Abroad, but not beyond the budget

Choose value-for-money destinations.

Where to go for hot is a wide choice. But take Sydney off the bucket list. Australia may have the climate, but they have the prices that go with it. For the Barbados. Check out Ecuador, Honduras and Colombia. Yes, Colombia has seriously cleaned up its act. Now he just needs to repair his image and it will be a "new destination. So now would be a good time to go to Medellin. The weather in Bogata is very cold. down to five at night, so you won't really melt there.

Imagine a trip to Europe? Although he may have always wanted to go to Paris, Prague or Budapest are in a similar league – but much cheaper. In fact, one general estimate is that Eastern Europe is 25 to 50 percent cheaper than Western Europe. And not so touristy.

Book your tickets online to get the best deals.

Get your tickets in advance and try to avoid the high season when everything is too expensive. With the choices on the web, travel agents join maids as a professional choice. So do your homework and save.

The alternative is to make a last minute reservation if you are not really interested in where you are going to end up. Just make sure you have your passport, visas and vaccinations classified. Then hit "Don't Think – Inspire Me!" and see what comes up.

Find affordable accommodation.

Finding a place to put your head at the end of the day has always been a big ticket item. There are remote hostels, but they are aimed at backpackers and you might not appreciate the welcoming guys who party in the next room at 2am. B&B is another option, but the established ones tend to be a bit pricy.

So, here comes Airb & b, a cheap choice for home stay. Other sites they control are Homestays and Wimdu. As times get tighter, regular people rent their bedrooms at affordable rates. On this site you can review listings – supplementing with photos and details of the homeowner – and come in a variety of formats, including the most expensive.

Save a fortune on meals.

Homemade meals often include breakfast, but they are often little more than a piece of toast and a butter and jam butter. Store in fruit, rolls, peanut butter and the like and make your own hearty start to the day. Buy cheese at night and it will be nice in the morning. Get a sink heater, buy a piston cup and make your own coffee. Breakfast will save you money. Then have your big lunch at lunch. Many restaurants – including some well-known Michelin stars – offer daily specials and are good value. After a hearty meal in the morning and afternoon in the morning you can enjoy dinner. And it's healthier for you.

Travel as a local.

Instead of relying on taxis – which can be very expensive very quickly – study the bus and train system of your destination. Another good reason for a home-stay is that many of them offer airport pick-ups for a reasonable price. And your hosts can tell you how to get around the city.