House Sitting refers to a home owner leaving their house in the hands of one or more “house sitters”. In exchange for free accommodation, the house sitter agrees to watch the home and any pets on the property for part of or the entire duration of the homeowners’ absence.
There are exceptions where the house sitter will be paid a small stipend or will be asked to agree to a security deposit or to pay a nominal fee. However, these are extremely rare and are only applicable if agreed upon by both parties involved. Click to read more
So many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?
Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Several of the busiest airports have also raised passenger fees way up so now they are actually among the most expensive. I wanted to find out for myself, so I tested fares at all major European international airports with overseas flights to create the list below of the 23 cheapest European cities to fly to in 2014. Click to read more
Anyone looking for an affordable destination with very good weather during the month of May will be happy to know that the list of possibilities is long. There are fascinating cities in most regions of the world that are worth a look, as well as many affordable beach areas for those looking to relax in the sun.
The list below is broken down by region to help you narrow the choices more efficiently, and there are also links to pages with information about the cheapest beach destinations in the Caribbean and in Europe, which both are loaded with bargains this time of year. Of course for each city mentioned there are plenty of smaller cities nearby that are usually even cheaper, so hopefully this gives you some ideas. Click to read more
London is famously one of the most expensive cities on the planet, but you really don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the sights and even get involved in its world-class nightlife. If you know where to stay in the city as well as where to look for cheaper entertainment, food, and drinks, you can have a great time on a more modest budget.
I’ve visited the city literally dozens of times, and that experience allows me to quickly find the cheaper stuff that I like and avoid those jaw-dropping prices that haunt most new travelers. Below you’ll find tips and advice on how to get the most out of your visit to London without spending a fortune. Click to read more
It’s a common question. Someone is planning a trip for several months out and they are wondering if they should buy the cheapest ticket available now, or wait and hope the fare drops at least a bit. If the flight is around a holiday time (Christmas, Thanksgiving etc) then the answer is to buy it as early as possible, since fares around holidays generally just keep going higher and higher.
The Go Los Angeles Card is an interesting way to save money while visiting the biggest attractions in the city, but it’s not ideal for everyone. It covers 37 different attractions that are spread over a great distance within Southern California, and the first thing you might notice is that it does NOT cover Disneyland. However, it does cover almost everything else, and visiting Disneyland on your own on another day is simple enough.
It’s easy to get confused when looking at the list of attractions on the Go Los Angeles Card website, especially if you’ve spent little or no time in the area before. So as someone who grew up in Los Angeles and knows all of these places (plus the distances between), I’m going to help you decide whether this pass is good value for you or not. Click to read more
The internet has become an indispensable tool for travel research as well as the way to get the best prices for flights and hotels, but you might not realize that you can save time and often money in other ways as well. More of the world’s most famous attractions are not only selling advanced tickets online, they are also offering discounts at the same time.
This works out as a great deal for everyone since visitors can save money by buying tickets in only a few clicks from a website, and allowing them to skip the often-long ticket queues as well. In some cases you pick up your ticket at a special Will Call window, while in many other cases you are allowed to actually print the tickets from home, or receive them in the mail. Click to read more
Show a person a photo of an overwater bungalow or water villa and suddenly they have a new goal in life. Unfortunately, most of the 130 or so resorts that feature overwater rooms are quite expensive, usually well over US$500 per night, even in the off season.
Well, there is a bit of good news then as it turns out that not all of them are priced only for the super-rich. Thanks to the overwater bungalows and water villas guide, which lists every overwater resort in the world, we know that there are some affordable options out there.
Updated for 2014
The list of 19 resorts below has been totally updated for 2014, and all room rates are current for this year. Some resorts only have one rate, while most of the larger resorts offer the lowest rates only to those who book well in advance. Click to read more
One of the main missions here at Price of Travel is to help people estimate their travel budgets in any major city around the world. Currency exchange rates are one of the big factors in how prices change from one year to another, but they rarely have the positive effect we might assume they would. Particularly when you are visiting developing countries, which is where most of the big currency swings happen, the average tourist probably won’t even notice.
As someone who studies worldwide travel pricing and exchange rates, I would love to report that careful consumers can save big money by focusing on destinations with weak currencies. But the reality is, that doesn’t work at all. Check our World Backpacker Index for 2014 for typical costs in over 120 cities, and the cheaper countries are cheap for reasons having nothing to do with exchange rates. Click to read more
April is the perfect month for cheap vacations in much of the world because most people prefer tropical holidays in the months ending in March, so you can still find perfect weather combined with lower hotel prices in many fantastic destinations.
Much of Latin America has ideal weather this month, while April is (weirdly) the single hottest month in most of Southeast Asia, so that budget-traveler hot spot is really better avoided until autumn.
Those looking for a cheap beach vacation will have many really good options because even places with scorching weather can be quite bearable if all you are doing is sitting under an oversized umbrella sipping cocktails all day long, with breezes always rolling in. Click to read more