I love traveling. It has always been a special point of my life. I love seeing new places, meeting new people, experiencing fresh emotions, and just escaping from the routines of my daily life. So, this is a very exciting, but expensive pastime. But in fact, making some effort, you can travel all over the world almost for free. To tell the truth, the idea that traveling is expensive is distributed by the touristic companies, hotels and the media themselves. Obviously, the tourist business is interested in you buying only “all inclusive” vouchers. But you can arrange your trip yourself, and see how cheap it is.
So, first of all you can cut down expenses on your air tickets. Monitor to prices. It can happen that the price for the tickets could be reduces approximately two weeks before the departure, and then a few days later jump again. Try to follow the prices on such avia companies as Momondo and Expedia. It’s very likelihood you’ll find something extremely cheap.
Then, obviously, you should book a hotel or a hostel. If you’re planning to visit a touristic country, like Turkey, Egypt or Thailand, you’d rather book a hotel. There’s no need to book five-stars hotels: hotels of lower rating are still comfortable: finally, you’re going there not for staying in your room. Three or four stars hotels are perfect as well. Moreover you may choose a hotel only with breakfast included. It’s quite comfortable in the morning as you needn’t look for a cafe around, but take a fresh and healthy meal.
If you are not accustomed to deny yourself nothing, then you can stay at a high-class hotel, but find a companion. As you know, living in a single room is way more expensive, while double rooms are always more profitable. If you go on vacation with your child, choose a hotel that offers discounts for kids.
Another way to save money on hotels is to choose a low season. It’s not a secret that Christmas holidays are one of the most favorite time for traveling. If you don’t want to be dumped with crows of countrymen, you’d rather choose another month.For example, it’s known that in some counties in November and the first part of December it’s not that crowded.
If you want to visit Europe, you’d rather choose winter or summer. In the other seasons there’re lots of exhibitions and new cultural places opening, so there could be many people there. And as a result the prices for hotels are twice higher. Still if you’re interested in art, spring is just the right time for you to go there. But take into account local holidays: festivals, championships, concerts. The prices can also jump in these days, as there will be many guests. You should also visit the official websites of hotels, and look though their suggestions. Feel free to be interested in bonus programs and discounts: they are made for such travelers as you!
If you don’t mind of living in the same room with the other tourists, you can choose hostels. This is one of the most popular way of overnight staying in Europe. Hostels are way cheaper, but still quite comfortable. Moreover you can meet people with the same interests there and even investigate new places together.
If you are an adventurer, you may choose another way of overnight staying, which is called couch surfing. This is a corporation that offers its users hospitality exchange. You can visit a special site and find the place where you’re planning to go, and you’ll see the list of people who offer their apartment for you. More than 4 million profiles in 246 countries and territories take part in this service. This is free, but you should take into account that these houses are not hotels at all, and this business is created more for international communicating and making new friends. I’ve tried that at least 5 times in different countries, and I find it extremely funny!
Well, and my last tip. Be open to new adventures! Out world is too beautiful to stay at home.