How To Save Money While Travelling.

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Being frugal comes naturally when you’re a student. Especially if your income is limited yet you have dreams of seeing the whole freaking world.

So when you finally save up just enough cash to make that trip you’ve been planning for months, you need to be extra careful with how you spend each penny.

Here are a couple of ways to help you minimise your expenditure during your trip:

1. Live at the centre.

Saves you lots of time and money since you don’t need to commute as opposed to living at the outskirts of a town.

2. Walk.

It’s the best way to see new places and experience new things.

3. Picnic.

Buy yourself a bunch of fruits, water, some healthy packed food and head out to the park. That should cost you around $5. Plus views and fresh air.

4. Partner up.

For those deals and discounts. You know. 😉

5. Take the overnight bus.

It’s the cheapest way to travel between two cities and you also get a free “bed” for the night.

Always be kind.

Dee.

Naivasha, Kenya. 4

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On the last week of August, I took a solo day trip to Naivasha. Yes, a solo day trip.

I woke up at around 7 in the morning, on a Tuesday, with no agenda. So I lay in bed thinking of how I should spend the rest of the day. Then it hit me. A day trip! 🙂

I needed to find an interesting place to visit that wouldn’t take me more than 2 hours to get to. Also, I wanted to get sorta physical. Sporty, if you will. It had been a while since I’d gotten a good workout in so I had to include something challenging in this trip.

And that’s how I decided to take a solo day trip to Hell’s Gate National Park!

I was so unsure of the whole idea since I’d never been to Naivasha by public means. Google came in handy though. I left the house at 11, four whole hours later, because I was still trying to convince myself that taking that trip would probably be one of the best things I would’ve done during my summer holiday.

It took about 2 hours to get there, rented a bike for 5 USD at the gate, paid another 3 USD because I was getting in with a bike, and another 7 USD (I don’t remember the exact figure but it was around that much) for my entry to the park. Non-citizens are charged way more by the way.

There are a couple of local tour guides who’ll want to rip you off, but thanks to TripAdvisor, I was already aware of that. The park has road signs inside so getting lost is not an issue.

It was a downhill ride from the gate with the most amazing and peaceful scenery. I saw a whole lot of zebras, warthogs and antelopes on the way.

Once at the gorge, you might want to ask for a little help from the rangers and guides at that post. It’s pretty twisted in there. But boy is it beautiful!

Everyone I ran into was surprised that I was travelling alone and kept asking if I’d left “my group” somewhere along the way. Haha! 😀 They were all super nice to me though.

I got really tired after all the hiking that I hitched a ride from the gorge back to Naivasha town. That was at 6 in the evening. It goes without saying really, that the trip was totally worth it! 🙂

Oh, and by the way, according to Wikipedia, the setting of the animated film, The Lion King, is “heavily modelled after this park”.

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Always be kind.

Dee.