Update on Budget (Cheap!) Travel Sites for Seniors

Feb 10th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seems like everyone is looking for a good travel bargain. Searching out such sites can take lots of time.  The NY Times Travel page site recently featured Frugal Traveler, Seeing the World on a Budget.  This is like a “one-stop place to buy all you need” store.  Frugal Traveler is loaded with “buys” and invites seniors to check them all out. This site will take you all over the world and it is classy in doing so.  That’s the way the NY Times works.
 
About the Frugal Traveler:  Seth Kugel, the new Frugal Traveler, seeks first-class living at steerage prices. This summer, he is taking the long and frugal way home — from São Paulo back to New York City — on less than $500 a week. Follow his journey every Wednesday as he wines, dines, slogs and blogs his way through Latin America, uncovering the high life at peso-pinching prices. 

CouchSurfing is a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit. It is an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world. Since 2004, members have been using this system to come together for cultural exchange, friendship, and learning experiences. Today, over a million people who might otherwise never meet are able to share hospitality and cultural understanding.
 
How does CouchSurfing work?  Want to save a buck or two?  CouchSurfing members share hospitality with one another. These exchanges are a uniquely rich form of cultural interaction. Hosts have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world without leaving home. “Surfers,” or travelers, are able to participate in the local life of the places they visit. They also give more people the chance to become travelers, because “surfing” lowers the financial cost of exploration. Do check it out seniors.  CouchSurfers come from over 69,000 different cities and practice 302 unique languages. They report being even more proud of their track record of creating inspiring experiences. Since 2004, over 1.7 million successful CouchSurfing stays have been recorded, over 1.9 million new friendships have been formed through CS, and over 120,000 of those are described as being close friendships. Members have reported over 4.3 million positive experiences, which is an incredible 99.7 percent of all CS experiences.
 
Venere helps you to find hotels, apartments and B&B accommodation worldwide. 750,000 hotel reviews on 60,000+ hotels.
 
DealBase can help you save big as well.  They have a listing of Today’s Top 5 Deals that change daily.  Included are Hotel Deals, Flight Deals and Las Vegas Deals.
 
AirBnB can help you find a place to stay and Rent nightly from real people in 8134 cities in 166 countries. You choose the spot in the entire world and they will find a place for you on the map.  Pretty cool site. I started to put in Madrid and it beat me to it.  On another I put in Buenos Aires and there it was.  $47 for a room.  Wow! Travelocity.com has an Email Sign Up on their homepage.  You will receive travel deals, fare sale alerts and exclusive Travelocity offers! Pleasant Holidays recently ran an ad in the local paper listing one week in Honolulu, two-star hotel, flight and taxes from Phoenix for $600. With that kind of a deal you may want to call their Travel Experts at 1-800-742-9244. The flight alone costs more than this price.  Budget Travel has a newsletter that they will send you on your email just by signing up.  Hotwire calls it “travel on the cheap” and provides their latest deals on air travel, hotels, cars, vacation packages, cruises plus a TripStarter that tells you the best times of year to save on travel.  Want more.  Just bring up GOOGLE and type in “Cheap Vacations.”  It would fills up several travel blogs for me.
 
Craig’s List is loaded with sites from all over the world (US  Canada  Europe  Asia/Pacific/ Middle East  Oceania  Latin America  Africa).  Organize your travel with TripIt.
 
A real “biggie” is Hotels.com. The hotels.com Price Match Guarantee protects your pocket book and takes the worry out of booking a hotel room. After you book with hotels.com, if you find a lower publicly available rate online for the same dates, hotel, and room category, they match the price and refund you the difference. Travel Exchange Rates provides a nice overview of all currencies in the world.    jeb



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