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Low budget travel tips

Old Mar 26, 2016, 7:03 pm
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My top ways to travel cheap:

-Travel off season or shoulder season
-Eat local
-Walk or take local transport. Never use taxis or tourist buses
-Use budget carriers rather than major carriers for short hops between countries
-If I'm staying somewhere 5 days or more in (expensive countries) I always price apartment stays. They are frequently less expensive than hotels and I like being able to have breakfast before heading out.
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Old Mar 28, 2016, 9:50 am
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If you happen to be in Geneva, Switzerland, you can get pretty good deals at any of the exchange places on the way down Rue du Mont Blanc as you emerge from the main train station. Not so sure about Zurich, can't seem to find the same sort of places there. Avoid the banks, their greed, as usual, gets the better of them and they charge silly fees.

Remember also that you get a free public transport ticket valid 80 minutes which you can pick up before leaving the baggage hall at GVA airport. And most hotels offer free transport tickets too.
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Old Apr 5, 2016, 3:35 am
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Re:Low budget travel tips

"Hi, I have a couple of Travel Tips which might help you with your budget :

- Plan well in advance and make your Travel Budget
- Book tickets 6-8 weeks in advance
- Always buy a refundable ticket
- Look for last minute deals
- Usually one way tickets are more expensive so always look for a round trip
- Avoid Excess Baggage
- Opt for car pooling and use public transportation"
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Old Apr 5, 2016, 8:50 am
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Well, let me help out any who read this and point out the two "hints"
that are Opposite of good advice.

Originally Posted by anishagoel
- Always buy a refundable ticket

- Usually one way tickets are more expensive so always look for a round trip
Refundable tickets are not for Budget Travelers, as they often cost 5X more that cheapest tickets, often costing MORE than Business Class or domestic First Class.

One way tickets were more expensive, but today normally only for International travel. With LCCs, domestic one way tickets normally cost half of round trip.
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Old Apr 5, 2016, 8:20 pm
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Some of my budget travel tips echo a few that have already been suggested:

- Use local transport: last year we travelled around the whole of Jamaica via local route taxis and it probably only cost around $25 each.

- If your plans are flexible, wait until the last minute to book accommodation i.e. late the night before or on the day. We saved at least $400 over 10 nights by doing this in the UK last year.

- Check airbnb or couchsurfing if you're unable to find a decent price in a hostel, guesthouse or hotel.

- Eat where the locals do as it's generally cheaper - I've found the tips on Wikitravel to be great for this. This is also a great way to meet people and have a chance to connect with the culture.
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Old Apr 6, 2016, 7:54 am
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I have two tips that might be helpful to some.

I often look out for a grocery store. It is easy to find things for breakfast and lunch - cerial, bread, fruit, nuts, drinks, salad etc. Dinner would be a bit more of a challenge, I've not done that yet. But, if I can organise breakfast and lunch, which I eat in the evening, then I only have to eat out once per day. I usually chose lunchtime as it is often cheaper.
Phone boxes. Here in the UK you can call from a BT phone box to any UK line, and it is only 60 p for up to 20 mins! I often use it during the day rather than my home phone just for the cost saving. It also probably works out cheaper than sim 'deals' if you are taking a phone from overseas, and you can always see how much the call is costing.
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Old Apr 6, 2016, 12:05 pm
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Sometimes time and comfort outweigh savings and a taxi makes sense. At 2 am in Istanbul, after a long flight, I never would have found my hotel without my taxi driver as an ally. Money well spent. Also, not all banks are bad for money exchange. At Caixa Bank in Barcelona I had a great experience exchanging dollars for euros at very little cost beyond the wholesale rate. On the other hand, in France the banks treat you like a beggar if they even let you in the door. Varies by country. The more third-world the country, the more likely you can get a great rate at a money changer. Got a better rate in Thailand and Russia using dollars than I could get at an ATM, even before fees.
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Old Aug 8, 2016, 3:44 am
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Hey Christhewriter..

Good Points for low budget travel. But somehow i would not agree withe some of your points like eating the street food. Well I think for cheaper meal one must not put his health in danger as we do not know what the quality of food is. Also, the prices of taxicabs are not same in all countries. I am from Costa Rica and in our country people can hire different transportation services whether shared and private. Shared options costs less as compared to private. So, it better to have a thorough research while visiting any country.
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Old Aug 8, 2016, 10:40 am
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My top tips for budget travel are as follows:

1. Find activities that you want to actually do, and that are cheap
2. Do those things
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My Budget travel tips:
1 - After you book a hotel, re-check the website periodically, if prices drop, cancel and re-book at the lower rate (assuming you didn't book a non-refundable rate).
2 - Check hotel prices before choosing travel dates and booking flights. In some cities, notably Las Vegas, the cost of hotel rooms can fluctuate from $25 one night to $250 the next, depending on weekend vs. weekday and when major events are in town.
3 - Book a room that includes breakfast and then eat enough to hold you over until dinner.
4 - Mini-vacations - cram as much as you can into 3-4 days instead of booking for a whole week.
5 - All inclusive resorts can be a steal if you book last minute and live near a major airport. It's not everyone's style but you don't have to worry about many added expenses once you get there.

