creating podcast. I mean, I listen to podcast all the time and rarely have time to sit down and watch the youtubes. I actually listen to tons of podcast when I drive and I drive a lot. Also, you’re right Kelly. Whenever I post the shoes and my bag photo, that means that I’m traveling to a new place. The last few adventures I went on were trips to the Carribean, San Diego and Iceland. Iceland, so hot right now. Iceland. As for pro tips, I have some real talk for you so check it out.
The first thing that I do is figure out where I want to go. That’s pretty easy considering I want explore everywhere and eat everything. I want to see the 7 wonders of the world. I want to travel to all 50 states. I want to go to many different places. This first step is pretty easy.
The next thing I do is I try to get a great deal because you know, I’m a baller on a budget. I use to search the internet all the time for a deal but I’ve cut back on that. I only use a few websites nowadays. The first website that I use is travelzoo. I signed up for their email list so I get there top 20 best deals weekly to my spam email. The next website I use is for domestic airfare. I use airfare watchdog. The last website deals with international flights. It’s called Scotts Cheap Flight. I receive weekly emails about international flights. Any deals/flights I receive or see, I book. Also, be sure to sign up for rewards program with hotels, airlines, websites and etc. Also be sure to rack up those credit card points/miles/rewards. Those babies add up.
After I find an airfare deal, I start to create my itinerary. My itinerary generally looks like this. 1 restaurant or food or bar I want to go to and 1 activity for the day. For me, anything more than that and it really feels like I’m rushing it. I’m on vacation and I want to enjoy myself. Take for instance if I were Budapest, Hungary I’d want to go to the bath house at some point during the day and then at night, I’d want to check out the ruin bar, Szimpla Kert at night. Or if I were in Reykjavik, Iceland, I’d go to a hot spring during the morning or afternoon, and have lunch at Matur Og Drykkur (one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life.) Pro-tip. If you’re going to a fancy restaurant, go during lunch. It’s generally significantly cheaper than dinner and you still get a high quality meal. After I have my event and one meal/bar/restaurant/food for the day, I fill in the rest of the time randomly. It’s usually me getting lost using public transportation and looking for the event/activity I wanted to do. It’s also filled with me taking my time doing that activity. You get the picture though.
Destination- Check. Airfare- Check. Itinerary- Check. Accommodations. I generally think of 3 different types of accommodations, which are hostels, homeshares/Airbnb/transient homes, and hotels. Each of are different from one another and within each category, there are huge variations. Do your research on each of them.
The hostels are generally the least expensive. Some hostels are like college dorm rooms. You could be sharing a room with 16 or even 20 different people and have two bathrooms/showers between everyone. Or you could have a 4 person room that has two bathrooms. Or your own private room with your own bathroom. Some come with linen and towels while other don’t. Some include breakfast like a churro and hot chocolate in Spain. Some are extremely dirty and loud while others are clean and quiet. Do your research. I’ve actually stayed in a hostel for less than 15 USD per night.
Homeshares, which is where you rent out rooms in a house or the entire house, are extremely popular. It’s more expensive than hostel yet can be less expensive than a hotel room. The way I think about a homeshare is this: Do I plan to cook or am I going to be eating out all the time? Do I have a car or is there solid public transportation in the area? Homeshares are amazing if you plan to cook because you generally have access to the kitchen. That’s going to save you a couple of bucks. If you have a car, you could get a homeshare that is a couple miles away from the main drag and save a couple bucks. Also, if you are traveling with a group, it’s generally cheaper to get a homeshare than it is to get multiple hotel rooms. On one of my more recent adventures, my friends and I rented out a mansion and were able to house 14 people! Again, do your research. Not all homeshares are created equally.
Lastly, there are hotels. Hotels are generally the most expensive of the bunch. Again, the types of hotel vary widely. You have your budget hotel and then you got your ball out Ritz-Carlton Four Seasons hotels. Based on the hotel, you may have restaurants, business centers, bars, spas, and swimming pools. Rooms can vary from having a bed, one couch, bathroom and a TV to a suite that’s the size of a house with multiple rooms, a dining room, living room and million dollar views. With hotels, you know exactly what you are going to get. If you book a hotel room, use their rewards program and rack up those points!!!!
The very last thing that I want to discuss is food! Food can add up extremely quickly. One of the most expensive places I’ve been would be Iceland. Seriously, $15 dollars for a crappy burger and French fries at a gas station. And that was the inexpensive food. This is an expense that you have lots of control over to be honest. Depending on your accommodations, you may get breakfast for free. You may also have a kitchen to cook in. I’m not saying that you should cook all of your meals. I think trying the local cuisine is very important when you are traveling. I think having the local brew or having some wine adds to the experience. You shouldn’t go to Spain and not have paella or chochnillo. You shouldn’t go to Japan and not eat sushi, A-5 beef or Ramen. Don’t go to China and not eat the duck! That’s what it’s all about. If you got the money, spend it on food. If you are looking to save a couple bucks here and there, get accommodations that include breakfast or a kitchen where you can have a cook a few meals here and there. Cook breakfast every other day. Have a picnic during lunch time in a park. Cook a dinner with some local ingredients. It’ll save you a couple bucks here and there and that adds up.
Kelly, I hope my travel pro tips help. That ends this episode of Asking King, the podcast. If you like what you heard, shoot me an email and hit me up. I’d love to here from you. It’s your boy King with some real talk.