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1. Posted by Asheila (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

I don't know if this is a silly question, but how does everyone afford these trips? I'd like to visit Europe this summer, but have no idea how much money I need to raise first. ANY tips would be helpful. (I'm all about stupid questions) Thanks a ton.

2. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 11y

havent u come across people who use the credit card, and suffer in silence later? ;) Seriously, it is all about planning...

Food for thought:

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again -- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. The beauty of this whole process was best described, perhaps, before people even took to frequent flying, by George Santayana in his lapidary essay, "The Philosophy of Travel." We "need sometimes," the Harvard philosopher wrote, "to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.
Maybe this is what drives people to travel!!!

welcome to the world of travel bugs!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Save, save, save. Then eat dry bread and drink water for a while when you get back and start paying off your bills :) Seriously though, I worked hard, saved a lot and could afford to head off to Australia twice from it. Okay, so I was broke both times upon return and even ended up camping on some friends couches for a month, but it's not bad.

Oh, and lots of noodles and baked beans on the road....

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

I usually work 37 jobs and hav no social life, oh and eat pasta for 6 months! and dont go in summer - Autumn is much nicer in Euro and LESS expensive - and I usually only travel East Euro - much cheaper and u get more for ur money.

5. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Why expensive "summer" Europe,go Asia Feb/March,its so cheap you will find you cannot spent money "as you know it."
Dont go Europe until you have a rich boyfriend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a nice day.
al de bes

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

I travel abroad because half the time, it's cheaper than staying in the States! I never go in peak season (summer in Europe, Nov. - March in most of Asia), and I do a lot of research, mostly online, before I go. When I told a lady at work how much I spent on our three-week honeymoon to Thailand and Cambodia, she about fell through the floor because it cost as much as her one-week trip to the Grand Canyon, and she drove!

Big tip: don't even think about buying a night at a hotel or a flight for a foreign travel on the main travel engines from the States.

Where do you want to go? Get friendly with Borders or Barnes & Noble, go grab a Lonely Planet guide, and cozy up with a cup of coffee before you buy it. Cheap, I know... It's a good start! Ask one of the travel helpers online for where and how they get their best deals.

7. Posted by Asheila (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Thanks for all of your help! I've changed my mind about Europe in the summer... for the time being (Unless I hit big in the lotto). I've made up my mind, and I am officially going to be a penny-pincher for a few months. I'm thinking about taking a couple month tour around the states starting in June, but even THAT sounds pricey. If I shouldn't buy plane tickets online, where should I buy them? And would you suggest going somewhere else this summer? I'm up for anything!

8. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Ha,ha,a;dont worry,its only me when I seen your post;
Europe and Yankee land are for girls with rich boyfriends so you are going to Asia where its impossible to spend real money as girls know how!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Or go Central America and bus it through and its still very,very cheap.
Today I'am in Malta for a few days enjoying the Med sunshine then catching a ferry to Sicily to see the Mafia for a couple of days before going home.
I'am going Asia end of Dec for 4months but do well at college and get good excam results before heading out to Asia.
Have a nice day.
al de bes

9. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Quoting Asheila

If I shouldn't buy plane tickets online, where should I buy them? And would you suggest going somewhere else this summer? I'm up for anything!

Still get your tix online, just don't go through travelocity or expedia, because it does cost more. Start there, just to kind of get an idea as to who has the best prices, an then go directly to the airline's web site (AA, EVA Air, etc.) to actually get the tickets. Make sure you sign up for their frequent flier program too.

I got tickets RT from St. Louis to Bangkok for $725 directly through EVA. If I had gone through one of the travel sites, it was going to be over $1000. Icelandair usually has really good prices to Europe, especially during off- or shoulder seasons.

Bali would be a good place if you want to go in early summer. Their monsoon starts later. If you are going at the beginning of the summer (like, leaving end of May), you can still get some OK rates to Europe if you look hard and book early--no later than end Feb/beg. March.

Do you have a specific place in mind or certain things that you are interested in that you want to see? That might help narrow it down. I don't want to speak for everyone, but I'm certainly not made of money, and I manage to take an overseas trip about once a year. The only thing that really stops me from going more often is that whole "job" thing. ;)

10. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 11y

come over to europe or england and work as you travel.... thats always the best way. earn money while you travel