We’re only just coming to the end of the second month of the year, and in just less than two weeks from today we will be jetting off to our third country this year. How? I hear you ask. Well this is what we’re going to share with you today.
We are not and have never claimed to be luxury travellers. Don’t get me wrong, we love a good location and to be pampered but if you’re a student or simply on that budget life and you want to travel as much as we do, you’ve got to make sacrifices and know when and where to go for the best prices.
Disclaimer: we are no experts in looking into cheap flights, nor are we saying this is the only way – this is simply how we’ve managed to do what we do.
Booking flightsSkycanner and Ryanair flash sales are what I live for. I don’t know about you, but Skyscanner is so easy to navigate and is so clear to find the cheapest flights, based on month and flexible dates. I love the fact that you can enter the dates you are looking to go and have the choice to click “everywhere” which then gives you lists of cities and countries, starting from the cheapest.Although we have a list of places to visit within the next few years, we love taking spontaneous trips to countries we haven’t been to before. For example our trip to Lisbon was £77 return for both of us! Could I really miss out on that opportunity?Booking in advance is also something that has played in our favour, I love to plan, so it helps that I find these deals before the prices rises.Looking for accommodationWe tend to look for Airbnb’s as they seem to add up to be cheaper than most hotels, unless you find some lucky ones in certain cities. When looking for somewhere to stay, we always weight out the price to its location. If you know most of the things you want to do and see is in the centre, then seeing if it’s worth getting a more expensive hotel/Airbnb in the centre may weigh out from having to pay for public transport passes.We’ve never been big fans of the thought of hostels and although we’ve expressed that they’re not as bad as we thought, it’s not something that naturally comes to mind as a couple.We love a luxury hotel but as long as it’s got the essentials and it’s clean and is safe, we’re not too fussed on what it looks like. At the end of the day, we don’t plan on staying in the hotel for most of our trip anyway – we’ll be out exploring and it’s simply a place to crash.Planning on what you’re going to see and doOther than finding inspiration from watching vlogs and reading other blogger’s experiences, we love to use TripAdvisor. It has always been our go-to.When researching on what we want to see and do, we usually check it against the city pass/card to see what if offers. As most of them include transport as well as free entry or reduced entry to their attractions, the pass usually ends up working out cheaper and gives you more options to visit things you didn’t think you wanted to.The most important – where to eatAs you know we pride ourselves in trying local foods when travelling and of course, finding the best cheap eats. Food is what most of our money gets spent on, so in order to eat more while on a budget, we have to do our research.Again, TripAdvisor is our saviour as you can filter to cheap eats, ratings and how far it is from your current location. We also do our own research, find blog posts and take recommendations. Instagram is also a great source in finding locations and the prettiest spots.Sometimes, simply roaming the streets of the city is the best way to find hidden gems.//We hope this helps you or gives you more of an insight of how we manage to travel and do what we do. It does require a lot of planning, saving and some sacrifice to an extent, but it’s all worth it if like us, your dream if to travel.What are your travel secrets? Do you want to see more travel insights from us?Let us know in the comments below.
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