Friday Travel Dreaming – 12/20/13

Our last Friday post of the year brings you all best wishes for the holiday season and the new year!

photoMay we remind you, if you are still looking for last minute gift ideas, that the Kindle or PDF versions of our Updated, 2nd Edition of How to Travel for Free (or pretty damn near it!) make great gifts and can absolutely be ordered – and delivered – up to the very last second! Get your Kindle version here or download the PDF version here – or, you can always still order the print book and we’ll even autograph it for you!

Two simple ways to lower your travel expenses in any country

One of the three basic principles we start out with in our book, for traveling on little or no money, has to do with where you travel to. Spending three months in Cambodia or Nicaragua is going to be way less expensive than two weeks in Paris or Tokyo. But even when you are traveling to expensive places, here are two sure-fire ways to still save money, and this article gives the details.

1) Limit your time in the big capital cities.

2) Limit your time in the big tourist draws.

Test your Travel Budget Know-How

Here’s a short quiz to test your budget travel instincts. Don’t feel bad if you don’t do well – we only got a couple right ourselves! Just proof that it’s always good to stay on your toes when it comes to the latest budget travel news, as it’s always changing.

The World’s Most Expensive Cities for Expats

We usually post about the cheapest places, but it helps to know the most expensive too. Some are no surprises – like Switzerland, Japan and Denmark. But others might – the #1 city was a surprise to me!

Volunteer Work in Europe

Speaking of expensive destinations, this article at Transitions Abroad gives a great overview of volunteer opportunities in Europe.

Contests and Giveaways

Enter for a chance to win a Norway getaway for 4 inspired by the Disney movie “Frozen”

Your Best Travel Photos of 2013 Contest – Win $2,000 from Jetsetter

Win a 5-day trip for two from the U.S. or Canada to Great Britain

Win a trip to Aspen

Aruba’s Ultimate Luxury Giveaway

Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season as 2013 draws to a close – we’ll see you after the New Year!

Shelley and Keith

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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