What are the best resources for low-cost traveling?

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    #1Hotwire

    Hotwire

    Hotwire is a site that offers travel deals of unsold inventory at big savings, as well as planning tools and tips for a smooth trip. Both available as an app for Android and iOS devices, it also provides hotel and car services. 

    Websites

    Free

    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "find available flight's, room's and car's for your date and location at the best price available. the mobile app finds cheap travel and last minute deals."
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    #2Couchsurfing

    Couchsurfing
    Couchsurfing is a hospitality service and social networking website. The website provides a platform for members to stay as a guest at someone's home, host travelers, meet other members, or join events.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Jeremy Weber
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "Well, this certainly does offer up a solution to the problem of "resources for low-cost traveling." However, for safety reasons, I don't think it's something I would personally partake in. I did read their "Safety Basics" page and I found it to be a little lacking. Although they do state that they take the users' safety seriously, they also pretty much say that the safety of the user is the user's responsibility."
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    #3Kayak Flights

    Kayak Flights

    KAYAK is a multi-platform travel website and app through which you can search hundreds of other travel sites. It is a tool that lets you book the perfect flight, hotel or rental car and save money with mobile-only rates and Private Deals.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Ismael Calderón
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "I use Kayak since many years to check the price of flights when I need to book one, and I'm happy they finally released also an app for Android. It works great, and it allows me to check the price of a flight in just few clicks, I recommend it to everyone!"

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    #4Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet
    Lonely Planet allows you to plan and book your perfect trip, search for deals, find expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration 
    Websites

    Free

    Olivia Ellis
    Written on May 24, 2017
    "This site lets you search all the aspects of traveling. I can go to one spot and find all the different rates on several destinations, and pick one that fits my budget. I love the advice articles as well. "
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    #5TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor is a travel and restaurant website which allows you to book hotels, restaurants or even flights. You can even read the opinions of other users to know more about the place you want to visit. 

    Websites

    Free

    Jason Harrison
    Written on May 21, 2017
    "For any trip I take, I always check TripAdvisor first - this site has it all, from helpful travel tips to best activities to discussions to low-cost options. I love that I can research the top places and sites, sort by distance or rating, and even book at the lowest cost right through TripAdvisor. This site and the app are invaluable travel tools that just keep getting better."
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    #6HotelTonight

    HotelTonight

    HotelTonight is a free to use website and app that lets you book hotel rooms on the same day and at attractive rates. This app also features in-app concierge powered by real people.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Charles Reynolds
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "I was in Dallas and my flight was canceled last minute. I was afraid I was going to have to stay at the horrible looking hotel next to the airport, but because of HotelTonight I got a room at a super upscale hotel and got to pamper myself instead. Made the whole thing not so bad."
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    #7Here's the simple rule you need to know when using a foreign ATM

    Here's the simple rule you need to know when using a foreign ATM
    This article by TransferWise explains why you shouldn't let an ATM do conversions for you, and why you should always choose to be charged in the local currency if you want to avoid being charged with unnecessary bank fees.
    Websites

    Free

    Frances Williams
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "When I was traveling, I needed to know about some ideas about low cost traveling. I was on a budget and knowing some of of the tools of the trade on travel really helps. I found this article about using foreign ATMs. The information helped, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for. "
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    #8Wikitravel

    Wikitravel
    Wikitravel is a free, crowdsourced, up-to-date, complete and reliable world-wide travel guide.
    Websites

    Free

    Tyler McDonald
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I have always wanted to visit Japan but not in a way a normal tourist would. I want to stay for at least three months and visit multiple of cities and prefectures. This Wikitravel site is perfect. The issue I have is that I could not afford a stay that long but this Wikitravel site showed me places I could visit for free as well as getting discounts on certain areas. It also showed me some palaces to get a room cheap something that was an issue for me before finding this site. I would love to recommend this to others as well that are looking to travel but are having issues planning for hotels or other accommodations."
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    #9Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple Tips

    Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple Tips
    With bank fees rising every year and exchange rates seemingly in constant flux, what’s the best way to change your money?This article by Fodor's Travel gives you ten simple rules for exchanging your money abroad.
    Articles

