We all know that travelling is by no way a cheap pastime, and is something that we all have to save for these days.. May be if you have a windfall come your way this will not be a problem, but for the majority of us unless we use the discounted options we will not be going anywhere. When using discount travel, you should be thinking of getting discount on every part of your travel, hence using it to the full potential and making as big a saving as possible.
One of the best ways to start is to check out the charter flights and all of the last minute deals to get all of the cheapest prices. The next step when you arrive at your foreign destination, is to see if you can get any local knowledge about the local restaurants and hotels and entertainment, this will always save you money. When you use all of these different types of discounts regularly, you will find that it will allow you to travel more often, even on a small budget.
Do not forget that in most of the second world countries bartering is second nature to them ,and it is a very good way of stretching your money budget out a lot further. So dig your heels in and start bartering with the natives, you never know you might even be good at it, and the trouble is if you do not join in with their ways you will most likely find that you lose money.
I know you might find these awkward at first, but believe me it will be well worth your while if you stick to your guns. Nearly all the population from the west find it hard to barter with people being that they never need to use it in every day life, but actually go on to enjoy doing it. Now you have taken this information on board you will be beginning to understand that there are almost no fixed prices in these countries, so nearly everything you will have to barter for.
The other thing to remember is that nearly every country is different , so get a feel for the bartering before you start, watch someone else to see how they are going about it and then slowly work your way in with small amounts. The common mistake that most people make is to be side tracked into something else or a bonus that they are offering, stay focused on the object that you are bartering for, and do not let them take your focus away from that item..
You will also have to bare in mind that if you turn and walk away at any given moment you will keep the ball in your court, and get to the desired amount a lot quicker.. If you show them that you are ready to walk on to something completely different they will keep bombarding you with prices till you except. Please do not be pushed about, take everything in your stride and enjoy your bartering and you will find that you save an absolute fortune overtime, hence allowing you to travel a lot more and have more fun.
This is how I have found it easy to save money while travelling, but now have joined a vacation club with up to 80% discounts on all holidays around the world, but still enjoy bartering just for the sheer hell of it.