5 basic steps to plan a trip for less.

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Hey guys, I have decided to try blogging. For the 10th time - lol.
I started a web series called TRAVEL & TIPS where I get to share with you all the little details that takes to plan the most perfect trip abroad saving the most money. So here we go:

⋒ STEP #1 - CHOOSING DESTINATION:

First things first, we have to choose our destination & what time of the year we want to go there.
Once that’s picked, we can check basic things like what the weather and season is like for that specific time.

⋒ STEP #2 - BUYING TICKETS:

Buying the plane tickets can be the most expensive part of traveling abroad but it doesn’t have to be.
Planning ahead and always staying aware of good deals is key when it comes to saving money.

1. My very first step is checking flight prices from home airport base to the city where I want to flight to and setting up an alert through Google Flights.
2. After that, my next step is to check the same route but instead of leaving from my local airport, leaving from airport around my own state that could possibly be bigger and serve more flights.

ie: My local airport is Nashville, if I want to head to London, I would check how much that costs:

NASHVILLE - LONDON: $1343 round trip.

After that, I will check the following airports leaving to London: Atlanta, New York and Chicago.

ATLANTA - LONDON: $1189 round trip.
NEW YORK - LONDON: $534 round trip.
CHICAGO - LONDON: $989 round trip.

From these, the most affordable is NY. After that, I would check how much would cost me to get to NYC from Nashville:

NASHVILLE - NEW YORK: $213 round trip.

Overall, flying NASHVILLE - NEW YORK - LONDON would save me $596 total.

If I had to recommend something very important, never get stuck searching for flights from your local airport only. Try to check airports around you and see price options.
If the overall goal is to save money, then taking an extra quick flight somewhere else can save you tons of money.

⋒ #3 - CHOOSING WHERE TO LAND:

Sometimes we want to go to a very specific place and doesn’t matter how much you search, tickets are not that affordable. That shouldn’t be the reason why you decide to not visit that location.
The same way we chose possibly a different airport to leave from since tickets were cheaper, you can also check to land somewhere more “popular“ instead and from there, taking another flight or a train.
That is also a great excuse to add another stop to your trip and make sure you get to visit more locations choosing to spend less.

ie: Lets say I want to head to Rome, in Italy, I would do the following research:

NASHVILLE - ROME: $1685 round trip.
ATLANTA - ROME: $1423 round trip.
CHICAGO - ROME: $1412 round trip.
NEW YORK - ROME: $977 round trip.

From the options above, my best bet would be NEW YORK - ROME, but as my search on step #2 showed, I could try to get to LONDON from NYC for $534.

LONDON - ROME: $112 round trip.

Overall, If I choose to make a stop in London and from there head to Rome, I would save $331 dollars, which I could pocket that or use that money to rent an Airbnb and get to visit a second country.
Remember, when I travel, my main goal is to get the most out of it spending the least.

⋒ #4 - FINDING THE BEST PLACE TO STAY:

Choosing a place to stay can sometimes can be pricy as well, but again, it doesn’t have to be.

  • HOTELS: A lot of people choose hotels, which is great but since the prices for that are so high, I almost never check it or included it in my options.
    Also, when I travel, comfort is very important, but so is saving and considering I am spending very little time where I sleep, I don’t need a hotel.

  • HOSTELS: Some people love hostels and some people don’t. I’ve never had any issues when staying at hostels abroad but I also was not completely comfortable.

    Sharing a bathroom and a room with several people from all over the world is not that easy. Personally, I like to leave my computer around and have the freedom to shower whenever I want and not have to lock my backpack into a locker every time I leave.
    Although the price to stay a hostel is great, it’s not that far from staying at an Airbnb and having the place all by yourself. For that, I am willing to spend a couple of bucks more just so I can have the peace of mind and comfort I want.

  • AIRBNBS: I freaking loooove Airbnb! It’s incredible. If you have never been abroad but has used Airbnb before locally, your mind will be blown away by how it works wonderful out there.
    The prices are great, there are tons of options and it’s always incredible having the chance to live like a local at someone’s house.

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My research for that has one simple goal: STAYING CENTRAL.
That meaning, close to tons of public transportation, restaurants and easy access to other locations I want to go.
That way you can save on transportation, time and get the most out of it.

⋒ #5 - GETTING AROUND TOWN:

If heading to Europe, public transportation is always your best option.
You will also have Uber available to move around but if our main goal is to save money and see the most, the good ol’ bus and metro will be your best friend.

My recommendation is to always have access to internet in your phone so you can have Google Maps easy whenever you need to know where to go and what buses to use

Wooooho! That’s is for part I.
I know everything was very basic but my goal is to share every little step to make sure you get the most out of it.

xxx,
Vic.

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