KAITLIN HENNESSY: Hello there.
We're going to getready to get started.
My name is Kaitlin Hennessy, I'm the program coordinator at WSU GlobalConnections, as well as your presenter thisevening for DIY Travel: Adventure on a Budget.
Thank you for coming.
And if you can let me knowif you can hear and see me and see the PowerPoint, I'd really appreciate it.
If you want to type inwhere you hope to go next, or what is your dreamplace to travel to, that would be really helpful.
So the aim tonight is to get youpointed in the right direction to craft some journiesthat are memorable, fit your lifestyle, interests, and of course, your funds.
Because I'm sure there'sall places we'd love to go but can't quite affordto go there yet.
Or don't know how.
And of course, in this momentwe can't turn coal into diamonds and I can't tell you how tohave a fabulous time in Monaco for less than a grand.
But we can find somereally unique places to go to and alsotailor our budgets and our expectations forreally great destinations.
So as we gets startedtonight, my name is Kaitlin Hennessy, once again.
And the informationpresented is based on personal experience, travelmishaps, travel successes, and a lot of research.
So I hope this isbeneficial to you.
And I really doencourage you, if you have great resourcesof your own, to leave them in the chat boxor the comment leader on YouTube when this is a public recording.
And I have been fortunateto travel in India for five months travel toItaly, France, Spain, Mexico, and I've seen manystates in the US.
And a fun fact is that myfirst flight was actually when I was two weeks old.
So I feel like I'vebeen really conditioned for travel for a while.
And as we're going over theobjectives for this webinar, if you can let meknow in the chat box, what is your biggestbudgeting struggle when traveling? We'll tailor that a littlebit towards what we focus on on our presentation tonight.
And to preface everythingwith DIY Travel, what's going to be themost important thing is research, research, research.
In fact, I'm goingto encourage you to pre-search your research.
And I know that can soundreally awful for some people, and maybe not quite asadventurous as we want.
But that is how Ihave found that you're going to save themost dollars, is by putting that extra leg workin before you go someplace.
And then of course, youcan still have wiggle room if you decide to do something.
And if you think that isthe antithesis of what you want to do when you travel, a lot of these resources you can keep in yourback pocket for when you do you want toswitch destinations or you need to find a hotelor a place to stay on the fly.
So I think it will accommodateboth types of travelers.
And with this said, weare going to go over one, budgeting techniques and tools.
To Two, our time and place, and what a big difference that makes in how muchwe spend when traveling.
How to craft our ownunique itinerary, that's shows what'simportant to us and also showcasesour interests.
And makes that time and moneywe spend traveling really unique and valuable to us.
A lot of the resources willutilize the shared economy, which for our purposes tonight, mean a peer to peer network in which you either tradeservices or time in exchange for money or justhospitality or goodwill.
We'll also go overthe necessities like accommodations, food, transportation, as well as– for thoseof you with families– some hacks on how to travelwith kids, save money that way.
And then some general resources.
And throughout the evening, don't worry about writing URLs.
I will put in a PDF linkfor the entire slide show that will have all thewebsites hyperlinked in it as well.
So don't worry aboutwriting those down.
And let's get started.
So first of all, since we aretalking about budget travel, you have to own your own money.
And when you startout budgeting, I think there's twomain ways you start out.
Either you have yourdream destination in place or you have yourbudget already set, let's say I've saved$2, 000 that I'm willing to spend on avacation for up to two to three weeks withmyself and my partner.
Where can I go tomake that money work? So decide whichway you want to go and then you crafta budget from there.
So our first resource thatwe're going to look at is Mint.
And Mint is a free onlineresource that you can use.
You just sign up for an accountand it will ask you at first to attach a bank account to it.
You don't have to do this.
Of course, you can addfeatures if you choose to.
It can help you divideup your expenses as it looks at entertainment, how much you spend on meals, how much you spendon rent, utilities, and helps you seethese big areas and where you can improve.
But for our purposestonight we're going to first look at theirgoal-setting for “Take a Trip.
” and this can just be a goodtool to get you started.
So let's say that we'regoing to start out with going to the Faroe Islands.
And I hope I'm pronouncingthat correctly.
You can choose a typeof travel if you'd like, and we're just going tohit “other” right now.
That doesn't really matter.
It will give you somesuggestions for places to go, but it is not necessaryfor using the tool.
And let's say we wantto go for about a month.
Number of travelers, we'll do one.
And this is the part whereyou have to, again, pre-search your research.
And it will give yousome tools on how to come up with these numbers, but right now I'm just putting ins ome random ones.
We're going to sayyou don't need a car, food is a little moreexpensive, and activities, you plan on doing a lot of stuff.
So let's say yourgoal is $17, 000.
And this could be $1, 000, it doesn't matter.
Whatever you thinkare realistic goals.
And I don't thinkyou need to have every single pennyaccounted for, but you do want to always roundup when you're doing this.
It's far better to have moneyleft over from your trip than to be worryingthose last few days or a week when you're somewheresupposed to be enjoying yourself, but youcan't because you're concerned you're not goingto have enough to get by.
