The two biggest expenses travellers have while on the road are getting from A-B, and accommodation. However, there are so many ways to travel around the world while saving thousands in travelling costs such as house sitting, volunteering in exchange for food and board, hospitality exchange or simply finding work as you go.
These websites below should be able to help you find out information and the cheapest ways to get from A-B wherever you may be, whether it’s by air, sea or land. There’s even a website below, Rome2Rio, that does all of the work for you if all you know is where you’re starting and where you want to go!
Pretty much all of the websites in the flight section do exactly the same thing, search a multitude of flights and rank them how you want to see them listed – lowest to highest price, time it takes to reach the destination, etc. I suggest you try each of them a few times and then decide which ones work best for you, then keep going back to those sites.
FLIGHTS, CAR RENTALS, HOTELS, CRUISES – search sites
Compares millions of flights to find the cheapest deals fast, as well as the cheapest hotels and car hire. When you find your flights and click to book, they link you through directly to the airline or travel agent. There are no hidden charges or added fees.
WhichBudget is a flight search engine – just like Google, but only for flights! Do you want to know which airline flies to New York from your local airport? Or do you just want to get away but don’t care where to? You don’t have to say when you are flying or even where to, you can search for flights from your local airport to anywhere, anytime. It’s free because they are not an airline and they don’t sell any tickets. All they do is to search hundreds of airlines and travel agents and send you directly to the airline or travel agent of your choice.
Created to help travellers choose the best airline seats and in-flight amenities. You can search for flights, and they will rate itineraries so you know in advance if you’ll like, love or just live with your flight experience. Thousands of reviews have been added to the SeatGuru database by flyers who know a great seat when they sit in one.
Their website and mobile app enables you to easily compare hundreds of travel sites with one search to find cheap flights, airline tickets, cheap hotels, holidays and hire cars. Once you find what you want, they let you choose where to book. There are local versions of KAYAK in 31 countries and 17 languages.
They offer highly discounted prices for domestic and international airfares as well as hotels, cruises, vacation packages, and car rentals. Customers can book their travel online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or phone their call centre where their travel specialists can help create customised itineraries.
A free, independent online flight search offering full price transparency across the market. Putting their highly specialised skills with coding, robot building and programming to work, they provide people with an un-manipulated listing of all flight prices in the entire world – and made it available to everybody. They also provide travel guides written by users of the site.
An online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel, providing travellers with the most comprehensive set of airlines, fares and flights, allowing people to experience popular, well-traveled destinations as well as some of the most remote corners of the world. Travellers who visit Vayama.com can browse thousands of hotels and book rooms at the lowest prices available, as well as rent cars all over the world.
CAR SHARING AND BUSES
Find people to carpool with to get where you want to go, while sharing the costs, either in your car or someone else’s. It’s free to join and you will meet other commuters or travellers, save money, and make new friends, while helping the environment. For best results you simply enter your departure city and the direction your heading, and if there’s someone heading your way, you may be able to share a ride. There’s also plenty of advice to stay safe on the road.
Although predominantly used to buy and sell goods, Gumtree in the UK can be used to find rideshare and carpooling opportunities as well. Check it out, you never know who you might find to share a ride with.
A website dedicated to saving people money on car rentals. They apply the best coupons and discounts, track rental price changes right up until the pickup date, and re-books users into these savings automatically, all for free.
The market-leading budget inter-city coach operator in the UK, Europe and North America. The megabus.com service offers fares from just £1/€1/$1 (plus 50p/50c booking fee) linking 200 locations. They offer high-quality, low-cost travel in modern coaches, carrying millions of passengers every year.
A personal site originally started as a hobby, The Man in Seat 61 focusses on train and ferry travel, ‘where the journey itself is an adventure’. This site explains how to travel comfortably and affordably by train or ferry where you might think that air was the only option. It’s a brilliant site and has so much information so if train or ferry travel is in your plans, this is the site for you.
An independently owned travel website and community for those passionate about budget travel in Europe, particularly by rail. There’s travel tips and forums with plenty of information provided by travellers for travellers; you can book rail passes; plan your trip around Europe; book hostels, tours and cars; click through useful links; and even listen to podcasts.
Rome2Rio, based in Melbourne, organises the world’s transport information. They offer a multi-modal, door-to-door travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, mass transit and driving options to and from any location. Simply type in your origin and destination, and the website will map out the journey including times, costs, modes of transport and various stopover points. Absolutely brilliant!