Travel on the cheap
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If you have the time, research as much as you can about your next trip. Planning is the key to a cheap and successful travel. I will demonstrate on how to do that.
Using the resources listed on my blog, you can cut your travel expenses in half.
Ask yourself, what type of traveler are you. Do you like hanging out and meeting new people? Do you prefer to travel with a companion or travel alone? Are you after a stress free holiday or would you like an adventure? Take all the above into account when researching your next trip.
Then set yourself a budget. Once you have your flights booked, your next expense is accommodation. I myself like to stay in backpackers. An excellent backpacker site is http://www.hostelworld.com. You can book and pay for budget accommodation here.
As for me, I love meeting new people. I prefer to travel alone but I always make new friends on my travels. I have made some great friends over the years traveling solo around the world.
How do I travel on the cheap?
From North America to Australia:
Find yourself the cheapest air fare from any North American city to Honolulu, Hawaii. The cheapest flight I have found to Hawaii from LA and San Francisco is with http://www.airtech.com. Airtech has one way flights in each direction for $169 USD. Bare in mind that if you book with Airtech, they like you to be a little flexible with your dates. Usually only a couple of days before or after you want to travel.
The cheapest flight I found so far from Toronto Canada to Hawaii USA is with http://www.aircanada.com. Air Canada has Tango fares from $340 CAD tax included. You may also want to try http://www.
The cheapest way to get from Hawaii to Australia is with http://www.jetstar.com. Jetstar has flights for $339 USD one way tax included.
You can fly from LA or San Francisco to Sydney via Hawaii one way for $509 USD. (Travel agency fare normally would cost you $1300 USD one way) Saving $791 USD
You can fly from Toronto to Sydney via Hawaii one way for $680 CAD. (Travel agency fare normally would cost you $1400 CAD one way) Saving $720 CAD
Just remember that many countries won’t allow people in with one way tickets. Always have proof of your outgoing travel. I have traveled with one way tickets with no proof of onward travel and have never had a problem getting into a country.
I will be adding many examples of cheap ways of getting to your destination.
I will admit I am a tight ass when it comes to flying. I want the cheapest flight possible to my destination without flying a decrepit airline.
The world today is full of budget airlines. I remember flying Air Berlin from Berlin, Germany to London, England for 1 euro. Mind you the tax was 17 Euro/$34 AUD but hey, I was in London in a couple of hours. Had I taken a bus or Eurail, I would have paid well over 100 Euro/$200 AUD and the trip would have taken 12 hours.
What about the time I traveled from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand. I flew with AIR ASIA and it cost me $20 AUD.
I had always wanted to visit Borneo and AIR ASIA flies to Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia. For $35 AUD I flew from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kuching, Malaysia and I got to see Semengoh Wildlife Centre, home to the Sarawak Orangutan rehabilitation centre.
Here is a list of Budget Airlines available today: