Travelling has become easier than ever, and a more highly sought after experience. Not only does it provide enrichment in a traveler’s life, but it also looks amazing on resumes. In today’s world, particularly where it relates to travel, the concept of a shared economy is becoming increasingly popular. A shared economy is one based on community and peer-to-peer experiences. Lucky for us, this model makes traveling easier and less expensive, while providing even more meaningful experiences.
How to get there
Travelling can be really inexpensive, but when you incorporate the costs of flights, the overall price of the trip can go up substantially. That being said, however, there are a few tips and tricks to keep expenses down. Check out sites like Skyscanner, Kayak, and even Google flights to compare flight prices against different airlines and dates. If you’re flexible about where you want to go, many sites offer an “Explore” option that shows you where you can go on your budget. Always remember to search for flight in incognito mode to ensure that companies can’t track your cookies and raise their rates. Apps like Hopper constantly searches for flights to update you of the cheapest flights available and when to buy.
Where to Sleep
Once you get the plane ticket out of the way, everything else is smooth sailing. There are a million different options when it comes to cheap accommodation. One of the most popular options is Air BnB, an app that allows people to rent a bed, room, or an entire apartment out of a local’s home. Hostels are another popular option if you don’t mind sleeping in a room with other people. Many people choose this type of accommodation because of how inexpensive it is-typically only a few dollars a night- and the opportunity to meet fellow travelers. For those that are really strapped for cash and are particularly brave, there is always the option of Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is a site that allows people to crash at someone’s home completely free. They also offer free events for members to participate in!
What to eat
Depending on where you decide to stay, many places offer a kitchen for you to cook at. If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen, definitely take advantage of any local farmers markets in the area. Not only is it cheaper to cook from home, but it is a great way to get more immersed in the culture of the city you’re staying at. If cooking isn’t your forte, there are apps such as Meal Sharing and Eat With that allows travelers to join a family for a meal, resulting in delicious, and often times cheaper, dining experiences shared with fellow travelers.
How to Get Around
Your last big expense is going to be transportation around the area. In many cities, walking is the best option to getting around, however, that is not always the case, particularly in larger metropolitan areas. Options like Uber and Lyft are popular all over the world and are typically far cheaper than taking a taxi. Buses and trains are also great ways of getting around at a fraction of the cost. If public transportation is limited, or you’re looking for some exercise, check to see if the city you’re in offers a bike sharing system-just be sure to check the condition of the bike before you make the exchange.
Apps you need
Travelling doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are so many options in the world today to access a fulfilling and inexpensive travel experience, you’re just a google search away from your next adventure.