8 Super Sensible Tips To Travel More for Less This Year

Written by on February 15, 2016 in Economy with 2 Comments
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By Tiffany Aliche | U.S. News

Have you ever wondered how your friend can afford to be a globe-trotter? One month you see photos of her in front of the Taj Mahal and the next she’s posing at the Eiffel Tower. Four years ago, I decided to make traveling a priority. Since then I've been to over 25 countries. Trust me, rolling in money isn’t a prerequisite for either of those memorable photos. Here’s how to satisfy your wanderlust without going broke this year.

1. Keep your travel days flexible.

According to FareCompare, the cheapest days to purchase airfare are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Flexibility with your departure and return date can save you hundreds. If your job doesn’t allow you to be flexible, the second best thing you can do is shop for flights when prices are most affordable. FareCompare suggests Tuesday at 3 p.m. is the best time to look for a deal.

2. Subscribe for airfare alerts.

The good people at sites such as Airfarewatchdog, The Flight Deal and Fare Deal Alert are always on the hunt for flight specials and price glitches to share with consumers. Some flight deals they find are short notice and perfect for an impromptu trip. Other deals are far enough in advance to give you a decent amount of time to plan. Fares sell out quickly, and you’ll miss out if you don’t act fast. Subscribe to each mailing list, or set up Twitter notifications to get an alert when they share a deal.

3. Embrace the layover.

Flights with layovers are inconvenient, which is partly why they cost less money. There are two ways you can use a layover to your advantage. Choose a flight that has a long layover at a place you want to visit to turn a pit stop into another quick trip.

You can also choose flights with a layover at your destination. It may be cheaper than taking a regular flight to the same location. The site SkipLagged can help you compare flights with layovers where you need to go. If you do choose to get off during a layover, make sure to carry your luggage onto the flight. Otherwise, your bag will stay on the trip and end up at the flight’s final destination.

4. Travel as a guest. 

Aside from airfare, accommodations can make a trip pricey. Use hotel alternatives like Airbnb or search for hostels. Sleeping in a bunk bed with strangers may be out of your comfort zone, but some hostels offer single rooms. You can also travel to locations where you have family or friends, and grab a spot on their couch. If you’re up for an adventure, you can even use a site like Couchsurfing to find a local to stay with for free.

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  1. 1253081168050849@facebook.com' Cory Heimark says:

    #1 tip. Learn to astral travel, from the comfort of your couch, without spending a dime.

  2. 10208662835593555@facebook.com' L Giulio Masini says:

    There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.

    The first is the most important.

    1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

    2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

    3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
    .

    4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

    5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

    6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

    7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

    8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

    Now, think …

    Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?

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