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Travel Money Guide: Dollars, Rupiah & Sense - Budget Travel For Real People(Non-Boring Travel Guides) Kindle Edition
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Americans tend to take organized tours more due to it being hard to take a few weeks off. Hence, they spend more on vacations! This is SO true. Typically, the longer/slower the trip the less spent each day. You, the traveler need to decide what you are prepared to compromise. Will you stay in a 3* instead of a 5* or maybe you will even take a tent. We did that one year as it was the only way we could afford to go on a month long trip. Like the author, we broke up the tenting by adding a night in a hotel about every 5 days so as to give us a break.
Where you vacation will also affect the price. Did you know that a 4* hotel in Thailand costs the same as a campsite in Australia?! I can so relate to the author when she says that many of her friends think they are independently wealthy as they travel for months at a time. Like she says, they don't notice the fact that her clothes and car are nearly 10 years old! If you want to travel, you can but most times there needs to be some saving.
There is a good list of the most expensive and the cheapest countries. At the end of each section there is also a helpful, quick summary.
What is a nasty trick that can be played on you when in a foreign country paying a bill? You need to refuse to sign and insist they do it another way! We have had this "trick" pulled on us one time and thought the bill was rather expensive. Not until I read this book today did I find out why! Will not be had again!
Why is it important to carry two wallets/money belts? Why use a USB stick when traveling? What is an 'Open Jaw' flight?
Do you realize that tipping in a non-tipping country (most of the world apart from the USA) can ruin the local economy and/or make prices higher for the next tourist? Learn about the country you are going to visit before you get there!
Answers to the above questions and so much more can be found in this down-to-earth, practical book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It was well written apart from a few places where 'you' should have been 'your' and the most obvious error was 'pounds stirling' which should be 'pounds sterling' but none of the errors affected the readability of the book.
If you have traveled at all, some of this you should already know but some of the info will be fresh. Well worth reading!
Summary: If you plan to travel or even if you only dream to travel, buy this book! It will explain all you need to know in an easy to understand - and non-boring- way ;-)