After traveling for work for ten years and a nine month trip around the world, I’ve collected some strategies for traveling cheaper. I’ll cover them in a ten part series in this order:
A. The flight
- How to Book the Cheapest Flight
- How to Use Free Flight Stopovers
- How to Find Alternatives to Expensive Flights
- Finding the Cheapest Airport Transportation
B. The Hotel / Accommodation
- How to Book Cheapest Hotel Rooms
- How to Find Hotel Alternatives
- How to Use Hotel Points
- How to Get Local Currency for Your Trip
- Don’t Get Robbed By Your Bank!
- Know How Much Things Cost
Hotels usually constitute the largest expense in a typical vacation so if you want to save money on your trip than that’s a good place to start. For a long time, hotels have been the only way to go for your trip and the prices have seemed to inflate on hotel rooms to match that.
However, now there are many ways to find hotel alternatives to hotels that are great quality and perfectly safe when used correctly. If the destination you’re visiting doesn’t offer quality hotel properties within your budget, check out some of the alternatives that could save you big bucks.
Tripadvisor lets you search alternatives to hotels with their separate tabs for BnBs and Inns, Specialty Lodging, and Vacation Offers and they show reviews for the listed places. We’ve used Tripadvisor for Bed and Breakfasts and Apartments quite a few times and have been happy with the outcome and unlike AirBnB, the BnBs listed on Tripadvisor actually serve you breakfast!