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Stretch your vacation dollar by taking longer trips Print E-mail
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Travel - Vacations
Written by The Frugal Nomad   
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:12
The cheapest way to roam the planet is to control your overhead expenses. If you break down the cost of an overseas vacation, airfare is the single largest expense. And one of the ways you can really extend your vacation dollar is to plan for  longer vacations. If you spend $900 on a round trip ticket to Europe for a nine-day trip – your daily overhead is $100. It’s actually a bit higher when you consider that it takes a day or two to get to your destination and recover from jet lag. Add another lost day to get packed and make the return trip and you’re left with six days of what I would consider quality travel days. That puts the daily overhead at $150.
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Let the Exchange Rate Determine Your Destination Print E-mail
(9 votes, average 4.78 out of 5)
Travel - Vacations
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
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Travel - Vacations
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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How To Cut Your Car Rental Bill Print E-mail
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Travel - Getting There
Written by the frugal nomad   
Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:13
I spent ten years as a road warrior going from one consulting job to another. All in all, I probably signed over a hundred car rental agreements. There’s probably no single industry that has such huge variances in prices for the same essential product or service.
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Cheap Flight?: Watch the Fees Print E-mail
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Travel - Getting There
Written by Karl Wolf   
Monday, 05 October 2009 09:19

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, major airlines were teetering on the edge of financial collapse.  Faced with their eminent demise, the industry started getting lean with their extras and creative with their pricing.  In the summer of 2008, as  speculative fever drove oil to $147 a barrel, it became even more imperative for airlines to slash costs and come up with new sources of revenue.

Like a sinking ship, they first started by throwing everything overboard.  If you flew American, the free food got taken off the menu.  Want a sandwich, pony up $8 and its yours.  Airlines even introduced "premium" $3 snacks which looked a lot like the snacks they used to give for free but in larger packages.  I'll take two of the free one's please.

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