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Old 06-27-2003, 08:15 AM   #1
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1. Try to wash your cloths in hostle sinks, that will save time and money trying to use a laundy mats
2. If your going to be drinking, buy booze at stores, its a hell of alot cheaper to by booze there than at a bar, drink before you go out, and buy only one or 2 drinks at they bar/club/pub


3. To call home, use phone cards, they are available all over Europe, Australia, and North America, its flat rate calling and at a much better rate...nothing worse than coming home to a huge phone bill or listening to friends complain how much you call cost them

4. in the summer, try to find out what free events are going on in the cities you'll be in, nothing better than having a good time for FREE!!!!

5. You might b able to get a cheaper rate on buses or trains at night...look into it

6. If your going to be in a city for more than a week, by a transit pass for the subway, buses, and trams...always a cheaper way to go

7. buy your food in markets or stores, resturants are the more expencive wayto go


8. If you hang out in big cities your going to pay more for things, small towns are generally cheaper. And even if you are staying the area of a big city, look for places to stay in the outer areas, should be able to find cheaper places to stay

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^ your awesome CD. Where do you get all the time and energy to type/think about all this? Kudos to you! Your giving excellent advice to backpackers.

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AMEN to that! You have excellent advice, bro! I appreciate all the advice and tips that you have given to help others. That goes for all of you (you know who you are B) ) !


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Ahhhh, you guys are goingt o make me blush....

Its all good, some from my experience, some from friends experiences....its all good, i love to share the info!
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helping the world...one backpacker at a time
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YA, all i need is a theme song now....LOLOLOLOLOLOL

And if it takes telling budget trav'las one at a time, i will do it!!!! as God as my witness, I WILL DO ITTTTTTT!!!!!!! ( Canadian Dude thinks he is high atop a mountain, but really he is sitting in a uncomfortable chair in his dusty, hot house dreading actually having to go to work...)
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Gotta make the yer lady happy Punch in that time clock Dude, you got an August vacation to pay for!
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Anyone want to add money saving secrets?
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for free internet check out the local library. The one i'm using at the moment (in Edinburgh Scotland) only requires a piece of ID with a photo and a signature and they'll give u a month membership with unlimited computer acess.
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Good tip, Zylah!

Hope you and Wyz are having a great time traveling through Europe!
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libraries ROCK! Besides interent, I check out movies and music like c-raaazy!
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Depending on what are you doing the ISIC card can get you quite a bit of discounts, but again depends what you are doing... http://www.isic.org/sisp/index.htm?fx=istc_info




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Being the budget man I gotta chime in here.

1. FREE FOOD SHELF. Look for it in every hostel. Broke backpackers know where to go when they are hungry.

2. On a related note, go to the market around dinner time. Buy more food than you need. Start cooking. As others poor in ask if they want in and if they can chip in a little money. I almost always made money doing this.

3. Compare flights, buses, and trains to your destination. If time is less of a factor you can definately save on this one.

4. Ask the hostel staff about working for your room. Some even give you a little money for food and a cool tshirt (ie a useful souvenier)

5. For eating out look for a place filled with locals. You will meet more local people and most likely have the cheapest/best food. English Menu advertisment will assure you high prices.

6. Learn the local tipping ettiquette. No need to overtip (or undertip) for any service. Some guidebooks have this in it already.

7. If it is safe, buy 1 bottle of water and refill at the tap. This can really add up in the summer time! I changed to a new bottle after about 3 days to be safe.

8. Use cash if you can. Credit card companies charge up to a 3% fee to the currency exchange. Also remember that this will be preferable to a cash advance where interest is almost always higher than a normal charge.

9. Have 2 bank accounts. This will prevent a stolen credit card from draining all of your money. If you keep half in one and half in another you stand to lose at most 50%. You would hope the bank will return it but you still have to eat and sleep in the mean time!

10. Use the new "Lithium" batteries in your camera and mp3 players. They last MUCH longer than regular ones. Even with the much higher cost I still saved money on this one.

That's all I got for now. I will add more if I think of any.

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8. Use cash if you can. Credit card companies charge up to a 3% fee to the currency exchange. Also remember that this will be preferable to a cash advance where interest is almost always higher than a normal charge.

9. Have 2 bank accounts. This will prevent a stolen credit card from draining all of your money. If you keep half in one and half in another you stand to lose at most 50%. You would hope the bank will return it but you still have to eat and sleep in the mean time!

If you are from the UK open up a nationwide account and credit card, they dont bank account doesnt charge for using it abroad and the credit card doesn't charge the 2.75%. Mine saves me a fortune!
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Thanks for the tip Flyer !
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10. Use the new "Lithium" batteries in your camera and mp3 players. They last MUCH longer than regular ones. Even with the much higher cost I still saved money on this one.
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If possible try rechargeables. Some rechargeable battery packs are pretty small and I even found rechargeable "digital" batteries that last longer in mp3 players, digital cameras, portable cd players.

Also, the cooking for yourself thing works for sure. I was shown this insanely cheap grocery store chain in southern germany. Me and two buddies ate dinner until we burst on between 3 and 4 euros for several days with food left over to share every night because we shopped and cooked for ourselves instead of going out. It was far from healthy but it filled us up. It was insane cheap, plus they sold REALLY cheap beer, wine, hard liquor, anything we needed.

Overnight trains are a great way to save on a night's accomodation.

Museums often have student/"under this age" discount rates. But if you're going to Florence the only discount I found was if you're under 25 AND a European Union citizen.

Wandering around aimlessly is always free and can often be insanely fun. I spent many a day in Europe getting lost in a city with buddies then finding our way back to our hostel and/or a central area.

That's all I can think of for now. I hope I'm not repeating too much of what's already been said.

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Stop drinking...booze adds unreasonable costs to your trip............












Just kidding yah geeks!! As if I would support that!
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Dio, I was about to petition to have you banned from the boards!
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Stop drinking...booze adds unreasonable costs to your trip............
Just kidding yah geeks!! As if I would support that!
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^^^^^ hahahaha
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