So you select “next.
” If you'd like to, you can linkthis to a special account.
So let's say you alreadyhave a savings account– and some people findthis really helpful when working towards agoal because it's set aside in a special place and theycan see it grow and get closer to their goal.
Of course that's not mandatory.
And we're going tochoose to you hook up an account later or never.
And next, you canput in whatever.
So “summer travels.
” And then if you want tore-estimate this goal at any point, you can here.
And then, when wouldyou like to go? Ideally, let's say wewant to go next July.
And then it'll give youa monthly spending goal.
Or monthly savings goal.
You can save your goal.
Next– there's lotsof different things you can do with thistool, but next we're going to look at budgets.
And I like this area becauseit's very interactive and you can see whereyour money's going and how to adjust it.
So right now I put in someexpenses, general ones, so how much you spend onamusements like movies, going out at night, if you are over 21 and you go to bars, thatcan be a big expense.
Groceries, gym memberships, yourrent, a mobile phone, and also your income.
You can adjust these settingsby going to “create budget” and choosing a category.
So say food and dining, and we go out to eat a lot.
So let's say we spend$250 a month on that.
And you can see that we haveour goal down here for what we set as a monthlygoal and what we have is monthly expenses.
So this is a good wayto see, in real time, what can I actually adjustin my own personal spending to get closer to my goal? So things like groceriesand maybe gym memberships, since those are tiedwith your health, don't mess with those too much.
But when looking at howmuch you're going to eat, you can see, OK I don'thave to cut out everything but I can try to bringthat down a little bit or bring my amusementdown a little bit.
See a few less moviesor go to less plays.
And adjust it from there.
And there's a lotof other things that you can do withthis tool but that's just what we're goingto go right now.
And of course, ifyou're like, hey lady, I don't want to put my bankinformation on something or I'm sick of havingnine million accounts for everything, youcan always do super DIY and just have an Excel program.
If you do want to do that, I recommend starting out this open resource.
And it gives you ideasfor what to have as line items in your Excel document.
Everything from commonly missedthings like road tools, where if you're traveling toFlorida or New York, that can get really expensiveand a good thing to consider.
As well as things liketravel insurance, especially if you're goingout of the country.
And things like, you needspecial suitcases or backpacks, depending on what kindof trip you're going on.
And your variousfood and drinks.
So this can give you agood place to get started.
Although I do recommendyou make your own Excel sheet because it willbe easier to move around and you can sort itthe way you want.
Of course, if youwant to use this one, you can easily modify thingsand then print it out.
And use the print function here.
And if you need a little helpwith creating your own Excel, you can use a previousGlobal Connections program called Excelling in Excel.
And you can set thathyperlink right there.
And finally, if you'rea WSU student or alumni, a really greatbudgeting tool that you can use that's notdirectly travel-related is softmoney.
org is anonprofit organization that promotesfinancial literacy, and it can give you informationon budgeting, consolidating debt, dealing with studentdebt, saving for the future, among other financial topics.
And this is what thewebsite looks like.
And as a WashingtonState student or alumni, you can get an accountfor free and check out all the neat resources there.
Next, as we move on, keeping in mind our budget, we have to find our place.
So this is applicable whetheryou have a goal in mind or if you're reallyflexible in your destination and have more of a cap on howmuch money you want to spend.
So flexibility in this is goingto be your biggest money saver.
And let's say for example, youreally want to go to Iceland and that's always beenyour dream destination.
Now if you can beflexible with your time, you can go therea little cheaper by using your bookend seasons.
And so by seasons I mean, there's a reason and a peak season for every destination .
And usually it has to dowith weather, but also a lot of times, summer.
When kids are outof school and when most people are on vacation.
If you can work aroundthat you can help get cheaper accommodationsas well as attractions.
And oftentimes youcan avoid crowds, which most people enjoy.
And sometimes even cheaperflights factor into that.
And I'm not asking you togo to Iceland in December, because you'reprobably not going have a lot of fun unlessyou really love winters.
I understand that.
But you can gotowards the beginning or towards theend of peak season and potentially save agood amount of money.
Another option is, ifyou're flexible with your destination– and we'lllook at this a little further– is that a lot ofaggregate search engines now have explore options.
Where, let's say you usuallyfly out of Spokane, Washington.
You can get thatas your home base and then explore wherethe cheapest flights are for a duration of time, and just pick a place from there.
So if you reallylike adventure and finding new places, thatcan be a great way to find really cheap flightsto, sometimes, destinations all over the world.
So first of all, forfinding a good season, one resource you canuse is Rough Guides.
Of course, if you havea favorite adventure guide that you liketo use, many books– whether you get them at thelibrary or internet resources– have the seasons listedfor different destinations.
But Rough Guidesis just one that I chose that reallyhighlights it well and if you have a favoriteresource that you'd like to look at fortravel information please send in thechat box at any time to share with everybody So for example, if we aregoing to our idea of Iceland, you go to planning your trip.
