The tools and brands you should know to travel on the cheap

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With the right tools and know-how, you can see more for less. Whether you’re a student on a budget, or simply want to do more than the traditional annual holiday, travel on the cheap has never been easier. Armed with just your phone, you can plan group trips, book flights and hostels, and find reviews for backstreet places to eat on the cheap. This list of brands and apps is a great place to start; all you need to decide is where in the world to go.

Best for group budgeting: Cost Split

Cost Split is an iPhone/iPad app that lets you organise and break down costs amongst a group of people. It’s perfect for planning a group holiday without the stress, and each person can add his or her own expenses to be split evenly. Group bookings are often cheaper than travelling alone, so sharing the expense of accommodation or car hire is a great way to travel on a budget.

Best for currency: XECurrency

With the XECurrency app, you can access currency rates on the go so you know how much travel money you should get for your buck. They also offer an expense calculator tool, and cheap money transfers.

Best for flights: Flybe

With nearly 200 routes serving 12 countries, Flybe will take you across Europe. Flybe offers convenient flights for Brits to destinations like Hamburg, Madrid, Munich, Venice, and many more. Get the best prices by avoiding hold luggage, flying during the week, and being flexible with your dates.

Best for hostels: Hostelworld

Hostelworld allows you to search for, and book with over 30,000 properties online, in 180 countries. They aren’t all hostels either, as you’ll find the best value worldwide on hotels and B&Bs to suit your needs and budget. You can read reviews from previous guests, and submit your own when you leave. Destination guides for major cities are also available to help make the most of your stay.

Best for campsites: iCampsites

Available to download on iTunes, iCampsites is an easy way to search for campsites across Europe. You can search by GPS location, or by town/city/region. Browse photos, and read and submit reviews. It’s perfect for hard-core camping fans looking for fun, and affordable places to pitch a tent.

Best for days out: Viator

Find deals on days out with Viator. It’s a useful money saving holiday app. You can browse for things to do, and search for money-saving deals for your must-do activity. You can also read reviews, and see photos from fellow travellers. As a well-established site, Viator covers all the main European cities and destinations further afield.

A growth in apps and online travel communities doesn’t just make cheap travel easier, it makes it less of a punt in the dark. Even inexperienced travellers can do what the locals do, save money, and having a better holiday for it. Never be afraid to try something new; these brands and tools are a great place to start.

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This post was sponsored by Flybe.

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