Destination Coasto with just a little Shmoney
Want to be able to go on vacation to Mombasa and make the most out of your stay there for so little? Everybody loves a little sand in their shoes, the sound of the ocean and the breeze, Palm trees… food..Mombasa is the place to go when you just want to unwind and live a little. Get away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi for a few days. Here are five tips that will allow you to travel to Mombasa and make the most of your stay worthwhile.
1. Plan around off-peak times
The best time to plan for your trip, is during the season where there won’t be too many people . During the peak season, remember that prices are hiked twice as much. During the low season which is around February, May, September and mid October prices are fairly affordable so you can spend as little as Ksh. 8000 for a total of three nights, at a beautiful hotel or private home. Can you believe that? Not only are you saving up on expenses, but you’re also traveling on a BUDGET.
2. Be accommodation-savvy
It would cost less if you use travel sites to find suitable accommodation options. If you’re traveling as a group or as a couple, these sites give you filters where you key in the number of days, number of rooms, you get to pick a location be it in Diani or North Coast and you also have the option of putting in your budget. The options will be displayed and you’ll be able to pick a place of your choice and satisfaction. Remember, the more you are, the cheaper you pay. You simply book a spare room in a local person’s house or apartment. It’ll halve the price and allow you an authentic snapshot of real life in Mombasa. Consider your host your very own, personal tour guide, filled with insider-tips for the best eateries and tourist spots in that location.
3. Embrace public transport honey
If flying and driving are too expensive, why not cut your costs and take the train? It only costs Ksh 1000. Imagine how much money you’ll be saving for other expenses like food and recreational activities. Don’t go broke trying to chase pleasure. You can chase pleasure at an affordable price and within your comfortable budget. Don’t spend too much and end up not enjoying yourself because you’re worried about money. Besides, taking the train is fun! You get to sit with your friends and have a laugh, eat, take pictures and enjoy the 5 hour ride.
Upon arrival at the Mombasa train terminus, you’ll have transport options ranging from Buses, to cabs to tuktuks. A cab from the terminal to your destination will cost you about Ksh 5000. A bus will cost you Ksh 30 to Ksh 50. A tuktuk, will cost you Ksh 1000 to your destination. I bet you know the two cheapest options.
4. Pack properly
Make sure you bring everything you need so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away (apart from a few souvenirs). No matter where you’re heading, take at least one pair of jeans, Shorts, Bikini/ costume, sundress, skirts,kimono, warm hoodie, jacket.
5. Don’t eat away your cash
Cheap lunches can be bought in a supermarket or even a local fresh food market, rather than in an overpriced cafe or restaurant. Aim to wander around before choosing a place to eat dinner too; if you just pick the first restaurant you see you won’t know if you’re overspending. Drinking beer with every dinner soon adds up – both your wallet and your waistline will thank you if you opt for water instead sometimes.
Exploring exotic places doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and you certainly don’t need to win the lottery to travel. Not if you know how to watch your money and manage your spending!