As a kid, I grew up at airports and that for sure formed my adventurous personality. Now as a young adult who has ADHD and anxiety disorder, I have frequent urges to flee out of the country. So if I have to choose between fight or flight; I choose flight, literally.
A week ago, I had one of these urges and booked a flight to Stockholm, without my parents knowing (let me remind you that I’m still considered a minor). Jason’s mother is Swedish so I heard a lot about ‘fika’ and ate a lot of cinnamon buns made by her and since then Stockholm had been one of my dream destinations. AND I’M LEAVING IN TEN DAYS HOORAAAY! (my beloved aunt sorted my ticket situation out and told my mom that she got all of us tickets so that I wouldn’t get disowned, fyi.) I thought this was a great opportunity to share my tips on how you can travel for cheap too.
Plan out where to go and be certain
Before going to Milan with Bugra last year, I can’t tell you how much we fought on our destination. We started from Yerevan and ended up at Milan. It doesn’t have to be another country. You can see other cities in your country and even see new places in your own city or state or whatever. I was really fascinated by Istanbul when I saw places I’d never seen before. Now that I’m bored of it I’m thinking of going to Bursa with Garen and Daron to eat Iskender Kebab…
I have a lot of holidays so I want to stay away from Istanbul as long as possible. But long trips mean you have to pay more for accommodation. After you planned it’s time to
What visa do you need? How do you get the visa? Do you even need a visa? What are the must see places? How long will it take you to see those places? If you’re going to see a small city, maybe two days are enough to explore the city and you can spend the rest of your days seeing another one.
Plan out your budget
Obviously while doing your research you should check transportation costs, entrance fees to the places you want to visit and check the general prices of everything. Also, I find it really helpful to pay the food and drinks with a card so you’ll have cash to spend. If you don’t spend much on food then you got no problem.
One thing I do before anything on this list is to go on SkyScanner and check anywhere and anytime to see what cities are the cheapest when I don’t have school. That’s how I decide on my destination and I get my tickets then. It’s a great function, use it!
Most of the cheap tickets you find on SkyScanner don’t include baggage fees. As you proceed they get added and maybe they’ll get more expensive than other tickets that do include them so be careful.
Duh, one of the most important aspects of your trip. If you’re traveling alone, hostels and couchsurfing are great and cheap options and you get to meet with other travelers which is always great. If I have a relative at where I’m going, I ask them if I can stay with them, if not, I rent an Airbnb which, I think, is the best option out of all especially if you’re travelling with other people, then you can share the cost. I can’t stress enough how important the location is. Try to find a house that’s near the city center and has access to transportation. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll get to the city center or the money you have to spend on it.
To summarize all of this
– Use SkyScanner’s anywhere anytime tool to find out when’s the cheapest time to travel.
– While buying the ticket pay attention to see if the baggage fee is included.
– Try to go to a city that won’t take a long time to explore so you’ll pay less for accommodation and also see other cities.
– Pay the food with a credit card so you have more cash to spend.
– LOCATION OVER PRICE
So yeah, this is how I travel for cheap. I hope it helps some of you out there who needs to get away. Also, if you have your own tips, please please please share them with me, I’d really appreciate that!