How to travel for less

Is the high cost of travel preventing you from seeing the world? With some adjustments, the price of traveling abroad can be much cheaper than you can imagine.  One common practice among young backpackers and more experienced travelers alike is traveling the world on a small budget. There are so many diverse ways to cut down your spending without compromising your travel experience.

Many people find budget traveling preferable compared to luxury travel because of its way of bringing you closer to the local culture. Unlike hopping on a Mediterranean cruise ship or staying at a fancy resort, traveling cheaply and independently can put you in contact with the day-to-day activities of millions of people around the globe.

Below are some of the biggest ways to travel for less than you think and still having an amazing experience.

Location Matters

The simplest way to travel longer or more comfortably for very little cost is to travel some place where your money stretches further. In Western Europe, Five thousand dollars might allow you to backpack for few weeks but that is not enough to survive for months in Vietnam or Thailand.

Be aware of the parts of the world that offers the most for your money as you plan your trip. Think South East Asia instead of Australia, Central America instead of South America and Eastern Europe instead of Western Europe. The pricing in some parts of the world can differ by season, and then traveling during the off-season period can make an unaffordable site more obtainable.

Overnight Buses, Planes, and Trains

No matter where you are travelling to, one of your biggest costs implications would be transportation. There are a number of things you can try to do to keep these costs minimal. The first thing to do is to cut flight costs by booking when there is  low-demand  and making  use of a search aggregator like Kayak to discover diverse websites that offer the best airfare. You can also look at overland means of transportation like buses, boats, and trains, which unlike flying are less costly.

Since transportation costs consumes not just money, but also eats up time, plan an itinerary where you spend more time in each destination and move less. If you are always on the move, your costs implication will be higher and your trip more tedious than if you spend quality time in each place you go. Why not consider making a major city your focus and taking day trips from there.

Sleeping Cheap

Hostels are not terrifying murder dens forget the scary movies you may have watched. They’re actually superb, less expensive place to lay your head. Think of it as not just a place to stay, but as an instant social environment where you have direct access into new cultures. Other cheap options to expensive hotels include couch-surfing, renting a short-term apartment and house sitting.

If you’re traveling a country like Asia or Mexico with great street food  you’re in serious luck, as you can surely have an amazing food for less than a couple of dollars. If you are the type that street food is not an option, look for local fast food bakeries, chains, and small family owned restaurants. Another option is to pay a visit to the grocery store and select a picnic of local foods for your taste.

Cheap Entertainment

Some major tourist sites can cost a lot to enter (though some are worth it), there are also free and inexpensive ways to tour a new city. Talk to people, Wander aimlessly, try new foods and make new friends. Make time to explore local neighborhoods, relax in public parks, or you can poke around smaller churches and museum. Who knows what you might discover.

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Boston: The perfect travel destination with great attractions

Often overshadowed by the popularity of it’s neighbor, Boston may not have the same glitz and glamor to offer as New York City but it most certainly makes up for it with affordable hotels and interesting things to do. Whether you have already visited the “Big Apple” and just looking for a new travel destination in the US or searching for a great place to use your hotel discounts, Boston is an incredible city infused with a wide variety of attractions.

Here are 5 things to do in Boston to help you enjoy that next vacation:

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Visit Historic Fenway Park and catch a Red Sox Game

Fenway park is the oldest park in the major leagues and one of the most storied as well! See the famous “green monster” wall in left field, grab some beers and a few hot dogs, sing along to “Sweet Caroline” during the eighth inning and watch the hometown Sox as they compete for a division crown this season. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants around the stadium for pre-game and post-game fun.

The South End Open Market

One of the New England’s best and most popular open markets, the South End Open Market runs on Sundays, May through October and features upwards of 20 of Boston’s local food trucks, locally grown produce, flowers, and gourmet specialty foods as well as locally made crafts, jewelry, clothing, and artwork. The South End Open Market has been featured in publications such as “People,” “Cooking Light,” and “National Geographic Travel” and is consistently ranked as one of the top farmer’s markets in the United States.

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Historic Boston Harbor

One of the birthplaces of the American Revolution, historic Boston harbor boasts a wide variety of shops, seafood restaurants, sightseeing tours, and more. Take in a harbor cruise and soak up some sun and surf or visit the historic Tea Party museum and soak up some history. The USS Constitution Museum is docked in the harbor as well and offers visitors the chance to board historic “Old Ironsides” and step back through history. In addition to the museums, tours, and other doings, a variety of pubs and beer garden’s keep the harbor aglow with life in the evening as well.

Take in a Soccer Match

Boston is a great sports town but beyond the Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Pats, the Copa America Centenario is coming to the Patriot’s Gillette stadium in June. See Chile vs. Bolivia on June 10th or Brazil vs Peru on June 12th. A third match is scheduled ofr June 13th with the participants unknown pending the outcome of other matches. Boston meets the world’s biggest stars on the turf of one of its most famous and storied stadiums. Don’t miss a chance to watch the game as you’ve never seen it before. While there, tour the Patriot’s Hall of Fame or buy tickets for an upcoming concert, summer shows include: Coldplay, Guns and Roses, as well as Beyoncé.
The New England Aquarium

One of the largest and biggest tourist attractions in the city, the New England Aquarium is not only a renowned leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, it’s also one of the busiest aquariums in the United States. With dozens of exhibits featuring thousands of sea creatures from all over the world (sea lions, octopi, penguins, sharks, and more!) the aquarium provides guided and unguided tours daily as well as classes and special exhibits year round. Being conveniently located near the waterfront also means you’re never too far from great shopping, restaurants and nightlife as well.

You can find movie theater discounts as well as hotel discounts and more on Hotels Etc to make a Boston vacation even more affordable.