Travel cheap by extending a business trip

I had an opportunity to travel for work for a week and decided to extend it and travel personally. Combining business and pleasure is the cheapest way to travel. If you have an opportunity go for it! I travel quite a bit and don’t mind if it’s my biggest expense for the year. Since I know that this hobby can be expensive, I try to find ways to travel cheap. Here’s one example.

I spent 5 days in Lisbon and it cost me 337.93 USD

Obviously, the biggest saving is the cost of the flight. I could have save even further by staying in the same country where I was doing business, but I’m craving for some sun. I literally went on a map and pointed south and there it is Lisbon. I searched for a one way flight and found one that cost 78.32 at Ryan Air.

Since I am traveling off peak, prices for hotel is pretty affordable. I was traveling alone and decided to stay in a hostel for a cheaper alternative. For 4 nights, it cost me 55.34 USD. I stayed in a dorm room but since it is off peak, I was the only one in the room for 3 nights. This cost includes a modest breakfast and internet access.

Lisbon is such a wonderful place and exceeded all my expectations! There is so much history in the city. My favorite part is the narrow streets that seems like a maze. I let myself get lost in the city and found neighbors actually talking to each other through the windows!

Narrow Streets

I also saw Fado. For those visiting Lisbon, this is a must see. This is such an experience that I will never forget. Locals sing about anything to express their emotion. It’s in Portuguese, but you don’t need to understand the language to be amaze. It cost me 47.24 USD with dinner.

Fado

I also went to Sintra for a day. I took the train from Lisbon and signed up for a hop on – hop off bus. The day trip was not part of my plan, but was highly recommended by the hostel. It didn’t disappoint. I reached the westernmost point of the continental Europe.

Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa...[Here, where the land ends and the sea begins...
Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa…[Here, where the land ends and the sea begins…
The rest of 157.03 USD was spent on tours, food, transportation and kitchen magnet for my souvenir.

Definitely money well spent!

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