Prices for flights and hotels can be daunting in themselves, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on every other expense. Here are four ways to help you save money on your next vacation abroad!
-Budget airlines and travel websites
When I most recently traveled from Oklahoma City to Paris (France, not Texas), I didn’t want to pay $1000 so I found a website called studentuniverse.com – a website that caters to ANYONE (student, teacher, employee, etc) with a college e-mail. I ended up paying $624 for a round-trip airfare. Pretty amazing, right? Generally speaking, the longer you go, the cheaper it is, so keep that in mind. But if you want to take a short trip within your trip, check out budget airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet. Some flights can cost as little as TEN AMERICAN DOLLARS, such as the one I took from Nice, France to Marrakesh, Morocco. Not even their asinine baggage policies can put a damper on that price.
Better get in line at the airport early – budget airlines lines are notoriously long!
There are so many different ways around pricey conventional hotels. For the daring traveler, try couchsurfing.com , a website that pairs you up with a local who hosts people from different parts of the world (normally these people are also globetrotters who love to meet people from different cultures . The idea is that this is a reciprocal exchange, meaning you need to host some people too and tell them the best spots in your hometown, so keep that in mind beforehand. Also, if you’re traveling in a large group, look into renting out someone’s apartment. In Amsterdam, seven of us rented a chic little apartment in a great location with more than enough space that ended up costing everyone less that $30 Euros a night. We had free reign to do what we wanted, when we wanted, and in style.
This apartment in Amsterdam was a steal for the price.
This might sound like a given, but when you add up the amount of attractions paid for during a trip, each dollar makes a difference. Almost all attractions have discounts for booking online, such as the London Eye. If you do this enough, you will definitely see a difference in your bank account. Also, look for deals online such as Livingsocial- most people don’t think about it, but these deals are offered abroad too!
Booking online can save you money on everything from attractions to trains.
Finally, the culmination of the of free – free tours! Most people have the misconceived notion that these are not of the same quality as paid tours, but that’s entirely not true. These guides make their living off tips and it shows in their presentation. With the best historical anecdotes, the funniest personal accounts, and lots of information, free tours are among the favorite for most travelers. Plus, you can tip based on how you think they did. It’s a win-win situation for all.
You’ll always meet a very diverse group of people in your tour groups.
Travel smart my friends.