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travel websites that stretch your travel budget.

This page is fully loaded with hundreds of options for free and inexpensive transportation and accommodations neatly organized from least-to-most expensive. To quickly and easily find the best and least expensive option for you, start at the top of this list and work your way down. The first option that suits your needs will be your most economical option.


FREE WHEELS

Drive Cars for People Relocating

U.S.: autodriveaway.com Canada: hittheroad.ca

 

FREE TAXI RIDES

Sign up to Uber and get a Taxi Credit on your first ride

U.S.: Sign up here for a $30 credit Canada: Sign up here for a $20 credit

 

CHEAP RENTALS

autoslash.com: After you book your rental, autoslash continues looking for lower prices and automatically rebooks you when it finds a lower fare for an identical itinerary.
insuremyrentalcar.com: Get rental car insurance for as little as $7.50/day, $19/trip and $99/year.

 

FREE STAYS

Free Campsites

freecampsites.net

Travel Hospitality

couchsurfing.com
globalfreeloaders.com: Requires travelers using the service to also host a traveler within six months of signing up
hospitalityclub.org
homestaybooking.com
homestayclub.com
homestayfinder.com
servas.org
wimdu.com - Also offers private rentals
worldwidehomestay.com

Home Swapping

homeexchange.com: Featured in the movie ‘The Holiday’
homeforswap.com
thevacationexchange.com

Housesitting

caretaker.org
housecarers.com 
housesit.org
housesitmatch.com (Australia and the U.K.)
luxuryhousesitting.com
mindmyhouse.com
trustedhousesitters.com

Group Travel Operators

Contact these travel operators and ask how many people you would need to sign up at the going rate in order to go for free. A great trick for collects students is to paste posters all over camput to promote a spring break getaway. I know people who did this every year college to get a free trip.

gadventures.com
go-today.com
freeandeasytraveler.com
intrepidtravel.com

Repair hiking trails for room and board

americanhiking.org
continentaldividetrail.org

World Wide Organic Farming: Some farms even offer hourly pay

wwoof.org 
wwoofinternational.org

More Voluntour Opportunities

caretaker.org
globalvolunteers.org
helpx.net
idealist.org
podvolunteer.org
rotary.org
unitedplanet.org
volunteervacations.com

 

CHEAP STAYS: Least-to-Most Expensive

Camping - National Campground Directories

Australia: camping.com.au
Canada: camping-canada.com
Europe: campingcheque.com: Access over 640 campsites in 29 countries for as little as 16 Euros a night
campingeurope.com
eurocampings.co.uk
europe-camping-holiday.com
camping.info
campingeurope.com

New Zealand: tourism.net.nz: Go to Accommodations > Campsites and Holiday Parks
U.S. & Canada: uscampgrounds.info

Attend Timeshare Presentations for Discounted Fully Furnished Accommodations

Intervalworld.com has a global timeshare directory

U.S. Resorts

hiltongrandvacations.com: Go to ‘Learn about Ownership’
orangelake.com 
westgateresorts.com: Full apartments for three nights for as low as $99

Worldwide

clubintrawest.com: Complete the Discovery Stay application
diamondresorts.com
hyattresidenceclub.com: U.S residents can get two nights in a one bedroom apartment in Sedona or Key West
rci.com: Has more than 4,500 resorts. Non-members can get three nights in fully furnished apartments
shellvacationsclub.com: Over 2,600 member resorts worldwide
wyndhamvacationresorts.com: From London through the U.S., Pacific to Australia

Shared Accommodations: Hosts offering accommodations at prices comparable to hostels

airbnb.com
homeaway.com
stayrentals.com 
transitionsabroad.com 
wimdu.com

Vacation Rentals

vrbo.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner): Fully furnished homes and condos for the price of a hotel or less

Hostels

Find 5-Star Hostels at HostelGeeks.com. Their e-book 'Greatest Hostels of Europe' comes with discount codes for most featured hostels.
hostelz.com: Shows a price comparison of all the major hostel booking sites so you can see where to get the lowest price.
hostelbookers.com: Offers a lowest price guarantee and does not charge booking fees
hostelworld.com: Browse user reviews and their app has GPS integration to find places nearby

Bed & Breakfasts

bedandbreakfast.com: Search B&B’s anywhere in the world. Set up an account and tag areas of interest for weekly deals
bedandbreakfastworld.com: Over 26,000 B&B’s registered worldwide

Hotels

backbid.com: Post your hotel booking on backbid, then competing hotels try to lure you with better offers
eurocheapo.com: Cheap hotels in Europe
hotels.com: Get one free night for every 10 bookings
travelponey.com: This startup covers several dozen cities and often beats every other website
trivago.com: Scours 650,000 hotels from more than 150 websites

Price Drop Refunds: If rates drop after you book, you get refunded the difference

flightnetwork.com: If the posted rate of an identical booking drops after you pay, you can get refunded the difference if you submit a claim
tingo.com: If the posted room rate of an identical booking drops after you pay, you are automatically refunded the difference

For the Night Hawk

bookadayroom.com: Discounted hotel rooms for daytime stays

Last Minute Bookings

hoteltonight.com: Select your city and get a list of heavily discounted rooms for that night
lastminute.com: Lists hotels offloading blocks of empty rooms likely to go unsold
room77.com: Shows views by room number and hotel staff share their feedback on rooms and how their hotels operate

For the Distinguished Traveler

wantmegetme.com: Get upgrades, special treatment and free Wi-Fi at five star hotels

International Cruise Line Directory

routesinternational.com: Go to ‘Cruise Lines’


Find Cheap Flights

Russ’ Favorites

hipmunk.com 
kayak.com 
skyscanner.com

wowair.com: Flights from DC or Boston to Europe for as little as $99 round trip (taxes and checked-bags extra)

Sign Up for Real-Time Price Drop Notifications

airfarewatchdog.com 
farecompare.com
yapta.com

Best Price Guarantees - Companies that match lower fares for identical bookings in addition to a credit redeemable for a future flight in the amount of:

$100: Alaska Air, Delta, JetBlue, United

$50: American, Air Canada, Expedia, Orbitz

$10: Flight Network (Applies to fares offered by Canadian travel agencies)

*Priceline offers double the difference between their rate and the lower price found elsewhere. 

Airlines that Refund the Difference If Fares Drop After You Pay

Travel Suppliers that Refund 100% of Price Drop Amount
Alaska Airlines
Flightnetwork.com

These Airlines Refund Price Drops Exceeding:

$75: AirTran Airways, Virgin America, JetBlue Airways

$100: Hawaiian Airlines

$200: American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways

Round the World Tickets

airtreks.com: Specializes in complex multi-stop international journeys

Airline Alliances

oneworld.com
skyteam.com
staralliance.com

Flight Specific Search Engines

airfairewatchdog.com: Sign up to the newsletter for deals out of your home airport
flightnetwork.com: Offers a best price guarantee and price drop refund policy 
google.com/flights: True to google, its nice, simple and easy to use and find good prices on flights 
pintrips.com: A ticker shows you real-time fares on routes that interest you
selloffvacations.com: Canadian eh? This website regularly has jaw dropping deals
theflightdeal.com: Find rewards flights that average out to six cents per mile or less
whichbudget.com: Budget airline search engine

Activities and Excursions

liftopia.com: Offers discounted lift tickets at ski resorts worldwide