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6 Transportation Websites for Budget Travel

By Sara | February 16, 2016

The notion that travel is expensive is a fantastic myth that airlines and transport companies have profited from, but the truth is that cheap travel is easier than you’d think. Here are a few go-to resources that we use every week when planning our next destinations.

1. Skyscanner

We’re big fans of SkyScanner. The ability to search based on one airport and have everywhere in the world show up is priceless. We save hundreds of dollars by looking at full month of prices in the chart view and choosing the cheapest dates. I never book flight without checking SkyScanner first. If you don’t want to do the research, check out our Cheap Flights This Month page for weekly updated flights from all over the world.

2. Rome2Rio

Every time we travel, Rome2Rio is a site I do a quick check on. The site pulls up relevant busses and trains for a given route and has a direct link to book tickets. It’s easy to price check ground transport against flights within minutes and know whether you’re missing a good deal or not.

3. Skiplagged

Skiplagged shows what the cheap travel transportation options are. I don’t often book directly through them because you can find better rates elsewhere, but Skiplagged displays routes that you may not have thought of before.

For instance, with Skiplagged I was able to find out that a direct flight from Morocco to Belgium was $30 cheaper than the layover route I was planning with Ryan Air. I booked through our credit card rewards instead and got the flights for free.

4. RyanAir

Oh, Ryan Air. A travelers best friend and worst nightmare. Ryan Air gets away with dirt cheap travel prices to almost anywhere in Europe (we’ve flown for as little as $5 per person) by placing extremely stringent guidelines on what they offer. Read: you pay for your seat and that’s it.

Want a booking confirmation text? Three dollars. Want to choose your seats? Six bucks. Bring a carry-on bag that doesn’t fit in the overhead bin? Fifty dollar fee. Forgot to print your boarding pass? There’s a fee for that too. Now, the bright side – their website is fantastic and their prices rock. It’s a decent deal if you can travel light and play by their rules. After all, there’s a reason that their airfare is inexpensive!

5. Credit Card Rewards and Partner Miles

This one varies based on your credit card and score. Greg and I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which gives us bonus points on all travel and dining – two of the biggest expenses while traveling.

The Sapphire Preferred also has no foreign transaction fees and gives  cardholders $500 after you spend a certain amount within the first three months. There is such a thing as free money! We earn plenty of points just by buying the things we normally buy, and in return can redeem our points for free flights and experiences.

Look into credit cards that give you cash back or help you earn points that can be exchanged for flights or hotels to save money on travel.

6. Kayak Explore

Last but not least is Kayak Explore. Kayak Explore pulls up a giant map of the whole world. You can choose your month of travel and price boxes appear over every country. This is great to get a general idea of where to travel and when. The down side is you can’t specify a destination city or choose one-way tickets as a viewing option, so the explore site is best used as a reference before looking into specifics.

Whether you use a site on this list or your personal favorite, travel doesn’t have to be expensive. What sites do you use to book your travel transportation? Comment your favorite below!