September 6, 2017

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101 Travel Hacks & Ways to Save Money and Travel Well, for Less [Travel Hacks & Tips]

In just the last 6 years, I’ve had to book over a hundred trips (both Domestic and International), out of my own pocket. Most of the trips were for work, some were for family, and a few were for vacations. Needless to say, I had to learn how to travel for less, very quickly. In this post, I discuss the best travel hacks and ways I’ve learned how you can save a lot of money and travel well, for less.

The links below are more in-depth guides. Below the main topics are all 101 tips combined. 

Main Topics I Cover:
Know the big 3 F.A.T.
Best Flight Tips
Best Accommodation Tips
Best Transportation Tips
Using Points for Travel
How to Pack
At the Airport
On the Airplane
When You Arrive
Other General Travel Tips & Hacks
For International Travel
For Traveling with Groups/Family
Traveling Off the Beaten Path

Know the Big 3 Travel F.A.T.

1. Know Your 3 biggest travel expenses (F.A.T.) Your biggest 3 travel expenses can be remembered by the acronym F.A.T.

 Flight, Accommodation, & Transportation.

Find sweet spots and a harmony for all 3 and you’ll save a ton of money.

2. Be Flexible  Generally, the more flexible you are, the more you’ll be able to save and get awesome deals.

3. Know Ballpark Costs Always have an idea of the approximate costs of each of the above before you book your travels.

I break down each in more detail below…

Best Flight Tips:

Best Flight Tips

4. Gauge Flight Costs: I typically start with http://flights.google.com just to get an idea of how much flights are on certain dates. I like Google flights because you can easily adjust dates & locations and it aggregates the best prices from all the different airlines (with the exception of a few).

5. Search Nearby Airports If you know how to search nearby airports, you can save a lot of money as well (e.g. a lot of times flying to Oakland Airport (OAK) instead of San Francisco Airport (SFO) or San Jose Airport (SJC) will save you up to $200 on flights alone.

6. Use Deal Sites Once you have an idea of cheap dates/locations, you can search other deal sites (like Orbitz or Cheap-O-Air) as a lot of times deal sites will be cheaper than Google Flights. Be sure to clear your cache/cookies or go incognito so those deal companies won’t increase the prices in their re-marketing efforts. I also like Momondo.com

7. Be Careful of Airline Policies Always be acquainted with Baggage policies (e.g. budget airlines like Spirit & Frontier or budget seats like United’s Explorer seat have extremely strict limits and fees that can rack up a lot of costs you may not have expected). Even popular airlines like American Airlines will charge for check-in luggage.

8. Try a Budget Airline I’m actually a huge fan of budget airlines as they can save you a lot of money but only if you know how to navigate through their baggage policies. Budget Airlines in Asia is almost on a different level than Budget Airlines in the U.S. Scoot & Asia Air have been tremendous experiences even with their strict policies and have saved me hundreds of dollars from the major carriers.

9. Take Advantage of Stopovers – This technique is slightly more advanced and for international travel but if you just keep in mind that a lot of airlines offer free or low-priced stopovers, you can look into how you can fly to another destination for almost free.

10. Take Advantage of Open-Jaw – Different from the above but it can also save you money if you’re flying into a location and want to fly out from a different location.

11. Use Points – One of the most effective ways to use Credit Card points is for travel. If you’re traveling on Business or First class, the redemption value goes up even more. I would’ve never been able to (justifiably) fly Business Class if it weren’t for the use of points.

A lot of Credit Cards bonuses are alone enough for a free RT International flight.

Once you’ve found the best deal on a flight, the next step is finding the best deal for accommodations:

Best Accommodation Tips:

Best Accommodation Tips

Hotel prices vary widely in different cities and in different seasons. I’ve seen hotels shoot up prices 50-100% due to large events.

But I’ve also seen hotels cut their prices by over 60%…

12. Gauge Hotel Costs I usually start with Priceline or just google hotels in the location you’re traveling to get a gauge of approximate prices of hotels in the area.

13. Express Deals Priceline’s Express Deals are quite awesome actually. Although they won’t tell you exactly which hotel you’ll get until you book, you can still know the guest rating, amenities, and general location before you book.

14. Hotel Modesty If you are budget conscious – 3.5 star hotels is usually the highest you should go. A lot of 4+ star hotels have a lot of extra costs such as parking fees, resort fees, maintenance fees, etc (since the fees are per day, those expenses can really add up quick).

