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How to Be a Budget Traveler

These are ways to identify yourself as a true budget traveler. Protect your limited resources by practicing the basic techniques of budget travel.

Budget Travel and Insurance
Travel insurance probably isn't the first thing you think of when it's time to shop for your vacation details. But there are times when travel and insurance go together nicely and save budget travelers money. Take a look at the types of insurance available, issues that arise as you consider travel insurance and some general purchase tips.

Paid Too Much for Travel
Share your story about a time when you paid too much for travel. Stories can help all of us avoid mistakes and practice good budget travel. See submissions

Save Money on Urban Travel
Urban travel can be exciting and expensive. Save money in big cities with this step by step approach for budget travel.

Street Scams - Rip off Reports from Travelers
Street scams can have an impact on your travel budget. Read rip off reports from travelers and stay on guard.

Street Scams - Rip off Reports from Travelers
Street scams can have an impact on your travel budget. Read rip off reports from travelers and stay on guard.

How to Save Money at Six Flags
Six Flags discounts include more than cheap ticket options. Follow this advice for how to save money at Six Flags amusement parks.

Frommer Day by Day series
Frommer offers full-sized updates to its popular day by day series. This book review of the Italy guidebook is valuable for budget travel.

Air Travel Costs Beyond Airfare
Air travel cost means more than flight airfare. Many expenses on the ground can drive up the cost of air travel. Here is a step by step approach to managing air travel cost from the ground up.

Budget Travel Trends
It's time to make some 2010 predictions for budget travel. Find out the biggest travel trends and plan your trip in 2010 accordingly.

Travel Tips for 2010
Travel tips for 2010 can come at any time of year, but why not make them new year's resolutions? This annual project began in advance of 2002 . Reader interest that year prompted more resolutions in 2003 ,

Pack for a Budget Trip
Here are suggestions for how to pack when planning a budget trip. Also included are baggage fees for 10 major airlines and 10 top low-cost carriers. The fees vary widely. So does the amount of weight each traveler believes is needed for a trip. Live among the happy budget travelers and pack lightly.

Airport Car Rental Costs - Save Money with an Off Airport Car Rental
Airport car rentals can be costly. Car rental fees are added to such expenses. Try to save money with an off airport car rental.

Free Museum Visits
Free museum visits are one of the pleasures of budget travel. To be sure, many of the world's greatest museums charge relatively little in relation to the experiences they provide to visitors. But the following institutions (in no particular order) provide both outstanding opportunities and the luxury of no admission charge.

Travel and Insurance - Insurance as part of Budget Travel
Travel and insurance: do they always go together. Is insurance part of a budget travel itinerary? Read about trip cancellation, travel medical insurance and more.

Pet Travel on a Budget - More Reader Comment
Pet travel is getting more expensive, as airline fees are created to help create new revenue for struggling carriers. Find out how to travel with pets on a budget.

Senior Discounts for Budget Travel
Senior discounts are plentiful for travelers who are at least 50 years of age. Some passes are available only to older travelers. Some discounts must be requested. Find out how to obtain senior discounts for budget travel.

Accommodations on a Budget
Finding accommodations on a budget is a practice that eludes many travelers. They simply check into a standard hotel room and pay the going rate (called the rack rate in the trade) without giving alternatives a second thought. Here are 10 types of accommodations that could save you money on your next trip. Most of these links go to reviews of a...

Book Review: Off the Beaten Path
Off the Beaten Path is a classic travel book from Readers Digest. Read a book review of this newly revised and updated book about America's attractions off the beaten path.

Park and Fly Hotel - Hotels as Alternatives to Airport Parking
Park and fly hotel deals allow travelers to bypass hefty airport parking fees and get a night's sleep before their flights. Park at a hotel instead of an airport to get better budget travel value.

How to Save Money on Travel
There are many ways to save money on travel. But the best "how to" approach involves a step by step progression that considers the market conditions and your own itinerary. Here are ways to save money on airfares, car rentals, dining, rail pass purchases and baggage fees.

How to Accomplish Lightweight Travel
Lightweight travel often involves one bag. Learn how to pack light with this step by step list of money saving tips.

How to Find Cheap Food in Another Country on Less than $30 USD/Day
Find cheap food in another country and boost your budget travel experience. Spend less than $30 a day. Follow this step by step list of money saving tips.

Night Train - Save Money on a Night Train
A night train can help save money on travel. Train sleep also saves time. For the cost of a cheap hotel room, you can arrive in a new city and save a day for budget travel touring.

