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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.