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Ask A Bay Area Expert: Tips For Traveling Internationally On A Budget

Despite what many Americans think, traveling abroad isn't necessarily an expensive venture. In fact, with continually rising hotel rates and gas prices, traveling internationally might cost less than a trip to many of the best American attractions, such as Times Square, the Golden Gate Bridge and Walt Disney World. But what are ways you can save money while traveling abroad, whether it's a world class destination or a developing country?

(photo credit: Randy Yagi)

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Sean Keener, CEO of San Francisco-based travel service AirTreks and distinguished expert in the travel industry, shares some money-saving advice for traveling internationally on a budget.


What Are Ways You Can Save On Airfare?

Summer is high season, which means planes are full and the ticket prices are often near the high for the year. Experiment with days of the week and if you can be flexible, it can help make the fare more cost effective. Pull out the unused miles and use them in summer if you can. Sometimes going international can be cheaper per day than going to Walt Disney World or staying stateside. Head over to Southeast Asia, Central and South America and watch your dollar go farther.


Is It Possible To Travel Around The World On A Budget?

It is totally possible to go around the world for $3,000 with six or seven stops. You don't have to be a Silicon Valley millionaire to experience the world. Talk to an AirTreks expert Multi-Stop Agent or check out Indie, the world's only around the world and complex multi-stop airfare engine.


Are There Good Websites For Deals On Lodging?

Airbnb is a San Francisco startup star and staple, but it has properties all over the world and not just in the U.S. Many Airbnb properties are just rooms to rent and an awesome way to travel on a budget. There are many competitors internationally so check out Couchsurfing, Alterkeys, BeWelcome and Wimdu as well.


What About Eating Out Internationally On A Budget?

If you are used to three-star Michelin restaurants, don't be afraid. Roadside or food carts are not just something hip in Portland, they are all over the world and often the best and most cost-effective food can be found at these roadside carts and cafes. Look for busy carts that the locals use as a guide. Dive in and try it, and each cheaply.


Any Last Thoughts?

Learn from trusted experts in the travel industry. Our friends and colleagues at BootsnAll have a free 30-day e-course that is "advert" free on how to travel long term internationally. International travel is cheaper than a four-year degree at Stanford University and perhaps just as valuable. Free tips on international travel are available through their website.

Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on

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