First I'd like to talk about getting the best price on airfare.
There are three websites that will give you the best prices:
Hide Your Identity.
It is important that you hide your identity. You can do this by using different browsers, clearing cookies, going incognito, or even using a different computer. It's amazing how much we are tracked. The system knows when you've been looking at the prices. If you go into a site often looking at the same flight, they may raise the price for you as an individual.
The time you purchase travel is important.
Studies show that if travel is booked on Sunday and it is 4 weeks before travel, you save 17%.
Don't book on Friday. It'll be approximately 12% higher.
Fly on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for leisure.
These are averages, so of course, there will be times when these are not the best prices. But on average this is the rule to follow. These statistics came from the Airline Reporting Corporation, ARC. They say if you book five weeks in advance this is best for you. Discounts actually start 6 weeks. But don't wait until 2-3 weeks before your trip, because prices start to spike.
Destinations where you will find travel deals.
Number one is Tahiti. There is a direct flight from LA to Tahiti, and when this started airfares dropped 20%. Keep in mind land portion of your trip is still going to be expensive but the air went down.
One of the places to go when you're there is the Austral Islands. People don't know as much about these islands but they are beautiful. You can get a guest house with a cottage and pay about $50 a night.
This is located on the heel of Italy. This city is known because it was built on a system of caves. This is where Mel Gibson's movie Passion of Christ was filmed. They even have hotels and restaurants in some of the caves. There are no crowds and there is very good service. A lot of places there is a problem with over tourism. The Chinese travel the most. Make sure that you avoid the Chinese New Year's when you're traveling.
Parque Nacional Peneda-Geres in Portugal is under-explored.
Estrada Nacional 2 also known as the Route 66 of Portugal is an exciting and scenic journey in the heart of the country. The road is paved and crosses four mountain ranges, 11 rivers, and 29 towns.
Portugal was one of the richest countries in the 1700s because of the explorers. They had a golden age. At some point this stopped but what you want to do now is go visit and enjoy the beauty of this area. It is 20% cheaper than most Western European countries.
Tour Finders websites that can help you find the best deals are”
You'll find tours available, where they go, and prices. They give enough details that you can evaluate what you are looking for, how much time you want to spend, and what price you want to pay.
Day Trips Tours
There are several tour companies on websites that have many tours for a location. Sites include ToursbyLocals.com, and AirBNBExperiences. They may be a little bit more expensive than if you go directly to a tour operator. However, it will take a little time to find the operator directly. If you have the time, book your tours direct.
There are few websites including
Happy Wanderer Trips
If you want to get away for more than just a week or two, you might think about some of these options.
Workaway.com. You work 5 hours a day for room and board. The rest of the day you can do whatever you want.
With Vaughansystems.com, you go there to speak another language. This is good for all ages, and it is good way to learn a language. Usually it's just a two-week invitation.
Living in Another Country for Cheap
Check out Flexjobs.com or Remotely.com.
However be very careful when you book on them because some of them add huge cleaning fees to the price. There's also lots of fraud on AirBNB. Make sure that you get travel insurance if you are booking on AirBNB. Keep in mind that if you put a deposit down on a place on Airbnb and you have to cancel, you don't get the deposit back. That is why it's very important to get travel insurance.
Other sites are
The fun about an exchange is that you meet a lot of people. For example on a trip I took, I stayed in a very nice house in a small village. Every day someone could came and say hello, how are you. The neighbors just wanted to know if I had any questions. Of course people do that because they want to make sure they're checking up on you. Keep in mind that it will take you a while to set this up. There are a lot of emails that go back and forth.
There were two or three islands that were devastated by the hurricane, but many of them are fine including Nassau.
It got a bad rap when the news came out with stories about the number of vacationers that were dying there. Keep in mind that people die on vacation all the time. It has been verified that the people that died, died of natural causes. It is safe to go to the Dominican Republic.
Look for sales. There are many different ones going on all the time.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. That's what I'm here for.