These top 50 online travel budget tools were provided to us by Online Colleges and Universities. This is a great resource as the different sites can help our students in preparing, or while on their study abroad program. We thought this was a great guide to consider as it narrows down and categorizes some of the essential travel related websites that can help you save money.
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Budgeting & Money
Make plans and budget your travel money using these tools.
- Quid Universal Currency Converter: Convert daily exchange rates for more than 180 world currencies on Quid.
- Mint.com: Mint offers a vacation budgeting tool that estimates how much your trip will cost, and create a savings plan to have enough.
- Budget Your Trip: Estimate and plan your travel expenses based on your traveling area with Budget Your Trip.
- Prepaid travel cards: Safeguard your personal accounts and stick to your budget by using prepaid travel cards abroad.
- Travel Calculator: Plan your travel spending with this travel calculator.
- GoPlanit: GoPlanit makes it easy to plan your trip, alone with with friends.
- delicious: Build your own guidebook with this bookmarking site.
- Trip Little: Trip Little offers complete travel planning and organization on one site.
- Google Earth: See any place in the world, including buildings and imagery, to plan your trip.
- Tripwolf: Tripwolf offers a travel guide, tips, deals, and planner for worldwide travel.
- Dopplr: Share your travel plans and tips socially on Dopplr.
- TripWiser: Discover things to do in this travel community.
- TripIt: Organize your travel itinerary using this trip planner.
Check flight status, find deals, and more using these tools.
- FlightChecker: Use the FlightChecker to find out when to get super cheap prices on budget airlines.
- GateGuru: Turn foreign airports into a fun place using this app that can help you discover food, gift shops, and more.
- Airfare Watchdog: Airfare Watchdog will alert you to the top fares available.
- Fare Alert: Expedia's Fare Alert will alert you when the best fares come available, right on your desktop.
- SeatGuru: SeatGuru offers diagrams and notes on the best airplane seats by airline.
- FareWatch: FareWatch shares a fair, unbiased view of average airfare rates direct from the Department of Transportation.
- Yapta: Yapta tracks flight prices before and after you buy.
Hotels & Accommodations
Stay at a hostel, house-sit, or even couch surf through these travel tools.
- The Caretaker Gazette: Find caretaking and house sitting jobs easily on this site.
- Hostelling International USA: Stay the night for super cheap and find great locations for a good price using this nonprofit site.
- AirBnB: Find accommodations including sublets and private rooms on AirBnB.
- WWOOF: Volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation around the world through WWOOF hosts.
- Roomorama: Roomorama offers a peer to peer short term rental marketplace for world travelers and more.
- HouseCarers: Become a housesitter anywhere in the world through HouseCarers.
- CouchSurfing: Open up your spare room or couch to a couch surfer, and enjoy sharing someone's couch in a foreign country later.
- ConcertHotels: ConcertHotels offers a great way to find a hotel near the concert or event you're attending.
- Growfood: Get connected with farmers who can provide you with room and board in exchange for work on Growfood.
- Home Exchange: Exchange your home with someone else to enjoy living in a comfortable house on your international stay.
- GlobalFreeloaders: GlobalFreeloaders will connect you with people all over the world that can offer you free accommodation.
Food & Drink
Save cash while you dine in a foreign country using these tools.
- Cor.kz: Find out about the best wines available to you from Cor.kz.
- OpenTable: Make reservations at restaurants around the world through OpenTable's site.
- Urbanspoon: Find good eats for cheap by checking out Urbanspoon's site.
Talk and stay connected on the cheap using these tools.
- Google Translate: Google Translate offers automatic translation in over 50 language.
- Skype: Even if you're halfway around the world, you can make free or cheap calls to family and friends with the help of Skype.
- HazelMail: Hazel sends your photos as a printed and stamped postcard so you don't have to.
- Loopt: Use Loopt to find out if your traveling buddies are close by.
- Yahoo! Babel Fish: Translate blocks of text and web pages using Yahoo! Babel Fish.
Experiences & Reviews
Use these tools to find the best experiences without spending a ton of cash.
- IgoUgo: Explore hotels and things to do with other world travelers using IgoUgo.
- Viator: Plan your days on Viator, booking tours, planning trips, and more.
- Howcast Using Howcast, you can learn about local customs, trip planning, and more.
- WikiTravel: WikiTravel is a traveler-written guide to destination cities, helping you get the inside scoop on the area you'll be studying in.
- Yelp: Find things to do and read reviews on Yelp, which offers information for a few European cities in addition to its stateside offerings.
- The Backpacker: The Backpacker shares the best places to visit, nightlife, and more.
- 1000 Ultimate Experiences App: Use Lonely Planet's app (or book) to learn about the best things you can do in any given location.
- Virtual Tourist: Get the inside scoop on nearly 60,000 places around the world from the Virtual Tourist community.
- TripAdvisor: Get trip ideas, reviews, and plan your trip using TripAdvisor's tools.
- Time Out: Time Out will help you find out about what's happening in the world's most exciting cities.
- SitOrSquat: SitOrSquat will help you find a bathroom anywhere in the world.
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