Essential Websites for Budget Travellers
Here are a list of essential websites we used while travelling on a budget. Our personal resources for travelling on a budget and getting the most value of your money while backpacking.
Adioso.com is a better search and booking app for leisure travel. It allows users to search without constraints on destinations & dates, follow destinations or search terms to receive deals, trip recommendations, and other content to help them plan and book their trip. Majority of travelers find it much easier to choose the very best travel options available and Airlines & suppliers can focus messages and offers at highly qualified customers. A staple for travelling around Asia and out of Australia!
Skyscanner.com is a travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines. It’s search option is flexible which mean you can browse prices across a whole month, or even a year, allowing you to get the best deals. You’re always booking directly with the airline, so you get the lowest price, with no extra fees added.
ITA Matrix by Google showcases some of the freshest travel search ideas from ITA Software to help you quickly find the itinerary that works for you. These easy-to-use features will make searching a snap. Geo Search by airport code, city, or nearby airport selector with an interactive calendar exploring the date ranges and finding the lowest fare. It has real-time filters which focus on flights that suit your preferences and colour-coded time bars allowing you compare flights at a glance.
HotelsCombined.com allows travellers to instantly search and compare room availability and prices from 100’s of travel websites at once, including Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda (and many more) all in one set of search results. The service is free, with all prices seen on HotelsCombined inclusive of all associated taxes. Once you decide on the hotel deal, you’re able to click directly through to partner websites to book.
Airbnb.com is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 26,000 cities and 192 countries. Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
HostelBookers.com prides itself on being the only independent hostel booking site that has NO BOOKING FEES! With youth hostels and cheap hotels in over 3,500 destinations worldwide, their aim is to be the number one website for backpackers and student travel, and every traveler looking for great budget accommodation.
Couchsurfing.org is the world’s most trusted travel community, connecting a global network of travelers, adventure seekers and lifelong learners dedicated to sharing their cultures, hospitality and authentic experiences. Members use the website to coordinate contacts and home accommodation with other community members around the world. The website allows the creation of extensive profiles, and uses an optional credit card verification system, a vouching system, and personal references to increase security and trust between members.
Wikitravel.org is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. It is built in collaboration by Wikitravellers from around the globe. It’s built with the spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they’re going.