The name “Tahiti” brings certain images to mind. Those images might include:
- Walking on black sand beaches
- Swimming in clear and calm oceans
- Watching wildlife and visiting waterfalls in a tropical paradise
- Trying delicious food in fancy restaurants
- Drinking exotic drinks from a coconut
We’ve done some of these things so far.
But do you know how many restaurants we’ve eaten at since arriving in Tahiti on Monday?
Before we came to Tahiti, we heard that the food was expensive.
So we went to Wal-Mart and bought a bunch of food and snacks that were safe to pass through customs.
This means we bought non-perishable food.
This includes things like
- Beef jerky
- Triscuits, Ritz, Wheat Thins
- Peanut Butter
- Trail Mix
Since arriving in Tahiti, this is what we have been eating.
So instead of spending $50-$100 on a meal for 2, we’ve spent $50 for 5 days meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for 2.
This saves us somewhere between $300-$1000 during a week spent in Tahiti.
I know no one will feel sorry for us, and you shouldn’t feel sorry.
Everything we’ve done and are doing is our choice.
But remember, the title of these posts is “How can YOU afford to travel?”
The purpose of these posts are to think about alternative ways of doing things so that you can afford to do whatever you want to do in life:
- pay for your kids’ college education
- give more to your church or favorite charity
- have time to pursue your interests or passions
We’re perfectly happy with the fact that we’re in a beautiful hotel, sitting on our balcony, listening to the ocean, while gnawing on beef jerky and triscuits, and drinking our corked bottle of two buck chuck.
We will be buying fresh items like cucumbers and cheese on our trip into town (free shuttle 2x/day from the hotel, instead of $40 taxi rides). We also plan to eat out once or twice while here in Tahiti,
But every meal spent eating at a fancy restaurant is not something we will do this trip to Tahiti.
A return to Tahiti will, without a doubt, happen within our lifetimes, and perhaps then we’ll spend money on fancy dining and overpriced drinks.
But it’s likely that even 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, we’ll be spending the money instead on SCUBA diving, buying Tahitian pearls, and taking tours to learn about the history and culture of such a fascinating and beautiful place as Tahiti.