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How to Travel Cheaply


Just because you’re short on cash doesn’t mean you can’t see the world.  You will need patience to sniff out the best deals, willingness to rough it and the ability to be flexible, optional, a budget travel guidebook.

Step 1: Use travel consolidators, on- and offline.  They snatch up empty airline seats and unsold cruise cabins and resell them at a great discount.  Sign up to receive information on last minute deals.

Tip:  Call hotels directly to see if you can negotiate a cheaper rate.

Step 2: Consider youth hostels, especially in the more expensive cities around the world.  You’ll sacrifice privacy, but you’ll save a bundle.

Tip:  If you live in a popular travel destination, consider swapping homes with someone.

Step 3: Rely on street food vendors for most of your meals.

Tip:  If you like to eat out, make lunch your daily restaurant treat instead of dinner.

Step 4: Check out student rates on bus and rail passes.

Tip:  Be a “voluntourist” in a country you’d like to visit.  You’ll get to explore a new culture while helping out the locals—and maybe even wrangle some school credit for the experience.

Step 5: Be flexible.  Monday and Thursday departures are generally cheaper than weekend fares.  And save a bundle by flying into a less popular city and then catching a train or driving to your desired destination. Step 6: Vacation in the off-season, when prices are cheaper and you don’t have to fight the crowds.

Did you know?  According to one survey, French air travelers rate safety as less important than getting a cheap seat!

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Before I do my travel I always check online deal websites like or It helps to save money. Sometimes I spend hours looking for a best deals.

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