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Cheap Travel: See The World And Save

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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For those of us determined to travel despite an ailing economy, it is imperative to look for ways to spend less while seeing the world. With a bit of tweaking, that spirit of adventure can still be nurtured. The days of extravagance and luxury hotels might be a thing of the past, but the exploration of exotic and not-so-exotic locales need not be abandoned.

Firstly, choose a destination where the cost of living is not exorbitant. A trip to London will cost a bundle. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Consider instead a visit to a country where food and lodging is more reasonable. For instance, Thailand has a fascinating history and rich culture, the food is outstanding, and hotels are affordable.

Getting there can be challenging, but there are definitely bargains to be had., and are only a few of the companies offering deals on airfare, especially if dates are flexible. Save money on hotels by buying a vacation package, which includes lodging and airfare. Wherever you intend to go, sites such as offer feedback from other travelers regarding hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc. With the help of the internet, much research and booking, can be done in advance.

Many folks are saving money by swapping homes. might be a good place to check to see if someone out there is dying to come to your hometown, in return for letting you stay in their place, halfway across the globe. If you are planning on a stay of more than a week in one locale, renting an apartment is also an interesting choice, rather than staying in a hotel. For one thing, there are no annoying hotel charges to rack up unknowingly, and then there is the benefit of being able to cook some of your own meals, which is a real moneysaver. Spending less in restaurants means more money in your pocket for sightseeing and souvenirs. Some cities even offer advance purchase of special passes which allow entry to museums and monuments at a discount.

If at all possible, try to avoid traveling at peak times, like major holidays and the height of tourist season. Everything is cheaper and more pleasant when you don’t have to fight your way through crowded streets.

Lastly, consider the idea of community service and travel. Help build homes in a remote part of the world or offer your special talents to a community in need. Companies such as can provide a unique experience while you satisfy a desire to help others.

Whatever your circumstances in Life, if you love to travel, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. It might take some careful planning and budgetary adjustments, but it’s worth it. Our planet is a glorious place to explore.

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