Green and Cheap Traveling Tips

Traveling Green is a way of life. It’s a great way to travel the world, or just around your own town. There are several options to take into consideration when going on your next trip.

Couch Surfing is one of the greatest achievements the Internet has come up with for what it was intended for: Bringing People Together. Couch Surfing is more than a social networking site, it’s a way of life. It features people from all over the world, who let travelers stay with them. What’s great about Couch Surfing, is that it differs from most social networks simply because 90% of the people on the site are very cool and interesting people.

It’s a great way to stay green as well since Hotels are extremely wasteful when it comes to laundry, water, energy, etc. With a Hotel you also don’t get that experience of truly visiting the place you are, hanging out with locals, finding the right spots to see, avoiding tourist traps. There are a million reasons why Couch Surfing is the greatest site ever, but you should go check it out for yourself. Host some people, you will make lifelong friends and meet a ton of very interesting people.

2. Trains and Busses Aren’t Just for the City!
When traveling don’t instantly think that you have to take a flight. Sure many of the options take much longer, and sometimes there isn’t much of a price difference, but it makes for greener transportation and adventures of a lifetime. Next trip you make look into Trains and Busses. Amtrak has several deals, especially if you are going on long tours of several towns. Also if you are a student or military you can sign up for student advantage card and get a 20% off discount. That will save you a bundle on the Multi- Ride Tickets.

Mega Bus is also a great service for extremely low-priced Bus Rides. Right now they only serve New England, the Mid-West. and the UK. All rates start at $1 plus a $1 booking fee. Make sure to order as soon as advanced, the prices go up by the day. You will most likely get a ticket from anywhere to $2.00 to $35 depending on when you get it.

Greyhound works as well, but I haven’t found that many great deals. If your going far, take a train, but if you are only going regional I suggest looking into local bus lines. A fairly big chain is China Town Bus. They are featured in nearly every big city, and will take you anywhere in the region. They have great rates anywhere from $10-40 depending on how soon and how far you’re going.

3. Ride Share Programs
There are a few sites out there that feature rideshares. Generally you can find others to tag along with to a near by big city, or event such as a big Jam Band Festival. They’re in never a shortage of people looking to meet other cool people and to split the gas.

Craigslist has a great Ride Share message board on their site. You can find people who are looking for other riders and you can even post that you are looking as well. The only thing with this option is that it is hard to plan far ahead, many of the postings are for the next weekend so look especially for last minute/last change travel.

4. Travel By Bike
Bicycle Touring has become more and more popular along with the recent rise in Bike Riders. Now this takes a lot of research and planning, and is in no way easy, but is the most rewarding badass way to travel. This will be a personal milestone for you as well as you get life long bragging rights.

There are several great routes you can take, many of them are the same historical routes of American history. The Underground Railroad, Oregon Trail, Louis and Clark Expedition, etc. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and go for a bike ride. For more information and routes check out the Adventure Cycling Associations Website.

What is great also great about these forms of transportation is that it’s an adventure as well. There is something amazing about traveling the country by bike, rail, or bus. Its very nostalgic, and it will also give you lot of time to take in the scenery and have some serious thought time. In the near future, I will be posting some of my favorite travel routes and journeys.

4 San Francisco Travel Deals and Other Tips to Save You Money

Are you planning a trip to San Francisco and looking for some great San Francisco travel deals? Here are a few tips on how to live it up on the cheap in one of the nation’s greatest cities.

1. One of the most popular San Francisco activities for visitors is to ride the famous cable cars. You may quickly that the lines to ride this mobile historic monument can get rather long. You can literally find yourself waiting with all the other eager tourists to jump on a cable car for over an hour as one car fills up and the rest of you are forced to wait for the next. Sure, this gives you lots of time to make small talk and people watch, but that’s probably not how you envision your perfect vacation in San Francisco. Try walking over to a nearby cable car stop. Don’t assume that just because one stop is crowded and the line is backed up around the block, that every single one will be. I remember being shocked to find that there was no wait at all just a few blocks down from where we were waiting for well over an hour!

