Beware! Traveling on almost no budget is highly addictive! Once you try out that gathering the most unforgettable memories of your life can cost very little, you will never want to stay comfy at home.
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I promise, it is feasible and verified by many adventurous travelers around the world. Just think how much of your comfort you are willing to sacrifice; where are your personal borders; and what is your inner, deep reason for this particular travel.
If you are on the road for being all alone with your thoughts and make peace with yourself, some of those tips might not be the right ones. However, the others will count in perfectly.
Here are the top 10 websites that should land in the favorites bar of your web browser to help you with budget traveling:
TOP 3 of 2019: REVOLUT, TURO, WORLD NOMADS
*TOP* APP for TRAVELERS 2019 & Fastest growing FinTech in Europe
If you are a regular traveler and you haven’t tried REVOLUT yet, then you are missing out a lot. REVOLUT is fairly new Electronic Money Institution which provides you with some “revolutionary” services.
Having an account with Revolut is for FREE, you just need to pay for the shipping of your debit card. All you need to do is register in the app and order the card. Next step is to link your card with some of your other accounts and TOP up. Topping up is FREE and once your money is on Revolut, then you can take advantages of various features like:
- FREE atm withdrawals up to 400 euros
- Real-time spending tracking in the app
- Best conversion rates / no additional fees / middle conversion rate %
Another great advantage is security because you can top up anytime when you are connected to the internet. That means when you are traveling, you can keep you balance somewhere between 0-100euro and if somebody or some ATM scams you, you won’t lose much. You can also block the card anytime when you are connected to the internet.
TURO – “Airbnb for Cars” / Car Sharing APP
Turo is an amazing car-sharing app that gives you the choice and convenience that traditional car rental companies can’t match. The process is very simple and it has been called multiple times the Airbnb for cars. You have different price ranges of cars and different mileage allowances you can choose from. You can even get the car delivered directly to your place! The insurance is also handled by the app so you don’t need to worry at all. It eliminates all the hassles of renting a car and makes the whole process 100x times more enjoyable than before. This truly is a revolutionary app that will change the rental car market. What are you waiting for? Book your first rental car through Turo!
Nowadays, there is no need to highlight how important is having insurance when traveling around the world! Not having one can lead to serious budget issues and you can end up “broke” and finish your trip very fast.
World Nomads has been offering their services for a long time and became N.1. global/international insurance for travelers. Trusted by big brands like Lonely Planet, Inrepid, International Volunteers HQ etc. You should definitely have a look on their website before you go on your next adventure.
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Airwander is a brilliant idea which was definitely missing on the market and have filled the gap! Lots of budget travelers, long term travelers or backpackers are hating their layovers because they just pass by and they don’t have time to discover properly or NO AT ALL (just an airport).
Airwander lets you plan your layovers properly and add extra days to your stay! You can also see plenty of variations between you and your destination which gives you the perfect opportunity to plan your time and get rest in the city where you need to change your flight.
RentalCars has been offering best car rental discounts for ages! Few months ago they teamed up with Booking.com and became n.1. rental car search engine. Renting a car can get very expensive addition to your budget while traveling. Especially when you travel solo or just as a couple. Therefore, RentalCars is your best bet in order to find best discounts.
Booking.com Deals Finder
Do you want to stay in a hotel for a half-price? Then Booking’s deals page is what every budget traveler is looking for. Booking scans all of their offers to see what are the best deals offered on their website and then recommends you the things that are the most relevant to you. You can really save a lot of money if you find the right offer in the right place at the right time.
Swapping houses is a fabulous two-in-one option. You won’t spend a euro on accommodation, and in the meanwhile will get someone to feed your cat and water your roses while you’re off for traveling. Just make sure to get complete references of the swapper and talk together as much as possible in advance.
I confess it might be risky. But on the other hand, the whole active community of HomeExchange is built on trust. See your swappers` former reviews, where and when he or she stayed and what was written about that. Home insurance can also help to enjoy your days off in peace.
If not quite convinced, check the movie The Holiday for a better imagination to see how much fresh air this can bring into your life. Maybe there are huge positive moves ahead!
AirBnb – (cheap apartments)
Haven’t you heard of AirBnb? Then you are missing out my friend. AirBnb is the perfect tool to find cheap accommodation that allows you to live in the place you are visiting like a local.
With AirBnb you can rent a room that is being offered by a local, and that sometimes means having a room in a family house where you interact with them on a daily basis. If that is just not your style then you can rent out a private house, flat or whatever you want. the possibilities are endless.
