Traveling and living abroad has taught me new ways not only to save more money but to also travel in a way where I'll get a more authentic experience.
The websites below will help you save money on flights, accommodations, rental cars, and more, while also getting to meet locals and share experiences with people that live in the country you're visiting.
Meeting locals has allowed me to save money on transportation to different countries.
For example, I would've never heard about Blablacar (#9) if I didn't live with an Italian family. I scored cheap fares to travel from Italy to different countries for less than a train ticket, and it was a direct trip.
Below are 12 travel websites that can save you a ton of money annually.
I have used Airbnb numerous times all over the world to save money on accommodations. You get the option of an entire home fully equipped with everything you need, including a kitchen to use. You'll save money and get the option of eating healthier foods since you can cook at home more often, too.
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Ibotta is a free app that gives you cash back for making purchases on things like groceries, clothes, toiletries, and much more, which can all be very helpful when traveling.
I use the app on a regular basis. Before I visit a grocery store or make any kind of purchase in-person, I check the Ibotta app to see what kind of cash back I can get. Currently, there are deals like getting up to $2 off toothpaste, up to 20% cash back from Groupon, $1.50 off pasta, and so much more.
It's silly not to use Ibotta if you're a regular grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, and pretty much anything else you'd find at a store like Walmart or Amazon.
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Talkbnb is basically Airbnb, only free. You are staying with a host who is interested in speaking your language. You'll get a bed to sleep in and breakfast. The best part of this experience is enjoying an authentic experience abroad. You'll get insider tips that only locals would know of the area, which means you'll save money and get an even richer experience while you're traveling abroad.
Couchsurfing is a website where you can meet locals and travelers from all over the world. You can list a trip you're going on along with the dates, and either a host will message you and offer their place, or you'll have to message them first.
Couchsurfing has changed a lot since it first started, but it's still a great website to get in touch with locals. Both my mom and I have used the website several times to meet locals and get free accommodations all over the world.
Trusted Housesitters connects people who are going away on a trip with people who can take care of their house and pets. There is a small membership fee each month, but it makes up for it if you travel often, or for long periods of time and want to get free accommodation.
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6. Secret Flying
Secret Flying is a website that can help you save up to 80% on flights all around the world. The deals are insanely amazing and make it incredibly easy to find a flight for a cheap price.
RyanAir is perfect for someone wanting to travel Europe on a strict budget. There are always flights for as low as 9 euros, and they even have promotions going on for 1 euro.
Remember to read the small print, meaning, weigh your luggage, buy checked luggage ahead of time if necessary, and check in and have your ticket printed before you get to the airport. Budget airlines such as RyanAir have many hidden fees, which could explain why the actual plane ticket is ridiculously cheap.
Hopper is an app that is incredibly user-friendly that will clearly tell you when's the cheapest time to buy your plane ticket.
Blablacar is a long distance carpool service (sort of similar to Uber) that can take you to one country to another, or from one city within a country to another city.
The costs range depending on how far you're going. You'll share a car with others (or be alone with the driver). I used this service several times when I was an au pair in Europe and even got a ticket for under $10 to go from France to Italy.
If you are having trouble finding how to get to Point A to Point B, this site is perfect. Rome2rio gives you a detailed and laid out option for transportation, whether you want to fly, take a train, bus, or drive.
The website also shows how much it will cost with each method of transportation, and how long it will take. Rome2rio also offers detailed options on accommodations and rental cars. Whether you are an avid traveler or planning out your first traveling experience, this website will be perfect for you.
Autoslash is for travelers who often book rental cars when they're traveling. You'll get coupons and discounted prices for rental cars and the website will even track the prices to show you when they've gotten even cheaper. They'll search multiple vendors so you'll get the cheapest rental car possible.
GasBuddy is both an app and a website that will tell you where to find the cheapest gas prices in your area. If you update gas prices in your city, you also get entered into a sweepstake to win extra money. There's also a trip calculator to can tell you how much your trip will cost depending on what kind of car you have.
The 12 websites above will help you save money and make the most out of your trip on a tight budget. You also get the chance to meet a lot of locals by using the websites above, which is one of the best parts of traveling abroad.
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