First of all, I’d like to make an announcement. I’ve been giving this blog some thought, which explains why I haven’t been posting recently, and I’ve decided that I’m going to start writing in English instead of Dutch. I’ve always felt more comfortable speaking and writing in English, so why not huh :-)? However, I’m still going to continue making videos in Dutch.
If you don’t speak Dutch, you probably had no idea what my first five tips for budget traveling were, so I decided to translate them for you guys.
Tip one: compare! Make sure that you get the best possible deal for your plane tickets and your hotel/hostel/… There are several websites you can use for that like http://www.skyscanner.net and http://www.kayak.com .
Tip two: travel to countries which have a currency that’s less valuable than the currency used in your country. So if your country uses the euro, dollar or British pound for example, travel to countries like Hungary, the Czech Republic, Thailand and so on.
Tip three: think out of the box and search for other ways of staying in a place. Most people stay in hotels, but also make sure to check hostels, Airbnb, couchsurfing, … They are much cheaper alternatives to hotels. Couchsurfing is even free :-)!
Tip four: this tip is mostly for Europeans, but it can also come in handy for people who travel to Europe. Don’t always travel by plane. In Europe there are a ton of alternatives tot traveling by plane. There are a lot of bus organizations who connect countries in Europe, for example: http://www.eurolines.be Besides traveling by bus or plane, the train can also be a good alternative. If you live in Europe, make sure to check out the Interrail Passes. There are two kinds of passes: One Country Passes and Global Passes. With One Country Passes you can travel through one country, obviously. With Global Passes you can travel through 30 countries within Europe. For the info on One Country Passes click here and for the info on Global Passes click here. For people who don’t live in Europe, there are similar passes called the Eurail passes. If you want to check the info on those passes, click here.
Tip five: don’t travel during the typical holiday periods. Everybody travels during those periods, which makes them so much more expensive than other periods. Depending on the country where you live, other periods will be cheaper to travel. Make sure to check those out!
I hope these five tips were helpful! Tomorrow I’ll share my next five tips for budget traveling with you guys. If you guys have other tips for budget traveling or traveling in general, please leave them down below!