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    Tips For Cheap Travel

    I want to know what are some tips and advice that you follow to make traveling around the USA cheaper and more affordable? I live in Georgia and I have heard of a service called Megabus that makes traveling to florida and certain other locations really cheap.

    I also like to stay in hostels whenever I can. I'm really interested in any other tips people can give related to travel, food, and anything else to make trips cheaper.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    I suggest bringing your owned packed food like sandwiches or homemade cookies/cupcakes to save yourself quite a bit of money in not buying overpriced food.

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    Ways To Travel For Less

    Camping in the National Parks. The United States has some excellent campgrounds, especially in the North and West (not so much in the South). There are usually excellent facilities, and many of them are free.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    I have heard of this service as well where they only charge a dollar to travel many locations in the US which seems a bit ridiculously low but I guess they are trying to take business away from the bigger names like Greyhound. It would probably would be a good idea to take advantage of this deal while it lasts because I can't image it lasting forever.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    I always travel with food; non-perishables like healthy granola bars are a good way to skip paying for a breakfast if you pair it with a coffee or tea(which most places offer free). Or find a place that offers breakfast. Then you really only have to pay for 1 big meal or two small ones the rest of the day. I find that food spending is where most of the money goes when traveling.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    A lot expenses can be taken care of with adequate planning before hand:
    - choosing to go in the off-season
    - picking weekdays versus Friday and the weekend
    - picking a place that provides breakfast and is located off the stretch
    - picking a place that provides a small fridge and/or a microwave
    - if you want to eat out look up nearby locations with large servings which allow you to take stuff with you
    - etc.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    Definitely finding a place to stay with at least a fridge, and preferably more helps me save money while I'm travelling. And depending on the destination, sometimes weekends can be cheaper than weekdays. In particular cities that have lots of business travellers tend to have cheaper weekend rates, especially in the off-season.

    And before paying extra for a place with free breakfast, really consider if you're getting good value. Sometimes it's stale packaged baked goods and terrible coffee, and other places have full buffet breakfast. Reviews of the hotel generally have the most up-to-date information on that.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    Sure sarakg, but the weekday thing generally applies to both renting cars as well as renting hotels or purchasing tickets (whether for bus or plane). As far as breakfast goes I've found that really good deals tend to include large rooms, a fridge, microwave, iron board, and continental breakfast - the thing is you need to rent for a couple of days and it has to be off the strip.

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    How To Save Money While Travelling

    Over the years I have met a lot of people who have worked there way around the world. It's not for everyone but it lets you really get to know a community. If you are willing to take low paying jobs you will always have enough cash to get by.

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    Suggestions To Save Money While Travelling

    My advice would be for you to travel via bus or train instead of flying out. Its much cheaper that way. You can try the grey hound. If you want to visit a state near where you live, you can just hop on a local bus and it will cost less than thirty dollars so that's a good thing. The grey hound is always a great option. Another way to travel cheap is to go on promotions. If you're going to Vegas, they have all sorts of promotion online that you can take advantage of and you will get lots of freebies and discounts like discounts on rooms, free buffets, free shows, just for staying with their casinos so look into that. You can also use reward cards or club cards to get more discounts. When you're in Vegas, you get a lot of discounts just for using your casino club cards. You get around five bucks off at the buffet and then shows tickets too. I would sign up for it. You should also choose to travel off season because the airplane tickets cost less that way. You should also try to stay at less expensive hotels like stay in downtown Las Vegas instead of the strip where rooms are thirty bucks a night instead of two hundred dollars on the strip. You should also choose family plan to get discounts too. If you're in the military, you would get a discount too. Always look for promotions and sales on travel deals cause there are those discounts.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    I agree with bringing your own food and drinks. Try using Hotwire. It's a great site where you can get hotels for lower than normal. Drive instead of flying. Take a cooler to store your food in just in case there isn't a fridge available. If you need more room than a hotel then you could try VRBO. It is a website where you can rent homes directly from the owners.

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    It generally tends to be cheaper if you stay on the "outskirts" instead of right in a down town area. Also our requirements for a hotel room is that they must have a fridge and hopefully a microwave! We always plan a couple of really nice meals out in local restaurants, but when you are away from home for days it is just not feasible to eat every meal out, so we always take food with us and always find a grocery store in the area we are visiting. Another thing to keep in mind is that hotel rates are usually more expensive on the weekend. We always try to plan our vacations in the typical "off season". We often travel south to Tybee Island in October. It is considered the off season, there aren't as many "tourists" but the weather is still perfect to enjoy the beach!

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    Megabus is great. The one dollar fares are rare they only offer a few of them on certain buses, so don't expect to get one, but their normal rates are generally about $15-$30 so they're still super cheap. Plus a lot of their buses are double deckers which seems to excite a lot of Americans since we don't see them very often. I live in Boston and have taken megabus to New York before. It's certainly not the fastest way, but it's generally the cheapest. Another good tip is not only finding a hotel or hostel that serves breakfast, but loading up on the breakfast in the morning. When I travel I often just take advantage of the free breakfast in the morning, and then I don't eat agin until dinner time, so I'm only paying for one meal a day. PB and J or other sandwich ingredients are also a good idea to bring or buy at a local grocery store. Sandwiches are cheap and quick and get the job done.

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    If you need a place to stay while traveling Google WWOOF camps. There are thousands located all over the world. It's essentially an Organic farm that you can work part time at in exchange for a room and food. It's not a bad idea at all for a traveler on a budget, it would cut hotel/hostel expenses into nothing, as well as food when you weren't on the road. Couch surfing is another great traveler website to familiar yourself with.

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    I agree with bringing food. With collapsible coolers you can bring a cooler even if you are flying. The other big expense is housing. If you are traveling with one or two people try couchsurfing.com. This is a website that offers free housing for a few nights at any given location. I have used this many times and had great experiences with it. The other way I save on accommodations is through home exchanges. This is where we stay in someone else's home for free and they come and stay in ours. If we are not driving we often exchange vehicles too. This saves on car rentals as well. Then because we are in someone else's home our food costs are about what we spend at home. This allows us to make additional trips that we otherwise would not be able to afford.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    This might be an obvious one but if you are flying, don't check bags! Pack light and save the $25 as well as a load off your back.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    The best advice I would have would be try to stay more in the country versus the major cities. Some major cities like San Jose, or LA, the major cities can be quite expensive to stay it, so I would recommend stay more in the country. There are some cheap bus services, however, which one is the best, really depends on where you are staying and doing.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    I use Groupon in my hometown, and sometimes forget that you can get Groupons for other cities too! Just google Groupon and the city name to get deals on hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    When I travel, I usually plan it in advance. If I only have few days vacation and I am planning to go to other state, then I prefer to use a plane than a car. I know it is more expensive, So I usually purchase my plane ticket ahead of time, I even look for the sale fare. I also don't stay in a five star hotel. Three star hotel is good enough for me. I didn't go there to enjoy the hotel but to explore and enjoy the place. Most of the time I'm out so it is not practical to stay in an expensive hotel.

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    Re: Tips For Cheap Travel

    Traveling always has to be decent with the pricing and also if we see tours new york to niagara falls should work always because that is the most appropriate part of it.

 

 

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