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National Parks Offer Free Entrance August 14 - 15

All National Parks in the U.S. are offering free admission this weekend.

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Travel Cheap - Travel Young Print E-mail
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Written by The Frugal Nomad   
Any financial advisor worth his salt will recommend that you start saving and investing early in life. The same goes for travelling; start saving your memories early on. Over the course of a lifetime, the surest way to control your travel overhead is to take as many trips as you can while you’re young, single and unencumbered with a mortgage payment, rent or kids. Sell your car, pack your stuff and leave it with the folks or put it in storage. Whatever you manage to save on unnecessary expenses on the home front leaves you with additional funds to finance your journey abroad.
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Skip the Recession - Travel and Work Overseas Print E-mail
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Written by The Frugal Nomad   

So you're tired of battling the Great Recession which seems to linger on longer than you'd care. Even with your penny pinching, your monthly expenses leave next to nothing in savings. You still dream of travelling around the world, but that's a luxury reserved to the upper crust. Right? Wrong. Even if you don't have a rich uncle that favors you, you can still go on what the Aussies call “The Great Overseas Experience."

For young Australians and Kiwis, the 'Great OE' is a rite of passage. As soon as they graduate college, they work a bit to save just enough change to take care of the first leg of their trip. From there, they hustle their way around the world, working at an odd job here or there or securing temporary or seasonal employment. But in today's economy you don't have to be straight out of school to jet overseas, people of all ages can become world travelers on the cheap.

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Learn a Foreign Language Cheaply Print E-mail
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Written by the frugal nomad   
Thursday, 10 June 2010 03:23

The French are getting alarmed about the English invasion. It's not that they’re concerned about a sneak attack by her majesty’s Royal Navy. They see a bigger threat; the erosion of their language under a constant Eiffel_Towerbarrage of English words that have crept into common every day usage- like ‘Le Weekend’ and ‘Le French Fries’ and all the technical jargon that comes with the Internet age.

Prior to World War II, French was the language of diplomacy and commerce. French Lycees (high schools) were founded all over the world and elites from Russia to Egypt and beyond considered it essential to master the language. French remains one of the six official languages in the United Nations.

For a host of reasons, France and other countries invest in promoting their own language around the globe. That's why many countries finance foreign language institutes that offer subsidized language courses in major American cities. So, if you want to learn a foreign language you don't have to pay thousands of dollars just to get a basic competency.  If you live in a major city, you can learn French, Spanish, or Italian on the cheap.  Here's how you can do it.

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12 Ways to Stretch Your Vacation Dollars Print E-mail
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Written by the frugal nomad   
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 03:18

Whether you’re a college student doing the first tour of Europe or the retiree taking that dream trip to Bora Bora, stretching your dollars is always a great idea. The weakness of the Euro is Eiffel_Towerdefinitely an incentive to check out Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, or even Tahiti. The Euro is at a four year low against the dollar and by summer who knows, we might just see parity! Six months ago, we advised people to postpone a visit to Europe because we thought the Euro was way overpriced. Now with the troubles in Greece, you’ll get your vacation 20% cheaper. You can also save in any country that pegs their currency against the Euro. So if you have always wanted to take that fantasy vacation, you can do it in St. Barths, St. Martin, or even Bora Bora. Trust me, you’ll pray that it drops another 20% with the cost of those places.

Here's 12 Tips that will save you money in Europe and many other places you might travel this summer.

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