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How to Travel Cheaply

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Published on Mar 14, 2008

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Just because you're short on cash doesn't mean you can't see the world.

Step 1: Use travel consolidators
Use travel consolidators, on- and offline. They snatch up empty airline seats and unsold cruise cabins and resell them at a great discount. Sign up to receive information on last minute deals.

Tip
Call hotels directly to see if you can negotiate a cheaper rate.

Step 2: Consider youth hostels
Consider youth hostels, especially in the more expensive cities around the world. You’ll sacrifice privacy, but you’ll save a bundle.

Tip
If you live in a popular travel destination, consider swapping homes with someone.

Step 3: Eat at street vendors
Rely on street food vendors for most of your meals.

Tip
If you like to eat out, make lunch your daily restaurant treat instead of dinner.

Step 4: Check student travel rates
Check out student rates on bus and rail passes.

Tip
Be a 'voluntourist' in a country you’d like to visit. You’ll get to explore a new culture while helping out the locals—and maybe even wrangle some school credit for the experience.

Step 5: Be flexible
Be flexible. Monday and Thursday departures are generally cheaper than weekend fares. And save a bundle by flying into a less popular city and then catching a train or driving to your desired destination.

Step 6: Vacation in off-season
Vacation in the off-season, when prices are cheaper and you don’t have to fight the crowds.

Did You Know?
According to one survey, French air travelers rate safety as less important than getting a cheap seat!

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