Budget Travel the Jamie Z Way

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Jamie Z, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. cwadej

    cwadej Keeper of the truth

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    For tents I found a great one, FREE! The new ones issued to the military are made by Eureka. Completely free standing, super quick setup. The rain fly (no stakes needed) is either wooland camo or desert tan. enter from either side. two way zippers so it's impossible to set up wrong. I love it. Also fits perfectly in my pelican 1500.

    http://eurekamilitarytents.com/tents/tcop.html
  2. steingar

    steingar higher life form

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    I paid real money for a name tent. It was light, I was never wet, and winds that knocked other tents flat didn't both me at all.

    My most memorable nights on the road were spent in the company of locals. I always like to have something to give, so as to not be a parasite. In my case my Origami skills combined with my pack of paper gave the kids a real treat (this was sufficiently off the beaten track in Mexico that the women didn't even speak Spanish). I will always try and give back something.
  3. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    There is a lot of good information here.

    I have a problem with the people that talk about asking for discounts that they are not entitled too, and also those who take items from fast food outlet that is more than they consumed for the meal they buy. I am sorry folks, that is stealing, plan and simple.

    I have a MRS WhisperLite stove that burns the same fuel as my DR 650, reliable and puts out lots of heat. I can fix a very good meal for a dollar or two. In other words eat three meals a day for less that $6.00 with a little planning. The 1L fuel bottle for the stove is also a little extra if the bike wants it. Seasonings go a long way in making a simple dish tastier.

    Public swimming pools and the YMCA are a good place to bath, after all they all tell you to shower before going into the pool. Many public beaches have showers.

    I have found that the local Fire Station is a good place to ask for imformation, those guys know the area, and many ride motorcycles, so will relate to someone touring on a motorcycle.

    As has been said the, closer you get to the local people, not only is the travel less costly, it is more enjoyable. If you are traveling solo you will usually meet more people than if you travel in a group.

    Like the smaller the town you live in, the more people you know.
  4. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    A lot of good information here.

    I have a problem with people who talk about asking for discounts that you are not entitled to, or taking more katchup, salt, pepper, whatever, than you use for the meal you buy, sorry folks that is stealing, plan and simple.

    I have a MSR WhisperLite stove, burns the same fuel as my DR 650. It is reliable, and fast. I can typically fix a meal for less than $2.00.That means 3 meals a day for less than 6 dollars. Seasonings add a lot to a simple meal.
    Public markets often are the best places to shop.

    Public swimming pools, and the YMCA all tell you to shower before using the pool.

    The local Fire Station is a good place to get information, those guys know the area, and many ride motorcycles and will relate to someone touring on one.

    Typically the more contact you have with the locals the cheaper things will be.
    And you will meet more people traveling solo than in a group. The person living is a small town will know more people that someone living in a city.
  5. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    I don't see that there's anything wrong with asking for a discount from a proprietor. They can either say yes to get the business, or no if they want to take the risk that teh customer walks. I do agree that it's wrong to push them on it, or maybe not wrong but just obnoxious...but it's not wrong to ask.
  6. Tall Man

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    Examples, please (not of the people who talk about asking for discounts, but rather, in what specific situations would you recommend that I not ask for a price break?)
  7. jefffrankphotography

    jefffrankphotography Been here awhile

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    I ran out of gas when I was in college. I was going to see my girlfriend and didn't have much money (trying to just make it to her place). I sat on the side of the road for about twenty minutes until a guy stopped to help. I said "I ran out of gas" and he said "Great!" I was a little confused but, hey, he gave me a ride to a gas station and he even had a gas can. He paid for the gas and brought me back to my car. I filled the tank and got the car started. I handed the gas can back to him and he said "no, it's yours" I told him I didn't need it and he said "That is not my gas can. I got it from the guy who stopped and helped me so now you get to keep it until you stop and help someone else"
    For the next two years I was looking for cars stopped along side the road and finally was able to get rid of that gas can!! moral of the story: always stop and help because someday it WILL be you. To this day I will always stop.:norton

    I have also heard it referred to as "trail magic"
  8. juangarza

    juangarza Banned

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    I thought "trail magic" was only along the Appalachian Trail.
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    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Magic or not, it's called "Pay it Forward".
  10. Benton629

    Benton629 Business Casual

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    What a great thread!

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  11. halliwood

    halliwood Been here awhile

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    great thread, hope to use some of this tips on some trips I plan for soon :)
  12. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ┬┐to post or to ride?

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    +1 :nod
    Thank you Jamie Z. for taking the time to put this together; and thanks to those who contributed additional ideas.
    What occurs to me to add is that of learning how to make at least minor repairs to your ride, and carry tools (and some parts) sufficient to effect those repairs. From flat tires to busted cables or chains to electrical malfunctions on motor vehicles, examples can be more numerous than makes sense to prepare for. But it's good to cover the higer-probability items; that can save you a bundle over calling for professional help!
    :kumbaya
  13. LS650

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    This might be an old thread, but I think Jamie Z has some excellent ideas on how to travel inexpensively. It's not being cheap, it's stretching your money further for a longer trip... :)
  14. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Might still work if you can find the mom and pop gas station, or service station where they still work on things. I knew a guy that went cross country in the 70's on a Triumph this way.

    Stop and offer to clean the rest rooms for a tank of gas, especially at service stations, they know they can make more $$ replacing brakes then cleaning toilets.
  15. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    some other form of canned meat will have to step in, but they all sound so unappealing: Spam, vienna sausages, and the "chicken" that's ground to a mush and reassambled in the can... yikes. Well, this summer will be on the cheap, so I'll experiment and get back to yas.
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    Although more expensive than tuna, I'm partial to sardines in mustard sauce. Whenever I make a mid-day stop at a grocery store, I'll buy a tin of those (four or five fish per can) plus a bit of deli-sliced cheese and a roll or two; combined they make for a nutritional meal that tastes more expensive than it really is.


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    hey forget the can, man!

    if you gotta pack some meat along, think dried sausage, like pepperoni or some such Italian dried meat. i think there about 4-5 varieties- most not as greasy as pepperoni. and they come in a plastic or cloth wrapper, so less to toss, & lighter too without the can! dried meat can be opened resealed and eaten again and again, maybe for days on end if it's not super hot.


    of course if you're doing a hit-and-run at a store just to buy lunch and move on, then no matter...
  16. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    centuries old idea, but STILL GREAT! the barter system.
    whaddya got? whaddya got that someone else needs?
    now, whadda THEY got? something that YOU need?
    BINGO.
  17. Strog

    Strog Geek on two wheels

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    I just finished going through this thread and there's a lot of good tidbits in here. Worth another bump for others to see. :deal
  18. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    yeah....this is a great thread!! thanx for the bump!! :clap :clap :clap
  19. Strave19

    Strave19 n00b savant

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    How did this never get discussed? Awesome... I'm gonna make some 'header dogs' (or brauts)! Great way to make friends and start conversation too... roll into camp and unstrap an 8 pack of sizzling dogs off of your bike. "Who's hungry!?" :freaky
  20. cmcneil2

    cmcneil2 Nomadic Soul

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    Awesome thread! :clap:clap Appreciate all the advice/stories/suggestions.

    I am looking forward to using a lot of these camping and food ideas on my upcoming trip to Mexico in April!
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