15. Hotel Location Always take into account the location of the hotel. Particularly overseas, some locations that are hard to get to will add significant costs if you need to take a cab there.

16. Check Hotel Amenities Hotel Amenities actually make a big difference. If you normally eat breakfast, a free breakfast saves you money. Free parking saves money as opposed to paying up to $20/day for parking. Gyms (if you need to get some exercise in each day) will save you time and money as opposed to finding guest passes elsewhere. Free wifi will save you money as opposed to paying for it.

17. Hotel Loyalty Rewards Most hotels have great loyalty programs and nice bonuses and perks if you use their credit card. Perks include free anniversary night stays, free upgrades, and free nights.

18. Credit Card Points – Credit Card points also have awesome redemption value for hotels. SPG, Hilton, IHG, Marriott are just a few hotels you can transfer Credit Card points to redeem for hotel night stays. The more luxurious and costly the hotel, the more likely your points value will go up.

19. Try Airbnb I’ve stayed in plenty of Airbnbs and they’ve all been very pleasant. Considering you can check reviews, it’s easier these days to find a great host at an excellent price. Often, you’ll also get a more “local” experience over staying at a hotel.

20. Consider a Hostel: Staying in a hostel is one of the cheapest ways you can travel. Though you’ll likely be sharing rooms with other people, you’ll inevitably meet a lot of strangers along the way. But that’s part of the fun of traveling! Just do your due diligence in checking reviews and use reliable sources like www.hostelworld.com.

21. Consider a Work Away If you’re planning to travel more long-term and want to get free accommodations, you can consider a work away where you volunteer to help with various tasks (e.g. teaching English, helping with chores) to get free accommodations wherever you’re traveling to. Considering accommodations are usually around $40-50/day you can easily save over $1000/month this way. Again, just do your due diligence and use reliable sources like https://www.workaway.info/

22. Stay a Night at the Airport This sounds a bit insane but if you’ve never slept at an airport, you need to try it just once. You can donate the $80 you save to me! But really, sleeping at airports is awesome. Though not the most comfortable, it’s quite adventurous and you’ll be able to relate better to almost every traveler out there. (I would NOT recommend doing it more than two days in a row).

When you have all of your accommodations taken care of, you can move onto transportation (figuring out how you’ll get everywhere).

Best Transportation Tips:

Best Transportation Tips

Getting around your destination is essential and often one of your biggest expenses. If you’re able to rent a car for cheap, that’s usually the better option over public transportation (unless you’re traveling to heavy traffic areas like NYC or Chicago).

But in most international destinations, you won’t be able to rent a car so public transportation is essential. Really, the key to public transportation is just planning and research, particularly if you don’t have access to internet handy wherever you are.

23. Car deal aggregators For car rental, start with Priceline, Costco travel, or car rental aggregators for price comparison on dates/times. Honestly, I find Costco travel the best. They also give me 3% back with my Executive Membership.

24. Check insurance For car rental, always check your credit card and insurance policy before you pay for CDW or LDW. A lot of times, you may not need car rental company insurance.

25. Plan Public Transportation For public transportation, plan/route your travels as best as you can to avoid unnecessary taxi costs. Taxis are very expensive.

26. Take a Bus This is particularly good for traveling in Europe where traveling by bus is often much cheaper and efficient than flying from country to country. Also, it’s easier to sleep on a bus so it makes traveling on buses a great option.

27. Take a Train Trains all over the world are also quite efficient and inexpensive, particularly for long distance traveling. There are sleeper trains for overnight travel and premium class cabins if you want a more comfortable seat. Note that train tickets are usually significantly cheaper when you book ahead of time online.

28. Walk – I don’t mean to sound like an ass, but walking has been one of the most rewarding ways to get around if and when possible. You see so much more and it’s free. Particularly in Europe and high traffic cities like New York, Chicago, & San Francisco, walking often beats public transportation and for sure, driving.

29. Learn from Others Check Tripadvisor forums or WikiTravel The Free Travel Guide for travel tips local to wherever you are going. You’ll find out from experienced travelers how to navigate around where you’re going.

30. Book a Tour – This is good especially for places you’re not familiar with. Remember, it’s expensive getting lost. Tours will usually pick you up from your stay and take care of your entire trip for whatever you’re wanting to see. Just keep in mind there’s a downside to tours and that’s – set itineraries, sales pitch vendors, and going to overcrowded areas.

