Tips for smart jet-setting

November 3, 2010 at 4:47 AM | Posted in Globetrotter | 1 Comment

Travel takes some brainpower. From finding flights, to booking hostels and hotels, to finding out less-touristy locales, sometimes is a job in itself. I want to share some of the tricks I have come across in my travel planning.

1. Bargain shop around for flights
Flight prices go up and down. Use sites that search multiple fares for you such as SideStep and Kayak. Check at different times of the day. A flight may be cheaper at three in the morning versus noon. Also if you are a student or “youth” you may be eligible for even deeper discounts on flights, buses and trains at home and abroad. is a great resource for student flying. Flights to London can go as low as $400-$500.

2. Hostels are just as good as a hotels
I’ve my fair share of hosteling and can definitely say some hostels are better than others and some are way better than hotels. I stayed in hostel in Milan that would have put the dungeon in “Saw” to shame but I also stayed in a hostel in Florence that might as well had been a luxury villa! And for a fraction of the price of one. Pick and choose on your hostel search. Read the reviews, look at the pictures and see what looks most comfortable. Some women may be comfortable in all-female hostels, make sure you read all the information thoroughly. Take everything into consideration. Look for opportunities to save money on other endeavors of your travels, such as the option of getting a free or cheap breakfast at the hostel, internet access, proximity to public transportation and city sights. E-mail the hostel with any questions you have before purchasing for further clarification. Keep in mind that cheap hotels do exist as well. A hotel room in Prague can cost just as little as a hostel. Hostelworld and Hostelbookers are a good start.



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  1. Thanks a lot for this lovely post! I have bookmarked this page so I�ll definitely be coming back because unfortunately this time I didn�t get to stay that long. See you again soon. Happy Posting 🙂

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