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Summary

The article provides comprehensive tips for making solo travel affordable, including strategies for avoiding single supplements, traveling during shoulder seasons, choosing budget destinations, booking flights smartly, finding free accommodations, connecting with locals, and utilizing memberships for free experiences.

Tours with No/Low Single Supplements

Tour companies leverage their buying power to get more value for less money. This means that taking a tour can be very cost-effective–unless there is a high single supplement.

Tips

Check the Solo Travel Deals page for tours with no or low single supplements. Sign up for the monthly Advisory of Deals for updates.

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Shoulder Season Travel

Traveling during the shoulder season, just before or after the high season, can be less expensive and less crowded, yet still offer reasonable weather and most attractions.

Tips

Identify the shoulder season for your destination to save on costs and avoid crowds.

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Best Budget Destinations

Explore destinations that are budget-friendly. The list includes everything from the cost to get there to the cost on the ground and safety considerations.

Tips

Check the updated list of best budget destinations for solo travelers.

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Smart Flight Booking

Using the right tools for booking flights is crucial as airfare prices have increased. Frommer's research on the best airfare search sites can be very helpful.

Tips

Use recommended airfare search sites like Flight Network for better deals and customer service.

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Free Accommodation Options

House sitting and home exchange are excellent ways to save on accommodation costs. House sitting involves taking care of a home and possibly pets, while home exchange allows you to live like a local.

Tips

Consider house sitting or home exchange to significantly cut down on accommodation expenses.

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Connect with Locals

Connecting with locals can provide a deeper understanding of the destination. Free local greeters and Meetup.com are great ways to meet locals.

Tips

Book a free local greeter in advance or join local groups via Meetup.com for a more immersive experience.

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Book Experiences with Deals

Many attractions offer discounts for booking online and in advance. Sites like Groupon can provide deals on food, drink, attractions, and more.

Tips

Search for deals on Groupon for your destination to save on various experiences.

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Free Guided Tours

Most major cities offer free guided walking tours. Apps for self-guided tours and free museum admissions are also available.

Tips

Look for free walking tours or self-guided tour apps. Check for free admission times at museums.

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