31. International Cellular Data If you do get lost, the best tool is having international data. T-mobile simplifies this tremendously but every carrier has international capabilities.

32. Use Meters or Uber For cabs, always use the meter to avoid scams. Consider Uber or local ride-sharing apps over taxis. There’s a lesser chance of getting scammed.

Using Points for Travel:

Using Points for Travel

33. Use Points & Awards for travel The biggest way to save money is by using points or taking advantage of loyalty awards for travel.

If you spend on average just $1000-$1500 per month, have decent credit, and can move those expenses onto certain credit cards, there are significant bonuses that give 50,000-100,000 points within 3 months. That amount of points is usually worth over $1000 in savings for flights and/or hotels.

For example, if you opened a AMEX SPG card and spent $3000 in 3 months, you can get up to 25,000 points (depending on the bonus).

25,000 points can get you as many as 13 nights at a Category 1 hotel with Starwood hotels.

If you opened a Chase United Card and spent the same ($3,000 in 3 months), you can get up to 70,000 bonus points which is equivalent to an International Round Trip ticket or two domestic round trip tickets depending on where you go.

34. Guide to getting a ton of points Here’s a more in-depth guide to getting 250,000 points in one year. (enough for a Round the World Trip on Star Alliance Business Class – the trip I went on this year)

Generally, a lot of credit cards offer very valuable programs with their points – often worth more than cash back and for sure worth more than their product redemptions.

Travel is one of the most valuable redemptions with points. It just takes some research and understanding of what perks you can get with each card.

35. Be Careful of Overspending Credit The only caveat is making sure you manage credit well and don’t succumb to the pitfall of spending above your means.

Remember, cash is generally always still more valuable than collecting points. Points should only be used a bonus for the cash you need to spend.

How to Pack

How to Pack

This may be the hardest topic to cover as I personally believe everyone’s needs or personal preference will be drastically different. However, here are some general tips and hacks for packing.

36. Use Check-in luggage only if you have to – Check-in bags are problematic. It may get lost, it’s another thing you have to lug around, you won’t be able to check-in early to stay at lounges or sleep inside the airport, and it’s a liability you need to constantly watch out for. It’s possible to travel for months with only a carry-on because I’ve done it several times before but I understand check-ins do allow for make-up, more nicer clothing, room for gifts.

37. Bring a print copy of your passport – In case you lose it, this will be a life-saver.

38. Don’t waste any space – Roll your shirts, stuff your socks into shoes or any empty spots, and use every crook and cranny you have.

39. Have Priority items with you, Always – The majority of the time you travel, you’ll only be able to carry one item with you (your backpack). You won’t want to lug any suitcases or large duffle bag when you walk around tour sites. Have your most important (3-4 things) items either on you or in your backpack that you can constantly check and keep track of.

For me, my priority items are 1) my phone which doubles up as my wallet 2) my passport 3) my laptop.

40. Bring a Lock Some places you won’t want to have certain items in your backpack, in which case your priority items should be on you. If you need to leave it back where you’re staying though, make sure to have a lock. You can also use the lock to secure zippers on your backpack for important items.

41. Use Coin Laundries – Knowing that coin laundries are readily available in most places you travel to and/or just having detergent/soap/and a sink will help you be okay with packing less.

At the Airport

How to Pack

42. Consider Parking at the Airport – If a friend can’t give you a ride, consider parking your car at the airport instead of paying for a taxi/uber. Round trip cab costs can cost up to $100. A lot of airports have discounted remote parking places. That include nearby hotel lots that rent out its spaces for travelers for as low as a few dollars a day. Hotels will usually includes free shuttle drop-off as well. Just make sure to arrive early enough to catch their set shuttle times.  https://www.airportparkingreservations.com/

43. Bring an Empty Bottle – You’re always going to need water but you shouldn’t be paying $4 for it. Fill it up once you’ve crossed security.

44. Consider TSA Pre-check/Global Entry – I’ll admit, I always thought TSA Pre-check was for people who can’t get to the airport on time. But having almost missed numerous flights, I realized that problem happens to me too. It’s $100 or so and you have to do it in advance but it’s good for 5 years. It feels amazing being in shorter, expedited lines that don’t require taking off everything to get through security. $20/year is well worth if you travel just once a year.

