When it comes to travelling, everybody does it a little bit differently. Despite what some snobby travellers would have you believe, there is no right or wrong way to travel.
During a few interviews recently I have been asked what my style of travelling is – specifically, when it comes down to it, do I prefer budget or luxury travel?
Now don’t get me wrong, being a hardcore budget backpacker or a luxury jetsetter are both absolutely amazing, but why does it have to be one or the other? Why can a person not be both?
If you have followed this blog for a while, you may have noticed that when it comes to travel, I love anything and everything. I enjoy staying in dodgy 20 bed dorms where the only toilet doesn’t work (makes for a community atmosphere – everyone bonds over the hideousness of it) and I enjoy staying in luxury 5 star resorts (I mean – who doesn’t?) – it makes for a travel lifestyle that is never predictable and means I can experience travel from each and every point of view.
So when it comes down to it, the question still remains: ‘how would I describe my style of travel?’
When push comes to shove, I describe myself as a ‘mixed traveller’.
So what is Mixed Travel?
‘Mixed travel’ refers to a style of travel which allows the individual to prioritise what travel experiences mean the most to them – and helps them budget accordingly. For example, lets say you have a $2000 budget for one month of travel and in that one month of travel you desperately want to do one or two specific things (whether they be amazing accommodation or once in a lifetime experiences) which are quite pricey. A mixed traveller will then spend the majority of that trip on a super strict budget so that they have the funds to splurge on the experiences that really matter to them.
It’s All About Deciding What Is Important To You.
When people travel, it is normal for people to have many different opinions about what matters most. After all, these differences are what make us unique and what makes living in this world so damn interesting.
Some people may think that fancy accommodation is important, other people may prefer to spend their money indulging on each and every local cuisine. Some people may want to save for fancy camera equipment, others may want to spend more on day trips out to remote places.
There is absolutely no right or wrong, you just gotta work out where you want to spend your hard earned moolah.
Mixed Travel Makes Life Interesting.
Earlier this year when I explored the Filipino island of Palawan, I literally went from spending my nights in a luxury over-water villa in El Nido to sleeping in a completely gross 20 bed dorm in Puerto Princesa which featured a toilet that was broken more often than it worked.
Being a mixed traveller means that I never really know what each new day will bring, which really does make my travels all the more exciting.
Mixed Travel Makes You Appreciative.
Not only does being a mixed traveller make for an even more exciting travelling life, it also makes you much more appreciative of each and every experience.
After you have stayed in some seriously dodgy hostels, staying in a fancy hotel or resort feels like the ultimate in luxury. In a similar vein, after you have spent more than a day or two in the confinement of a private hotel room, the camaraderie and sense of community that only be found in a backpackers becomes more welcome than ever.
Travelling on both sides of the fence means that you don’t become blase or complacent, and that you wholly appreciate each and every positive element of both the budget and luxury experiences.
Ultimately, mixed travel is about getting the best of both worlds.
I get to make new friends in dorms, play drunken games of Cards Against Humanity in hostel bars, eat all the questionable street food I like and get super strong from carrying around my big backpack. In addition to all this, I get to treat myself to beautiful massages, sleep in big fluffy beds, enjoy private drives to remote locations and visit some of the most difficult (and pricey) places to get to in the world.
I truly do get the best of both worlds, and that is why I love living the ‘mixed travel’ life.