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Inexpensive World Traveling

Inexpensive World Traveling

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Travel doesn't have to be expensive - go travel cheaply!
Travel doesn't have to be expensive - go travel cheaply!

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Published by: Ben Hughes on Apr 22, 2011
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World Travel

on a Shoe String Budget
Ben Hughes @rubiety http://github.com/rubiety http://travel.benhughes.name

Friday, April 22, 2011

People say they love to travel. But they don’t.. why?
• Cost • Fear of Foreign (Safety, Logistics, Language) • Getting Time Off Work
Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

JetBlue All-You-Can-Jet Pass

• Unlimited Travel September 8 - October 7 • $700 Regular, $500 if excluding Fri/Sun • 14 Flights, Several Red-Eyes, 25k Miles
Friday, April 22, 2011

Around The World Trip
• October 6th - November 3rd • All Single/Separate Flights on Various Airlines • 2-4 Days in Each City • 13 Flights, 29k Miles

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rochester, NY Las Vegas San Francisco Boston Seattle Portland Chicago Los Angeles Washington, DC San Diego
Friday, April 22, 2011

Vancouver Hong Kong Singapore Bangkok Dubai Abu Dhabi Istanbul Athens Barcelona New York

• 2 Months • 27 Flight Legs • 20 Cities • 54,000 Miles of Flying

Expensive Right?
Friday, April 22, 2011

Wrong! ~$3,000
• $500 Jet Blue Pass • $2100 RTW Trip Flights • Hostels/Lodging = Rent I didn’t pay • Food ~$200 more than normal food budget • Transportation = Normal Gas Budget • Actual Cash Expenditure in 2 Months: ~$5,200
Friday, April 22, 2011

How so cheap?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Don’t Pick Destinations First
• Plane costs are a substantial portion of your

• Ticket prices vary wildly based on many factors • So why choose destination than simply accept
whatever the price is?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Stay in Hostels
• No, it’s not like the movie “Hostel”! • Quality varies, choose based on your tolerance • Often in very central areas • Meet Interesting People • Get a cheap hotel every 4-5 nights • Also: Maximize Red-Eyes - It’s a free night’s stay! • Be homeless! Travel when your lease ends.
Friday, April 22, 2011

Carefully Consider Food
• Resist temptation to “splurge” on every meal • Street food stalls • Non-touristy Areas • Food costs vary widely from area to area - optimize! • Partying/Alcohol Adds Up *Very* Quickly!
Friday, April 22, 2011

Transit & Navigation
• Learn City Streets & Layout • Learn Public Transit Systems - Optimize! • Avoid Taxis (Especially if alone) • Walk! It’s the best way to see a city. • Always know where the US Embassy is

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pack Light

Friday, April 22, 2011

No, seriously, very light.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Language Barriers
• Most people speak English quite well • Almost everyone speaks very basic English • Point and accentuate body language (don’t
just start speaking louder...) the mono-linguist!

• Respect language differences - *you* are

Friday, April 22, 2011

Be Culturally Aware
• Read up on culture differences and what is
acceptable or not acceptable

• Understand law differences • Respect customs you might find ridiculous • Be humble, recognize *you* are the
foreigner to them.
Friday, April 22, 2011

Staying Connected
• Bring a light laptop with power adapters • If on AT&T/GSM, pre-pay for International Data &
Reduced Roaming

• Use Skype for All Voice • Wifi availability varies country-to-country • Blog! (Hint: Everlater.com)
Friday, April 22, 2011

Security Preparedness
• TrueCrypt-encrypted MicroSD volume taped to belt • TrueCrypt-encrypted MicroSD volume under sole of

• Printed copies of passports/credit cards in baggie
under sole of shoe

• Printed copies of passports/credit cards with family • Notify US State Department of Travel Plans
Friday, April 22, 2011

Physical Safety
• Don’t look like a tourist. Don’t wear shorts: they’re
beach wear. Dress in natural colors.

• No fanny packs. Ever. Please. • Secure Valuables - Hidden zipper compartment in
pants is best. Fall back to money belt.

• Remain vigilant. Never let down your guard. • Walk Fast • If someone you don’t know walks up and tries to
talk to you, it’s probably a scam.
Friday, April 22, 2011

Financial Matters
• Notify Credit Card / Debit Card Companies of
Travel Plans

• Always have Cash Backup • Find debit card with no foreign exchange fee • Trim Checking/Cash Accounts • Have backups - I recommend 2 debit cards / 2
credit cards

• Give family access to accounts in case they have
Friday, April 22, 2011

Online Tools
• Tripit.com - Awesome Itinerary Building • Kayak.com / Hipmunk.com - Flights • Everlater.com:
Mine at http://travel.benhugh.es/

Friday, April 22, 2011

Go Travel - Cheaply!
Ben Hughes @rubiety http://github.com/rubiety http://travel.benhugh.es

Friday, April 22, 2011

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