45. Don’t exchange currency – It’s a total rip-off at airport. At most, get only a little cash if you absolutely need. The best alternative is getting an ATM card with no foreign transaction fees (Charles Schwab has an ATM card that will reimburse all ATM transactions). Or use a local bank.

46. Use up local currency coins – It’s difficult to exchange foreign currency in coins (even airports won’t exchange for you) so try to use up any foreign coins you have before you leave the country.

47. Wear Extra Clothing to Avoid Fees – In the event you missed check-in time for some reason but still have the ability to carry-on or if you just want to avoid check-in fees altogether, wear some of your extra clothing through the security gate. It’s unorthodox but has worked twice for me.

48. Bring a snack or meal – Airport food is expensive, only eat there to enjoy. Don’t eat there because you have to.

49. Get Lounge Access – Easiest way to get lounge access is if you travel a lot and have status. Second easiest way is getting the Priority Pass by paying for it or getting with a (Chase Reserve or AMEX Platinum) Credit Card. Last method is getting it through buying a Business or First Class seat.

Lounge access is truly amazing – get unlimited free food, drinks, alcohol, & often showers/rest areas to rejuvenate before a long flight.

50. Prep for the Flight – Have work downloaded to be done offline, have a book ready, have a neck pillow, whatever helps you get through the flight without having to suffer any more than you have to.

51. Constantly check your Passport/ID, have a backup – This happens to more people than you think and it’s the costliest accident that can happen. If you don’t have an ID, you won’t be able to board your flight. If you’re somewhere overseas, you’ll need to work with the embassy. Don’t let it happen by double checking often for your ID, especially before you get to the airport.

52. Plan ahead to Expedite Customs Clearance – You’ll need a contact number, address of your stay, and be prepared to have a good reason for your travel. In some places like Tel Aviv, you may get questioned thoroughly. If you need a Visa to enter certain countries, I hope you already took care of that. You don’t want to be fumbling or trying to reach someone for this info at the Customs line.

On the Airplane

On the Airplane

53. Dress Comfortably – For long haul flights, have an outer layer when it’s cold but a comfortable layer on the inside. Long haul flights are dreaded if you’re sitting in economy. Business class is a totally different experience. You actually look forward to long flights.

54. Have Help with Sleep – Take sleep pills, have a comfortable neck pillow, bring an eye mask – do whatever it takes to help you sleep through as many hours as possible through long haul flights. Sleep also feels great on a short haul flight.

55. Avoid Coffee – Many flight attendants have said the hot water filter seldom gets cleaned. But more importantly, you don’t want any caffeine to keep you awake when you’re flying. Have a cup of tea instead.

56. Use Good Earphones – Noise cancelling earphones are great for music, movies, or whatever you have on the plane to keep you occupied. Invest in a decent pair or bring any headphones you have – it’ll most likely be better than the ones provided by the airlines. You don’t want to be stuck with bad ear phones on a long flight.

57. Download TV/Movies – Short-haul flights likely won’t have entertainment. Long-haul flights may not have entertainment you want to watch. Download a series and catch up on it on the flight!

58. Be Polite – Always be polite to the airline steward/stewardess and crew. It goes a long way for a stressed crew. You never know they’ll appreciate your small gestures of gratitude and kindness.

When you Arrive

When You Arrive

59. Check Public Transportation – Many large cities will have trains or buses that are a fraction of the cost of a taxi. Avoid taxis if possible. And if you must get a taxi, always have the driver use their meters. Don’t negotiate prices – you’ll likely end up paying more.

60. Have Sim Card/Local Communication – If your phone isn’t covered internationally for data and phone service, make sure to have your phone on airplane mode or remove your sim card. Get a local sim card at the airport if you’re traveling for more than a few days. It’ll come in handy.

61. Have some Cash Handy – Use a Charles Schwab debit card to avoid ATM fees and get fair currency exchange rates. If you don’t have one, only get enough cash to get you to a local bank.

62. Use Airport Storage – If you’re at an airport for a layover and want to go visit the City, store your large luggages at an airport storage (available at several airports). It usually costs only a couple bucks.

63. Go Sight-Seeing for Long Layovers – Several airports offer travelers free tours for long layovers (Changi Airport in Singapore and Incheon Airport in South Korea are the two best tours). If there’s not a free tour, you can also check one more destination off your list of places you’ve seen by taking a quick tour. Just give plenty of time to get back so you don’t miss your flight.