    Free

    Rebecca Roberts
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This site gives you many pointers on how to use and exchange cash and credit cards overseas so that you spend the least on fees, which can be exorbitant. It also gives you the skinny on exchange rates and how to avoid getting taken. The overall site is the well-known (from travel books) Fodor's. It has extensive information for all your travel needs but the outside advertising on the site was annoying and intrusive in that it exhibited some seizure-inducing flashing and made the page jump around as I tried to scroll. I have to take off points for that."
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    #10That Backpacker

    That Backpacker
    That Backpacker is a blog by Audrey Bergner that focuses on helping you travel in a way that suits your budget and lifestyle. Explore it for inspiration and tips for your own adventures.
    Websites

    Free

    Betty Moore
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "This great solution to the problem is well worthy of reading. Backpacking is the cheapest cost of travelling that there is and this blog presents both travel tips and ideas of destinations to be explored."
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    #11[TUTORIAL] How to Avoid International ATM Fees While Traveling Abroad

    [TUTORIAL] How to Avoid International ATM Fees While Traveling Abroad
    This video by Pause the Moment shows you a method you can use to avoid paying outrageous ATM fees both domestically and while traveling internationally. 
    Videos

    Free

    Amit Trivedi
    Written on May 11, 2017
    "I travel frequently for my job. I am always looking for way to keep my costs down while on the road. I watched a video called How to Avoid International ATM Fees While Traveling Abroad. The author had a few neat ways to not have to pay the ridiculous fees they charge overseas to with draw money. I found yet another way to save thanks to the video."
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    #12AuPair World

    AuPair World
    AuPair World is a website where you can register for free and find your au pair or host family simply, safely and directly. As an au pair, you'll get free accommodation and additional payment.
    Websites

    Free

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    #13HouseCarers

    HouseCarers
    HouseCarers is a worldwide house sitter and pet sitter directory that allows you to travel rent-free and lets pets stay at home without stress. Based in Australia, this site was established since 2000.
    Websites

    Free

    Isidro Martínez
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "I placed and ad for a house sitter to look after our home and our two Maltese dogs, one of which isn't in the best of health. Within 24 hours I received two requests and one lady we have agreed up. After a long conversation by phone, we know that she is ideally suited to our family needs and very excited that we have peace of mind when away. I was a little reluctant to use an on line service but being able to look at references and speak to the proposed house sitter was wonderful. What a user friendly site. "
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    #14Understanding & How To Avoid Bank Fees While Traveling

    Understanding & How To Avoid Bank Fees While Traveling

    This video by Marcello Arrambide of Wandering Trader explains which banks you should use and which banks to avoid, as well as when to exchange money, which credit cards to use and more to avoid paying bank fees abroad.

    Videos

    Free

    Vishal Verma
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "I don't know what type of trading the person who produced this useful video on avoiding bank fees while traveling does, but he does seem to have his facts straight. Young and hip, and not too annoying just to get eyeballs to click, I got some good information and tips from watching this relatively short video. It's a good, quick solution to learn how to reduce my cost of travelling. "
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    #15YMT Vacations

    YMT Vacations
    YMT Vacations gives you a free vacation if you enlist 12 people to travel with them and act as trip leader. If eight of those travelers book their flights through YMT, they also cover your airfare.
    Websites

    Free

    Gerald Spencer
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "This website is helpful for some people, but not necessarily what I was looking for. If you have a group of people, this might be a good solution, but there is a sort of requirement as to how many people you have to have before they start really giving you any sort of deal. So for myself it was not that useful, as I was looking for more of a smaller family vacation, but if you maybe get two families together it could be good."
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    #16Diverbo

    Diverbo
    Diverbo is a program for all native English-speakers or native Spanish-speakers who want to spend a week abroad enjoying culture, conversation, and connecting with people. You'll earn a free week with full board at one of their English-speaking or Spanish-speaking villages in exchange for your English or Spanish conversation. 
    Websites

    Free

    Joseph Reyes
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "Diverbo offers a great opportunity to experience other cultures. It was easy to get all the information I needed to make my decision for this program. The experience it self was fantastic and inexpensive. I highly recommend for cultural explorer and budget travelers. "
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    #17GetYourGuide

