More Travel - Less Money

Dec 14th, 2000, 12:04 PM
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More Travel - Less Money

Like most of the people on this site I would like to travel much more than I do, but it's not cheap. What ways have people found to travel free or at greatly reduced cost and what are the drawbacks? For example, being a courier is an option, but it has it's disadvantages. Who has tried it and how did it work out? What other things have people tried to save money on travel. I would love to travel six to eight weeks a year but can't afford the high airfares, hotels, etc.
Dec 15th, 2000, 01:04 PM
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We only travel once a year but here are my two suggestions: Internet deals and travel off season.

I am on the internet mailing list for several major airlines and I continually see great deals. We're now planning a trip to Norway and will pay $250.00 per ticket for roundtrip travel. That was through a deal from Icelandair.

We will be going in March which brings up my second tip. We tend to travel in the off season and so the number of discounted fares and the number of hotels offering lower rates is much higher. Plus we avoid the crowds!

The weather may not be ideal but we live in Minnesota where we often do not have ideal weather. Heck, Norway in March will probably seem like spring to us. Our low temps this week have all been below zero. The highs haven't been above 10!

Good luck and safe travels!
Dec 15th, 2000, 03:31 PM
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Stay at youth hostels. I've never paid more than $25/night for a hostel and most are much cheaper, the most expensive one in Italy, for example, was in Florence for $13 including coffee and bread for breakfast.

Also, eat most of your food from grocery stores. It's usually better for you and lots of fun to pick through cheese, bread, sausage - ymmmm.
Dec 16th, 2000, 04:37 AM
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We have managed two trips a year to Europe by traveling off season. We also have compiled a list of budget hotels and tips, which faciliates planning when there is a last-minute deal (E-Savers, SmartTravel, Best Fares etc...). I also try to buy The New York Times on some Sundays as it contains dozens of great deals from consolidators. Also, register with airlines at their websites.
Dec 16th, 2000, 08:28 AM
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USE HOSTELS (no longer an option for youth ... now they are frequented by all ages, moreso pensioners) ...:
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