Hey there, fellow travelers!
One of the main reasons Meghan and I decided to start this travel blog is to share our experiences (the good, the bad, and the awkward) to help make your trip abroad a little easier! Now, we are in no means experts, but we have struggled so that you don’t have to do the same. This post is all about travel hacks while abroad. Some you may know, and some you may have never thought of!
Travel hack number one: Be on the lookout for cheap flights!
You may be reading this, and be thinking “well, duh.” but looking for cheap flights require a vigilance that most of us do not have the time for. There are all kinds of sites that will monitor flights and alert you when a good deal arises. A good one we swear by is Skyscanner. You put in what you are looking for and set up an alert and it will email you when it the lowest! For example when we wanted to go to Amsterdam the flights were always crazy expensive every time we looked. Meghan set up an alert for flights from Dublin to Amsterdam and we ended up finding the cheapest tickets by over $85. The thing is you have to act fast on the alerts, they can change in a matter of hours. There are also sites that give you a discount on flights for being a college student. Meghan and I actually bought our flights to Ireland through StudentUniverse, which was a huge blessing to our wallets. You can get the best discounts if you are flexible in your dates, and on SU, it is presented as a grid to help you choose the cheapest flight that works for you!
Travel hack number two: Hostels
You may hear that word, and immediately cringe. Thanks to movies and inaccurate portrayals of hostels, people are rightfully weary of staying in one. However, if you want to see some of the coolest places in the world, but can’t afford a hotel, head on over to Hostelworld. There you will find countless places to stay, all at cheap prices. If you want more privacy, there options for that. Meghan and I didn’t have any problems staying in a mixed dorm, in fact, we met so many cool people that way. Hostels not only give you a cheap place to stay, but it offers some of the best pub crawls and free tours! We have so many great stories that come from staying in a hostel. We could not recommend staying in one more! (Just be sure to bring shower shoes!)
Travel hack number three: Carry-ons
If you have traveled in Europe, then I’m sure you have heard about Ryanair. It’s basically a blessing in the form of an airline service. They offer some seriously sweet deals on European flights! They have promotions at different times of the year, and sometimes you can even catch a flight for just a euro!! When you mention this to people who haven’t ever flown on said flights, they look in horror as they picture a plane held together by duct tape. This could not be farther from the truth. Sure, it is no first class ride, but I mean its cheap, so worth it. The catch to these types of flights is that you have to pack everything into a small carry-on, or pay out the wazoo for checked luggage. By the end of our time in Europe, we were pros at packing a week’s worth of clothes in a small backpack.
Stayed tuned for even more tips and tricks!
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Until next time, happy travels!
Meghan & Morgan