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Cheap Travel in Tourist Destinations


I am currently a content traveler in Copan Ruinas. Even though this is a tourist town, and the general prices are very high, I have found ways to subvert the hand of gentrification and live cheaply. I have found good priced places to eat, a cheap bed, and free recreation. I am spending far under $10 a day.

Daily expenses:

Bed- $1.75
Breakfast- $1.50
Lunch- $1.70
Dinner- $2.00
Internet- $.80
Random expense- $1

Daily total- $7.75
Weekly total- somewhat less than $56

This total would be way higher if I utilized the tourist resources that line the main streets of this town. If I were to eat in the tourist restaurants – all the restaurants in the town center – I would be dropping at least three to six dollars per meal. It took me nearly a week to locate two local eating houses on the outskirts of town, where I can get a cheap meal for a dollar or two. I also usually prepare for myself one meal a day, which consists of fruit, vegetables, and peanut butter or muesli. It all, my food expenditures round out to the averages above. As I am working here for a month, I have taken up residence in an apartment rather than a hotel. This has saved me a big chunk of money, as the cheapest hostel bed in this town goes for $4 a night.

It was a bit of a chore to find a place to eat in Copan Ruinas. All of the many restaurants that line the cobblestone streets of the downtown area are priced far beyond what I can afford. But I have learned that on the outskirts of most every established tourist town are places where the locals eat cheaply. It took some time of walking and asking people – of keeping my eyes open and my ear to the ground – to find the two cheap restaurants that I have been eating at. One of these eating houses does not even have a sign or anything advertising it as a restaurant. For more information on where to eat cheaply in Copan please go to Vagabond Fieldnotes Copan (will post tomorrow!).

I am satisfied, well-fed, and smiling. Semana Santa is almost over, I suppose I did not go to El Salvador. I looked at a map to realize that I would have to travel 60km in the wrong direction just to get to a place where I could catch a bus to the border. Travel during Semana Santa can also be a little crowded. The buses stopped running on Wednesday and will be packed to their fullest capacity during the weekend, as people are returning home from the holiday. Giving this, I did not wake up any morning this week with a taste for the journey. I would have only been in El Salvador for a few days anyway. Maybe next time. I am content in Copan. Sometimes just walking around relaxing is just as interesting as traveling like a mad-man. I think I just wanted to go to El Salvador to say that I have been there anyway. Three days is not justice to any country on this globe. I would rather take my time, than run with my head down.

The Good Friday celebration here in Honduras was interesting anyway. I kind of just liked walking around lazily, writing a few lines here and there, and leisurely snacking on muesli throughout the day. There were festivities, and lots to write about.

This was a good week. Nothing to do, but whatever I wanted.

I have to return to work on Monday for another week. I am ready to get a moving. Andy is coming south to Guatemala and I am going north as soon as my rent expires at the end of the month.

The plan is to meet somewhere in the middle.

A world wide cat and mouse chase may soon come to fruition. I may soon meet the Hobo Traveler.

Photographs from Honduras

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
March 22, 2008

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Filed under: Accommodation, Central America, Food, Honduras, Travel Strategy

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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