    GetYourGuide
    GetYourGuide helps people discover and experience the world by letting you book tours, activities, visits and more plans from all over the world. You'll be able to choose from an extensive collection of things to do, wherever you’re headed.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Matthew Boyd
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "This is a great site to help me find the most affordable tickets to places I have dreamed of going. The best part is that it offers so many suggestions that I haven't even thought of!"
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    #18Exchanging & withdrawing cash when travelling

    Exchanging & withdrawing cash when travelling

    Exchanging & withdrawing cash when travelling is the fifth episode in the Basics of backpacking series by PsychoTraveller. In this video, she explains the best ways to avoid getting hit by unnecessary bank fees as well as some useful tips.

    Videos

    Free

    Alfredo Téllez
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "Some days you're ready for a useful video on financial travelling tips from someone called "Psycho Traveller," and some days you aren't. I suppose you have to be a little out there to get "eyeballs" and make that cash on views. I almost punted not very far in, but darn it, I was getting some useful tips, so I kept on going. You probably will as well."
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    #19Sonia's Travels

    Sonia's Travels
    Sonia's Travels is a YouTube channel that shows you the little nooks and corners that make trips special. And because every traveler needs to be prepared, Sonia also gives tips and tricks about everything you need when traveling: packing, apps, tipping, chargers, language, and more.
    Videos

    Free

    Julia Castañeda
    Written on June 8, 2017
    "This is a great site to learn cool tips when traveling, as well as checking out places to visit. Sonia is funny as well as informative. I really enjoyed watching her videos! She doesn't focus specifically on low-cost traveling, but you can pick up some tips anyway."
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    #20Google Flights

    Google Flights

    Google Flights is an airfare search engine that offers a variety of features aiming to help users find affordable tickets. It also allows its users to look for flights with flexible dates. 

    Websites

    Free

    Julie Wells
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "The Google Flights website is a good concept and a useful tool, but it doesn't cover all the airlines out there. For instance, it doesn't list prices for Southwest or JetBlue. I usually only fly through Southwest, and find it to be a more affordable and better value flight, especially if I'm taking along checked luggage. One thing I find very useful is that it shows you flight prices day-by-day, and from month-to-month, up to a certain point. You can see flight price trends, and can see what days are cheaper than others. Just keep in mind, there are other travel tools out there to help you get a better deal. This should just be one of them."
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    #21BootsnAll

    BootsnAll
    BootsnAll has travel articles, RTW and destination guides, e-courses on taking a gap year and traveling around the world, a traveler community, and and easy-to-use DIY route-planner.
    Websites

    Free

    Joshua Watkins
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "BootsnAll is a fantastic online resource aimed at providing a lot of useful information and guides on vacation planning. By utilizing the on-site travel planner, anybody can figure out their routes and find affordable ways to enjoy the vacation they want to experience. I really find this site useful with its vast amount of available information."
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    #22[TUTORIAL] How to avoid paying bank fees while traveling

    [TUTORIAL] How to avoid paying bank fees while traveling
    This article by Nomadic Matt gives you some pretty great tips for sidesteping bank fees while traveling, from what banks to use for withdrawing cash, to which ATMs to avoid and more.
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    Tiffany Burke
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "There was a week where I needed to get a away and decided that maybe traveling overseas to Japan would be my best bet. Sure, that is drastic and a little spur of the moment but I got a great deal on a flight and needed the time away. I thought that since I didn't have a ton of money, I would find the best ways to have low cost traveling to Japan, and found a lot of great articles on traveling for cheap. The article about avoiding bank fees was a good refresher ATMs in other countries and avoiding fees."
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    #23Skyscanner

    Skyscanner

    Skyscanner is an all-in-one booking application. It lets users easily find and compare the cheapest days and months to fly with their color-coded calendar and chart view. It also runs on Windows.

    Websites

    Free

    Samuel Harper
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "Want to find best resources for low-cost traveling? Look no further Skyscanner the app is your solution."
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    #24Hotelscombined.com

    Hotelscombined.com

    HotelsCombined is a website that allows you to compare hotel rates from more than 800,000 hotels all over the world. Plus, it's in more than 40+ languages so you can browse easily, no matter what you speak.

