Archive for the “Travel Tips” Category

How to Find a Cheap Airplane Ticket

Airline tickets seem to get more expensive every year. That flight that cost $200 last year is $400 this year and, as flights often represent the biggest expense of someone’s trip, these higher prices are keeping more people at home. While the era of dirt-cheap air travel is over, there are still ways to find deals. The four major reasons prices go up and down are competition, supply, demand, and oil prices. Together, these four measures affect a lovely thing […]

How to Find a Cheap Hotel Room: Sites to Use and Sites to Avoid

As much as I love hostels and other forms of cheap accommodation, there is something nice about the luxuriousness of hotels. They are clean and quiet, feature comfy beds, strong showers, and lots of soap I can take for later. But luxury comes at a price. Hotels certainly aren’t cheap and I hate spending a lot of money for a room I am only going to be in for a few hours. It’s why I mostly avoid hotels – I […]

How to Take a Cruise for as Little as $30 Per Day

Cruises can be expensive affairs. First, ships reel you in with a “cheap” room and an onboard credit but then smack you around with high-priced drinks, non-included restaurants, and dollar-a-minute Internet. A couple of years ago, I went on the Oasis of the Seas (one of the largest boats in the world) on a seven-day cruise around the Caribbean. The listed price of this cruise? $800 USD. That’s expensive for a week of cruising. You could go to Southeast Asia for […]

How to Use the Sharing Economy to Travel on a Budget

The Internet has changed travel. Sometimes hasn’t been for the better (one just needs to see how many people are checking Facebook in a hostel to agree) but it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible before. And for the budget traveler and culture enthusiast this change has been terrific. There are now so many more ways to travel on a budget as well as get the most out of your destination and […]

How to Avoid Paying Bank Fees While Traveling

Banking overseas is more than just putting your card in an ATM. When you travel abroad, banking overseas involves knowing three things: how to avoid paying bank fees, eliminate foreign transaction charges, and get a good exchange rate. I know too many people who travel overseas and pay ATM fees and get hit with credit card transaction fees. There’s no need for it. You didn’t save up all this money in order to give it the banks, right? I know […]

How Pat Got a Free Business Class Ticket (and You Can Get One Too!)

Last month, my friend Pat came to me with a problem – he wanted to fly Cathay Pacific business class round-trip from the U.S. to a conference in the Philippines. He had only a few frequent flyer miles and was all like “travel hacking, what?” He needed help. In the words of Barney Stinson: “challenge accepted!” I had two months to get Pat the 110,000 miles he needed. I’ve written about traveling business class for free before, but as with […]

Cheap Places to Travel on the US Dollar

The United States dollar isn’t what it once was. Though it has gained strength recently because of the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, it has fallen against the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian dollars as well as just about every other major currency in the world. (It dropped greatly against the Swedish Krona while I was there this summer!) As a constant traveler, I worry about currency moves like only a Wall Street trader would. Small changes in the value […]

Cheap Ways to Travel Across Europe

Even with the falling Euro, traveling around Europe can still be fairly expensive, especially if you are traveling long distances or miss out on that killer fare from Ryanair. I sometimes get sick to my stomach at how much transportation can cost even for the shortest distances. But, despite the high valued Euro, high transportation costs, and general expensiveness of Europe, there are still many ways to travel around Europe affordably: Megabus Megabus is a cheap way to get around […]

20 Ways to Cut Your Expenses, Grow Your Bank Balance, and Have Money for Travel

Let’s start this blog post with a short exercise. I want you to get out a sheet of paper and write down all your set expenses. Write down how much you pay for your rent (mortgage), your car payments, cable bill, cell phone, insurance, and the like. Tally them up. Then write down all your discretionary spending. This is what you spend on food, movie nights, drinks, shopping, that daily coffee from Starbucks, cigarettes, sports tickets, and other similar things. […]

14 Ways to Be Prepared for Anything While Traveling

When I was a kid, I was a boy scout. I made it pretty far too but then I became a teenager, decided it was “lame” and quit. As a boy scout, I learned how to tie knots, camp outdoors, be a good citizen, play with knives, and got to have cool sleepovers. One of the most important things you learn as a Boy Scout is their motto to always “be prepared”  and as I’ve grown up and traveled the […]