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How To Travel The World On The Cheap

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1. Couchsurfing.

2. No souvenirs. Only memories and photographs.

3. Don’t get ill. Get shots, antimalarials, don’t drink water, eat only cooked food.

4. Bargain hard.

5. Avoid countries that demand visas.

6. Drink with the locals.

7. Eat street food only or shop at supermarkets for food.

8. Have a good story–gets you drinks. Learn card tricks.

9. Sneak into national parks. Even if you get caught, guards can be bribed. I.e. taj mahal is free to muslims on fridays–so dress the part and sneak in!

10. Overland travel. Hitchhike.

11. ISIC card–discounds

12. Be creative–i.e. store backpack in museum.

13. Mega cheap flights–book out of season, book early, use small carriers. Europe–easyjet, ryanair

14. Bring a debit card–get bank account that charges little for abroad withdrawals. Credit cards and travelers cheques are expensive.

15. Travel insurance–moneysavingexpert.com (50 bux)–check credit card.

16. Unlock a mobile phone–use local sim cards that cost maybe $1

17. Bring a laptop.

18. Decent guidebook–use it to know exchanges, typical costs. Taxis without meters–discuss cost up-front. Avoid the too-good-to-be-true.

19. Travel light–clothes, camera, sleeping bag.

20. Avoid expensive countries.

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June 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

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close call

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I was driving back to school today after a weekend with family.  I am fiddling with my iphone (new since January and I love it)—music, the usual.  Doing an appropriate 60, I look up from my phone and I SHIT MY BRAIN at the sight of a stopped car at an intersection (this is one of those semi-highways with traffic lights).  I clearly did not have enough stopping distance.  I slammed the brakes, swerved into the left turn lane, tires lock out screeching, sliding into the intersection, my car slides out to 90 degrees and right side of my back bumper strikes the guardrail of the median across the intersection.  I take a moment—horror, regret, adrenaline, a shocked humor, gratitude.

The driver of the car I nearly hit is emergency stopped a little ways down and I pull up behind her.  She’s fine.  I completely missed her.  Thank fucking god.  There was a fucking baby in the back seat.

Of course, I am NEVER using my phone while driving again.

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June 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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