To get super cheap travel, we have to figure out what the costs are.
1) Getting there (Transport).
(There are plenty of other expenses like travel insurance and shopping too, but usually they aren't the main costs).
Number 1) Getting there - wasn't the problem. There are cheap flights to just about everywhere in the world, flights are on sale all the time. We got SUPER cheap flights. Cheaper than some domestic flights within NZ.
Number 2) Accomodation - In Bora Bora, accommodation can be seriously expensive. Overwater bungalows can cost up to $2000 per night! But we got an awesome deal at a fraction of that price by buying our accommodation in a package with our flights.
Number 3) Activities - This is where we wanted to spend our money - to actually enjoy the amazing activities in Bora Bora! Snorkeling tours, quad bikes, jet skiing, star gazing, massages, fire dancing shows, you name it, we did it! Annnnnd again, we got it cheap as. Booking ahead of time, getting deals, chatting with the locals - we totally aced the activities part of the trip. You can see us LOVING IT in our Bora Bora travel video here.
But the main reason we saved more than $1000 isn't about transport, accommodation or activities. It was to do with the fourth thing on the list.
Number 4) Food. It all comes down to being vegan.
My boyfriend Daniel had just gone vegan the week before we left, and I had been vegan for about 6 months. Both of us knew where we stood - there was no budging or sneaking a little meat, dairy or eggs just because we were on holiday. There aren't cheat days with veganism! We were serious about it then, and we always will be.
But if you've ever been to Tahiti, you'll know that all they eat is seafood and meat! Soooo much of it! We heard it would be tricky to source vegan food on the island, as everything has to be flown in, and there are no supermarkets.
But wait, what's being vegan got to do with saving money on holiday? Won't it just cost more to order vegan food in a place where it's so rare? Well, that's what we thought.
So we decided to get creative.
It made us do something we would NEVER have done if we were carnists.
Are you ready?
The #1 Secret to SUPER Cheap Travel...