Cheap Travel Tips
There are two types of cheap travel tips that can help you
save money traveling. The first type is specific tips on where
or how to get the best deals on the specific things you want.
we try to include as much of this type of information as we can,
and point you in the right direction to find more. There is a
limitation to this type of approach though. If , for example,
you find the best deal on the best hotel in Honolulu at the height
of the season, you will save money, but still have a very expensive
vacation. Trying to always get exactly what you want, or what
you think you want, will generally be an expensive proposition,
in travel and in life.
The other approach is to be a true opportunist. Look for the
cheapest flights before you even choose a destination, for example.
This will be difficult for some of you, and entirely unacceptable
to others. Nonetheless, the travelers who get to travel the most,
go to the widest variety of places, learn the most and do the
most, are the opportunists. Until you reach the level of wealth
where you have no monetary limits, this will always be true.
You'll find lots of travel tips on our website that use this
An Example of Opportunistic Travel
When I went to Ecuador the first time, I went there
because it was cheap to do so. If it wasn't, I would have had
a great time anyhow - but somewhere else. The trip was for a
month, and the entire cost was $1045, which included airfare
and $130 fee for a guide to take me to the top of Mount Chimborazo
(You can read that story on the page, "Climbing
Mount Chimborazo.") I cut the cost by taking a Greyhound
bus from my home in Michigan to Miami, and back again when I
returned from Ecuador. The round-trip ticket cost $158. The round-trip
flight to Quito from Miami was only $256, because it was a courier
flight, which meant I signed for some luggage (car parts), and
could only take carry-on luggage.
Never did I feel deprived or bored. I had a great time, eating
wherever it was inexpensive and clean, doing all sorts of interesting
things, and traveling across the country to climb Mount Chimborazo.
I also met and fell in love with my wife Ana.
How to Become an Opportunist Traveler
Can you drink rum at a dollar per bottle, instead of your
favorite beer? Can you eat chicken instead of steak? How about
visiting the free sights first, and dancing in the street festival
instead of the disco? Being an opportunist means you'll have
just as much variety, and probably almost everything you want
- eventually. You just have to stop trying to get exactly
what you want exactly when you want it. If the guide
that took me up Chimborazo hadn't dropped his price from $200
to $130, I would have spent $2 for a bus and gone hiking on El
Altar, another great Andean mountain. That would have left me
with enough money for several other minor adventures.
Other Pages on How to Travel for Less
Really Cheap Plane
Tickets is about all the ways to save on airfare. One day,
when my wife and I were planning a trip to visit family in Ecuador,
and I was checking into airfare costs, I discovered a way to
pay $1000 less than the lowest quote we could find on one of
those discount ticket websites. You'll find this little secret
and more here. By the way, the whole six-week trip, which we
took in 2004, cost $2400, including losing $100, and being robbed
Cheap Florida Vacations
shows you some of the non-Disney travel options in Florida. There
are great state parks right on the beach, and alligators and
bubbling springs. If you have an RV or tent, there are also free
places to camp - with hot showers.
WalMart Camping is a page
about camping under the bright lights. Did you know that at WalMarts
and Flying J Truckstops, you are allowed to park your van or
RV overnight? No charge, and not a bad idea if you are just passing
through on your way to more scenic camping.
Cheap Family Vacations
has cheap travel tips for family trips. There is information
on where to go, what to do, and how to keep it interesting and
Cheap Hotels : How to find
them, and how to make them cheaper.
Bus Travel is mostly about
Greyhound Bus Lines, since they are almost the only large nationwide
service left in this country. The page does briefly cover bus
travel in other counties, and explains why it is usually better
than in the United States.
has all the cheap travel tips for those of you heading overseas.
We start with airfare, and include food, accommodation, and other
issues. You'll also learn where it's really inexpensive to travel.
Plane Tickets is about just that. Travel tips on using consolidators,
courier flights, last-minute specials - we try to cover it all.
5 Best Things about Learning the Language Before Travelling
- The why and the how.
More Cheap Travel Tips
Food: Whether traveling here or in other countries,
it is usually cheaper to buy some healthy snacks in a grocery
store, rather than eat every meal in a restaurant. When you do
eat in restaurants, it can be cheaper to to order individual
items on the menu from the list of appetizers or side dishes.
You also may get more variety in that way.
Accommodations: If it is a long trip, you may want
to rent an apartment in an interesting city, rather than stay
in motels. We did this for two months in Tucson, for about $600
less per month, compared to even the cheaper motels. Watch for
hotel coupon-books in gas stations. The coupons will often save
you $10 on a room you would have stayed in anyhow. If you have
a conversion van, you can camp a couple nights a week, like we
do, to save on motels. We love the hot springs we've stayed at,
for a $3 fee to the BLM, instead of $40 for the cheapest motel
in the area.
Travel Expenses: Do more and travel less. It is often
the traveling part that costs the most, due to the cost of gas,
convenient fast food, and expensive hotels you are forced to
pay for, because you just can't drive any further. When you find
a place with a reasonable motel, and a lot to do in the area
- stay for a while!
More Tips: Read he other pages of this website. Follow
the links above, and use your imagination. There are many ways
to save money traveling, without sacrificing anything important.
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