How to travel cheaper, better, smarter & more often? Here are TRAVEL TIPS that helped me to travel cheaper, better, smarter & more often! Hope it will help you my dear internet friend to pack your bags, book that damn cheap ticket and GO!
1. Cheap flights
Probably one of the most expensive and important part when planning trip is the price of an airline ticket for the desired destination. It largely determines the price of the entire trip. Especially to long distance flights.
Flights within Europe has become very cheap. Low-budget airlines like Ryanair, Easy Jat, WizzAir, Norwegian Airlines, offer return tickets to London, Paris or Rome for 10, 20 euros.
- if you are living close to Budapest you can buy WizzAir air ticket to amazing Iceland starting from 50 euros (return direct ticket!), which is really a great deal.
- In Asia you can travel around with Air Asia, low budget company which has great deals.
Every day the airlines have thousands of ‘hot’ deals – from mistakenly published cheap fares to normal deals to slashed prices to compete with another airline. Cheap fares are out there if you know how to find them. How?
Search Engines – there are many flight search websites that helps you find air ticket as cheaply as possible. Always check a few sites before you book a ticket, look hard and don’t jump on the first flight you find on these sites.
My favorite flight search websites are:
Subscribe to the newsletters and mailing lists of the airlines and search engines, you’ll be able to get updates about all the last-minute or special deals that are happening. Also, you should be signed up for the airline’s reward program. Airline rewards programs are a great way to get free flights, free upgrades, and free companion tickets.
Be flexible with your destinations and travel dates. It’s always cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend, because most people travel on the weekends and airlines hike their prices then. On search engines you have a tool that allows you to put in your home airport and see what routes have the cheapest fares. So you can find great deals for amazing destinations around the world if you are flexible on where you want to go.
Finding the best deal on your accommodation is an important part of travel planning, helping you to get the most from your budget.
Cheap accommodation nowadays is really easy to find. Not just cheap. Absolutely free! Using the couch surfing network, you can apply to locals to stay in their homes free of charge. I have been using couch surfing for few years and I didn’t have any negative experience. In fact, I have experienced some unforgettable moments and I’ve met amazing people of which some became my friends. It’s a great thing. You get a chance to meet locals and stay in their homes. All you’ll be expected to give in return is your company! How great is that?
If you prefer an apartment best and cheapest way to find it is through Airbnb, one of the best ways to rent unique, local accommodations on any travel budget.
Other useful websites for booking accommodation:
Don’t have money for expensive restaurants? Me too. But we don’t have to eat in restaurants to eat good and tasty food.
I love street food (especially in Asia). It’s cheap, it’s local and it tastes really good. Trust me. Try it. You won’t regret it. The street food is some of the best food in the world! For less that a dollar you can eat like a king.
Fast food is probably the worst choice because is not healthy, but it’s a great way to gain some energy. And it’s quite cheap. If you don’t like to eat street food you can cook your own meals.
Buying food in supermarkets is one of the cheapest ways of eating in expensive cities like Paris. If you are staying in an apartment or a hostel that has a kitchen you can cook some pasta or make some sandwiches for example.
Most cities have a list of museums and attractions that you can visit for free. The greatest tourist attractions are almost always charged but you will be surprised how much you can explore for free.
In many cities, especially in Europe, you can take a free walking tours. To find these tours, ask the local tourist office, your hostel staff or find it on Google.
If you are a student or under 26 don’t forget to bring student card with you. You will have many attractions cheaper by 50%. Great! You can really save big with it!
If you are planning to visit a lot of tourist attractions you should get a “city tourist card“ which offers you discounted and free access to the major attractions and museums, as well as free public transportation.
Those who are not fans of the heights can explore the world by car, train, bicycle, motorcycle, boat and the cheapest way – “on your feet”, walking or hitchhiking. You will probably experience some crazy stories and unforgettable adventures. It is also for those who have a little more than just two weeks of vacation. Every day I hear more and more stories about people who travel the world ‘by foot’. It’s great, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to do something like that. Maybe one day, who knows…