I’m actually a fan of Coca Cola and I much prefer it to stuff like Pepsi. But when you go backpacking and you look for the bargains, you have to look at things rationally and with your strict budget in mind. When you open a fridge in a shop to buy some cola – always check the price. You’ll find most of the time that Coca Cola is dearer than the local Cola or as some call it “value brand”. Too right – it’s a value brand – I’ll have some of that please!
While they may be just an example related to Coca Cola, think of the wider scale of things. It applies to almost everything. Why are you buying highly publicised international brand name products? When the local products are much cheaper, the money stays local, keeps someone in business and does the fingers to the big brands.
It’s a case of the rich get richer and the poor get poorer all the time here. Almost every bar in the world sells some form of Cola. Break the mould guys and try and buy the local and cheaper stuff. Now and then you can indulge in a “proper Coke” but think of the money you’ll save over a 5,10 year period etc. It’s not as if the cheaper brands give you less energy or quench your thirst!
You’ll save money and stunt the commercial growth of those rich dudes that don’t really need it. Agree?
Checking out my photos on this list, these are just of the few alternatives I’ve had to Coca Cola down the years (admittedly Coca Leaves are different but still it’s a money saver):
– Star Cola (Myanmar)
– Tesco Value Cola (England)
– Woolworths Home Brand Cola (Australia)
– Future Cola (Ethiopia)
– Coca Colla (Bolivia)
– Inca Kola (Peru)
I’m off for an afternoon walk now and look forward to my cheap local cola afterwards. Cheers!
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