Then when to go, and you cando this for any country or area you're interested in.
When to go, and it'llgive you suggestions for when the weather'sbest, when peak season is, or different thingsto look out for.
So some people whoare really wanting to go to Iceland for thenorthern lights, September to January will be thebest time for them.
But overall, late Mayto early September.
So instead of tryingto go in July, you may want to initiallylook for flights in late May and earlySeptember, because those are the bookends of the season.
That means less touristsare likely to be there and also accommodationsare still likely to be more affordable, as well as oftentimes flights.
And next, as you're planningwhere you're going to go, if there's anyone thatyou want to travel with, it can be way more costeffective to travel in packs.
Especially if you havea family and you want to travel with another family.
Not only can you possibly renta house instead of hotel rooms, which can save a lot ofmoney especially if you have a group of people, you can alsosave money then on buying food, if you're cooking at yourrented house or rented AirBNB or whatever itis, and also share the responsibility with cooking.
So it's not just you havingto do it every time or you and your partner.
You can also, withthis, save money on excursions or going places.
Because you can allrent a van or, let's say you want to go fishingoff the Florida Keys, you can rent a charterboat for the afternoon at a far cheaper price perhead if you have eight people, than if it's just you andyour partner trying to go.
And finally, one thing tokeep in mind when you're looking at your when andhow, that I really like, is national parks.
So our nationalparks in the US have free days, which you can seeat the highlighted link below.
And a lot of themcorrespond with holidays, or there is evena National Parks Week, where you can enter intoany national park for free.
So that's a good thing tohave in your back pocket if you're just lookingfor a fun long weekend and don't necessarily havea lot of money saved up yet.
OK, so next, as you are tryingto formulate your idea of where you want to go, orif you already know, you have to figure out howyou can transport yourself.
One good startingpoint is Rome2Rio, and it is anaggregate map website that helps you finddifferent types of transport, how long thosetransportation options take, and also how expensive they are.
So especially if you're stayingstateside or landlocked, I think this can be helpful.
Or if you're reallyflexible with how you're getting there and just wantto look at the cheapest way possible.
For example, let's say we'recalling from Portland, Oregon to Phoenix, Arizona.
We can select “search.
” And this will showus how long it will take and approximatelythe lower and higher ranges and how much it will cost.
So for flying, taking abus, taking a train and bus combination, and also driving.
So if you have a little time onyour hands, you may think hey, I want see someof the US, I would love to see my friendsin San Francisco, this seems like agood option for me.
Or, like lady you'recrazy, I'm not about to spend 37 hourson a train and bus.
I'm definitely takingthat four hour flight.
It's a good way so you canget an idea and compare.
It also shows you commonairlines by their logos, here.
As well as commonflight times as well.
So many people do choose tofly because it is the fastest option and most convenientmost of the time, especially if you'reworking full time.
And a big thing withfights is where to book? So there's not necessarily aday of the week or time of day that is best to book.
I know for a whilepeople wanted to say like Tuesdays at midnight isthe best time or 2:00 a.
There's no reason youhave to torture yourself with looking at a clock ona particular day of the week to book something.
It's more of theduration of time before you want to go somewhere.
So approximately twomonths to five months before you want to getto your destination is the optimal timeto book flights and tends to be the best prices.
And also when you'relooking at that, is flexibility about whatdays you're going to fly.
So not necessarily whenyou're booking but when you're actually taking that flight.
It's much more affordableto take flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Typically becausea lot of people are trying to work aroundtheir traditional work weeks.
But if you can make thatwork with your schedule, that can save you–depending where you go, potentially hundreds of dollars.
As well as always searchfor nearby airports.
Even though an airport mightbe 20 minutes from your house and another one mightbe 45 minutes away, it can sometimesmake a big difference if you search forthe one that might be 45 minutes away becausedifferent airlines have different contractswith various airports or they might berunning specials.
Or they might just havedifferent destinations and connection flights.
You can make yourself– I think– really crazy tryingto search every single flight aggregate site there is, and every airline there is, trying to save themost amount of money.
I think typically that endsup being a really frustrating experience.
So what I recommendis finding three to four airlineaggregates or airline sites that you really like.
Everyone has different ones.
These are my threefavorites personally, which is Kayak, Skyscanner, and Momondo.
Sorry, I can't evenpronounce that one right.
And the reason I likethese is because all three look at a collection ofdifferent flight options.
They give you exploreoptions, where you can put in yourhome base or where you want to fly from and lookall over the globe for the most cost-effective flights, as wellas it gives you flexible days.
So instead of making yourselfcrazy trying to look at, OK, if I fly on the secondand come back the seventh, how much is it? Now lt's try thethird and the seventh, or the fourth and the seventh.
It looks at thatand gives you a grid so you don't have tospend all that time typing in different things.
Due to our limitedtime today I'm not going to showhow to use each one, but just highlight one.
This one, you caneither choose to type it in your normal way of adestination and a departure and arrival place.
As well as specific dates andhow many passengers and always you want to click that”nearby airports.
” And for example, we search here.
