My top tips for traveling on a budget: flight searches, hostels, daily meals, tours, fun, and more.
Skyscanner – – Set up alerts for specific routes
Hipmunk – – Compare overnight flights and layovers by “agony”
Kayak – – See where you can travel in your budget using the “Explore” tab!
Scott’s Flight List – – Frequent alerts on crazy cheap international flights from the U.S.! Sign up for the free version (which is what I use) or pay a monthly membership fee to get more flight alerts
TripAdvisor – – Great reviews of hotels, hostels and more
HomeExchange – – Swap apartments/houses with people from other countries!
WWOOF – – Volunteer on an organic farm in exchange for room and board
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here are my top tips on how to travel cheap now flights and hotels in the most expensive parts of traveling so for flights I recommend using all of the lists and search engine tools and sale finders that you can sites like mondo Skyscanner and Google flights we'll help you find the cheapest roots and itineraries that you can to the destination you want to go and email lists like one then I'll link in the description give you cheap flights to anywhere which I love to read I tend to travel to places where my friends are either by myself and Crouch with them or to go with a group of friends and rent an Airbnb it's just so much more fun to see the city through the eyes of somebody who knows it really well and it doesn't hurt to save that money as well but if you don't have someone living where you want to go hostels are a great option the website TripAdvisor has really detailed reviews of all things from restaurants to attractions to tours to hotels and it's a great resource to know okay is this hostel okay is it sketchy what is you know the lounge and bar seem like it's gonna be really loud at night are the people more party focused or more tour focused but hustles are great when you're traveling alone especially there's knowledgeable staff a lot of them have good Wi-Fi and the sort of lounge pub area is a great place to meet people even just to hang out with for a few hours or for the day so once you get your cheap flight and once you sort out your accommodations you gotta figure out what are you gonna eat and what are you gonna do when you get there figuring out public transit is really important to be able to get around the city but if you're a little bit skittish about it I recommend taking one of those open-top bus the red city bus tours if available to you I think it's a great way to just get a sense of the layout and topography of the city you can do a hop-on hop-off tour where you just see all the major attractions in order on a route and it's a really great way to kind of map in your head okay these are the areas I want to go back to these are how far away they are from each other and if you're smart about buying a 24-hour pass and you start it for example at noon on Monday it'll be good til noon on Tuesday so you can get in a long afternoon of sightseeing on Monday and Oh morning a sightseeing on Tuesday and in general I'm a fan of getting off the beaten track of seeing new neighborhoods of letting your feet and your nose you know and your whims be your guide but again if you need sort of extra help if you're tired after a long day of traveling this hop-on hop-off can be a good call also boat tours view in Amsterdam coupe and hung in any city with cool waterways Paris as well to thames boat tour but i want to i love these so for food you should choose your own adventure if you like fine dining and you want a budget for fine dining go for it i tend to like to graze throughout the day so i'll buy one thing here and there from bakeries and other specialty stores and really not sit down eat at all i want to be outside and i want to be kind of exploring the city and I love just lingering in a cafe reading a book writing some notes as I sort of go throughout my day in a new city if you're traveling through the longer term it's also nice to just get a few groceries and leave them in your hotel or in your hostel kitchen tied up and label to no one else eat some it just feels sort of homey and like a good routine to make your own meals at least a few times a week so even if that's bread and fruit and cheese and you make yourself a little plate and goes in the hostel lounge I made a book it is that sort of touch of domesticity that makes the new place feel like home I also think Foursquare is the best restaurant review app out there Yelp is very petty in my experience but Foursquare it has a great tagging mechanism the map is really easy to use and it helps you sort of find the place with a vibe that you're looking for which is a hard thing to search and as I mentioned before but you think it's going to help you it is so much fun to save for a trip it's fun to put a few dozen or a few hundred dollars every month into a travel savings account with the picture of the place that you're going you can daydream about going there I love to have a nice time and try new things and I'm travelling so sometimes that means a concert or seeing a play or pain to get into a great museum and budget traveling means what it's gonna mean to you maybe you want to stay at an awesome hotel and take a business class flight and use credit card points or bonus sign up offers to you know have the trip of your dreams that's fine like the short you should have fun but you can budget for that fun and have exactly the kind of fun that you can afford if you budget in advance budget for fun that you might know more title please leave your tips and stories and questions on budgeting for travel in the comments and I'll come at you with some 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