Simple Geeks Guide to Cheap Travel

first_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Stay on target I’ve spent a lot of my life traveling. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve actually been a professional travel writer for over a decade, so I’ve ended up in some pretty amazing places and seen spectacular things. I’m a firm believer that everyone should leave the country they live in and explore other places. It’s one of the best ways you can learn about not only the big, wide, world but also about yourself and where you come from.Too many people have the misconception that travel must be prohibitively expensive. I’m gonna show you that they are wrong. Get your passports ready.Choose Cheap DestinationsThe easiest way to travel cheaply is to go somewhere that’s inexpensive. There’s no doubt that Western Europe is full of magnificent museums and fantastic food, but it’s also hella expensive. Luckily there are huge swaths of the world where your dollar can go incredibly far. Central America and most of South America are cheap to visit. So are Southeast Asia, India, China, and most of Africa. Being born with English as your primary language is almost like a super power. You can use it to get around most of the world.Cheap Flight DealsOften the actual act of traveling is the most expensive part of travel. Think about it, you’re sitting in a metal tube flying across the world at like 500 mph! It’s like magic! Luckily with the introduction of many low-cost carriers, the price of flights has gone down. My favorite place to find cheap deals is Scott’s Cheap Flights. It’s a rad email list that sends you incredible flight deals all the time. Sign up for the free option because…duh, but I also recommend signing up for the paid option. It’s only like $39 a year, and you get triple the deals. If you end buying even one ticket you’ve made your money back. I recently got round trip tickets from Oakland, CA to Oslo, Norway for $450!Other places to find cheap flights are The Flight Deal and Airfare Watchdog.Cheap Places to StayDepending on where you’re traveling, hotels can sometimes be more expensive than the airfare. But there are a number of workarounds for that. I’ve stayed in hostels all over the world and have met people who, to this day, are still dear friends. Personally, I’m too old and too light of a sleeper to crash in a dorm with like 16 other people at this point, but that’s a really cheap option. If you’re willing to pay a little more though you can get a room to yourself in the hostel. It’s the best of both worlds; you get the social atmosphere of a hostel but also a private room to flop around naked in. Good places to book hostels are Hostel Bookers, Hostels.com, and Hostel World.There’s also obviously the option of using AirBnB or VRBO. These allow people to rent out rooms in their homes, or their entire homes, to travelers. It’s often cheaper than staying in a hotel but far more private than a hostel. Plus you get the full amenities of whatever home you’re staying in.Cheap GuidesThe internet is a big freaking universe, and the amount of info on it is limitless. That can make finding out what to do in the place you’re going pretty overwhelming. Personally, I hate shit like Trip Advisor because, just like Yelp, it lets everyone think they’re a professional critic. Most of those people are assholes. So I like to go to a trusted authority. I always get a Lonely Planet guidebook when I go places. You can get paperback versions or buy downloadable chapters from their store. Another great resource is Nomadic Matt. He’s been traveling around the world on a budget for years, so he has tons of tips and even writes his own guides for locations around the world. Also, many cities that you go to will have local free/cheap websites so just google something like “Free and cheap things in San Francisco” and watch BrokeAssStuart.com and SF Funcheap pop-up.Google TranslateGoogle translate is getting increasingly excellent. When I was in China, I could use it to translate the Chinese language just by opening the app and focusing on the characters! How incredible is that? It didn’t always work, but it worked often enough. Note: you must have data or wifi for this to work. Another great thing to do is to buy a language app for the country you’re going to so that way you always have a dictionary ready.Overseas DataWhen leaving the country, it’s important that you don’t get roaming charges on your phone. So reach out to your carrier and see what the options are. I know T-Mobile allows you to use your plan anywhere in the world at no extra cost. Whereas when I travel, I pay Verizon an extra $10 a day and have full access to my data plan. This is great because it gives me access to things like Google maps and Google Translate.Credit CardsMake sure to let your banks and credit card companies know you’re traveling. Otherwise, they may think your activity is fraud and shut down access to your money.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com.last_img

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