Food and Your Travel Budget - Budget Travel Tips
When you make your travel budget, will food be the factor that breaks it? Check out five money saving tips for dining on the road.

Sleeping in Airports - Airport Overnight
Sleeping in airports can be dangerous or illegal, but spending an overnight in the airport is a cheap travel choice some make. Others experience airline delays and stay in the terminal.

Book Review: Ask Arthur Frommer
Travel books help budget travelers plan their trips and find cheap hotels, discounts and other money saving tips. Ask Arthur Frommer is a self-titled book by the legendary writer, who answers frequently asked questions about saving money on travel.

Bankruptcy and Airlines-Budget Travel Consumer Self Defense
With so many airlines declaring bankruptcy, budget travelers need to be aware of risks and practice some consumer self defense. Here are some tips for minimizing the risks of booking travel with airlines and other travel providers in bankruptcy or facing serious financial issues.

Bid on a Budget Trip
Years ago, the rapid success of Priceline.com inspired other forays into Internet travel auctions. Clearly, travelers were willing to take some risk if it led to a lower hotel rate or other discount. Check out your options to bid online for travel products.

Budget Travel Library
For most budget travelers, book buying centers on the best guidebook that can be stashed in a backpack or suitcase. Guidebooks are great money-savers because they help you find things quickly and prioritize your precious travel time. But don't overlook other travel books that are also helpful: these offer advice on everything from frequent flier miles to choosing the most economical destinations.

Carry-On Luggage for Budget Travel
Carry-on luggage is a strong choice for budget travelers. Packing lightly allows you to explore cheaper transportation options. Budget travelers who are light on their feet often get the best bargains.

Five Chances to Save on Food when Traveling
Food costs can wreck a travel budget. Here are some strategies for keeping those costs in check without sacrificing nutrition or culinary adventure.

Guidebooks for Adventure Travel
Some guidebooks go beyond saving you money--they take you to exotic or off-the-beaten-path locales. These volumes cater to the adventuresome independent traveler.

Off Season Travel - Budget Travel in the Off Season
There are some drawbacks to off season travel. Sometimes it's the weather or the fact that important sites are closed for renovation or retooling. But if those problems aren't deal breakers, significant savings are also common. Take a look at the advantages of travel to a location that is in its low season for tourists.

Refunds and Relief for Budget Travelers
Travel problems can create budget trouble for travelers. Here are strategies for pursuing refunds and relief.

Save Money with Package Deals
Independent travelers tend to shy away from planned vacations in favor of finding their own way. But sometimes, a package deal that includes airfare, hotel or even ground transportation can save a lot of money.

Signs You're a Budget Traveler
Budget travelers are a peculiar lot. You might find them skipping long lines or sleeping on trains. Much of the time, you find them with smiles on their faces and cash in their pockets. The characteristics on this list (in no particular order of importance) represent budget travelers as they seek the best values for their hard-earned cash.

Travel Safety for Your Money
Travel safety is a part of budget travel because there are many people out there who make it their business to separate you from your money. The best travel deal on earth is of little value if you lose money to thieves. That's why you should never sacrifice safety for a cheap hotel room or a seemingly cheap taxi ride. Take a look at 10 tips for keeping your money safe from across the travel chann…

Work Abroad Resources
Budget travelers who want to extend their trips overseas frequently check into "work abroad" opportunities. Some are pursuing study abroad programs, while others simply want to take an extended vacation in a given place but lack the resources to finance their plans. The first step in finding work is to consider the destination's labor laws. They...

Group Travel Deals
Group travel deals become crucial in youth baseball tournaments, the traditional family reunion or other large group travel situations. Find some money saving tips for budget travel as a group.

How to Save Money at Disney World
Finding a Disney World discount involves more than cheap ticket options. Follow this advice for how to save money at Disney World parks.

Capsule Hotel
Capsule hotel stays have been available for travel in Japan, but they are becoming more common around the world. Would you stay in a capsule hotel as a budget travel option?

World Travel on a Budget
Cheap travel can be achieved by following these step by step tips for world travel on a budget.

Step by Step Travel Tips

Sometimes you just have to take a few simple, practical steps to save money on travel. These travel tips fit into a variety of situations, so click on the area where you need some advice and follow the step by step advice.

Step by Step Travel Tips for Road and Rail

There are many ways to save money on travel. But the best "how to" approach involves a step by step progression that considers the market conditions and your own itinerary. Whether you're trying to find a cheap cruise or an affordable walking tour, these travel tips will help you save money.