Originally Posted by EmailKid
One way tickets were more expensive, but today normally only for International travel. With LCCs, domestic one way tickets normally cost half of round trip.
Agreed. Plus you don't have to book both directions with the same airline. So, if you find a cheap outbound flight but the return portion is expensive, check to see if it is cheaper to return with another carrier.

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Old Aug 9, 2016, 5:08 am
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- Stay cool when booking flight and hotels. Prices drop all the time, depending on the destination. I always book/reserve refundable hotel rooms and have saved a lot of money on cancelling and rebooking.

- Book red-eyes to avoid having to book hotels if your trip involves several destinations. Airports and planes can be comfortable enough. www.sleepinginairports.com
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Budgeting can be Fun

Here are some more budget tips.

1. Do not be set on a destination.

2. Look at packages to your destination using Norwegian Air, WOW Air, Iceland Air. Sometimes its cheaper to book one way on WOW Air and fly back on Iceland Air or Norwegian Air.

3. Look at Cunard Cruises one way from New York. You can get an inside cabin for around $800 and then book a cheap flight back from London on Iceland Air and use their free stopover in Iceland and spend time there.

4. Eat locally. Go to a local supermarket and sign up for their discount card. Just give the address of your hotel if you need to provide one. Then find a nice square to picnic or picnic under a site like the Eiffel Tower at sunset.

5. If you see lots of locals patronizing street vendors then go and eat at a street vendor or find a restaurant tucked on a small alleyway near a church with one menu in one language with locals. Be sure there is no"We speak English sign". And then go inside and order things you would not normally order at home. Just have fun ordering beers, good food etc.

6. Stateside go to restaurants that have Happy Hour and sample the local brews . At brewpubs you can enjoy good appetizers for half off.

7. In Europe stand at the bar/Tapas bar Espresso bar as they charge you more to sit down.

8. Sign up for TMobiile Simple Choice which lets you roam in 140+Countries with Data, Texting included and calls just 20 cents a minute incoming or outgoing and free WiFi Calling.

9. Skip Public transportation in areas where there is Uber/Lyft and opt to split the ride with another person who is going in your general direction.

10. Pick up the latest guidebook and not an old one.

11.Rent a car from off airport. Even if you have to take Uber/Lyft or a taxi to the off site rental you can still end up saving more money this way.

12. Use Door Dash/Uber Food Delivery and Grocery Delivery services when you rent an apartment or condo with a kitchen. Enjoy a local dinner on your first night by ordering Door Dash and scheduling the food to arrive just after you have settled in. Nothing beats a nice hot meal the first night and last night. Just go to a supermarket and get a bottle of wine.

13.Do not pay the fees to assign seats before instead get to the airport early or better yet check in 24 hours before the flight to pick your seat gratis.

14. Attend music festivals,sporting events etc. Also if your driving along or walking along and you see a crowd stop and enjoy the moment you may meet new people and experience the local culture. If you see a Farmers Market or an Indoor market stop and check it out. Don't just drive by as you may find a good meal for less than you expected.

15. Always drink locally .If beer is the local drink drink beer, if wine is the drink of choice drink wine.

16. Purchase a Nokia Phone with Here Maps/Windows Map and use the Offline Maps instead of buying a Garmin and you can use this for walking too using the GPS and SIM Card.

17. Go to Meetup.com and look for a meetup in your local city. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and concert or Opera to a tour of the city . Setup your own Meetup and meet locals. Perhaps they will be lifelong friends or at least show you around the city for the cost of a lunch.

18. Go to Universities worldwide and eat at the MENSA(A cafeteria) They don't check your ID and you can eat good on the cheap.

19. Stay at a hotel near the airport he night before and return the car at the car rental agency the day before the flight and have a staffmember take you from the car rental agency back to the hotel.

20. Buy Trailmix from Costco along with plates and plastic silverware as well as bring plastic water bottles, plastic wine glasses, napkins etc. You never know when you'll want an impromptu picnic even on the dashboard of your card.

21. Read Rick Steves and Google the YouTube Video Rick Steves Travel Tips his tips can be used anywhere.

22. Enjoy nightlife on the cheap by heading to the locals area where nightclubs are cheaper, better bars and Pubs etc.

23. Read up on the Holidays and enjoy them like a local. Remember you are a temporary local not a temporary tourist.

24. Who says you can't practice your religion while abroad? Attend a Church, Synagogue or Mosque Service and you may be invited for some home hospitality. I was invited to a nice Jewish Sabbath Dinner(Shabbat) and Lunch after services as a Guest. It was so much fun being invited to a local's home.

25. When renting cars go to rentalcars.com for your research then call up Europecar , Avis etc direct and try to negotiate a deal.

26. Find out your long lost relatives and write them and they may invite you and even take you around.

27. Look for a local Pharmacy and they will be able to get you medications that normally are under prescription and they are open 24 hours. Sometimes a Doctor is at the Pharmacy and they can help you with your ailment for a lot less than a hospital.