It gives youdifferent dates so you can scroll on and seewhich dates are the most cost-effective in that range.
As well as it tells you thecheapest, the fastest, as well as what they rate as thebest, which is usually which airline is rated the best.
And you have appropriatecontrols over here for how long are you willingto sit on that plane, or have layovers, ordifferent airports.
And all three of thosewebsites that I outlined do have those options.
Another option isyour explore mode.
So let's say you'reup for anywhere.
And we're going tohave New York, sure.
And you can either lookat popular destinations or if you've alwaysbeen interested in going to Australia or a countrynear there, or an island, you can search thatway as well, by region.
Or if people want togo to South America and look for cost-effectiveflights there.
And it shows you howmany passengers as well.
And you can switch this downor type in a different city.
So getting all the wayfrom New York to Sydney is only 670 USD, whichis fairly cost-effective.
Or getting to differentski resorts, islands, you can search from there.
So that's just how to useone of those aggregates.
And if you do find a flightthat looks really good to you in that time period, evenif it is on an aggregate, if it's one of thosebig name carriers I do recommend checking on thecompany's individual website.
And the reason forthis is that company might run its own special, socrosschecking is always worth that extra coupleminutes to make sure you're not missingout on a special that the company is offering.
And lastly, always good toknow the budget airlines that travel in your area.
For example, Spirit, Allegiant, or Ryanair– if you're in Europe– are all budget air that haveusually very specific airports they fly to.
Again, why it's good to searchnearby airports, and also can be region-based.
So it's good to know aroundyour home community, which are the budget airlinesthat fly near you.
For example, when Iused to live in Florida, Spirit was one that waspretty prolific in Florida.
But we don't seem to haveit as much in Pullman now.
Finally, if you aregoing to travel by car, some good resources to havewhen you're crafting a budget is gasbuddy.
That can help either when you'relooking at driving through different regions– becauseprices can fluctuate so much depending where you are– and crafting your budget orwhen you're just on the road and want to know, is this gas station the last one for 50 miles? Or is there another one a mileaway that's maybe $0.
20 cheaper because it's not onthe edge of town? That can be reallygood resource.
And then for rentalcars, there's not a whole bunch of reallygreat hacks that I know.
Of course, if you have oneI'd love to hear about it.
But the best is forrental discounts through your car insurancethat you already have.
For example, one majorone is if you have– this is just an example– Progressive offers some that, atsome major national car rental places.
Likely, whatever car insuranceyou have also offers it, so I would check inwith them before you make a reservation somewhere.
And finally, buses.
Buses have gotten a reallybad rap, which sometimes is deserved and sometimes not.
I do recommend that- especiallyif you're going from one very large city to anothervery large city, and particularly if it's inthe same region, for example, if you're going from Seattleto San Francisco or Tampa to Miami– buses can really bemuch more cost-effective and less stressful.
Because when I stilllived in Florida I would grab a bus from Tampato Miami, which is normally about a 5 and 1/2 hour drive.
The bus would takeabout six hours and if I got the good special, it would only cost me $8 to $10 each way, which is cheaperthan I could pay in gas, as well as I didn'thave to drive then.
And I could just hang out andnot have on a crazy highway.
And then when Igot to the city I didn't have to worry aboutfinding a place to park my car.
So buses aren't optimalfor every single situation but if you're going fromone large city to another, it can definitely be good.
And these are some buses below.
Boltbus, Megabus, Greyhound, and Wanderu.
Wanderu is more of anaggregate for rail and buses.
And so it can help yousearch multiple lines.
BoltBus in particular onlyservices certain regions.
But it does have $1fares, where randomly one seat on every singlebus will only cost $1.
You won't know untilyou purchase it.
Or it also has afrequent rider incentive.
Which can be helpful.
You know, unfortunatelythe US, we don't have a tonof train options.
So as most of youare probably aware, Amtrak is our majortrain provider.
But something to be awareof with that is Smartfares can be very helpful.
Where if especially you'replanning a trip on the fly and you want to travelduring the week, it can be helpful to beaware of your Smartfares.
Because they can offerup to a 30% discount.
But they are very limitedin when you can use them and when you haveto purchase them.
But it's a good thing tohave your back pocket.
Additionally, if you havesome time on your hands and really want tosee the US, they do have these railpasses where it's either, buy a certain amount of days.
You have travel options, so youcan hop on and off the train as you would like tosee different areas.
Or it can be done by amulti-pass system where it's a certain amountof stops you can take.
So let's say, within 30 daysyou can get on and off the train wherever you like 15 times.
So if you want to have moreof a rail trip, so to say, you can have this as well.
And with both the busand the train option, always double check thecompany's discounts.
Buses and trains are more likelyto offer student discounts, veteran discounts, children discounts, as well as senior discounts.
For example, Amtrak has upto 50% off for kids under 12.
Which if you are traveling withchildren can be really helpful.
And if anyone istraveling with kids or would be interested in thatinformation, please let me know.
And if we don't haveanyone traveling with kids, we'll probably skimover that part.