2. One thing San Francisco is known for is their excellent selection of world-class restaurants. But if you’re not careful, you could find that all your money is quickly getting sucked up by going out for dinner. As a tip, try going to the same restaurants for lunch. You’ll likely get the same selection of food, but in a slightly smaller portion (not bad if you’re watching your weight too), plus you don’t have to deal with all the crowds that come with the whole dinner scene. If you really have your heart set on dinner, then be sure to make reservations as restaurants (particularly the good ones) tend to get crowded fast. If you can’t get reservations, ask for a seat at the bar. You can often get a perfectly fine table at the bar and bypass the long waits for a table in the restaurant.

3. Is Alcatraz worth it? I’d say yes and most other tourists do too as the continually prove by keeping this historic prison one of the most popular San Francisco activities. You can save money on the tour by checking free magazines and fliers throughout the city for coupons. Don’t be tempted to blow off the audio tour, though. It is really does provide a captivating view into what Alcatraz was like, and that’s why you’re going, right? Make your reservations well in advance (are you sensing a theme here?). Although there are quite a few tours everyday, they can fill up fast.

4. For some free things to do, be sure to look into some of the great free museums San Francisco has to offer. The National Maritime Museum and the San Francisco Cable Car Museum are both free, but their schedules can be a bit erratic, so take the precaution and call ahead to make sure that they are open on the day you plan to visit. There are also countless festivals and arts events in the city, that there should be no shortage of exciting things to do for free. Check local calendars for events happening during your visit and you’ll be sure to have a list of many things to do on the cheap during your visit to San Francisco.

So there you have it. Just a quick rundown of some San Francisco travel deals for those of us that may be traveling on a budget, or just don’t want to throw away money unnecessarily. Be on the lookout for more entries about cheap travel deals and San Francisco activities.

Travel Deals To Europe – The 4 Cheapest Ways To Get From The Us To Europe And Get Cheap Hotels

Travel deals to US and from US to Europe is a hot topic. The Atlantic is one of the most competitive zones around the earth, possibly the second one after European flights, which are the lowest on the globe. But hey, this does not mean it will be easy for you to locate these opportunities. My intention is to put things a bit easier and provide you with the 4 best ways to cross from Europe to America and vice versa, and at same time getting the opportunity to enjoy nearly free accommodation in some cases. Let’s take a look!

1st Travel Deal:

Zoom Airlines is the lowest of the travel deals to Europe you can find in the “normal way”. 343 Euros is their lowest price to cross the little paddle. And by normal way I mean the lowest retail price available, the best standard conditions airfare you can ever find. Remember to use Ryanair to reach London from wherever you are.

2nd Travel Deal (only departing from Europe):

This one is only for Europeans. OK, I’m from Spain, I just couldn’t avoid it. And yeah, I am aware that the title was “Travel Deals to Europe”! In any case, Icelandair is something you can’t forget looking at. Right now they have a special offer in which you can depart from London, stay two completely free nights with breakfast included in an hotel in Iceland, and then depart to the US. The whole combination has the same price as it will have for some of the lowest fares carriers to just cross the Atlantic, around 350 Euros ($500) Keep an eye on them, if this deal has expired, more of them will come soon. Don’t ask. I just know it.

3rd Travel Deal (mainly for Americans):

Now it’s time again for you guys! And in fact this is a double or even triple option for travel deals to Europe. SkyAuction and Priceline are two of the bidding engines where you can get discounts usually of 40%. We Europeans can use the engine to find good hotel deals, but all flights that appear there are only departing from the US. In any case, combining SkyAuction with an internet shopping mall that allows you to book from SkyAuction, will give you the reduced airfare prices plus almost free accommodation in more than 600 locations worldwide. Down below you will see the links to look at it.

4th Travel Deal (mainly for Americans):

The best travel deals to Europe keep being these ones, and it is by using companies that, after getting their services, they offer travel certificates to you. Don’t imagine you need to spend a lot in buying, as most of the time the products this companies offer are between $30 and $100 and can be pretty interesting and useful. The price of the trip will not be 0, but normally you will be saving between a 70% and a 95% of the total cost involved with the trip. You can find this kind of offer either for hotels and for flights. In the links below you will also find some good places to look at.

Sincerely, this 4 methods to travel from the US to Europe are the best I have found during all the time I have spent looking for the best ways for my customers to cross the Atlantic. Best kept secrets revealed for free? Well, let’s say that sometimes I wake up in a good mood!