Risks of Budget Travel
A well-known song expresses many travel-dreamers’ complaints, “I want to travel to Guilin, but when I have the money, I don’t have the time; I want to travel to Guilin, but when I have the time, I don’t have the money.” Travel requires time and expenditure on traffic, accommodation, food, scenic spot tickets, and so on. People’s obsession with travel bears a new travel form-- budget travel. The first website about budget travel was created by a Chinese overseas student in Germany, Yi Xiao, in 2004. Budget travelers travel with minimum cost so it solves the problems for people who don’t have enough money to travel. Instead of taking an expensive plane, they would rather ride a train, go on foot, or hitchhike. Instead of staying in a luxurious hotel, they would rather camp outdoors, or stay in public places like gas station, waiting hall, or vestibule of a 24-hours bank, etc. Budget travel is regarded as the least costly way of travel in the world. But budget travel is not always a wise choice for travelers. It can put their lives in jeopardy. And if money keeps besetting them, they will be distracted from landscapes on the road. Furthermore, budget travel is of high instability. Time doesn’t obediently run by the schedule so that running out of time is often inevitable. Sometimes, in order to minimize the expanses, budget travelers are prone to be reckless, disobeying laws and regulations.
Budget travel is not safe, much more perilous than many other forms of travel. Plenty of underlying hazards hide in its thrifty traveling methods, such as hitchhiking, couchsurfing, and so on. Hitchhiking is a typical pattern of budget travel. A hitchhiker stands on the roadside, reaches out his arm, and gives a thumbs- up sign. He is not sure which car will stop or who the driver will be. Last year, a college girl, Ying Wei was killed by a motor driver when she was...
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