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7 Useful Booking Websites for Budget Travellers

7 Useful Booking Websites for Budget Travellers

Let’s speak openly — it is very expensive to travel frequently. That’s a fact, and everyone who says otherwise is either filthy rich or just ignorant.

Sadly, a majority of people are not wealthy enough to travel around the world carelessly, without thinking about how their trips will affect their financial stability. It is very hard to travel, especially nowadays when the economy is a bit shaky. However, as a passionate traveler, I refuse to give up on my dream. The world is a magical place and you can’t afford missing out just because of money. If you want to travel, you will have to learn how to manage your travel budget properly and incorporate it as best as you can so that you can have the best trip possible.

In order to help you achieve this, I have composed a list of useful websites that can help you cut costs and enable you to visit sites you have always dreamed of.

1. CouchSurfing.com

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    CouchSurfing is really one of the best options out there for budget traveling, and it’s my favorite. This site offers access to thousands of free hosts all around the world.

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    It works very simple: People voluntarily offer a place to stay to a fellow traveler in their home for free. This network is specifically designed to make it easier for people to get cheap or free accommodations. Not only that you will be able to save a lot of money, but you will also get a chance to learn more about the local culture by spending a lot of time with a local resident. There are many travelers that use this website constantly and most of them are happy with the services it provides. Once you enter the site, you can search for a host by area and check out the reviews a certain profile has. People who have had bad experiences with this site are usually the ones who haven’t checked out a certain host and because of this, they paid the price.

    Besides the fact that you will save a lot of money, you will also be given the chance to experience all the amazing sides of the place you visit and make long lasting friendships.

    2. TripTease.com

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      TripTease is a fairly new website that offers concrete real time travel reviews. It is a revolutionary travel review site that can supply travelers with useful tools that can help get first hand information about how certain hotels look, what the current prices are and what experiences previous tourists have had with their visit.

      Everyone who appreciates traveling will appreciate this site as it is truly refreshing to see quality images combined with text. All the prices you can see are real time and reliable while all of the reviews are written by fellow travelers, meaning that you can be sure that what you read is true. Accommodation prices make the biggest part of traveling costs and in this constantly shifting economy, sudden discounts are not uncommon. With TripTease’s smart widget called Price Check, you can easily look for accommodation in a desired area and see what the prices are. Many trip websites offer reviews and prices that are outdated or unreliable and with TripTease, this is exactly what you will avoid.

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      3. InsureMyTrip.com

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        One of the most important aspects everyone should bear in mind when preparing for a trip is travel insurance. There are various web sites that can help you choose and compare insurances in order to find the best suited solution while saving some cash.

        One of these kinds of sites is InsureMyTrip, and while it basically offers the same service as its competition, the majority of travelers say that they’ve had the best experience with InsureMyTrip.  The website was redesigned in 2014 with the purpose of enhancing travel insurance comparison and purchase. Through this website, you can safely purchase insurance and choose from a wide range options.

        4. LondonEscape.com

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          If you are planning on visiting the capital of the United Kingdom, then there is no better booking agency you can choose.

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          LondonEscape has a long tradition of offering exceptional accommodation in the city of London. No other agency knows London as these guys and they have a long lasting business agreement and a quality reputation. Choose from a vast number of locations in any part of London, all in one place.

          No matter if you prefer the outer part of the city or the center, here you can find affordable solutions that are the cheapest in London.

          5. HotWire.com

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            This is the place where you can usually find the best last minute deals and car rental options. Apart from this, here you can find combined deals including transportation, hotels and car rental. Their specialty is to gather low cost transportation options and there is no better place to look for these things.

            One of the major reasons why they offer the best rates available is the fact that HotWire has many partner companies that deal in car renting. However, there are certain offers you can find that don’t offer information related to the company you will be renting a vehicle from. This carries certain risks, but they are minimal. In the end, a car is a car.

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            6. Xe.com

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              Make sure to check out this currency conversion site. Here, you will receive the middle grounds and reliable conversion rates for any currency. The conversion rates are displayed very clearly on a grid which is located on the homepage of the site. Xe also offers many useful tools that can help you calculate your travel expenses, credit card issues and most importantly, currency conversion rates.

              7. TripAdvisor.com

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                TripAdvisor is one of the most well known sites for hotel reviews. On this site, you can find thousands of reviews coming from either professionals or amateurs focusing on hotels in the United States as well as the rest of the world.

                Simply type in the destination you are interested in and the site will offer many results from its database. TripAdvsior offers a huge number of listed hotels, bed and breakfasts, apartment rentals and other types of accommodation.  The search engine of this site has many filters that can help you find accommodation that is best suited for families, couples, solo travelers, budget travelers or luxury hotels.

                However, there is also a bad side and you should be on the lookout for fake reviews which are not dependable. Usually the shady posts are flagged by the site’s administrators; however, you should also be on the lookout for those reviews that seem “too perfect”. Here, you can search for affordable solutions that have the best services compared to their prices. When you find something that you might like, Google that hotel or hostel just to be sure what it’s about.

                By combining the services of these sites, you can easily come up with good math that doesn’t require spending much money on your travels. Research your options and set your priorities to which places you would like to visit first. After you’ve done this, plan your trip in a detailed fashion and try not to spend all of your money on the first day. Safe travels!

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                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                1. Stress Eating

                I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                2. Nail Biting

                Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                5. Smoking

                Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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                  6. Excessive Drinking

                  All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                  • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                  • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                  • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                  • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                  • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                  If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                  If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                  7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                  Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                  If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                  A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                  “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                  And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                  While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                  Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                  Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                  8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                  There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                  In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                  Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                  Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                  9. Watching Too Much TV

                  I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                  Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                  Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                  It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                  10. Being Late

                  Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                  Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                  Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                  11. Being in Bad Relationships

                  Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                  I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                  Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                  12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                  Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                  Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                  Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                  By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                  Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                  13. Focusing on the Negatives

                  In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                  Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                  Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                  And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                  The Bottom Line

                  So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                  Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                  Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

                  Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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