    Websites

    Free

    Anna Foster
    Written on January 23, 2018
    "Hotel price comparison site. Says it covers all the hotels in the world. Worth checking out!"
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    #25Momondo

    Momondo

    Momondo is an all-in-one travel application that lets you find, compare, and book flights anywhere in the world at its best possible price. This application is your personal travel assistant, and also covers your hotel needs. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

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    #26Bidtotrip

    Bidtotrip

    bidtotrip.com is the first website that offers auctions for rooms of the best castles and luxury hotels, discounted up to 95%.

    Websites

    Hao Duan
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "Bidtotrip is a sub standard to other sites that do the exact same thing only better. Bidtotrip does not have the major companies and resources of the better know travel sites and is simply trying to get their piece of the pie in the travel market. Save your time and use one of the well known sites."
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    #27Travelocity

    Travelocity

    Travelocity is a travel website where you can find travel deals, from flights and lodging to all-inclusive packages. It is also available on iOS and Android devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Zachary Mills
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "Travelocity is something I have used personally for years! its a hassle when you travel to find good deals, then you have to go book a hotel it can be a real hasle! travlocity makes this much easier, it searches a ton of sites for you and sorts them by best deal, and its simple to use! you just enter where your going and when and for how many people and you can even select if you want to fly first class coach or econmy, it gives you price per person and it gives you even get discounts! My favorite part of it however is it lets you read user reviews, to me this is the most important part, that way you can know what your getting into before forking out all that cash!"
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    #28[TUTORIAL] How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible to Anywhere

    [TUTORIAL] How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible to Anywhere
    This article offers several tips to save time, frustration and money when you want to book your next flight.
    Articles

    Free

    Craig Nichols
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "Great resource to use. I came in cynical thinking I already knew everything but leanred a few more tips. As a result I save a couple hundred more dollars. This is a needed resources from anyone who travels whether weekly or once per year. "
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    #29Last Minute Flight Booking

    Last Minute Flight Booking
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    Last Minute Flights Booking will give you the exact flight fare found in just a few seconds.

    Apps

    Joseph May
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "Last Minute Flight Booking specializes in booking flights at the last moment. It draws from thousands of airlines to find you the closest available flight. I had to get somewhere unexpectedly and had no problem finding a flight with Last Minute Flight Booking."
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    #30Southwest

    Southwest

    Southwest is a website completely focused on providing the users the cheapest flights, hotel rooms, rental cars and vacation plans of the market. If you don't have a destiny in mind, don't worry: you can go straight to its Special Offers section and find some good discounts. 

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    Free

    Jacob Gray
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "Southwest is one of my go to airlines. I'd rather save money on the flight, and Southwest makes that decision pretty easy. I've had few problems with them over the years, and the problems that did happen were solved quickly."
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    #31Airhelp

    Airhelp

    Airhelp exists to help airline passengers receive the compensation they are legally entitled if they experience a flight cancellation, delay or disruption when flying into or out of the European Union.

    Websites

    Price upon request

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    #32Cheap Tickets

    Cheap Tickets

    Cheap Tickets allow anyone to book flights, hotels, and cars on a single website. You can even book for events, cruises, and other activities. Cheap Tickets also offer weekly deals for flights, hotels, and much more.

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    Free

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    #33Scott's Cheap Flights

    Scott's Cheap Flights

    Scott's Cheap Flights is a quality website and flight aggregator service for comparing fares, while also sending emails to its users about cheap airline tickets.

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    Free

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    #34Bidroom

    Bidroom

    Bidroom is a travel website that presents itself as a booking community which offers discounts on hotel rooms for registered members worldwide. Users can join their membership program by creating an account. A free trial is also available.

    Websites

    Free

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Best What are the best resources for low-cost traveling
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1HotwireWebsites 97 Free
2CouchsurfingApps 59 Free
3Kayak FlightsApps 50 Free
4Lonely PlanetWebsites 46 Free
5TripAdvisorWebsites 45 Free
6HotelTonight Apps 44 Free
7Here's the simple rule you need to know when using a foreign ATMWebsites 42 Free
8WikitravelWebsites 38 Free
9Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple TipsArticles 35 Free
10That BackpackerWebsites 34 Free
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