First off, I’d like to start off by focusing on the point that cheap travel is possible - cheap airfare is also possible. BUT you must be able to have flexibility in dates and sometimes airports. If you are willing to bend more, then you can make your wallet bend less.
There are many travel-planning companies who offer tours, vacations or are simple custom-travel agencies. Of course they wouldn’t be in business if they didn’t collect a sustainable profit from their customers. While many of these options are fine avenues to turn to, I believe the entire experience of planning one’s own trip throughout the world is a large part of the fun - plus, it can save you a good amount of money. How else can you learn in-depth about the areas, the attractions and the reasoning of where you are visiting? I would never base my entire trip, hour by hour, on what I see solely based on my research from books and online resources - because many of those attractions and areas are teaming with tourism - hence, why they may be easy to find online. If you’ve taken at least one thing from my writing so far, I hope it’s this: while touristic places and monuments are great to see, do not surround yourself in only those - stay outside of the cities, get lost and connect with the real.
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