One man told how he travels to loads of countries cheaply

@maximax8 (28247)
United Kingdom
January 8, 2013 11:43am CST
On the Internet I saw a man explain how to use an American website called Price Line. He says which city he wishes to stay and and bids a price. He says he stays in a posh hotel of for 40 to 50 dollars when the rooms usual price is 150 to 200 dollars. He looks at flight websites that can say which are the flights available to free with airport tax added or low airfares. He mentioned he mainly gets great deals on flights in the winter months. I love to stay in locally owned guest houses. I look in my travel guide book and on-line to find these. I look at Sky Scanner website to look at which flights are cheapest for long haul trips. If I was going to try out the man's tips I would try to get low airfares to Morocco, Cyprus and Iceland. If I was a young and single person I would try out couch Surfing. I have camped in my own tent when I have traveled with very little money. I got a working holiday visa for Australia so I knew I could work there legally. I worked as a children's nanny, a factory packer and as a charity collector. In my home country I have done shop work, office work and teaching in primary schools. Being a teacher is a lovely job as I am keen on education and I like to work with children. Sometimes I think I should work as a travel agent. What do you think of the man's efforts? Would you choose to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel for a low price?
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13 responses
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
8 Jan 13
dawn is right, if you tell a travel agent to find the cheapest price on hotels and things they will. Just make sure who tell them what you are trying to do...
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
I was glad the travel agent found me a flight to the Maldives when I was let down the hurricane happening in Mexico.
• Canada
8 Jan 13
it really depends on the area i am staying in. when in canada or the states i will usually find a more expensive hotel for a cheaper price and pay about 60-70 for one that costs usually 150-200. but then when i'm away for longer periods of time like when i go jamaica or something i get a cheap hotel since i spend all my time on the beach anyway. i think in jamaica i got a hotel that costs 20 a night and i was there for two weeks. I would also love to find a cheap flight to morocco. I have been dying to get there.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
It was excellent you found a hotel room in Jamaica for 20 dollars a night. On my travels to America I stayed at dorms in backpacker and youth hostels. I visited Canada in 2010 with my children. I found the accommodation expensive. It was hard to find anywhere inexpensive to stay in Victoria, Vancouver Island. I hope that you will be able to get a cheap flight to Morocco.
• United States
8 Jan 13
Priceline works well for those who have a lot of flexibility in their travel plans. I think that is the key to traveling inexpensively--not just in dealing with Priceline. If you are able to be extremely flexible in your travels, you can see as much of the world as you wish for little money. However, I think that takes a level of flexibility that many of us cannot manage. I have to have things a certain way, since I am usually traveling with my cats. Someone traveling with children would also likely have certain restrictions, since not everything can work if one has children in tow.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
At the time I left for my trip around the world I have that level of flexibility that you mentioned in your response. However I haven't got that anymore. I have a mortgage payment going out of my bank account every month, two dogs and three children. Yes, traveling with your cats you have specific requirements. I prefer a room on the ground floor or the accommodation to have an elevator. I usually have a specific amount of time and I am limited how many school days I can have. I teamed it with the school holidays. Little did I know my son would brake his leg three weeks before our trip last time around.
@Porcospino (17841)
• Denmark
8 Jan 13
I have never heard about Price Line, but it sounds interesting. It is great he has found a way to stay in posh hotels without spending a lot of money. If I had the chance to do the same thing I would do it. I usually try to find cheap accomodation when I travel, but I have stayed in 4 and 5 star hotels in the past because my ex-boyfriend always wanted to stay in luxurious hotels. I don't need luxurious accomodation, but if I could get an 5 star hotel for a low price I wouldn't say no. I sometimes find cheap rooms on Agoda. If I am willing to pay in advance and accept that I can't cancel the reservation without a fee it is possible to find some cheap rooms there. It is also possible to find cheap flights on a local site from my country especially if I don't need a direct flight.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
Your ex-boyfriend was very similar to my ex-boyfriend in that he loved luxury accommodation. The Seychelles we found were expensive. I like clean and simple accommodation. It would be fun to stay a couple of nights in a 5 star hotel for a cut down price. You see I would love to go in their swimming pool and jacuzzi. Yes, a non-direct flight can be much cheaper than a direct flight. I traveled to South America changing planes in Madrid. The price was much cheaper than going on a British flight non stop and direct. It is great you sometimes find cheap room prices.
