Just because you don’t have tons of extra cash, doesn’t mean that you can’t travel. There are so many companies out there that make it so easy for you to travel on a budget. And don’t even get me started on all of the reasons that you should be taking a little time off to enjoy yourself. From increased productivity levels to lower stress levels; I told you not to get me started. So now that we’ve established why you should travel, let’s talk about how to do this when funds are limited.
There are so many apps that are making traveling so unbelievably easy and affordable. First and foremost of all travel plans, booking flights. Kayak is my favorite app for this. They compile all airlines (except Southwest) and tell you what is going to be the cheapest route and on what days. They tell you how confident they are that prices will stay the same so that way you know that you should either wait a little bit longer for prices to go down or purchase now before prices go up. How helpful is that? If you look long and hard enough, you will be able to find some great deals.
Next is finding a place to stay. Millennials have totally changed how and where people stay when they travel. I’d never even heard of hostels until some of my friends went to Europe and stayed in them. They are much cheaper than hotels and some of them are really nice. And some have dorm (multiple people per room) or private room prices, depending on what you’re comfortable with. Private rooms are obviously more expensive, but they are cheaper than hotel rooms. Hostelworld also has ratings, descriptions, and a list of all the amenities they offer. Some have food, some have a place to do laundry, etc. Airbnb is great option if you are traveling with a group. It normally means staying in someone’s house, but this also means that you are given more of a local feel when traveling. Just make sure that you factor in the cleaning fee because that can get pricey depending on where you stay.
Getting around the city once you’re there is another thing you’ll have to think about when traveling. Cities with subways are obviously very convenient but this isn’t always the fastest or best option. Uber or Lyft make it so much cheaper than taking a taxi or renting a car to get around the city. Renting a car is expensive and can tie you down. You have to think about gas and parking and you don’t want to deal with either of those things. They are also expanding to other countries in Europe and South America. It’s easy to get one, it’s easy to pay, and they drop you off and pick you exactly where you want. This service isn’t just for when you’re drunk and in your own city.
Lastly, finding good food is important. You don’t travel around to eat McDonald’s everyday but it can be very difficult to know what places are good and what aren’t. Ness is a great app that uses an algorithm, like Pandora, to base its recommendation on. It uses data like your previous choices, budget, and type of cuisine you are looking for. There are many other food apps as well but I highly recommend using one because food is very important when you are traveling. You want to know a little bit about what you’re getting into before you get there and find out the cheapest thing on the menu is $30. That is not ideal for a traveler on a budget.
Comment and tell me what other apps you have found to be helpful when traveling!