Summer International Travel Series: Part 3

Today we bring you part three of our four part summer travel abroad series. In this installment we’ll take a look into the best places to stay, and how to get from point A to point B.

Transit and Accommodations Tips

It is always important to make sure that you are comfortable where you are staying and that you are only paying as much as you want to pay. Figure out what priorities matter to you when booking a hotel or hostel – close to local attractions, a comfortable bed in the room, nearby nightlife. Reading reviews about your chosen accommodation can help give you a good feel for the place. Below are some tips to help guide you with your travel bookings.

  • What do you mean it’s the running of the bulls this weekend? Who knew that Australian summer break starts in December? Unexpected events can cause accommodations to fill up quickly, so book your hostel or hotel in advance to ensure that you have a place to stay when you arrive. Two of our favorite hostel booking sites are Hostelworld and Hostelmania.
  • Research the hotels or hostels where you will be staying so you know whether or not you will be given the specific amenities you desire such as air conditioning, private rooms, internet access or free breakfast. If your hostel has a kitchen, read these tips on cooking a hostel dinner.
  • An ultra-budget-friendly alternative to hostels is CouchSurfing. This is also a great way to meet people and immerse yourself in the local culture.
  • In the same vein, many organizations abroad will offer volunteers free food and lodging in exchange for some work. Check out Help Exchange or this article on volunteering your way through Central America for some ideas on the topic.
  • If in Europe, get a Eurail pass for your train rides. This pass is a fixed price (depending on the amount of days you plan on traveling), and once it is purchased, train tickets are significantly cheaper, saving you lots on train fare
  • Trains abroad are cancelled randomly, and at the last moment, so be sure to double check your travel plans before leaving
  • For cheap flights, we recommend EasyJet and Ryan Air. They mainly service Europe and are no-frills carriers, which results in big savings for you.
  • According to blogger Nomadic Matt, flying into smaller airports is another great way to save money on flights.
  • Whether you’re going to South Africa, New Zealand or Kyrgyzstan, you can find great deals on flights on Vayama
  • There might be a catch with ultra cheap airfare, so be sure to do your research. Read this traveler’s article about a potential pilot strike driving down flight costs.
  • Many airlines charge for checked baggage and some have very strict weight requirements – another argument for packing light

Tomorrow we’ll bring you the last installment in our four part travel series, tips for having fun on your trip abroad.

Summer International Travel Series: Part 1

Summer International Travel Series: Part 2

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