A deserved getaway doesn’t have to be expensive. You can travel around the world as you’ve always dreamed, on a budget, and without risking experience. In this era of the Internet, you have a number of resources available to you to plan the stylish and affordable vacation you deserve.

1.    Read Travel Blogs

People used to say that nobody learns from someone else’s mistakes, but they are totally wrong.

In someone’s travel blog, whether they’re traveling professionally, leisurely, or as a student, you can learn a lot from their experiences.  They’ll let you in on the best places to stay, eat, shop, and have fun!

Even feel free to ask the bloggers questions, interaction is key on blogs and even if it takes them a little while they will usually get back to you.

2.    Travel Networks

Wouldn’t it be a perfect world if you had a friend or relative in every glorious city in the world you wanted to visit? You could stay without having to worry about where you’re sleeping, and you even get a buddy out of it to prance around town with you.

Unfortunately we aren’t all so lucky but there is an alternative, check out travel networks online.

If you don’t mind making new friends on the go, travel networks offer a perfect place to find people around the world with similar interests and an available space for you to stay for a few days while visiting their city.

3.    Go Against the Grain

You might want to consider taking your vacation during the “off season.”

The benefits of this are countless, but just to name a few:
•    Discounted hotel rates of up to 60%
•    Discounts on tourism packages that provide entry to multiple attractions in a city
•    Cheaper airfare

It’s a bit like going to a theme park on a weekday; everyone else is at work or school which means there are NO LINES!!

Another perk of going on vacation during the off season? Everything you want to see is still there, there are just less people because school’s not out. 

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in L.A. and a language tutor helping students learn Russian and Spanish in preparation for their study abroad programs.

Here is Part 2 and Part 3 of this series.