When searching for travel deals everybody starts in one place: online. The internet has opened up a whole new world of travel for everyone. Travel doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s the experience that counts. Not everyone can afford to go on a year-long personal “Eat Pray Love” self-discovery trip. And you don’t need to. When you start listing out your options you’ll often find you can afford more than you thought you could. It’s easy to find some good budget travel options. In my early days of travel I’d rather travel on a budget than not go at all. But whether you travel on a shoestring or not, there’s one problem when shopping for travel online. There’s too many options available. How do you find the one that’s right for you?
When it comes to budget travel, take a few pointers into consideration. Cheap is not always better. For example, what kind of trip are you looking for? When it comes to budget travel the hotel options can vary a lot. I’ve stayed in my share of budget accommodations. Most of them are great, the staff is friendly and the rooms are clean. Others don’t score so well. Taking the time to research your options is always a good idea. Review sites help, but online reviews don’t always tell the whole story.
You can read online reviews about hotels, airlines and even cruises. Read through these, but as with the hotel options there’s often too many available. Which ones are helpful to you? I tend to shy away from hotels that only have good reviews. When reading reviews, I prefer the negative ones. I search for those negative reviews, that would mean something positive for me. For example, when someone says “there were no activities for kids”, a couple without kids might love it. People are often more passionate about negative reviews. And in my experience, they tend to be more helpful than “it was a great vacation”. It helps me find the best places to stay, as well as the ones to stay away from.
In my travel hacking book I share all the steps on how I book my travel and best practices on finding places to stay.
Find a Travel Designer
The best source of information comes from people who have been there. They have no interest in leaving a fake review. I switched from using travel agents, to travel designers. A “travel designer” helps me create a travel experience, instead of just making a bunch of reservations. I started sharing my curated lists of places to stay. No need to search through thousands of available hotels. I shortlisted my favourites all around the world. I’ve stayed in most, others I walked in while passing by and asked to see a room so I could share them with you. On my travel site, I include reviews from other travelers (don’t just take my word for it) and the best deals on the web. Give it a try for yourself. You’ll love it. The site combines all the information you need to make a decision on one single page. I’m so excited about the convenience that I use it myself all the time. I practice what I preach and still travel all the time.
If you don’t use my travel hacking best practices, you’re paying too much
The travel industry grows every year and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Remember this: If you don’t use my travel hacking best practices, you’re paying too much for flights and hotels. Airlines and hotels are using their revenue optimization systems against us. It’s time to give the power back to the traveler. It’s time to learn how to travel well! Next time you want to take a trip, apply my principles and see how much further you can go.