Most people love traveling, but don’t have a lot of opportunities for it. When you add the costs of transport, accommodation, food and sites it comes up quite a sum. But it doesn’t have to be this way! I travelled to Oslo for a weekend and spent $40 IN TOTAL! How? Let me show you...
Also be on the lookout for cheap out-of-season fares. Sometimes a return ticket can cost less than $20.
If you’re booking a plane ticket make sure to ERASE THE COOKIES on your computer before actually buying them. More often than not, a web page of an airline will automatically increase the price of the flight according to the number of times you visited the page. This is a method they use to make people think that the price is on the rise, so they would buy the tickets immediately. I tried this myself, and it turned out that when I erased my cookies the price instantly dropped $60.
Hitchhiking is tiring and can be frustrating, but it’s also a good way of getting to know new people and having new experiences. If you are scared to go hitchhiking, here’s my method of staying safe: once a car stops to pick me up, I make a point of conspicuously looking at the license plate of the car and, when in the car, I pretend to send a message to “my father so that he’ll know I’m safe” (or you could actually do that). You can also start complaining about how “your dad is so annoying and makes you contact him every hour! OMG how lame!” This way any potential problem maker will definitely think twice before doing anything.
Taking food with you
In my opinion, going somewhere isn’t about seeing all the sites and going home.
Couchsurfing and other such sites
This is a great way of cutting your costs. The basic idea is: someone has a couch and is willing to share it, and someone else needs to crash on a couch. I have been a host and a surfer via Couchsurfing and it has served me greatly! You get free accommodation, you get to meet new people, share experiences and stories and have a great time! It is also quite safe because you can choose who you want to host/surf and everyone has recommendations and acquaintances on their profile. So, if a person has a positive recommendation from 10 people, and those 10 people each have 5-50 recommendations on their profile, you can count on it that the person isn’t some crazy killer/lunatic J. If you want to be extra careful you can only host people whose identity has been verified.
But remember, it’s not just about a free place to stay. It’s about sharing experiences and making friends!