Travel for Cheap I

Posted By: The Cheapest Skate in Frugality on 08/26/2007 at 18:52:22

I'm sure you want to go some place other than work, the store, and home. It's natural to want to pull up your ties every now and then. There are so many great places to see on this Earth, you might as well go while you still can. And there is nothing to say that you can't find an affordable vacation right now that lets you preserve your budget and still have tons of pictures to show your friends afterwards.

Flying standby. You've probably heard of it. But have you ever really looked into it, or even done it· For the longest time I thought it was too risky. I'd plan too many things and then they'd all come crashing down. Well that could be true, but it's all part of a certain personality it takes to travel cheaply. I had a set of friends who always seemed to be flying to some exotic place. They weren't wealthy. They were (and still are) juggling their student loans and trying to pay off their other debts. Yet they hit two continents in six months.

Flying standby is easy. Know where you want to go, when you want to leave, and show up at the airport early. You can ask at the counter what the availability is for each carrier. They're more than willing to give you the information. Then you just wait around until that "need to be checked in 30 minutes before the plane leaves." If people haven't checked in by then, you can get their empty seats on the plane for 25%-50% cheaper than you would if you'd booked them earlier. It sounds like a long-shot, and at some times it is, but read the next entry to find out more cheap travel details that should help you score these coveted seats.

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