64. Avoid Scams – A lot of scams happen at airports. Most commonly are just drivers wanting to charge a high fee for unsuspecting travelers. Always ask an information booth to direct you to how to get to where you need to be. Don’t negotiate prices unless you’re familiar with the area. Use meters for taxi rides.

Other General Travel Tips & Hacks

Other General Travel Hacks & Tips

65. Get Travel Insurance – Inevitably, there’s always going to be some mishaps in your trip. Most people don’t know you can get reimbursed for travel delays, lost luggage, and even stolen items. Though you don’t know when you’ll need it, when you do need it – it’ll be worth more than what you save not getting it.

66. Watch Food Costs – It’s a lot easier to overspend on food costs when you’re traveling unless you’re buying food in Asia (like the super cheap breakfast pictured above in Hanoi). Generally in most places, new local cuisines you want to try is going to be tempting.

If you’re on a budget though, limit yourself to dining out. I usually dine out one meal a day and find that it is plenty for enjoyment. This leaves creativity for your other meals.

Grocery stores and local markets are great options for budget travel as you can get fresh fruit, meat, bread and simple but healthy foods to carry you through your day.

Healthy, light food also leaves you feeling better during the day when you explore your destination 🙂

67. Utilize Coin Laundries Coin laundries are amazing and allow you to bring less clothing. You can search for coin-operated laundries around you wherever you are. Your stay will often know of the places close-by.

68. Find People you Know – Family, friends, or any connection when traveling can always be the difference between night and day. Though you don’t want to take advantage of generosity, people are often a lot more willing to help than you think.

69. Be careful not to lose items One of the mostly costly problems to have when you travel – both financially and emotionally is just losing an important item; anything from wallets to luggages or bags.

70. Have just 3-4 High Priority items The best way to minimize this risk is having just a few high priority items that you constantly make sure you have.

For me, my highest priority items are 1) my phone/wallet (my phone case also carries my credit cards, ID, and some cash), 2) my passport 3) my laptop

Everything else I can “afford” to lose. I know everyone’s needs are different but try reducing your high priority items to just 3-4 items.

71. Plan for Unexpected Costs: Baggage fees, currency exchange, transportation, emergency costs are all common for travelers.

To be honest, there’s so many opportunities for unexpected costs to arise, it’d be difficult to list out all of the ones I’ve run into.

However, generally the better you prepare and the more experience you have, the more you’ll avoid unexpected costs.

72. Have a Credit Card handy Have a credit card handy if you need it and make sure to let your credit card company know of your travel plans to avoid your account getting frozen if they see a string of international charges.

For International Travel 

For International Travel

73. Use a Calculator for International Currency – It’s easy to overspend when currency values are different and it’s hard to estimate prices in your head. For some reason, it was actually easier to throw away 230,000 VND dong when I had millions, not realizing 230,000 was still $10.

74. Use a Charles Schwab Debit card In addition, I’d highly recommend using a Charles Schwab account and debit card that gives you free ATM withdrawals worldwide. You’re going to need local currency often. You DON’T want to trade for it at airports.

75. Know what to do when you get lost Getting lost is inevitable and happens frequently in places you are not familiar with. The important thing is minimizing your losses if/when you lose your way.

76. Consider a Private Tour Guide In a lot of places particularly in Asia, private tour guides are awesome. First, they’re extremely affordable (e.g. a full day private tour in Thailand cost me about $60 USD and included food & transportation to anywhere). Your guide knows the local area the best so can help secure special deals. And you won’t have to worry about getting lost. Just remember to do due diligence in finding a reliable guide.

77. Use Online Check-in – Always check-in 24 hours before your flight so you can choose preferred seats and get updates on flight statuses. It’ll save you time and make a large difference if you get your preference on seating assignments.

78. Use International Cellular Data If you get lost, international data is always the most handy tool to have. T-mobile offers free international coverage in a wide range of countries. If you use other carriers, they have options too- you just need to plan for it. That way you can look up what you need on your phone quickly.

79. Ask for Help If that’s not available, try asking for help. There’s actually a lot of great samaritans out there- I’ve gotten help many times when I’ve gotten lost from all over the world.

80. Use Google Translate – Often, one of the biggest setbacks to International travel is communication. Google translate is actually quite useful. Though not accurate, it’s considerably better than nothing.

81. Bring Some Peptol/Advil – Getting sick is one of the worst things to happen when you travel. On the bright side, a lot of symptoms can be taken care of with the preparation of some basic over-the-counter medicine.

