20 Common Misconceptions About Budget Travel

10. You spend ages researching

If you know what you’re looking for and where to look for it, it’s actually pretty quick! But remember that the extra 20 minutes researching might save you $100 on the trip.

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11. You can never splurge

Budgeting is about finding the balance. Sometimes, we stay two weeks in a hostel just to spend a few days like kings! But we know it gets boring quickly, and we’re soon back to the budget life.

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12. You can only travel during low seasons

It’s not that we can “only” travel during the low season, it’s just extremely cheaper, quieter, and generally nicer. We’re actually being smart!

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This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.

The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.