A Student’s Guide to Cheap Travel

by admin on September 22, 2011

This is a guest post by Sarah Tipton.

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If you are a broke college student like me that still likes to travel and see this great country of ours (or some other country perhaps!) then you know how challenging it can be to do so on a limited budget. I have found a number of methods that have worked for me and I’d like to share them with you in the hopes that you too can benefit from these cost-saving ideas.

Of course depending on your destination and travel plans you may not need all of these tips, but hopefully they will each be useful to you at some point in time.

In this guide I will be sharing my favorite options for getting the best prices on airfare, rental cars and hotels.

Airfare

My favorite site for getting the best deals on airfare is Kayak.com. The site is very easy to use because it was founded by tech executive cofounders of Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz. The way I use their site is I enter my start and ending destination and then I use the calendar to view when the best deals are.

One of the really neat things on Kayak is their trends page, which is a really fun way to get some travel destination ideas. As I am writing this the number one trending destination is Belize City. Cool! Too rich for my blood but a neat idea nonetheless.

Rental Cars

My favorite new option for a discount car rental is U-Save. Unlike the big company names like Enterprise, National and Avis these guys believe that cheap car rental can be accompanied with excellent service. While this broke student needs the cheap rates she also appreciates good service.

My favorite feature on their site is their stripped down mobile site that works great on my mobile phone. Hopefully they will have an iPhone app soon!

Hotels

For cheap hotel options I have had the best luck with Priceline.com. You probably know them from the “Priceline Negotiator” television ads featuring William Shatner from Star Trek fame. By far the best feature of the their site is their name your own price option. All you have to do is select where you want to stay, how many stars you want your hotel to be and what price you are willing to pay. They will then match you up with a hotel meeting your price and specifications. Sweet! Cheap travel at it’s best. Of course, don’t expect to be matched up to any hotel if you choose $1. You need to be realistic.

I hope these tips were helpful to you and I wish you bon voyage on your next low-cost travel adventure!

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