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How to organize a trip without the help of travel agencies?

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Travel agencies, of course, greatly simplify the life of a man who wants to leave and prefers to do everything for him. But to do everything yourself is not only cheaper, but also more interesting, and in some cases even easier. You have a lot more room to maneuver, for example, at any time check out of the hotel and go to the next town or even the country. In recent years, a host of services for travel - easy to use, safe and saving money. We talk about the most basic of them.


Offices that offer a visa for you life easier, but if you look closely at the list of documents on the website of the Embassy, all would not be so difficult. Gather all necessary information (from work, from the bank) will still have to yourself. Pay the visa fee - too. And no guarantee company shall not be held, as the issuance of visas to citizens is always at the discretion of the Consul. Will help you correctly fill in the form and do not forget in the package of documents for a certain fee.

With this deal, you can handle yourself well. Most modern visa centers operate quickly and professionally. If something is missing, you will be sure to say about this in your documents. On errors in the questionnaire indicate too. Contact the office makes sense only if you are very limited in time, and just need a visa tomorrow. In other cases, there is no reason to overpay.


To buy cheap tickets, should take care of their purchase for 45-60 days before the trip. Before buying them it does not make sense because until that time the price is calculated on the basis of last year's demand. Conventionally, if a year ago, the flight was full, no discount on it is not provided. About the situation is reviewed in 2 months. And if you buy a ticket before the deadline, you risk overpaying for last year's forecasts.

In order to select the most suitable option, there are sites-aggregators. Open multiple sites and look for the same ticket. Prices can vary as aggregators work with different airlines. And the suggestion that there is one, may not be available in another.

Many aggregators offer the option of +/- several days. So if you are not tied to a specific date, you can save considerably. As a rule, the most expensive flights from Friday to Monday, and the cheapest - on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


For those who are used to living in hotels, there Booking.com. Everything is simple: choose the date, city, district and book any available room. In most hotels, you can cancel your booking free of charge, but not later than one day. So if you change your mind, you do not have to pay. To make the reservation only need your credit card number (to the hotel to make sure that you have on the account the required amount. The money will be taken only at checkout.

Option for those who want to live in an apartment with locals - Airbnb. This is a service where people rent their homes to travelers: house, apartment or room. The hosts are usually friendly. They are happy to prompt, where to go, in which the restaurant for dinner, and if you wish, make the company.

This is a good opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of the country and make new acquaintances. But it is advisable to know at least a bit of the language, which is spoken by the owner, or with communication, there will be difficulties.

The option for the budget conscious adventurers - Couchsurfing. This is a social network for frequent travelers who are willing to shelter guests from other countries. Often for free or for products. It is necessary to observe the daily life of the host. And, perhaps, to live in spartan conditions, but it's free and fun.

Search by map

To navigate through the unfamiliar city is better to have a map. And it is desirable to make it work without an internet connection. Among the travelers is well-proven card "Maps.Me". It's pretty accurate and detailed, so some countries have to download maps in parts. It stands for all the attractions, metro stations, and other important objects.

Phrase books and dictionaries

The phrasebook is useful to look through on the plane, especially if you are flying into the country, a language that does not speak. The phrases "hello", "please" and "how to get" usually are learned for the very first dinner. But just in case you need to be able to talk with the local population and a little more advanced topics.

One of the best online translators considered the "ABBYY Lingvo". It translates as single words and whole phrases. The translator can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, but at the base of the words have to pay, depending on the language and scope.

Security documents on a journey

The journey is very important to be attentive to their documents. Because if you lose them or they are stolen - you will have big problems. And, most likely, your trip will be ruined. We strongly recommend you retain and carry their documents in a separate bag, which must lie nearby.  Note Travel Wallet & Passports Holder with RFID Blocking .  The bag has a handle, the length of which can be adjusted. If you need to absent himself on business, you can hang it around your neck or shoulder. You will not have to hold it in his hands. Bag with zipper. Inside a lot of pockets for cards and passports. There is a small pocket for small items, such as USB flash drive, which is also on the snake. For the money and important papers, there is an inner pocket with zipper. There is also a lock, which can be attached keys. Even in the bag has pockets for ID cards, where you can put a driver's license. The advantages of this bag are that it can put a lot of things and they will always be in the manner and under your supervision.