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Sometimes, depending on where you are traveling from and to, your accommodation can actually cost more than the flight. You have to get to your travel destination and you need to have a place to stay at because all immigration forms you fill out and officers ask for an address. There are places that you can stay at for relatively cheap and accommodation that you do not have to pay for. These are just some of the options you can choose from.

House and Pet Sit

Some people go on vacation and require pet sitters and house sitters depending on the duration of their stay. If you have no aversion to pets and don't mind staying in a house owned by people you don't know, then you can register for these gigs. If you do an internet search, you can come across numerous house sitting and pet sitting jobs in different countries. You stay for free and some of these persons pay you so you actually get a small stipend whilst on vacation for doing little or no work. You may have to pay a small fee though to register for these sites but compare paying $10 to spend hundreds.

Travel with Someone

People always advise that you travel alone to find yourself in a new country and have a new experience. This is good for people that could actually afford these adventures. But if you want to travel frequently and are low on cash and on a budget, travel with someone rather than alone. If you travel with someone or multiple persons, most hotels charge per room rather than per person and villas or guest houses charge for the entire accommodation. So rather than spend all your money on paying for one room, invite several friends to go with you.

Stay in a Hostel

Hostels are becoming very popular because they are very cheap accommodations. Staying in a hostel means that you get to make friends and you save a lot of money. You can also find an odd job at a hostel to help supplement your stay. The thing is that often the cheapest rates are shared accommodations. If you have no problem rooming with multiple strangers than a hostel is a good place to start. If you are a bit older, you can stay in a hostel but choose a private room.

Look for Coupons and Specials

A good thing to do is sign up for newsletters and alerts from hotels and booking websites especially if you want to get good deals. These can be annoying but worth it especially when you can get a room for 50% off the cost price. Some airlines reward their loyal members with discounts for partner hotels and certain credit card holders are eligible for discounts at certain hotels. The key to finding a good discount is to search for it. If you search for it especially in off peak seasons, your hard work would be well rewarded.

Everyone wants to travel but most people aren't exactly sure where they want to go. All they know is that they want to travel. Travel can be rewarding and worth it if you know what you want and what to expect. It is difficult to plan the perfect vacation but it can be achieved. Whether you decide to do it you (DIY) or hire a travel agent, the possibilities of a new adventure are endless.

Start with a Bucket List

You can probably describe a bucket list as a wish list of ideas or things you want to do before you die. A travel wish list may have ten to fifty destinations you want to visit before you die. If you are single and have no kids then the destinations don't necessarily have to be kid friendly but if you are a parent and want to take your kids with you then, make sure the destination is kid travel-friendly. Write down any country, city or place you ever wanted to visit and you have started your personal bucket list.

Plan your Travel Dates

So you have your list, what's next? You obviously have to get time off from work. If you're fortunate though to be self-employed then you will still need to plan ahead to take time off your schedule. So once you get your vacation approved or choose the most suitable days, decide what dates you want to travel on. Do you want to spend your entire vacation in another country or would you prefer to have a few days off in your home country? The choice is up to you and how much you think you can handle.

Choose a Destination

This may be the most difficult task especially if you have a list of fifty items. Now that you have your dates, if the price is important to you then you search the prices of traveling to all fifty destinations. If you're excited and determined it can take you a maximum of two days to do this. If there are multiple destinations with the same low price, put all destinations in a bag and chose one. You can also randomly choose a destination from the list if money is not an issue and book your flight and hotel.

Start your itinerary

Your destination is chosen and you have booked, the next step is to plan your itinerary. It is usually advised that you book a couple weeks in advanced. If a Visa to the destination is required, secure your visa before booking a flight. Some embassies and consulates like to see an itinerary so it is a good idea to start your itinerary before your Visa application if you need one. Research the country; find out what's popular in terms of food and entertainment and how locals get around. If they don't speak your language then maybe you need to download a special application. Once you figure out what you are going to do estimate how much it would cost you.