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13 Surprising Upsides of Traveling on a Budget

It's true that vacationing on a budget can be an interesting experience, to say the least. But don't let travel worries steal your sunshine... or budget-friendly rain.
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Lifehacker recently ran a piece detailing the downsides of dealhunter travel. Citing horrors such as subpar hotel rooms, inconvenient flights, and off-season weather woes, the article offers lots of fascinating insights about why cheap travel is, well, cheap.

DealNews is totally committed to bringing you the best travel deals around, so we see a lot of these ultra-discounted off-season offers. While you should certainly take Lifehacker's advice to heart, we'd like to remind you of the many upsides to budget travel — through the magic of gifs!

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A hotel room that's far from the elevator lets you get in some exercise on vacation!


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After staying in a smoking room, think how clean and fresh your home will smell!


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If you hate your hotel room, you'll spend more time out sightseeing!


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The worst room in a nice hotel is probably better than anywhere else you've stayed!


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A weird flight time means you're less (or more) likely to meet an exciting new friend!


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An early or late flight time means less traffic on the drive to the airport!


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Early morning airport bathrooms are (probably) more clean!


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Experiencing storms abroad will give you a newfound love for your own bad weather!


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Getting rained out on vacation means you can finally catch up on all those books!


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The sun causes cancer, so bad weather actually keeps you safe!


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Bad weather on a beach vacation means no more bathing suit judgement!


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The weatherman seems to have fun standing in a monsoon. Now's YOUR chance!


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Remember: Even on the worst day of a vacation, you're still on vacation!

Seriously though, with a bit of planning and hard work, you can keep your travel and lodging costs down without sacrificing (too much) comfort and convenience. Whether it means not traveling on Labor Day Weekend or finding airfare loopholes, you might find that saving money actually makes your vacation better.

What do you think, is budget travel more hassle than it's worth? Let us know in the comments below.


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Michael adds the finishing touches to most of the Blog articles you'll see on DealNews. His work has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. See him rant about video games by following him on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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