Next is ridesharing.
Unfortunatelyridesharing in the US is something else that'snot quite as popular.
But if you ever are travelingin Europe or in parts of Asia, BlaBlaCar is actuallygotten very popular and can be really effective.
In the US, there isa couple options.
Though they're notas widely known, and don't have quiteas many users on them.
And that is either, as manypeople know, Craigslist is one, there's a Share My Ride option.
And if you live in auniversity town, check with your university, they actually have a rideshare board.
Because some universities, whether you're part of them or not, will allow youto use their rideshare, because you have somany students that are going across countryor across the state.
Trying to get fromplace A to B as they are going to see theirfamily or friends or just traveling around.
And that can be eitherreally, really cheap, sometimes people just askyou to help them drive or they just want company.
And the same withShare Your Ride is another aggregatewebsite, for the US primarily, where youcan select a state and look at different postingsof people going places.
And usually these arefor long-haul trips.
And if anyone has anyquestions so far, please let me know in the chat boxand I will address them.
Otherwise I'm goingto keep going forward.
And as you get toyour destination, you need to considerwhat you want to do.
So once I get somewhere, I don't particularly like to have to spend timethen researching what I want to do once I'm in this place.
I just kind of wantto get out and go.
And so I think spendinga little bit of time beforehand can helpyou know your options And give you somefun places to go.
And of course, if you hearabout great things on the way, by all means go.
And also it can keep you awareof either cheap or free tourist attractions or localfestivals or just oddities, or art that is unique to thevery place that you're in.
Which is really cool becauseyou may never be there again.
So some websites that I likefor that are Atlas Obscura, Lonely Planet, Vayable, isanother one where it's actually tourism based.
Or tours based, I should say.
Where you can searchfor an area and locals will actually takeyou on a tour.
And it can have verydifferent themes, whether it's food, or art, or architecture, or hiking and outdoors.
But it is a localperson taking you.
And they range fromvery cost effective to, in all honesty, very expensive.
So you have to do some digging.
Another one I likeis Weird USA, which is really great for road trips.
Because it gives you oddlegends about states, as well as, goofy things tosee on roadside attractions, and can be fun to read whenyou're on long stretches.
And that you can usuallyget at local bookstores or they have a website.
So just to take a peakat a couple of those.
Here's AtlasObscura, and you can search by where you want to go.
So here's an exampleof our Faroe Islands, and it can give you eitheroutdoor things to see.
This one in particularis very outdoor oriented, where it is different boulders, and you can see either a description of them.
People upload their own photos.
So if it's new to you, you cansee what the area looks like.
As well as looking at hashtagsand check out maps of it.
So if we also lookat a city like Paris.
it can give you options thatrange from anything from art and sculptures, to interestingmarkets around that you wouldn't findanywhere else, dance places, unique bars, restaurants, as well as architecture places.
So there's a lot ofdifferent options.
And I like this becauseit can tell you, since it's a sharedresource, it's not done by a marketingfirm or a tourism board, it can give you insightsinto those little odd things that make a place special.
And also if you like anythingin particular, for example I really like streetart and architecture, you can then find thosethings that you really like.
And of course, many peopledo know about Lonely Planet, but one thing that Iwant to highlight here is that they have a survivalguide that can be helpful when you are figuring out one, your book end seasons, so when to survival guide, whento go, and weather.
And it can tell youwhen the high season is, the Shoulder Season, and also the low season.
Most of the time you want tostick to that Shoulder Season.
But this one lets you know whatthe seasons are well known for.
Either films screenings, or foodfestivals, or autumn leaves.
So this is a good wayto help determine, if you're flexiblewith your timing, when may be a littlemore affordable to go.
And also in that survivalguide, which is helpful, is money and cost.
So this can help you with yourinitial Pre-search Research budgeting.
You can see whatbudget options are for a hostel, or a basicmotel, simple meals, or what a mid-range looks like.
So, especially ifyou're traveling to a brand new placeor new country, and you really don't know whatto expect in terms of pricing, before you spend a lotof time doing this, this is a greatway to get a feel.
So if you really only wantto stay in a mid-range place, but you can't affordmaybe $130 hotel a night, then maybe it'snot the right time in your life to go quite yet.
But if that doessound reasonable, or if you're willingto do a budget, maybe that is a good timeand you can move forward with your planning.
And then, one thing to beaware of once you choose your destination is, I liketo look at local newspapers because you can findfestivals going on, art festivals, as well as, freeconcerts, movies in the park, things unique to the areathat can be very affordable and also give you an interestinghighlight into what that place is well-known for.
As well as meet locals, and usually try new food, and get to a newpart of the city that you might nototherwise go to.
And then I thinkit's always worth spending a little bit oftime, especially if you go into a big city, looking ata couple of those big coupon sites like Groupon, SocialLiving, or using Honey Chrome, because it can oftenhave attractions and you may only be ableto find that price using one of those bigaggregate websites.
For example, I really like goingto gardens and a lot of times there will be buy oneget one free entrance passes to botanical gardens thatthe website itself won't list.
