“I think the majority of people today plan digitally, but you’d be surprised at how many travellers still carry physical guidebooks,” says the author Matt Kepnes. He details all sorts of random, useful ways to save a buck while on the road, including flights, overland travel, rooms and food.
The book inflates the daily budget significantly since the first renditions, such as ‘Europe on $10 a day’ first became popular in the seventies. And his advice is to visit cheap countries, not surprisingly, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.
It’s certainly geared towards the backpacker, wishing to travel further and for longer on the same limited budget, but is full of useful tips for anyone who finds their holiday loading the credit card more than they had planned.
Flights are the costliest element of travel he points out and he comes up with all sorts of suggestions to find cheap air tickets online, with a little patience and resourcefulness to by-pass the big sites that dominate the search engines.
He also comes up with options to save on accommodation, not always in comfort, and admits the book is not for those looking for a relaxing vacation. The book is, in fact, edition two, originally published in 2007, and Kepnes has been travelling on the cheap since 2003, and is now a notable blogger with a big following, mostly ‘cheapo’ types.
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