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How to Travel the World on $0 a Day

By SHANNON KELLY

Think you don’t have the money to travel? German journalist and filmmaker Michael Wigge set out to prove that money is no object to getting around the globe. Starting in Berlin, he travelled to Montreal, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Peru (where he hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu), Argentina and even Antarctica—25,000 miles in total, 11 countries and 4 continents—all without a dime. (more…)

Travel Bloggers Share Their Best Tips for Finding Budget Accommodations

By CANDICE WALSH

Photo: Thomas Heylen

Did you know you don’t have to be a student to get the same discounts students get? Or that there are more upscale alternatives to CouchSurfing? We asked Canadian travel bloggers for their absolute best tips for finding cheap lodging while on the road and they dished on how to get deals on hotels, hostels and homestays. (more…)

5 Reasons to Rent a Car on Vacation—Even If You Own One

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Chris Richards

1. It may be cheaper in the long run. A study by the U.S.-based Center for Automotive Research (commissioned by Enterprise Rent-a-Car) found that when maintenance, insurance and depreciation of your vehicle are taken into account, renting can actually save you money over time, especially if your vehicle is more than five years old. (more…)

Best Apps for Budget Travel

By CANDICE WALSH

From left: Gas Price Finder, KAYAK Mobile, Wi-Fi Finder

After polling a few tech-savvy budget travellers, we’ve rounded up the five most useful budget travel apps to use while on the road. And, of course, being true penny-pinching apps, all of them are free! (more…)

10 Tips for Successful CouchSurfing

By Candice Walsh

CouchSurfing.org (Photo: CouchSurfing.org screenshot)

If you’re just getting started in the CouchSurfing community, you may be a little apprehensive about using someone else’s couch as a hotel room or offering your own space to strangers. How can you trust someone you’ve never met?

Here are some tips help you have a positive couch surfing experience: (more…)

5 Not-So-Obvious Tips for Better Hotel Deals

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Yoav Lerman

It’s a no-brainer that if you book well in advance (or in some cases at the very last minute), you will get a better hotel price. And that deals are more plentiful in the off-season or on off-days, like a Tuesday. But some “rules” of discount hotel booking are less clear-cut. Here are five of our top “insider” tips for saving money on hotels. (more…)

Better Budget Travel: Compare Hostels with New Web Site Hostelzoo

By SHANNON KELLY

Hostelzoo search results in grid layout (Screenshot: Hostelzoo.com)

Considering a hostel but not sure where to start? New Web site Hostelzoo is an excellent tool for comparing hostels, with lots of images and information about each property—all laid out in easy-to-read grids. More than 40,000 hostels around the world are indexed (direct quote: “Every hostel in the world that is available to book online is listed on our site.”), with more than 400 in Canada. (more…)

10 Ways To Ruin Your Next Vacation

By SHANNON KELLY

#3: Be in the dark about the details of your credit card travel perks (Photo: Andres Rueda)

Some or all of the following common travel mistakes are ones we’ve personally made. Learn from the error of our ways and start out (and end) your next vacation on the right foot!

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The Many Costs of In-Flight Comfort

By SHANNON KELLY

What money can buy—or not—in-flight. Photos: Brian Hansen (L), ATIS547 (R)

Airlines are charging for everything but the lavatory sink these days. We’re used to some of the fees: for in-flight movies and alcoholic drinks, for example. But now you’ll also pay for conveniences that were once givens for even coach passengers, like pillows and exit-row seating.

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Now Is the Time for Huge Cruise Discounts

By SHANNON KELLY

Cruise ship docked at Canada Place in Vancouver (Photo: Jan Zeschky)

To say that every cruise disaster has a silver lining may be crass, but in the wake of recent tragedies aboard the Costa Concordia and Costa Allegra, it seems that cruise prices have dipped significantly.

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The Scoop on Saving More on Rental Cars

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Rick Lovers

We’re all for smart spending when it comes to travel, and the Toronto Star‘s recent article on how to “avoid getting squished” on the road has some decent tips—and a couple head-scratchers. (more…)

More Than a Third of Canadians To Buy Airline Tickets in the U.S. in 2012

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: K Nicoll

In a survey from the Hotel Association of Canada, more than a third of respondents said they intend to buy their airline tickets in the U.S. this year. (more…)