Travel Splurges Worth Making

I’m just going to go ahead and admit something you probably already know about me: I suck at budgeting. I’m not great at math, I’m terrible at organization and worst of all I just have no willpower to stay in some sort of arbitrary daily constraint on how much I can spend.

I still travel very far for very little, but I’ll never be the sleep on the beach, eat canned tuna for a week kind of traveler. There are just some things I am never able to resist spending money on when traveling. This doesn’t mean that I’m the private jet charter, penthouse suite kind of traveler either, but there are some small splurges that just make all the difference to me when traveling.

Private Rooms

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Look man, I love hostels, but I am just getting too old and cranky for dorm rooms. I’ll do it still, if I don’t have a choice, but given the chance I’d much rather shell out a few extra bucks and have my own door.

This is where traveling with Mike comes in handy as a justifiable excuse. We’re engaged! We need our privacy! We also travel with an irresponsible amount of expensive electronics and we always feel safer with our own room to lock them up in.

I still like hostels (although as time goes on I also really love a good hotel room or apartment rental). I like being able to meet people, but the truth is that for a traveling introvert like me, it’s really great to socialize a whole bunch then go back to my own room and shut the door.

A Good Camera


One of the worst travel mistakes ย I’ve ever made was buying a sub-par camera in Vietnam, simply because it was cheaper. When I look back at my pictures from South East Asia (and particularly those from Angkor Wat), I can’t ignore the crappy quality. It’s distracting and it messes with the way I remember these vibrant and truly beautiful places.

Now I know the importance of investing in a quality camera. In fact I just picked up a new Canon S110 for my upcoming trip so that I can take pictures actually worthy of the places I go.

Diet Coke

An addiction is an addiction guys. I’ve been cutting down my coke consumption here at home for health reasons, but once I’m back on the road with the constant fatigue and need to a pep-me-up, all bets are off.

Whether I’m paying 10 cents for a glass bottle Coke in China or 4 Euros for a can of Coca-cola Light in France, nothing can stop me from turning the entire world into my very own Diet Coke commercial.

Food.. especially Dessert

My biggest downfall. I just have to try the local cuisine. This is not so much a problem in places like Vietnam, where a street food snack is literally pennies, but it becomes more of an issue in Europe, where my desire to eat well and my desire not to spend all my money are sometimes hugely at odds.

I almost made ice cream it’s own separate category because local dessert is important too! I can not resist ice cream while traveling, or any other new snack that will satisfy my sweet tooth.

What do you splurge on when traveling?

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33 thoughts on “Travel Splurges Worth Making”

  1. Amen to private rooms and a good camera, nothing beats a good and comfortable sleep after a long day, and of xourse good shots to remind you of a good travel. Indeed a nice post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yeah, I definitely splurge on food. Dessert, always. Even for breakfast, we have “breakfast dessert” sometimes where we’ll get a savory pastry and for “dessert” go for something sweet.

    Also, when I’m traveling alone I”ll still go for hostel dorms but whenever I travel with my boyfriend we do AirBnB or budget hotels; totally worth it.

  3. I definitely splurge on food! But also on accommodation… Even though I’ve had my fair share of hostel dorm nights, my first choice is usually either an apartment or a hotel – even when I travel by myself. Maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy, and need more hours of sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I would “splurge” (although that’s going to sound like the understatement of the century in about ten seconds) on a nice hotel room at one of the big-name hotel chains in a heartbeat. Part of that is because I don’t have to specifically request a private room, part of it is because I naturally gravitate towards very tall buildings (and I specifically request the highest floor available at check-in), but mostly it’s because the big hotel chains offer loyalty/rewards programs (that tie in with airline and rail rewards programs, no less) – and Hosteling International doesn’t.

  5. I made the camera mistake too. I have a good Canon DSLR, but I wanted something smaller that I could throw in my purse for day-trips. I bought the cheapest digital camera I could find in Thailand. Th decision really made no sense because I’m obsessed with taking pictures, so why would I settle for less when it comes to something that’s so important to me?

  6. I agree on the private rooms thing (I have been married for 11 years, so dorms will not do). We also splurge on the camera – we just purchased one of the new Sony compact system cameras, which take great photos and videos without being bulky! But, I feel most strongly about the food. I travel on my stomach. It is just not worth it to travel if you end up making pasta or eating Spaghettos at the hostel every night.

  7. All worthy splurges! I definitely require a private room with private bathroom when traveling. Something else we splurge on is wine; we always like to try the local wine and it’s not always as inexpensive as wine is in Italy.

  8. I’ve always been very frugal, often to the point of not making the most of where I was because I wanted to save a few bucks. Now I’m finally starting to loosen up a bit and ‘splurge’ more on things – you have to find a balance of being aware of your budget/what you can afford and taking advantage of where you are!

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