Before visiting the Greek Island of Santorini, I’d heard from various people that Santorini was expensive. I’m not a traditional ‘budget traveller’ as such, but I do travel on a budget and trying to research how much it was going to cost was a bit of a nightmare. There’s only really information for the luxury budgets (the typical cave rooms and infinity pools associated with Santorini) or the extreme other end of Santorini on a budget, with all the cheap places to eat and free things to do. There’s not really any ‘mid range’ information for a Santorini budget!
Who doesn’t love a little slice of paradise? On the surface, Turks and Caicos looks like a pretty expensive Caribbean destination, and I’m not going to lie, it kind of is! BUT it is possible to do Turks and Caicos on a budget and I’m going to give you a breakdown of the cost of my trip with some tips and tricks on how I saved myself money!
In the UK I had been with the same phone company ever since I was 11 years old…roughly 15 years! It may have changed hands several times (One-to-One, T-Mobile, EE) but I was always happy with the service I received. I’ve been in America for 5 months and I’m already onto my 2nd phone company. Before I emigrated, I had bought an iPhone, just thinking that it’d be simple, I’d get to America and just put in an American Sim Card and away I go! If only it was that simple!
For anyone not aware of my situation, me and my husband are currently still living 4000 miles apart from each other. It’s been this way for over 2 years now and we’re going through a year long visa process so I can go and join him in America as a permanent resident (read more about how our story began HERE). So I’m no stranger to solo travel. I met the other half while travelling solo in Jamaica, we spend hours alone on flights, we only see each other in person a few times a year and he’s lovely enough to not hold me back from travelling when we can’t be together. But being married has changed my view on solo travel.
Venice was a place I have had my sights on for a while. As I sat on the boat taking me from the car park to the main part of Venice, we passed 4 HUGE cruise ships. My heart sank, I dislike being barged out of the way by crowds that act like they can’t even see you and knowing that the city has 1000s of tiny alley ways, I thought it was going to be a disaster waiting to happen! I make it no secret that I don’t like city crowds…BUT I’m obsessed with water. So no matter what the Venice Gondola price was going to be, I HAD to do it!