And lastly, city passes.
So again, in largecities, they might have bundledpasses, where if you like going to museumsor certain attractions, you may be able togo see many of them for a more affordable priceif you get a city pass.
And the best way to find outabout those before you go is to actually look atthe local tourism office.
Or the board if theyhave a tourist board.
And then also, ifyou, say, aren't sure about the Shoulder Season, you can give them a call too.
Or if you just need to shootsome random questions that you can't find answers toyou, usually they're very, very helpful.
Because that's really their joband they want to help people get to know their area and helpthem have a good time for what that means for them.
So now you've done all thisPre-search and Research and everything.
And you might havelike 80 scraps of paper and all these documents, ifyou want to keep it collapsed and organize it, hereare a couple of websites that are free that you can use.
And one is Roadtrippers, whichis particularly good if you're going on a road trip and italso has a search function to help you findhotels, or attractions, or natural wondersaround those areas.
As well as, TripIt is another one where it's a littlemore effective for if you have a lot offlights, hotel reservations.
Let's say you'regoing on a long trip and need to keepthat all organized.
You can actually forwardyour confirmation codes to an email that will organizeit for you in your account.
Or Inspirock is anothergood one that I like.
Because one, ithelps you find things that are uniqueto your interests, and then also can help youorganize your interests and it's very easyto manipulate.
So let's say we'regoing to New York.
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New York City.
And the dates you choose isreally for your own reference.
They do have options where youcan look at hotels and stuff on this website, butthat's not what I primarily have used it for in the past.
And then to get you started, you can look for hidden gems, let's say, and amedium pace, so that's how many things they're goingto put in your schedule for you.
As well as, I like theoutdoors, to know about culture, and historical sites.
And you can see your plan.
And first it gives youa little information about your location, thegeneral highlights, destinations nearby.
And then you canlook at day by day, and it will, basedon what you selected, select things youmight be interested in.
So I like to look atit in calendar view.
And it will give you thename of it, as well as how long it takes to getfrom one place to the other.
And if you select that, you can see it on the map.
So you can change if you'redriving, walking, biking, et cetera.
As well as, let's say youpick one of those places, it links toTripAdviser so you can see what other people say aboutit and what their thoughts are.
As well as give you ageneral description.
If it does have awebsite a part of it, then it gives you thewebsite link over here.
But since this is an outdoordestination, it doesn't.
And then price rangeif it's applicable, and then let's say we're notreally interested in that.
You can simply exit outand it gets rid of it.
You can also searchfor more things here and add them in, or add them manually.
So you can explore here, or create a custom event.
Let's say I have afriend there, and I'm going to get dinner with Sam.
And we can select our date Ifwe want to keep this in mind and then, well, probablywouldn't meet her at 1:30 AM, but.
And choose a time.
And you can move this aroundand add whatever notes.
And of course, you don'thave to be committed to this.
But it at least let's you knowwhat times things are open, what you are generallyinterested in, where it is.
Which is really helpfulin this map function.
So if you knowyou're going to be around a certain areaall day, then you can see where yourlocations are at.
And you can also share it.
So let's say you'remeeting someone there or you want to work on ittogether with a coach traveler.
Then you can use that function.
You know, food is one placethat I feel like, at least, I usually end up spending moremoney than I expect to on.
Because you getsomeplace and you're having a great time, and allof a sudden, you get hungry.
And so you're justlooking for anything.
So the best way to do this isto really plan ahead and get your snacks under control.
So if you're driving somewhere, pick up those bananas, apples, granola bars.
If you are not drivinganywhere, but you know your hotelis near a market, or you activelyplan for your hotel or wherever you'restaying to be near market, you can pick those thingsup while you're on the go and keep those with you.
A good thing withplaying with this is, if you are goingto tourist attractions, oftentimes the food nearthere is very expensive, and not always all the bangfor your buck that you want.
So that way you don't getpushed into eating someplace just because you're hungry.
And spending moremoney than you want to.
And, with that note, I think it's always good to compare how muchit would cost to either rent a hotel, Airbnb, orwhat-have-you with a kitchen available.
Versus just a standardhotel room or bedroom.
If you plan on cooking, and I don't expect you to be cooking giant mealswhile you're in a new place, just sitting at home.
But if even you'rejust making fast, let's say, egg sandwiches orstir fries or cereal and milk, it can be really helpful to havethat kitchen available to you to save some money.
And one particularthing to keep in mind is if you are activelyplanning to do that, please, please, please make surethat it's close to a market.
I have made thismistake before where I've had grandiose plansto save a lot of money on cooking my own food, but then didn't quite realize how far the nearestmarket was that wasn't just a convenience store.
And I would spenda lot more time than I wanted to trying totake the bus somewhere to get groceries and taking themback and having to haul them.
So that's one thingto keep in mind that seems obvious but it's amistake people make certainly.
Finally, you will also wantto spend some time researching where locations are reallyknown for their food, and where the best food is.
So it's when you'rein a new place and it has a localspecialty or is well known for a particularlygreat restaurant, spending that little time upfront can really help.
