Written by Zoe Stephens
It has never been easier to travel far and wide than in our current technology era. Today’s technology allows us to search and book flights, accommodation, trips etc. at our fingertips pretty much anywhere and everywhere. With just a bit of research and patience, it has never been easier to find the best deal available.
Queue the rise of the budget traveler!
With the availability of cheap travels, more people are traveling now than ever before. To the travel novice, seeing all your mates go on vacation and wondering how on earth they afford it isn’t uncommon.
No matter what destination, type of holiday, or kind of experience, the internet is a priceless tool when it comes to booking holidays. However, with thousands of companies getting on the budget travel bandwagon, the internet can be a web of confusion to know where to look and make sure you’re getting the best deal. Hours can be spent slaving away only for prices to go up instead of down before you have to give up, make a cup of tea, and resign to watching Netflix instead of that weekend getaway.
But alas, help is at hand! Turn that kettle off, open up these 5 sites, and you’ll be escaping grey skies and sunning yourself on the beach in no time.
This is by far one of the best travel websites for sourcing travel deals. It uses intuitive meta-search engines to find the best deals on flights, hotels, and rental cars. It’s similar to its buddies Skyscanner and Kayak, where you can also set up travel alerts to make sure you’re the first one to know when prices change.
Its clear and user-friendly interface won’t have you shouting at the computer screen all afternoon but instead have you booked on the next flight out. You can’t book directly from the website, but you can rest assured that you can book with confidence through any of the links you’re sent to.
This is a great website not conventionally acknowledged in many travel website articles. It may not be of great help buying flights, looking for accommodation, or planning trips – but it definitely isn’t one to be ignored!
Combining work and play, this website allows you to travel the world whilst “working” as you go. I say “working”, because more often than not, the pay isn’t in money, but instead comes in the form of free food, accommodation, and great company and cultural experiences. Stay on farms and look after animals, help restore buildings in small villages, help out with the cooking in a restaurant in the middle of the city… The list of things you can do is literally endless. As is the list of places you can go with them!
Apart from traveling, Workaway also offers you the chance to learn about new cultures, gain new skills, learn languages, and meet some incredible people on your way. It’s perfect for the solo traveler, but also has a feature for couples traveling.
TripAdvisor really has it all. Mainly used by travelers to search for and view trips and activities in various locations around the world, it can also be used to find accommodation, flights, and restaurants. Its travel guides are practical and easy to use, with pretty much every city in the world having its own ‘Top 10 Activities to do’ page, complete with reviews from fellow TripAdvisor users. This makes it a really useful tool when you arrive in a new city and have no idea what to do!
It’s also a popular tool to help you find a great place to eat during your trip. Each restaurant description comes with reviews and star ratings from people who have been there, so you always know what to expect. Sometimes the reviews can be much more useful than the description since they’re often super detailed and well written.
Although it may not be the best site for the latest deals, you can also book your hotels and flights here.
There’s no tool more complete out there than this one!
There are probably few travelers out there who haven’t heard of AirBnB. Still a fairly new company and way of traveling, it caters to both those looking for budget and luxury travel. In case you haven’t come across it before, it combines private accommodation and hotels, cultural exchange and privacy. Its listings are not explicitly hotels but are simply spaces “rented” out by the owners of that particular space. This can include anything between penthouse suites in the middle of Manhatten, to a treehouse in downtown Puerto Princesa.
The choice here is sometimes overwhelming, with over 1.5 million listings in 34,000 cities in 190 countries. However, the website is super user-friendly and lets you search according to what’s important to you, i.e. star rating, price etc. You can also view the listings on a handy map, as well as create “trips” to compare, keep track of, and book your accommodation – particularly useful for long trips in multiple destinations!
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Young Pioneer Tours
Budget travel doesn’t usually go hand in hand with more exotic and unusual destinations. That’s where YPT come in! They offer budget travel to “destinations your mother would rather you stay away from”, including North Korea, Somaliland, Chernobyl, and even the world’s least visited country – Nauru! They have a wide range of budget tours making visiting some of the least visited parts of the world very possible!