Traveling for the first time without your parents can be a little scary and daunting Figuring out how to book a flight, hotels/Airbnb's/hostels, rental cars, etc can be a little overwhelming if you're trying to stick within a strict budget. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Bundles or packages.
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, but it's out of your budget, try a hotel and flight bundle. Usually, you'll end up getting a discount compared if you booked them separately. Sights like Priceline will give you the option of bundling a rental car as well.
Don't Sleep on Hostels.
Hostels can sometimes be scary. You're staying with other people who you don't know anything about, but it doesn't have to be a scary experience. Hostels can be very cheap and affordable, especially if you're traveling alone. You have the opportunity to meet and interact with new people, who are also typically solo travelers and ask any questions about the area.
Make Sure You're Getting the Best Prices.
Sites like Priceline and Skyscanner are great for comparing flights from different airlines. I know some airlines and hotels will give discounts on their last few spots and rooms, however not knowing where I'm staying or how I'm going to get there gives me anxiety. I prefer to plan everything in advance and you can get a better price for booking flights in advance. On Airbnb, if you book far enough in advance, you'll get an early bird discount.
Make a Game Plan Before You Go.
Unless you're not staying for very long and don't have enough time to explore where you're staying, plan what you want to do beforehand. You'll save time and don't have to figure things out while you're there.
Traveling for the first time alone or with a group of friends can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. Look around on different websites, compare prices, locations, and know what you're going to be doing. Traveling can be fun to get all of the stressful stuff out of the way.
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