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Let the Exchange Rate Determine Your Destination Print E-mail
(9 votes, average 4.78 out of 5)
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Written by The Frugal Nomad   
Friday, 23 October 2009 19:29

I love Paris to pieces. It is the repository of some of my fondest memories. The City of Light stirs the soul, stimulates the intellect, massages your eyes with its dazzling beauty and might improve your French – a language I fully intend to speak fluently before I die. But Paris won’t make my short list this year because of one and only one reason:  the current exchange rate for the Euro which is approaching one and one half dollars. In March, I could have gotten a decent deal as you can see from the chart below.  If I need to get my fix of French, I’ll do it in Montreal or Quebec City because the Loonie, the Canadian Dollar, now trades at 90 cents vs. parity during early 2008.

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Great Travel Deals to 'Trouble Spots' Around the World Print E-mail
(17 votes, average 4.76 out of 5)
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Written by The Frugal Nomad   

Does staying in a 5 star hotel with 3 full course meals for under $100 a day pique your interest? If you’re the adventurous type – there is nothing like getting a great vacation deal in a so-called CaboArches‘trouble spot.’ The average tourist picks up the New York Times or the London Times, reads a single alarming headline about a country or region they were considering as a vacation destination and says, “Well I guess we’ll be changing our summer plans.” But if you are willing to go beyond the headlines, there are a host of bargains that can be had. Here are some great values in "troubled spots".

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Cruise the Mediterranean on a Pauper's Budget Print E-mail
(7 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)
Travel - Vacations
Written by The Frugal Nomad   
Sunday, 20 September 2009 00:00

Have you ever watched one of those movies about ancient Rome where chained slaves man oared sailing galleys? That’s a fairly accurate portrayal of how folks around the Mediterranean used to get from one port to another – in row ships.  A few sturdy guys can still manage to row a boat from Athens to Alexandria or Sicily to Tunis.  I’m certainly not advising you to cut your cruising budget by packing a dingy and a couple of oars before you head off to Greece

But while the Mediterranean might seem like a never ending expanse  of water, it is home to hundreds of islands, many of them inhabited.

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