Ballin on a Budget

All posts related to saving money while traveling!

What in the world is an error fare? I’ve been talking about them quite a lot on Snapchat and Facebook as of late, but I finally put together a post about it. Error fares are essentially booking site and airfare glitches – and if take advantage of them, you can save hundreds of dollars on flights! Read this to learn everything you want to know about error fares and start saving money today!

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So, you’ve decided to (finally) take the plunge and stay at a hostel. Congratulations! A world of new friends and inevitable stories awaits you. Maybe you’re traveling solo and want to make some friends or maybe your bank account’s just been feeling a little empty lately. Whatever the case, I’m here to help you pick a hostel that’s right for you. Don’t worry, staying at a hostel is nothing like the movie Hostel… at least not if you follow my tips ;). Read this guide for everything you need to know about staying in a hostel – and how to pick one that doesn’t suck!

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People seem to love road trips and I’m often faced with disbelief when I tell people it’s still my least favorite form of travel. When you live in Los Angeles, you spend an ungodly amount of time in your car. So needless to say, the idea of spending extra time in my car doesn’t exactly have me screaming “vacation!” Recently, road trips have started to grow on me. I’d still prefer pretty much any other mode of transportation to get me from point A to point B, but I’ve finally learned some tricks to make road trips fun…or at the very least, bearable. Check out these 11 tips for a road trip that doesn’t suck!

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If you’ve ever traveled through Europe, then you are well aware that budget airlines can be your best friend or worst enemy. They can be ultimate money savers or the source of frustrations and annoyances. So you can avoid turning your budget-friendly flight into a not-so-budget-friendly one, I’ve compiled a list of tips to make your experience as pain-free as possible! Read this guide on how to make the most of your budget flight and to avoid common pitfalls travelers face in Europe.

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Sometimes, you want to be a tourist. To just hop on the famous red double decker bus and have someone schlep you around the city. Other times, you crave an off-the-beaten-path adventure. An experience that you’ll tell your grandchildren about. Luckily, the world is offering more and more of these local and off-beat experiences. With new products and services popping up daily, it’s hard to keep track of them all. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite travel sites that help you get a taste of local living. Read on for the best travel sites you aren’t using!

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Years and years ago, we had one option when booking travel accommodation: hotels. Now, thanks to the power of technology, we have a growing number of alternate options that don’t break the bank. Hotels have always been and will continue to be comfortable and dependable. However, I’ve found that “alternative” accommodation can do just the same – and oftentimes offer a unique and memorable experience. Take a look at the alternative guide to travel accommodation and see how these options can help you live like a local – and save you money along the way.

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