28. Find a 7-11 and buy all your tolitries, snacks, drinks etc. Too many Americans overpack and are too afraid they will not find the same items at home. The world is getting smaller. I have found Dove Soap,Colgate Toothpaste, NVIEA Bodywash abroad. If I forgot something I will go to a 7-11 type store and buy it there plus it forces me to interact with the local people and practice their local language.

29. Walking is free just bring a good pair of shoes and walk the city. I love walking and the money I save on public transportation I will use it for a nice meal and a few drinks. You can take walking toors go to toursbylocals.com and enjoy a local guided tour.

30, Hire a private driver and split the cost if you can.

31. Eat Dinner at lunch time and stick to wine,cheese and desserts for Dinner time. Want that Gelato then eat it at dinner time. You will save money by making lunch your main meal.

32. Book a hotel with an included breakfast. If the breakfast is not included then skip the expensive hotel breakfast and go to a local bakery, cafe and enjoy breakfast style.

33. Google" Art Gallery Receptions+your city" and you will find art gallery openings with good art free food and good wine etc.

34. Google" 5 Star Yelp Italian Restaurants or Vegetarian Restaurants Near Me or in Rome" You can do this for TripAdvisor too you can do this for hotels or any service you need from car repair to rental cars and it will show you all the 5 star reviews. Go ahead and try it out. I have done this and have not been disappointed and it has saved me time and money weeding out the bad reviews.

35. Eat locally and in season. If artichokes are in season eat it.

36. Call ahead for a reservation or use OpenTable to avoid wasting precious touring time.

37. Wait to exchange all money when you arrive. Do this at a bank that is affiliated with your Bank. for instance Bank of America has a network of banks where they waive the fee. Use the ATM to exchange money or do it inside the banks.

38. Get a Capital One Card without a foreign exchange fee and ask them to charge you at the local rate as opposed to the Dynamic Rate. If you charge in dollars you can end up paying more.

39. If your a member of Costco your membership will work in London or wherever there is a Costco.

40. Use Groupon/Living Social/Travel Zoo to find good deals on tour packages, local restaurants(remember to tip if that is the custom before the discount)

41. Take last minute tour packages using Groupon/Living Social Travel Zoo. Be sure your passport is valid for 6 months but some countries allows 3 months but its safer to have more time so you can take off at a moments notice.

42. Download Art Gallery Tours to your phone rather than paying to rent the audio guide.

43. Buy convertible pants/shorts that convert with a zipper it works if your going to tour a church or dinner.

44. Pack non wrinkle shirts and easy to clean shirts and clean them in the hotel sink and let them dry. Find out a laundromat for locals as the primary way to wash clothes.

45. Pack old clothes and leave them behind or throw them away this is an excuse to buy that splurge Italian shirt you want or different clothes than you are used to, Just bring the US size conversion to the local equivalent . Buy new shoes in Europe etc.

I hope you enjoy my tips and I would be happy to add more. Please give me your feedback and what tips you liked the most. Thanks and Happy Travels!!

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Old Sep 22, 2016, 6:39 pm
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Granola Bars

I never leave home without granola bars. Saves me food at the airport, on the plane, and a lot of the time breakfast too. A week's supply of granola bar breakfasts won't take up much space in my pack. Just a few of the benefits:
  1. Easy to pack
  2. Easy to eat
  3. Cheap/light to bring with you
  4. No time wasted finding food in the morning

Trust me I could go on. I realize some of you may think I'm crazy, but seriously. Granola bars have saved me from a stressful, hungry day, or from missing my flight looking for food.

Feel free to substitute trail mix, protein bars, what have you.

And now I'll shut up about granola bars...
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Old Sep 22, 2016, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by financialhippie
I never leave home without granola bars. Saves me food at the airport, on the plane, and a lot of the time breakfast too. A week's supply of granola bar breakfasts won't take up much space in my pack. Just a few of the benefits:
  1. Easy to pack
  2. Easy to eat
  3. Cheap/light to bring with you
  4. No time wasted finding food in the morning

Trust me I could go on. I realize some of you may think I'm crazy, but seriously. Granola bars have saved me from a stressful, hungry day, or from missing my flight looking for food.

Feel free to substitute trail mix, protein bars, what have you.

And now I'll shut up about granola bars...
I do this. As soon as a hotel tells me breakfast isn't included in my room rate, I switch to eating these instead.
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Old Sep 22, 2016, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by financialhippie
I never leave home without granola bars. Saves me food at the airport, on the plane, and a lot of the time breakfast too.
Originally Posted by Skatering
I do this. As soon as a hotel tells me breakfast isn't included in my room rate, I switch to eating these instead.
I find granola bars OK, but NEVER eat them while travelling.

Half the fun of travel is to find a good place to eat @:-)

Even at the airport, I allow myself a guilty pleasure that I don't often indulge in - French Fries

Ordered as a side dish, often doesn't cost much more than a couple of bucks, and it fills me up.

OK, not all that healthy, but since I only do this when I fly, not too bad healthwise, but oh so delicious ^

Suppose I could bring granola bars for emergencies ....
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