Probably the single most expensive purchase the would-be backpacker has to make is a plane ticket to Europe. For shorter backpacking trips, this can be well over a quarter of the overall cost.
There are a number of strategies for finding cheap airfare, many of which are covered in our flights section. However, the most reliable way to spend the least amount of money on your flight is to book it with frequent flier miles. Booking with miles can save you hundreds, if not more. More »