Best travel resources
Do you want to travel with a low budget but you don't know where to find the best and cheapest booking sites, flights and hotels? On this page, you can find a collection of travel tips and recommendations that help you to travel on a budget in Asia or in other parts of the world.
We recommend only websites and applications that we use ourselves and that we really find useful. Some of the links are affiliate links but this won't cause you any extra costs. Some links also contain an offer! By booking trips via our links you support our travels which also means more travel tips and stories on our blog.
The first phases of budget traveling are always careful planning, checking the price level of the destination and searching cheap flights and accommodations. After this, it is much easier to evaluate the travel budget realistically and you won't face unpleasant surprises during your trip. You should take your time with the planning in order to save money and travel on a small budget.
We have been users of Booking.com for at least five years. The site has always offered the cheapest hostels and hotels and works very well especially in Europe. A regular user gets a Genius status that entitles you for discounts and other nice extras like free drinks and late check-out.
Airbnb is a good option when you are looking for a cheap private room or even whole apartment. With Airbnb, you get the chance to live like a local! We have found also good hostel deals fo better price than on traditional booking websites. Register through the picture link above and you will get a $35 discount for your first booking!
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Couchsurfing is our travel website number one when we want to meet locals and save on travel costs. We have couchsurfed in several countries in Europe and Asia and met up with people through the website. Couchsurfing has brought our travels on a totally new level and we have met many new friends from different countries. We warmly recommend Couchsurfing to everyone!
Hitchhiking is the best way to stretch the travel budget when it comes to moving around. Hitchwiki is our best resource while looking for hitchhiking spots. The site offers very detailed instructions and tips to many cities around the world. While hitchhiking in nine different countries, we have got to know several locals and ended up in funny situations but never had any problems.
Volunteering while traveling opens up new possibilities that you would have never thought of! Besides free accommodation and food, you gain new skills, good memories and friends. On Workaway you can find all kinds of works around the world from farming to teaching languages. The membership costs about $20 per year but it pays off quickly. We have volunteered while backpacking in Asia and wouldn't change these experiences to anything!
Travel applications on phone
Without this free map app we would have got lost quite many times! With Maps.me application you can download almost any country map to offline and you can find lots of restaurants, accommodations etc. Thanks to the offline map and GPS, we always keep on the track. If the taxi driver tries to scam us, we catch him immediately.
Transferwise is the best service when you need to transfer money between different countries' accounts like we do. Unlike banks, Transferwise doesn't charge big fees and the money arrives sometimes even during the same day. Register through the above link and get the first transfer without transfer fees up to 500 pounds.
We took our travel insurance at an international insurance company Truetraveller as we couldn't have got a Finnish insurance because of living abroad. Luckily we haven't had to try their customer service even once but we have read only good things about this company. A one-year insurance cost us about $300 each and covers many kinds of activities.