How to travel on a budget
This is a guest post by Angie Picardo a staff writer at Nerd Wallet. You will find her details below this post.
It would be nice if we could all hire private jets, frequent five-star resorts, and sip champagne while staring at the ocean. That’s not reality for most people, but a tight budget doesn’t mean that you should forgo your dreams of traveling the world. We all need a vacation from time to time, and there are lots of ways to travel without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips.
Keep an eye on airfare
If you want to visit a destination that requires flying, plan far enough in advance that you can compare airfare prices. If you are flying within the US, check out sites such as FareCompare or FareCast. (It never hurts to check Priceline, Travelocity, or Kayak, either.) If you are traveling abroad, keep in mind that sometimes your ticket to your first destination will be the most expensive. For example, if you are flying out from the United States to Europe, you can expect to pay more than $1,000. Once you get to Europe, though, you can get flights from city to city for less than 30€ ($40). For those cheap deals, check out EasyJet, RyanAir, MyAir or SkyScanner.
Driving can be fun – really
Don’t overlook road trips. After all, haven’t you always wanted to see the world’s largest ball of twine in Darwin, Minnesota? That’s the point, though. You’ll see parts of the United States you may never see again. Driving coast-to-coast, for example, is a big commitment, but you’ll learn so much more about the country and see much more than you could from 35,000 feet. Just try to save up your fuel points before hitting the road.
Stay at a stranger’s house
Why would you want to stay at a hotel when you could pay for a room in someone’s house? Sites like Homeaway and AirBNB have endless accommodation options for travelers who want to do things a bit differently. A lot of people who list their homes on these sites use the property as an investment and may live somewhere else. Or maybe they travel frequently for work so they try to make some extra money while they are gone. Sometimes this option can be just as expensive as a hotel or bed and breakfast, but often you can find a great deal and may even make a new connection.
Consider booking your beach trip in the off-season. Everyone wants to go to the beach in June, July and August, but it can actually be quite peaceful to beat the rush of crowds and you can save a lot of money on lodging if you’re not there during prime time. Caribbean islands are still gorgeous during June and August, even though technically it’s winter there.
Go on vacation and help people
Maybe you don’t enjoy sunbathing with a good book for five days. You want to see the world, but you can’t afford to do something expensive. If you enjoy volunteering, combining the two can be a perfect vacation. There are so many options for finding a trip that fits this criteria, but you have to be willing to do some research. Start with sites this site right here globalhelpswap.com. If you are a teacher, you could volunteer to go to Africa for the summer and teach students while you are on your own summer break. A lot of the cost involved in volunteer vacations is airfare, depending on where you travel. A lot of the opportunities on globalhelpswap require you to work roughly 4 hours a day in exchange for free food and accommodation. So your expenditure will be at a minimum and you are helping the local community at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!
Choose a destination you’ve always wanted to see, and make it happen. After all, saving money and making plans is much more fun when you have a vacation waiting for you at the end.
Thank you Angie for this useful and insightful post. I am sure our readers will be using the tips in the future.
Take care everyone and have a great weekend.
Peace & Love,
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