5. Take advantage of the sharing economy.
Using the sharing economy when traveling has endless benefits, according to Kepnes.
“You can find cheaper accommodation, quirky tour guides, rideshare options, and home-cooked meals with local chefs,” Kepnes said. “You can bypass the traditional travel industry with sharing economy websites and gain access to locals using their own assets and skills to become small tourism companies with cheaper prices.”
When he traveled to the Caribbean island of Saint Croix, Kepnes said he paid $50 a night for his Airbnb, while the cheapest hotel room he could find was $150.
“Moreover, locals know where to find deals,” he said. “They know which supermarket is cheapest, which stores offer the best sales, and where to find the hole-in-the-wall restaurants and bars with the tastiest food at the lowest prices. Talking directly to them gives you access to that knowledge.”
The sharing economy has “changed the travel game and made travel more accessible for everyone,” Kepnes said, whose favorite websites include Airbnb (accommodation), Vayable (tours), BlaBlaCar (ridesharing), EatWith (meals).