So you're not realizing, ohno, I missed this great place, after you're on yourway out and you're talking to other travelers.
Two websites I like for thatis are Zomato and TV Food maps, which I think is a funone because it showcases, especially if you like cookingor watch cooking shows, you can browse by statedepending where you are.
So if you look at Washingtonand you can see different places that have been featured.
And if you're in thatsimilar place then you can check out some goodfood that's been featured.
Or you can use Zomato.
And insert your location, what kind of food you're looking for, breakfast, dinner, or lunch, or a particular type ofcuisine and go from there.
And this might seem alittle obvious or trite, but I think bringing areusable water bottle, and travel mugs ifyou're a coffee drinker, can really start to save upthose dollars during the day.
Because if you're buying awater bottle every single time or buying coffee every single, two to three times a day, depending on how muchcoffee you drink, that can really add up andbe an unnecessary expense.
When you could save oruse that money elsewhere for either museum ticketsor a nicer dinner that you really want to have.
And if you're travelingwith a family and kids, if everyone isbuying water bottles, that can really add up in a day.
So it's well worthit to pack that.
Even if you're taking a plane, just empty it out beforehand, and you'll be good to go.
So there's a widerange of things, depending on what yourgoals are for your trip.
First of all, ifyou especially are trying to travel for a whileand want a unique experience, and are willingto work a little, a couple websites can bereally helpful with that.
One is WWOOFING, and the othertwo are Work Away, or Helpx.
WWOOFING in particularhas to do with farming, so vegetable farming, fruits, livestock, vineyards, things like that.
Whereas Work Away and Helpxcan be a lot more diverse.
And basically how allthree of them work is that you exchange yourlabor, a certain amount of hours a day, in exchange for, usually, accommodation and food.
So each one has itsown type of listing, where you can either searchfor a place you want to go.
So let's say, I've alwayswanted to go to Italy, but I don't know how I canafford to stay for a month.
Maybe this could be an option.
Where you can, one, meet new people, work in a culturethat's completely new, which can be a veryinteresting process to see how differentpeople work.
Depending where you liveor where you were raised.
And be able to extend yourtrip a little bit by saving some money.
So all three ofthose are options.
As well as if you areinterested in maybe not working, because you aretraveling and on vacation you're trying toenjoy yourself, which is perfectly understandable butyou would like that opportunity to meet someone new, even ifit just someone in a new state.
Couchsurfing and BeWelcome aretwo resources that allow that.
Where no money is exchanged, and there's no expectations for labor or trade.
But it's really ahosting web site, where if you want to goto let's say Mexico City and stay with afamily, you can look on one of those two websites andlook through different people.
And there are reviews for those.
So again, you have to gaugeyour own safety levels and be smart about it, butthose can be interesting ways to meet new people.
And also save a little money.
Finally, house swappingis also an option.
Where you actually tradehomes or living situations with someone fromanywhere in the world or maybe across the country.
Most of these websites do havea cost associated with them, like a subscription.
The one I havehighlighted, for example, that you can search throughif you're interested in that costs $150 for a year.
But if you really, trulyuse it, and let's say you go for a weekor two weeks, $150 is certainly less than you wouldspend if you were purchasing a hotel every night.
And finally, I believe mostpeople know about Airbnb at this point.
That's a good optionto keep in mind.
If you would like me totalk about it, please let me know in the chat box.
Otherwise I'm goingto breeze past it.
And then hostels.
Hostels are kindof like buses where they've gotten a really badrap and they don't necessarily deserve it.
Certainly, thereare hostels that are more geared towardsyoung backpackers, say 18 to 20 yearsold, but there are also more hostels coming about thathave seniors coming to them, or people with families.
Or offer private rooms with yourown sink, or even private rooms with your own bathroom thatcan be very affordable.
And they're all over the world.
The reason I reallylove hostels is because you can always meetsomeone new from literally anywhere on this planet.
And you can trade stories, youcan learn about what they're doing, if they have anygood travel tips for you, as well as just meet new people.
Also many hostels nowoffer free breakfast, which is always a good benefit.
And if you want to make sureyou end up in a hostel that, if you're worriedabout cleanliness, or if it's OK totake your family, or what the culture is like, you can always read reviews.
The link to our hostelaggregate website, Hostelworld, has lotsof reviews on it.
Or if there's one you'reparticularly interested in, I do recommend justcalling the hostel.
People who work athostels I have found have been generally veryhelpful and honest about what to expect.
And then finally, if you're looking for a traditionalhotel, that is a-OK, but we're going tostill use our same rules as we do for flights.
So you can make yourselfcrazy looking for the cheapest hotel in a certain area.
Choose three to four hotelaggregators that you like and just go from there.
Ones I personally like areHotwire, TravelPony, yes, that is TravelPony, and Booking.
And all travel aggregatesare not made equally.
Based on how thoseaggregates buy other rooms at differentpoints in the year can affect the prices.
And also how much they'readding on to the price that they buy them for.
