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Posted on Mar 11, 2013

You Ask: How To Move From Place To Place Cheaply? Budget Transportation for World Family Travel

You Ask: How To Move From Place To Place Cheaply? Budget Transportation for World Family Travel

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My answer: Cheaply.

I love it when you guys ask us questions, and I love it even more when I get to babble away a reply. We are 100% committed to giving out as much detailed information to help others do what we are doing. People wrongly assume that we are rich, and if we can give out the ‘how to’ to not only dispel that myth but to teach you how, we will.

We go anywhere we can as cheaply as we can and move around as little as possible. We’ve gotten from place to place in airplanes, boats, taxis, trains, tuk tuks, our own 4 x4, too-small rickety planes, on foot, and too many open-truck pick up rides to sanely admit to. And while we loved the cheap car hire my mom got us when we were in Houston, Texas, we will go inconveniently out of the way for first affordability and then, way down there at like eleventh, comfort. OK, true but not true.

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The Worst Attempt At Saving Money In Transportation

In October 2012, we were leaving Central America for South America. Kobi did an insane amount of research on how to ship the car, and us, cheaply.

Car Shipment: Turns out my strapping young man saved us and the people he met transferring their cars over $1000 each.

People Shipment: He also learned that you can’t sanely cross the Darian Rain Forests from Panama to Colombia by land. “We’ll go some other way,” we thought. Simple enough.

Well, it’s simple if you buy plane tickets for five. But, we were too cheap to do that and found an alternative route that saved us one thousand buck!  We did not have to spend an arm and a leg to cross from Central to South America. Because… (dum, dum, dum…..)  we came up with genius Plan B: What Would You Put Your family Through To Save $1000.

It was hellish, no, it was plain old hell. But we did save $1000 dollars. (Always look at the bright side!)

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The Joys Of Having Our Own 4 x4 in Latin America

It cost us $8000 (including all repairs, excluding gas) in Panama, and sold for $4,500 in Bolivia.

Though the selling of the car meant two whole months of our family apart from Kobi and half the value of the vehicle, we don’t doubt having a car for a second.  With it, we explored rain forests, off-road treks, and were able to open a world of adventure that your normal bus route could not give us. We also got to treat ourselves to indulgences like a blender for my morning lettuce, beet, and mango shakes and more books and toys than any backpacker could fantasize about. We also held a tent given to us by Mike and Lori Lewis in Costa Rica, a tarp, a cooler, and so many cool and comfortable do-dads that, I believe, made the travel lifestyle more cushioned for us.

All Them Other Ways To Get Around

There are too many vehicles of transportation we used to list. That would get boring and we don’t do that over here.

But, I will include this one video for it’s too much fun to watch me lick the floor (accidentally, I swear) and the post about the worst boat ride from hell is some of my more hysterical writing, with great pictures of what the world looks like when you’re about to barf.

And this post about those damn night buses that make you feel like you’re 80 and been through the heavy duty load of a washing machine.

And this video of the moments after Solai and I were scraped off the road in our accident. (It’s a tough post, and the guilt I felt after was tough too.)

And this video about Maih the Thai Taxi Driver Who Dumped Us When His Car Overheated. (Poor dear, and poor, poor us!)

And lastly, in case you haven’t had the joy of hearing me ramble on, I found one, just for you, on a bus, talking about buses and what not, and wanted to share. Grab a cup of coffee, and do reply in the comments, so I’ll know you watch it loves.

 Last Thoughts

I know. I know. There is no such monster. I could keep talking about this, or anything for that matter for another hour. But, all good things must come to an end and so, I will conclude. [Wipe tear.]

We don’t move a lot and that saves us tons of energy, time, and money. So, yes, that means we’ve been in some of the most unreal spots in the world and have not done THE Tourist Attraction, and so? I’m still traveling in year three. So, I’d rather take a few less postcard pictures but travel for a few more months. So, we’d rather live like locals (Perpetually Barefoot), even when that means we need to deal with unearthly strange Culture Shocks than say, “we did this national monument.”

We’re now down to two big backpackers, two adult regular sized backpackers, the kids each carrying their own stuff in a backpack each, a guitar (thank God, I have a guitar again!), and sometimes, on buses, a reusable cloth shopping bag with fruits, food, and water for the way.

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Have any other questions for us? Please ask away. These seriously end up being the best posts of all time, and the funnest! (A legit word, or not? Hmmm… I googled it. No definitive conclusion). So, tell me how you get around. [Transportation, please. Let’s keep this one clean]. Tell me you like to hear my rambling on a bus. Tell me you wanted to cry when Mommy was too busy in her head to stop in the busy intersection and she really naively thought she understood the traffic flow like a local.

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Gabi, Kobi, Solai, Dahnya, and Orazi (Moshie too. He’s our dog of 15 1/2 years. He died before we left but we still include him in our thoughts. So, Moshie too!)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

family travel blog, life on the road with kids, travel with kids, world travel with kids, world travel with children, the nomadic family, budget world travel, framily travel tips, RTW family travel, 2012 best travel blogs, family travel southeast asia with kids, famiy travel central america with children, family travel south america with kids, annapurna circuit with children, life on the road malaysia, rtw family travel, rtw family travel peru, rtw family travel cambodia, rtw family travel ecuador, rtw family travel panama, rtw family travel costa rica, rtw family travel colombia, rtw family travel vietnam, rtw family travel thailand, rtw family travel south east asia, life on the road RV, philippines, malaysia, rtw family travel nepal, rtw family travel india, ups and down on the road, spiritual travel, meditation and parenting, on the spiritual journey around the world, the nomadic family project documentary movie Insanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest, and on her path towards spiritual awareness, Gabi Klaf blogs about her family’s ups and downs in their now third year of non-stop budget world travel. This family of five has lived with an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, hitchhiked throughout the world, danced with drunk Vietnamese at weddings, and are now training for their Fall 2013 Annapurna Circuit trek where a film crew will accompany them for a documentary movie about how The Nomadic Family is redefining modern family life. Gabi writes about the untold sides of family travel life, those moments that take your breath away, adventures and mishaps while globetrotting, and how bits of her soul remain in this small town and off the side of that river. She is a guitar-stumming, energy-healing, ADHD wind-loving scaredy cat. Hugely romantic, tantalizingly sweet, and hysterically funny, Gabi Klaf represents a rare Rubix’s Cube of family world adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Great post with some good insight. I suppose when you travel in a group/family it is always going to be cheaper to travel by cost per vehicle (e.g. car hire) than a price per person (e.g. plane/train ticket).

    Sorry to hear about the dog. Although great to see you are still having a wonderful time.

  2. Great post on saving money on transport. In travelling with a family, I’ve always found car hire cheaper than public transportation with added flexibility (just did this on a trip to Germany and we were already ahead of the game after the first leg). I’m sure carting a family of 5 all around the world can’t be cheap; gotta find savings wherever possible I would guess!

    • ryan. yes, it’s not simple for a fam of 5 but slowly, you figure it out. good for you! public transport is always cheaper but sometimes, depending where you are, really challenging. 🙂 keep traveling friend. thanks for taking the time to comment

      gabi

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