• India
8 Jan 13
I appreciate the effort by this Man. By his information we other's are also getting knowledge about it. We can also try to manage our budget as low as possible. I also appreciate you. Doing this lots of job at a time i can't even think about it. Because am little Lazy. lol. And about your second question i would say defiantly YES. Who will say no if he get 4 to 5 star for a low price.I think it's be a great LUCK if got this. If you got this type of Motel/Hotel than please don't forget to inform me dear maximax. Thanks.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
Thanks for your wonderful response. I am hoping to visit Eastern Europe in the spring or summer. I will book my tickets on the first day bookings open to get the lowest available prices. I also appreciate the information from that man.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 13
From my experience I see timing as the key element as well to saving pounds when travelling, providing you can travel within a few days, you can get late deals, holidays that start expensive will slash their prices if they are not taken, so providing you are patient and can travel without limits you will save money. There are lots of ways of saving money when travelling abroad, providing you know where to go, the internet has made this much easier as too low cost flights, again if you are not fussed on what flight you take. Providing I have a bed to sleep in I wouldn't mind what star the hotel was, especially if I got it at a good price. You do hear of people on the same holiday as you paying so much less than you have, which is very annoying!
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
Hello Wolfie. I was fortunate to live within easy traveling distance of London for arranging by trips when I was a young person in days before the Internet. Travel books I found expensive and before my world trip I liked browsing in a travel library owned by Trail Finders. Now finding great travel deals is much easier being able to use the Internet. When I was a single person I happily slept on the airport floor. For my children's benefit I have to look for child friendly flight times. After the trip to Colombia I know to pack all essentials in the hand luggage. Shopping immediately on arrival can waste money. I learned transport can be too busy to get on at holiday times like Easter.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jan 13
i would think a travel agent job would be perfect for you. And of course I'd stay in a nice hotel for a lower price if I could get it.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 13
Thanks for your superb response. When I was around 18 years old one of my friend's had a boyfriend that worked as a travel agent. I should have studied Travel and Tourism. Instead I studied Business and Finance Shipping and Transport. Funnily enough I did an A Level in Travel and Tourism for my own enjoyment.
• United States
20 Jan 13
I think that if you do plan for a vacation, it is worth the effort to try and find the cheapest accomodations. However, with airfare and booking a room and buying food, there is a certain big amount of money that we have to use even if we find good deals on flight and hotels. I think it's a lot of money to spend 40 dollars to have a place to find the night and a hundred dollar flight is still a lot of money even if it's a great deal. Or perhaps I only think this way since I do not currently have an income.
• India
20 Jan 13
I am so gonna explore this Price Line. I love travelling and affordable luxury would be great!
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
10 Jan 13
I think you would make a wonderful travel agent! I guess I've done my fair share of the sort of thing this bloke got up to. There used to be many websites here like "Lastminute" & "Quickbeds" that offer enormously expensive room charges for very little. They do this just to fill up the rooms. After all, a little bit of money for the owner is better than no money, right? Anyway, sometimes I'd get a wonderful room for just a dollar - maybe only for one night before the prices skyrocket. New Zealand accomodation was awesome like this! All the accomodation on the South Island I stayed in was newly renovated & most places charged very, very little for what would normally cost hundreds per night back home. I couldn't believe the luxury & facilities! Places that were actually well-built from the best materials & spared nothing on high-end appliances, right down to the best cutlery around. How I wished I could have stayed for more than just one night! However, these days I don't care how little per room they charge. I wouldn't stay in those congested, polluted horrible little places if they paid me! I'm a bigger fan of caravan parks & eco-tourism!
@bao10560 (21)
• China
10 Jan 13
The man must be a careful person.This knack was full of attraction.Who would say 'NO' to a 4or5 star hotel with such a cheap price?This was a wonderful experience.To save money,I bought a student ticket from the phone serval days ago,which caused that I will leave the campus late after my friends have been at home.So it's a pretty thing if I could find a cheap ticket of plane on the internet.If that happens,I will arrive at my destination quickly and my dream to take a plane will come true!
@theoana (97)
• Romania
9 Jan 13
The man is intelligent and knows how to make a profit from the surrounding resources. He is to be admired, and what he does can be an example set for the others that don't have a big amount of money and that like to travel.
@squallming (1777)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 13
I would say the man is definitely a wise traveler . I like to travel to local destinations and I would always look for cheap accommodation and transportation on the internet. Though I have never came across a website which allows the user to bid for a hotel price though. I would also like travel to other parts of the world but I don't have that kind of budget now. Of course if given a cheaper price, I would stay in 4 or 5 star hotel especially if I am with my girlfriend. It is always a great experience staying at decent hotels and of course you have to take the money you have into consideration.