So it's good to have ahandful and just select which one's cheaper from there.
And since we didn'tanyone indicate that they're particularlyinterested in traveling with children, I am going togo past this a little faster.
If you are interested in sometips for traveling with kids, I recommend the blogTravel With Bender.
They have lots of articleson there, as well as, general tips and budgetingtips, as well as, kid friendly destinations.
And one big takeaway whenyou're traveling with kids, I would say is to knowthat when they're young, although you may have to spendmore time entertaining them, you can also get things donea little more affordably.
For example, kids under two onairlines usually travel free.
And so depending on what yourobjectives are on a trip, or if you're making a familytrip, this can be a great time.
Because as soon as theyhit above that age, you're going to be paying fullprice for a seat for them.
So if you're going let'ssay with grandma and grandpa or aunts and uncles, and youcan make it a family adventure, this can be a great time togo somewhere, while it's still on the more affordable side.
Also, especially whenkids are under 12, I would change my searchstrategies a little bit, especially for hotels.
For places where they caneat for free, stay for free, or there's free childcare.
Especially in largertourist destinations, this is a realityat a lot of hotels.
So it is worth thetime to look for that, especially if yourkids are under 12.
And finally, one big takeawayis that kids can earn miles.
So if you, let's say, reallylike one particular air carrier.
For example in Pullman, themain place that comes here is Alaska Air.
And you want to get mileswith a particular air carrier, no matter who it is, see whatthe cut off age is for kids.
Because a lot oftimes, people under 18 can earn their own miles.
So there's no reason, if you travel at all with your familyor your children why they shouldn't beearning their own miles.
And finally, here are somegeneral hacks and resources that I do.
Since we're gettingcloser to the end of time.
I do want to openup to questions.
So if you have anyquestions, or comments, please write theminto the chat box now.
Otherwise I am going to goforward with the resources.
And I will give you, in the meantime, the link to thePowerPoint presentation, so you can look at everythingon your own as well.
Some of my favoritetips from here are to put it on your card.
So I know that it seems a littlecounterintuitive, especially if you're fiscally minded, or trying to be budget savvy, to put everything on your creditcard, or let alone go that way.
But if you plan on doingsome serious traveling and want to earnsome money back, putting it on a card thatgives you travel points can really, really help.
One, you can get freeflights, or free hotel rooms, or money back.
There's a ton ofoptions out there, and it seems really scammy, but if you use it responsibly and do your research onwhat you'll use most often, it can be well worth it.
Now, some cards do chargea fee, usually $50 to $100, and might have aminimum spending limit.
Those are two thingsthat people, I think, don't look at close enough whenthey are checking these out.
So be sure to see if thatspending limit is something that you would normally spend.
Whether it's $500, $200, or$2000, be sure to check that.
And if it is something thatyou would normally use a credit card for, be sure tobe making money back on your own purchases thatyou can then use later on.
Another big takeawayis to rent things.
So, especially if you'reinto outdoor sports or you want to exploreit, there is no reason why you have to buy a tent, a sleeping bag, and skis, and ski poles for everyonein your family just to try out skiing.
You can rent it from your localoutdoor recreation center.
Or maybe it's calledOutdoor Pursuits.
For example, at WSU, wehave Outdoor Recreation, where anyone in the community, for a pretty small fee, can rent outdoor gear.
Many places have this, if you live anywhere near a university, no matterwhere your location is.
And finally, awrap up thought is that if you'retraveling abroad, know your fees getting into things.
And this is a realhidden thing that I think ends up costing peoplea lot of money is ATM fees.
Make sure you call upyour bank before you go traveling, wellahead of time, to see what their feesare for foreign ATMs where you plan to be traveling.
And if they're part of aglobal consortium of ATMs and what those localATMs are called.
Because you don't want to bepaying $3 to $5 every time you need to take out money.
Another good thing to dois check your credit card and see what their foreigntransaction fees are.
For example, notall credit cards allow you to just swipe themand pay for things anywhere in this world for the normalprice you pay in the US or wherever you're from.
Many charge a 3% fee if you areoutside of your home country.
So double check with that, which can be really helpful and save you a lot of money.
And then also cash.
So there's no way ofgetting out of this.
If you decide you want tocarry cash in local currency, find where has the best ratesfor exchanging that cash.
Usually airports havevery poor exchange rates, whereas places like somebanks might have better ones, or places away fromtourist attractions.
So doing some pre-search therecan really help you too.
And then finally, I havegeneral good resources if you're interestedin more articles, or ways to travel cheaply, or to look for destinations.
com hasawesome budget resources.
And tips from thetraveling community that's very practical.
And The Clumsy Traveler alsohas a lot of resources as well.
So I want to thankeveryone for stopping by.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Or if there's anythingthat you'd like to share.
I see that Kara shared thatthe Alaska Airlines credit card is awesome for traveling.
Thank you so muchfor sharing that.
And then also you getan annual $99 companion ticket once a year, which is pretty awesome.
So if anyone has anythingelse they'd like to share, I'd love to hear it.
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