|| As the U.S. dollar has slipped against the world's major currencies in recent years, budget travel information has become vital for a growing number of travelers. It is for a good reason that Arthur Frommer discontinued the "Europe from XX $ a Day" guidebook series a few year's ago, because a book titled "Europe on $200 a Day" does not sound very attractive. With fuel costs rising, airfares are also on the rise. All these factors make budget travel an attractive option.
The following selection of websites and resources is intended to help readers become more budget savvy, and provide vital resources and information for budget-conscious international travelers. The websites suggest practical ways to not only travel cheaper, but also how to have a more authentic experience by traveling the way the locals do.
Please explore the many of the left-navigation options on this page for budget travel options in key areas such as accommodations and transportation, etc. —Travel and Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl
Photo by Ted Campbell.
| Affordable Adventures, off-the-beaten-path
Affordable Adventures, Off-the-Beaten-Path Great travel doesn't have to be expensive. We offer ‘tested’ trips with local knowledgeable guides.
Hiking, Photography & Painting trips to the beautiful whitewashed villages & mountains of Andalucía, Southern Spain. Snorkeling, Kayaking & Camping on soft beaches in Baja, Mexico (whale-watching too!). Explore a gorgeous Fjord & UNESCO medieval town in stunning Montenegro. Walk next to Frigate Birds, Blue & Red-footed Boobies, Owls, 200-year-old Tortoises, Penguins & Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands & stay on a 1st class catamaran yacht. Mingle with Counts & explore Castles in Transylvania.
Travel with like-minded people. We offer guided group trips & self-guided.
|| Dates: All year long
Cost: Affordable budget prices with superior accommodations. We match single travelers to avoid the cost of the single
Contact: Travels Together LLC, 505 E. 82nd Street, Suite 4D, New York, NY 10028.
| Friends of Friends Travel (FOF Travel)
FOF Travel is a proud member of the sharing economy and brainchild of two Global Citizens. It’s the FIRST service to combine social networking, hospitality exchange and commercial partnerships (deals) to help people travel cheaper, safer and further. Find FREE accommodation, storage space, travel tips and local meet-ups hosted by your friends and their trusted friends. Show off everywhere you’ve been. Catalogue everywhere you want to go. Find travel buddies and join communities. Our map and filters make it REALLY easy to see where people are, how you’re connected, and how exactly they can help before you even ask. Sign up now for free!
|| Dates: FOF Travel is available to use for planning and inspiration before, during and after your trip.
Cost: It’s 100% FREE to sign up and become a FOF Travel member.
| Authentic French Experiences
with Aliore Worldwide Workshops
Aliore offers low budget immersion programs in order to
experience the French lifestyle and culture in depth: Homestay
English teaching programs: Share your language
with a French family in exchange for free room and board; Family
and individual voluntourism in
the South of France: share meaningful holidays participating
in a green tourism project; Cooking, art & crafts
workshops in the South of France for creative
holidays with local teachers or welcome
a French tutor into your home in order to practice
your French on a daily basis!
|| Dates: All year round depending on the program chosen.
Cost: From 80 € depending on the program – Please visit our website.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France
Tel.: 00 33 951 79 79 72.
(Language & Lifestyle programme)
Backpacker.net, www.thebackpacker.net, is a budget travel guide with travelogues, travel stories, travel information and reviews of Budget Hotels and Hostels.
Backpack Europe on a Budget, www.backpackeurope.com. Backpacking and hostelling information, tips, and links for student and budget travel planning for a trip to Europe.
BootsnAll Travel, www.bootsnall.com, features travel stories from regional experts, advice for budget travel bargains, forums, and blogs for independent budget travelers. Around the world travel tips constitute one of their richest sections.
Budget Travel Online, www.budgettravel.com, draws from Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine; offering travel guides, travel tips, and advice on trip planning, restaurant recommendations, city guides, and popular destinations
EuroCheapo, www.eurocheapo.com. A free Internet guide for those traveling on a budget and who wish to sleep cheap in Europe. EuroCheapo investigators show up unannounced at inexpensive hotels all over Europe, check out the rooms, and get a feel for the place. If they like it, they write a review and list the hotel on their site. The site also offers many other budget travel recommendations for transportation.
Eurotrip, www.eurotrip.com, is a community-based site which features reviews of hostels by fellow travelers and many other forums for the independent traveler on a budget.
guideforeurope.com, www.guideforeurope.com, is a site where you may find everything from online hostel booking and travel supplies to message boards and a group photo gallery. There are tips on what to pack, youth hostel reviews, Europe guidebooks, a currency converter... everything needed for budget travel and backpacking in Europe.
Hostelworld.com, www.hostelworld.com, provides hostel bookings, forums, guides and travel help for destinations worldwide, with a growing number of informative travel features.
International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC), www.isic.org, not only sells international students I.D. cards, but provides forums and tips for student travel on a budget. The ISIC, Youth Travel Card and Teacher Card offers holders over 28,000 discounts worldwide.
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, www.ricksteves.com, is perhaps the foremost expert on budget travel in the country, particularly within Europe. Author of over 30 books, and seemingly everywhere in the media promoting his responsible and practical form of budget travel, Rick was the first contributing editor to Transitions Abroad Magazine in his own Back Door Travel section.
Travelfish, www.travelfish.org, an independent travel guide to most countries in Southeast Asia researched by travelers for travelers. The truly outstanding site includes many budget travel planning tips and new travel apps.
Travellerspoint Travel Community, www.travellerspoint.com, is an interactive budget travel and backpacker site, providing hotel and hostel bookings, as well as forums, blogs, and destination guides.