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How To Travel Cheaply In Between Housesits
We have already shown you that housesitting is a fantastic way to travel the world on a budget, even making notoriously expensive cities like London, Paris or New York affordable. Since more and more people are doing back-to-back housesits, basically traveling from one housesit to the next, I am sharing some tips with you today on how you can make traveling in between two assignments as inexpensive as possible. Read on to find out how to save on transportation and accommodation when traveling in between housesitting assignments:
The Nomador Stopover concept was introduced only a couple of months ago, but has already been a huge success with the housesitting community. The idea is that homeowners as well as housesitters can offer their homes to other housesitters who are passing through that area and need a place to stay for a couple of nights. Chantal and Christian, a French couple who found a housesit in the south of France on Nomador, loved that they were able to use a stopover in Perpignan on their way to their housesit, enabling to break up the long drive. And not only did it save them money on accommodation, but they were also able to meet fantastic, like-minded people.
How to find cheap accommodation
Of course you can’t rely on finding Nomador Stopovers for all your housesits – so how can you find affordable accommodation in between two sits?
Hotel booking websites:
If you are looking for hotels, there are plenty of booking websites out there these days that offer special discount hotel rates, such as Booking.com or Hotels.com. Particularly noteworthy here are Hotwire with its Mystery Hotel option, which only tells you the approximate location of a hotel and the number of stars it has, but offers a rate of up to 60% less than the usual rate, and Priceline with its Name-Your-Own-Price concept.
Apartment rentals are often cheaper than hotels and also have the advantage that they have a kitchen so that you can make your own meals, which will save you money on eating out. AirBnb is the most popular apartment rental company, but there are several other ones worth exploring – check out Meshtrip.com which aggregates all of the major apartment rental websites, saving you the time to check each one individually. It also shows only instantly bookable places, saving you the time and hassle to correspond with an owner first before being able to book a place.
Don’t rule out hostels. Hostels aren’t only for young backpackers, there are plenty of older folks staying in hostels nowadays, because most hostels have made an effort to move away from the youth hostel image and become comfortable yet affordable places to stay for people of all ages. You can opt to stay in a private room instead of a shared dorm and in many countries, hostels are cheaper than hotels (but not always). Make sure to read the reviews for a hostel before you book it - Hostelworld.com and Booking.com are good websites to find hostels.
How to find cheap transportation
Transportation in between housesits can be another pricey factor – many housesitters travel from country to country to their next assignment, or even fly from continent to continent. Here it is important to plan well advance – don’t wait too long to book your tickets, no matter if you travel by plane, bus or train. In almost every country of the world the rule is: the earlier you book, the cheaper the ticket. Here are some of the best websites to use to get around on the cheap.
If you don’t know yet how to get from one place to another, Rome2Rio is the perfect place to start your research. The website shows you all the different options you have to get from nearly any city in the world to another. Planes, buses, ferries, trains – and not only does Rome2Rio tell you how you can get to your destination, but also how much it’ll cost you and how long it’ll take you. If you decide to go ahead and book a train or plane ticket, it’ll send you straight to the booking website it found the best deal on.
GoEuro is very similar to Rome2Rio, except that it, as the name suggests, focuses on traveling in Europe. The website shows you all available train, plane, bus and even car share options for your selected date, and if you book through GoEuro, you often get cheaper tickets than the ones offered by train and bus companies on their respective sites.
If you know you’ll be traveling by bus within Europe, check out Busradar.com. The number of bus companies traversing Europe these days is growing constantly, and it is hard to keep track of them all, plus their prices. Busradar compares all available bus providers for the journey of your choice for you, and also shows you the amenities of each one, for example if there’s wi-fi on board and how many pieces of luggage you can take with you. Busradar also has a free app for iOS and Android.
If you’re flying within Europe, you’re in luck – there are dozens of budget airlines that usually get you to any European city for less than €50. To find out which airline offers the cheapest airfare for the route of your choice, use Whichbudget – this website lists which low-cost airlines connect two cities, and which one offers the best price for your selected date. Whichbudget is also a good website to use if you’re looking to fly from the U.S. to Europe. Tickets to the big hubs like London or Frankfurt are often cheaper, and if you don’t mind having to take a connecting flight, you can easily save hundreds of dollars by flying one of the main trans-Atlantic routes and then use a budget airline in Europe (the same goes for Asia, by the way). To find the cheapest international airfare, I recommend using Google Flights, Skyscanner and Bookingbuddy. Cross-checking all three is time-intense, but it is usually worth it.
It is also worth signing up for fare alerts as soon as you commit to a housesit. This feature is offered by Skyscanner for example, and it’ll send you daily email updates with the latest fare for the flight of your choice. Once the price drops to a number you’re comfortable with, you can go ahead and book the flight.
Sometimes it makes the most sense to rent a car instead of relying on public transportation, and some housesits even require the sitters to have a car. Once again, booking comparison websites are often cheaper than the websites of each individual rental car company, and Bookingbuddy.com has a great feature that shows the prices of all available rental companies on one page. Priceline has, similar to its hotel booking tool, a Name-Your-Own-Price concept that is worth trying, and Carrentals.com (owned by Expedia) also has great rates – in Mexico as low as $5 per day, for example.
Dani Heinrich is the vagabonding writer and photographer behind GlobetrotterGirls.com.
Dani, originally from Germany, left her home country in 2006 and has been nomadic since 2010, when she quit her corporate job to travel the world. Dani is an avid housesitter who has cared for cats, dogs, birds and fish in Asia, South America, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Mexico. With the motto ‘One Globe. No Regrets’, Dani has visited over 60 countries on four continents and has no plans to stop globetrotting any time soon.