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Travelling without travel agencies

September 5 2007

A little more - and the tourist season will be closed. But it's time to go to independent travel.

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Travel "low season" - autumn and early spring - the best time for those who are tired of high prices, travel agencies, care guides, tours and standard thrice a guaranteed supply. Unorganized tourism, of course, allows you to save money. But most importantly - it gives real freedom. You must agree - unless you can understand and really get to know another country, looking at her from behind a fence prestigious hotel?

If you decide to become a "fugitive" tourist, then first you need to do two things - to determine the route and open a bank card. Of course, experienced travelers can easily afford to go to the Amazon jungle or on Easter Island, but it is better for beginners to realistically assess their strength. To begin it is worth the calm in Europe or the same in Turkey. Incidentally, this tourist mecca - generally an ideal launch pad for independent travelers.

With regard to credit card, it must be "in service" for each of the independent traveler. Without it, it is impossible not to book hotels or rent a car. The only condition - the map should not be electronic (often exactly as there are payroll cards), but at least the Classic or Standart.

The next step - looking for and booking a ticket myself, preferably at a minimal cost. Despite the diversity of the most versatile vehicles for the trip is a plane.

When you buy a tour to the company, the ticket is included in the cost of the trip. Therefore, no trip to know the price, much less influence it is impossible. Another thing, when you yourself are developing a route. In the "low season" most airlines carry out various actions, sales, making it possible to fly to Europe and the Middle East for 150-200 euros, the nations of Southeast Asia - for 300 euros on the American continent - for 350-600 euros.

Also, when you do book your ticket, you can reduce costs by selecting the indirect flight international airlines.

The issue of housing, which we solve in the next turn - the easiest component of travel "savages." First, in the "low season" hotels will be half empty, and secondly, for the same reason their prices are lowered. And then a matter of taste.
Also, at any airport in the world is a service of hotel service, where visitors help to find the right hotel. And suggestions can be very tempting. For example, a new five-star hotel launched a promotion campaign and is willing to give you a discount of 30-50%.

In Latin America, Thailand, is generally sufficient to take a taxi and ask to take a nice hotel. Even in the tourist area of the room rate will not exceed $ 50, but is likely to vary in the range of $ 15-30 per day. In poorer areas overnight and does cost U.S. $ 10.

Many people are hesitant to travel alone, fearing problems with visas. But first, there are countries where do not need permission to enter, there are those where the coveted stamp my passport put right on the border. Secondly, even if a visa is required, get it yourself, too, is possible.

The most difficult to get permission to enter the United States, Canada and Australia.You must show the consular officers in embassies, that you have good reason to return to Russia - business, real estate, small children. The presence of such "treasures" to confirm the photocopies of relevant documents. In the Australian Embassy will be more likely to get a visa if you are able to draw a map developed by the travel route.

Seasoned travelers recommend for a first trip to Europe or the United States still use the services of intermediary firm - would be less likely to do something wrong and get rejected.

Visa through the travel company will cost 100-200 euro. This amount includes the price of the visa and booking of hotel booking.

By the way, is often the case that some countries get a visa more easily abroad than in Russia. While in Brazil, you can easily get a visa to Argentina, Thailand, we can safely apply for a Cambodian visa.

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Irina Kapustina


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