And if you travel as a couple, renting an Airbnb can be sometimes cheaper than staying in a shared dorm in a hostel. Apartments are becoming a popular alternative to hotels for budget travelers.
If you are willing to spend a portion of a day by teaching or decorating the walls of an art gallery for accommodation in return, this is something for you. SE7EN offers lists of the volunteer projects and allows you to contact hosts directly.
You will be requested to pay 15-euro membership at the beginning, but if there will be no project chosen from your side, they offer a money return guarantee.
You might not have known that you can find extremely hospitable hosts all around the world and get a free overnight “couch stay” at their place, whatever it is. Though enjoying this cost-saving option, keep in mind that Couchsurfing is about human connections in the first place. Be social, spend some time with your host and he will be glad to point out the best places to go in the area. You might experience the best party with his friends diving completely into the local culture.
Feel free to share something with your host. It doesn’t have to be anything valuable. I often show pictures of my current trip or bring something small and typical from my current hometown.
Being a good host is as demanding as to be a good guest. Tolerance is a must on both sides. But above all, it should be fun.
Couchsurfing has turned into the APP as well and you can also find plenty of events/meetups in almost every country. NEW “hang out” option allows you to create an event in your area very fast and catch up with a bunch of travelers for beers/dinner/walk and share some experience from inspiring travels.
Raise your hand if you have ever slept at the airport. Sometimes it’s about money but sometimes it’s just that your flight departs just so early in the morning that it doesn’t make sense to travel back and forth for more comfortable sleep.
Long sleepovers on the way, objective circumstances you just can’t affect may also leave you stuck at the airport for many hours. This website gathers reviews and experiences of travelers from airports around the world along with useful airport guides to help you survive a sleepover.
Find out where are the electricity plugs, comfortable chairs, quiet areas, free sofas in cafes, wifi passwords, etc.
Handy extra feature we liked is the list of cities where you can enjoy a tour and get to know a city you’re flying through.
Warning: it’s highly possible you will find yourself searching for long stopovers on purpose.
The Hospitality Club truly provides – as well as couchsurfing.com – a slice of local life. Be sure to stumble on a dedicated community, but forgive their website for being simply ugly.
Photo from Canggu Surf Hostel – BALI
If there is some budget for the accommodation and you wish to enjoy a certain level of being incognito and an inner peace, definitely look for the best offers among hostels. Sometimes, they can be pretty expensive, too, but HostelWorld knows what people like us need. Definitely, best website for backpackers!
It can also be a way of securing the first night to skip a lovely sleep on the airport benches. Or, and that is even worse, to spend a night in front of the bus station that usually closes at midnight to 4 am.
In this case, book just the first night and then find some shelter at the locals or meet your potential couchsurfer host on-site.
Are you not sure, what will be the cheapest option to reach your final destination, considering all the additional costs like shuttles, taxis and transfers? Be efficient and quick when deciding and above all, save money that you can invest in a better manner later on. For example, a boat cruise to a small unattended island. The Fly or Drive estimator will make it happen and advice you in a few moments, but sadly, it is available for the US travellers only.
You have a car, petrol loaded in your tank and a tempting feeling to discover something new in an instant? Check your tank first or make sure how much are you willing to spend on petrol. In TripAdvisor’s tool type in your hometown and indicate how much gas you want to use – whether full, half, or quarter tank. Tank or Gas app will prepare an elegant list of destinations within reach, topped up by pictures of the suggested attractions.
Thank Autoslash for saving some money when planning your trip. This easygoing website will lock in the lowest rate on rental cars and will update it and relock whenever the prices decreases. Book a vehicle from any favourite agency through the site, and Autoslash will instantly begin tracking rate changes for your reservation. If a better offer pops up later, it automatically locks in the lower price on your behalf. Moreover, no fee will be charged. Isn’t is fabulous?
Let us be honest: amazingly cheap flight tickets are often the first and yet the most important reason we keep on moving our asses from country to country. Even though we promised our inner selves to settle down for a while. Don’t blame yourself. Put the blame on Skyscanner, their mobile app and their delightfully intruding newsletter.
Similarly to Skyscanner, Kayak tool searches for the cheapest flying options from your current location. It beats Skyscanner in the field of multi-city trips and includes searches for nearby airports with cheaper fares.
So now do not hesitate a moment. You have all that you need for your budget travel!
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