Most Expensive Cities
Visiting the world's most expensive cities can be a budget travel challenge. Here's how to visit cities you think you can't afford.

Budget Train Travel
Train travel can be economical and efficient. Here are 10 tips for budget travel on a train.

Top 10 Budget Travel Errors
The top 10 budget travel errors are easily avoided. Take a look at these errors and turn them into money saving tips.

Find a Travel Gift
Do you want to make a budget traveler happy? Find a travel gift that also fits your shopping budget. Whether you are Christmas shopping or simply looking to make someone you love happy on any occasion, here are places to begin your search. Here you will find links to the best accessories that save on baggage fees for air travelers, some good...

How to Buy a Cheap Vacation
Do you know how to buy a cheap vacation? Find out how you can pay a fraction of what others spend. Use budget travel techniques to afford the best trip possible.

Trends of 2010 for Budget Travel
Take a look at the top trends of 2010 for budget travel. This year in review look will help you set priorities for the year ahead as you save money on travel.

Travel Tips for 2011
Travel tips for 2011 can come at any time of year, but why not make them new year's resolutions? This annual project began in advance of 2002 . Reader interest that year prompted more resolutions in 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 and 2010 . In no particular order of importance, here are five more travel tip resolutions...

Readers' Choice Awards 2011 -- Nominate Your Favorites
Nominate Your Favorite Budget Airlines and Frequent Flier Prog…

Thank You for Submitting Your Nomination to the Readers' Choice Awards
Thank You for Submitting Your Nomination to the Readers' Choice Awards

Stretch Your Budget by Choosing Budget Friendly Destinations
When you visit cheap destinations, you find it is possible to stretch your travel budget. Take a look at places where your money will work harder for you.

Travel Warnings
Travel warnings are an attempt to save you inconvenience and perhaps far more serious problems. Find out about dangerous destinations and learn to avoid problems for budget travel safety.

Free Museum Visits
Free museum visits are possible at some of the world's greatest institutions. Here are 8 to whet your appetite for exploring free admission at great museums for budget travel.

The Hotel Calamity
Travel scams can have an impact on your travel budget. Read rip off reports from travelers who have seen street scams and stay on guard.

Free National Parks
Some national parks do not collect admission fees, while others can be visited free of charge on fee free days. Plan a budget travel adventure with free admission to one of these gorgeous locations.

Free Things to Do for Budget Travel
Finding free things to do can greatly enhance budget travel. Take a look at ways you can save money by taking advantage of free travel opportunities all over the world.

Sleeping in Airports
Sleeping in airports can be dangerous or illegal, but spending an overnight in the airport is a cheap travel choice some make. Others experience airline delays and stay in the terminal.

Signs You Might Be a Budget Traveler
There are telltale signs that you are a budget traveler. Take a look at this top 10 list of money saving tips a budget traveler can offer to those who want to stretch their resources.

Step by Step Practical Budget Travel Tips
Budget travel has a practical side. Find out what you should do in a variety of travel situations. Here is practical advice you can follow step by step for better budget travel.

Travel Tips for 2012
These travel tips for 2012 should be viewed as new year's resolutions for budget travelers. Take a look at these money saving tips and form good budget travel habits for 2012.

Senior Discount: Budget Friendly Countries
A senior discount while traveling can make trips far more affordable. Take a look at 10 budget friendly countries for senior travel.

Public Golf Courses - Budget Travel

Senior Travel - Save Money
Senior travel discounts abound, but sometimes you have to look ask for them in order to save money. Find some resources for senior travel and hit the road.

Best Kept Secrets - Budget Travel

New Year's Resolutions - Travel in 2013

Over-Looked Summer Travel Tips for Seniors

8 Common Mistakes Made in Airport Travel

Fight Jet Lag Symptoms

7 Ways that Excess Baggage Devalues a Budget Trip

8 Common Senior Travel Mistakes

Find a Travel Advisor

Tipping and Budget Travel

Confessions of a Budget Traveler

New Year's Resolutions - Travel in 2014

5 Great Travel Buys under $20

Food and Travel - 8 Common Mistakes

7 Ways to Experience a New City with Limited Time and Money

Family Vacations - Common Mistakes

Budget Travel Tips for Flyers
Budget travel often involves catching a flight. Take a look at some travel tips for flyers who don't want to waste money.

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