Trekking to the world’s top destinations doesn’t have to mean throwing financial responsibility to the wind. A few basic strategies can have you saving big while still enjoying world-class sightseeing opportunities. Here are a few tips to get you started. (See also: World-Class Walking Tours)
Extended-stay passes brought our daily rates down to a song at both Angkor Wat and Petra. Not having to rush to see everything in a day provided time to shop for other deals on food and souvenirs, while skipping the stress of being on a tight schedule. Machu Picchu’s entry ticket is good for one entry only, so get there in the morning to enjoy your pass to its fullest.
Hostelbookers.com lists affordable accommodation options in cities like Stockholm, Sydney and Edinburgh. Through “Enjoy Rome,” a travel office located just three blocks from the train station, we found budget accommodations for less than $40 a night. By foregoing minor amenities, we stayed just outside The Siq – the mile-long gorge leading to Petra – and paid hundreds of dollars less than the higher-end resort, which was only 300 feet closer. It was a move that scored us our Indiana Jones money shot of the treasury building, albeit without the tourist crowds.
Skip package deals and travel independently to get the biggest bang for your travel buck. Work with local people and research your world heritage destination through online independent travel communities such as Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum. That site will help you find the best deals on transportation, food, lodging and more. Independent travel has saved David and I money in such expensive, sought-after destinations as Venice, Bavaria, Israel and others.
Photo Credit: Pictures of Travel Places (as photographed by Trek Hound Staff)