“People don’t take trips. Trips take people.”               -John Steinbeck

Seeing the world on a shoestring, budget travel is as much a mindset as it is a way to plan your travels. From finding the best deals to low- or no-cost ways to explore the world both near and far, budget travel makes it possible for anyone to take an adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.  From backpacking, bicycling, camping, riding the rails to hitching a ride along the way, the way we think of budget travel is limited only by our imagination.


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Top Tips for Campervan Travel (AKA #Vanlife)

By Tara Tadlock

As country borders remain closed and travel restrictions show very few signs of lifting, many people are turning to domestic travel alternatives. Instead of flying to far-flung places, tourists are taking to campervan travel. While campervanning is nothing new to tourists in destinations like New Zealand or Australia, there has … Read more   Read more

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5 Tips To Enjoy A Spring Break Vacation Without Breaking The Budget

Many prospective travelers enduring the wintertime blues look forward to Spring Break to get away from the cold and snow. However, most people stay home because of the mistaken impression that spring break vacation costs too much to get away. Thankfully, this is a misconception. If you need to get … Read more   Read more

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5 Foreign Countries To Visit When You’re On A Budget

When it comes to overseas/foreign travel, you may think you need a lot of money. You don’t, but if you’re unsure of where you can go for cheap, you’ll be delighted to know that there are all kinds of places in the world that you can visit that will turn … Read more   Read more

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How To Thwart Airbnb Scammers

More and more people are turning to Airbnb homes to spend a vacation in. However, if you come across a vacation home listing that sounds too good to be true, you may want to do your homework. Carry out a reverse Google image search to ensure the listed home pictures … Read more   Read more

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Barter Your Skills For Free Accommodations

The second international Barter Week saw over 600 hotels and self-catering businesses around the world sign up for the event that will occur Nov. 18 to 24. The initiative encourages accommodation owners to provide free stays to guests who share their goods or skills. Hosts register their wish in exchange … Read more   Read more

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Hawaii Passes Law To Stem Number of AirBnBs

Hawaii recently passed one of the island’s most strictest vacation rental laws in over 40 years. A bill signed by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, aims at limiting the number of bed and breakfast rentals to 1,715. The Honolulu City Council suspects there are close to 10,000 vacation rentals on Oahu … Read more   Read more

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How to Travel the World by House Sitting

By Ali Jennings

Accommodations form the bulk of most travelers’ budgets, and with the general cost of everything increasing, it can be difficult to find somewhere for a decent price, especially if you’re traveling to a country that has a strong economy. What if I told you there was a way of traveling … Read more   Read more

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5 Must-Have Travel Apps To Make Overseas Vacationing A Little Easier

Organization is key if you’re going on vacation, and it’s extremely important if you’re going to travel overseas. Preplanning is a must if you want to have a good time while traveling. You need to have all your passport information in hand and carry a translator of some type if … Read more   Read more

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4 Money-Saving Tips When Travelling to South Africa

Traveling to new places can be expensive, especially if it’s a new place that you have never visited before. Being able to hustle and save money doesn’t have to affect your new and exciting experience. Since South Africa has a lot to offer, it became a tourist attraction hotspot. This … Read more   Read more

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8 Great Travel Accessories under $15

It’s a New Year with new travel opportunities so before you start packing for your next trip take a look at these budget-friendly travel essentials we’ve found. Each of these travel accessories—all $15 or less—can save you time, money and help make your travel more comfortable. Portable Soft Silicone Travel … Read more   Read more

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Visiting Hong Kong on a budget

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Hong Kong is a world famous travel destination that caters mostly to urban adventurers. Although a holiday in Hong Kong can be costly, there are a few inexpensive options you can enjoy without breaking the bank. Hong Kong is an important economic and transportation hub in East Asia and because … Read more   Read more

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Goa, actress Stefanie Powers, Friendly Planet Travel

National Geographic International (now FOX) producer, Dawn Drew, has been to India more than 100 times and she recently spent three months filming around the country.  Dawn says that each visit to India offers something new and that travelers should go beyond the iconic attractions for an authentic travel experience.  … Read more   Read more

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Exploring Brazil without breaking the bank

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Brazil has always been a hot tourist destination.  However, since hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics Games, Brazil has also become the hottest ticket in town.  This means that everything from your airline ticket, hotel, meals and activities can cost more.  But, there is an affordable Brazil and … Read more   Read more

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Wayward and Vagabondish travelers, a Dogs Vacay

Wayward and hair-raising travel experiences with a true Vagabond and we’ll look at a new travel service that has gone to the dogs.   Read more

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10 Free Things to do in New Orleans

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Though one never needs an excuse to travel to New Orleans and there is always something to do and see, festivities combined with local attractions can get costly quick. Happily, there are a number of ways to experience the culture and energy of this great city without spending a dime. There … Read more   Read more

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