- 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.
- FACT: According to one survey, French air travelers rate safety as less important than getting a cheap seat!
You Will Need
- Patience to sniff out the best deals
- Willingness to rough it
- The ability to be flexible
- Budget travel guidebook