Traveling to a hot spot like Santiago, Chile, both literally and by popularity, can be tricky on a budget. Keep a few trusty, savvy travel tips in mind while planning your next trip and enjoy a dream destination on a very real budget.
With any international flight, airline prices can be tricky. Shop around as early as possible and set price alerts. Use Hopper, Google and Skyscanner to check flights for you and give you updates for price increases and drops. Download coupon-cutting internet extensions like Retail Me Not and Honey that can tack on an additional savings at checkout, without scouring the internet for deals — but still scour the internet for deals.
Where to Stay
Don’t be afraid to bundle with apps like Kayak and Priceline. Sometimes you can save on flights, rental cars and hotels, but the affordable hotel market in Santiago is plentiful, so don’t let up-charged pricing get the best of you out of convenience. Check the surrounding neighborhood and land on where you want to see, then search here with price limits, amenities and anything else that’s a necessity for you and make sure you’re paying the lowest price.
The Chilean peso to the United States dollar is a vast difference, so be sure to exchange some cash at your personal bank at home before traveling. The U.S. dollar is rarely accepted in the country, so make sure you bring some with you and be mindful of the conversion.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.