Budget Travel

Budget Travel

Ian Fitzpatrick riding a bicycle around Mackinac Island. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“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 trip 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.

Travel wisely and travel well. A little is sufficient for a good trip. These days a lot of budget travel packages are available. So anyone can have a great holiday at less price – a budget trip is indeed a reality now.

  • 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 are not from a stock site. It would be great if going on vacation was easy to do – get a cheap flight, no flight delays, no lumpy mattress in your hotel, etc. However, most people understand that perfect trips are far and few between. Travel plans are thwarted due to political unrest or weather. Or, it could be the result of an unscrupulous scam. For instance, there are numerous fraudulent TripAdvisor reviews that are designed to entice you to eat somewhere that’s less than ideal. Or, it could be a hacker getting into your frequent flyer account and stealing [...]

  • 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 for an array of things such as decorating skills, carpentry works, website expertise, social media marketing, etc., enticing prospective guests to make offers. One potential exchange is a Bulgarian eco-retreat, where a person with woodworking skills is sought in the hopes of creating a reiki room in the garden. A company in Sri Lanka is looking for a person who can do search engine optimization, and a guesthouse in Torquay needs a decorator and painter. Skills are not the only currency in this bartering act. A Turin B&B is searching for children’s books that are still in good condition. A [...]

  • 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 with only 770 of them being legally licensed to provide short-term rentals. Rentals in frequented resort areas in Hawaii – Turtle Bay, Waikiki and Ko Olina – are not subjected to the new law. The bill was implemented to change the neighborhood layout. Lawmakers wrote that the residents were quite vocal about their concerns of unhosted temporary vacation units, especially when there are multiple of them in one neighborhood. The key behind the bill isn’t meant to penalize people who stay in these types of B&Bs but fining those owners in Hawaii who advertise their units for rent. Digital stings [...]

  • 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 you don’t know the language of the country you are vacationing. With the invention of smartphones also came the development of apps that can help you travel to and around the country you are visiting. What are some of the best smartphone travel apps you need to download to your smartphone before you get on a plane or cruise? Passport Photo Maker – Before you leave a country, you must have a passport. There are certain picture requirements, and this app is the best way to get a DMV or post-office-like picture. It will take ID-regulated pictures, which means you’ll [...]

  • 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 can affect your trip to be a bit more pricey than any other unpopular place that you could go to. To make sure that you will be able to enjoy all the sides South Africa has to offer, from culture, history, wildlife, and amazing views. Before considering saving money, you need to set your budget and make sure to always stick to it. We have collected right here the top four tips you need to consider if you want to cut down your cost when you are visiting South Africa. 1.   Pick the right time Traveling during hot seasons like [...]

  • 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 Bottles SetSave yourself from having your liquids confiscated by the TSA. This attractive set of bottles is leak proof and they come in a colored set (Pink, White, Blue) so that you can color-code your items. TSA Approved Travel Combination Luggage LocksThese small locks can be used on a number of items (i.e. backpack, locker, suitcase). They are 100% TSA approved and the three digit combination lock that you can set provides extra security. Comes in a set of 4. Leather Passport Holder and RFID Blocking Travel WalletProtect your personal information and safely carry your passport and credit cards with [...]

  • 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.  We'll also talk about the state of Goa--the popular resort that you may not have heard of. Actress Stefanie Powers, best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the television series "Hart to Hart", leads a double life, one in front of the camera or on stage and the other as a champion for animal preservation and protection.  She started both interests at an early age.  When she was 15 years old she took to the stage but her love and protection of animals started with a rat named Petey much earlier.   Stefanie helped create the William Holden Wildlife [...]

  • 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.

  • Dubbed "Little Paris" by many affectionate citizens and tourists, Bucharest's stunning beauty and rich history make it a popular spot for leisure travelers and history lovers.

  • When looking for a relatively cheap, active holiday, many travelers tend to overlook Belgium. However, one of its three federal regions, Wallonia, might hit all the buttons for a family holiday.