82. Get a Cab or Uber driver If the above for some reason doesn’t work, the last resort is usually hailing a cab or uber driver. Though expensive, you’ll usually eventually get to where you need to be.

83. Make Friends – One of the best things about traveling is meeting people from around the globe. Be friendly, go out and meet people.

84. Avoid Scams – Particularly in popular tourist destinations, scams are prevalent. Everything from absurdly high cab fares to bogus tour prices and street hustlers. One of the best ways to avoid getting scammed is knowing what to look for through others’ experiences on Wikitravel or TripAdvisor.

For Traveling with Family/Groups

For Traveling with Family/Groups

Traveling with kids, family, or a group totally changes the entire game of travel. If you’ve ever traveled with a 2 year old, you’d know it’s just a different experience.

85. Take Advantage of Split Costs Best part of traveling with others is the ability to share costs for hotels, cabs, and even experiences.

86. Take Advantage of TSA/Priority Pass – Only one person in the itinerary needs TSA pre-check. Everyone else on the itinerary will receive the same status.

87. Board Early – Families with young kids or loved ones with disabilities usually will have the opportunity to board first. Make sure to take advantage of that as boarding a crowded plane with everyone else will be a disaster.

88. Be Careful of “Additional Person” Charges – Be careful of additional person charges in hotels, cabs, or tours. A lot of companies will try and offer a lower per person rate but the group will end up paying more than solo travelers. Unless the request is reasonable (e.g. if the group has a lot of baggage, always ask for normal pricing).

89. Consider a Private Tour Guide – Private tours gives your group a lot more freedom to do what you want to do and adjust schedules as opposed to going on a set group tour with other strangers. A lot of private tours have designated vans for small groups and will be a great experience for the group, especially if you have young kids.

90. Cook/Share Meals – Eating out as a group can be expensive and difficult to get seating. Suggest the group enjoy eating out once a day and enjoy cooked meals at home for the rest of the day. It’s usually a lot cheaper and healthier which will allow you to travel with more energy throughout the day.

If you don’t want to cook, a lot of grocery stores also have great pre-cooked meal options. Sandwiches and ramen are always great to eat as well.

91. Divide Responsibilities With more brains in your itinerary, divide up responsibilities so each member can be more focused on specific tasks. Have someone in charge of taking care of eating-in meals, someone in charge of transportation, someone in charge of things to do, etc. While there can still be collaboration in these things, it helps when someone is more dedicated to one task.

Traveling Off the Beaten Path 

Traveling Off the Beaten Path

For those traveling off the beaten path where not many tourists can be found and you find yourself immersed in a place that doesn’t speak your language.

92. Consider Disposable Underwear – If you’ve ever wandered into truly a remote area, you’ll understand the underrated value of a clean bathroom to do your business.

At times when nature calls, you may not always have access to a restroom for hours. Disposable underwear at least provide an avenue rather than having to throw away clothing or step into a filthy restroom.

93. Have a Camera Handy – More than any other traveling experience you’ll have, you’ll want to have a camera handy to capture moments the vast majority of people will never get to experience or have because you took the road less traveled.

94. Pack Sandwiches & Ramen – The value of sandwiches and ramen becomes exponentially higher in beaten paths where food may not always be as accessible as you’re accustomed to. There may be cleanliness factors or just availability of food you’re safe to eat.

95. Be Maneuverable – Only bring a backpack if you can. You’ll want to keep exploring and going to places. Don’t leave anything behind.

96. Drink Carbonated Water – It keeps you full for longer so you can continue trekking on your journey. Avoid the ones with sodium if possible.

97. Take Multi-Vitamins – It’ll keep your immune system strong when you’re most exposed to various climates and environment that your body may not be used to.

98. Consider a Round the World Trip – if you want to go to many places, a Round the world trip is not as expensive as you think and there are generous rules that allow you to travel to several places within the timespan of a year. It’ll change your life.

99. Do Laundry in the Sink – Bring some detergent or soap so you can wash the few articles of clothing you bring. Hang dry it overnight.

100. Respect Other Cultures – By due diligence in doing a bit of research before you go. Respecting other cultures will go a long way to truly enjoy the people you meet in your journey.

101. Always be Kind to Others – One of my best travel tips no matter where you go, what culture you find yourself in, or who you meet – be kind to those around you and you’ll see the wonders of how far kindness will take you.

I hope you travel well, for less.