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Last winter, a friend and I rented an apartment in Paris. From the giant solid-wood doors that led into our charming little courtyard we could see the majestic stature of Notre Dame, just a couple of blocks away.
Our tiny street was home to half a dozen restaurants, a fromagerie (cheese shop), a boulangerie (patisserie), a supermarket, Saturday craft markets, a couple of Parisian art galleries and was smack-bang in the heart of the Latin Quarter.
If you want to get more bang for you buck, you’re going to have to do things a little differently to what you are used to. Here are some of my tried and true suggestions to save your cash while travelling:
Travel outside of the peak seasons
In most of Europe and North America the summer months are ‘peak season’ and is a popular time to travel for obvious reasons. It’s also when all the locals take their summer holidays. Higher demand means higher prices and in particular accommodation can be up to three times more expensive in peak season.
The guys at the Rough Guides have done their research and come up with this great little chart that answers the above question. The number of days is calculated on serious budget travelling (staying in hostel dorms, eating from street vendors etc) with a minimal amount of time spent in the major cities. Read more
This is a guest post by Madi Dale @ Odyssean Slipstream.
Back packing was never something I planned on doing. It simply evolved as an easy option for moving around the Greek Islands – negotiating slippery cobblestones, ferries on turbulent voyages and finding accommodation around harbours and convoluted village lanes.
Being hands free on these occasions was always a bonus, especially for an inexperienced traveller such as I in those first days of travel.