Pauper Travel

A blog dedicated to ultra-cheap travel. Based on my book "Travel Cheap-Travel Well!- Confessions Of A Travleing Pauper. You can learn how a Pauper travels like a King---all the time!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Tips On Bus Travel

1. Leg Room- some buses feel cramped to taller Paupers. Their knees get scrunched up to their chins and they constatnly feel the need to lay their legs across an empty seat next to them just so they can spread out!

What to do?

On trips longer than an hour try and get a reserved seat in the front row (more leg room), if no reservations are accepted then ask the driver informally to help you secure that seat. At worst, just get to the bus before anyone else and position yourself ocmfortably in the first row--- and grit your teeth, and hold on to it with your life!

2. Double Up!-If you have a double decker bus, always try and get up to the top (roof) section. The seating is usually better in terms of space, fresh air and better views of the scenery.

3. Bus Vs. Train Time!-Except in Europe and Japan, a bus usually reaches its destination faster than a train (except trains like the super fast Acela in the US) unless the buss breaks down! Most drivers are trained to fix most problems, so this is a rare occurence.

4. Snack!- Bring a snack on board. Some buses seem to stop every 10 minutes (that's why we like 'express' bus trips) but others can go a long time between stops. The snack makes for a more pleasant journey.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

What You Need to Know about Vacation Rentals before You Go

That time of the year is finally here. You know what I'm talking about, the one or two weeks you get every year to escape from "real life" and just be you. Relax, eat and drink well, enjoy your family, catch up on some much needed sleep.

But, before you pack up and head out, rethink the all-too-normal hotel stay. Believe it or not, you have options, one of which is the vacation rental.

Wouldn't it be nice to leave your own home, arrive in your destination city and settle into a "home away from home" for your next vacation? That's what vacation rentals are all about. These are homes waiting to be rented out by people on vacation.

Each vacation rental owner will have different criteria in what type of renter they are looking for, each vacation rental house will vary in amenities, and each price will be dependant on the time of year and the length of stay. So, it sounds like a great idea, but how do you figure out how to make it all happen? Not a problem. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding vacation rentals. Read on, my friend, your next "home away from home" vacation rental is right around the corner.

Frequently Asked Questions on Vacation Rentals

What are the advantages of a vacation rental?

Do you ever wish your hotel room had just a little more personality? Yeah, I thought so. Well, renting someone else's home for your vacation might just be the thing you're looking for. Usually offering larger living spaces than hotel rooms, these vacation rentals are all about living like you were in your own home. They offer greater privacy than hotel rooms and most rentals have a kitchen area for cooking, which in the end will save you money if you prepare some of your own meals.

You'll enjoy several rooms, and maybe even different levels, instead of one big room where the whole family sleeps. Many owners will leave information on things to do and see in the local area. Vacation rental homes are clean, friendly, comfortable and inviting. This is because many of them aren't just rental homes, but also function as the owner's own residence for part of the year.

A majority of vacation rentals tend to be cheaper on a per night basis than their hotel counterpart. By renting directly from the owner you will avoid taxes, tips and other extraneous charges. However, there is a wide variation among costs based on a number of factors (see How Much Should I Expect to Pay below)

What are the drawbacks of a vacation rental?

Of course, there's always the other side of the coin. As vacation rentals are not usually monitored by a central managing company, you'll only know what you're getting yourself into when you actually arrive to your rental. Many owners require pre-payment, or at least a large deposit fee, before arriving. Therefore, if things aren't the way you anticipated after arriving, or if you find your dwelling unacceptable and decide to head to a local hotel, you may lose any money you prepaid. This is also true for last minute cancellations. There isn't usually a refund. You always run the risk of getting less than you expected, but, it's rare.

Most times, vacation rentals tend to be cheaper than an average hotel room per night. But, not always, so make sure you are comfortable with the price you will be asked to pay.

Another disadvantage to vacation rentals is the lack of a managing member on site to deal with any problems that you may encounter with the home or during your stay in general. Most owners get around this by having a list of emergency numbers, utility companies and other such items available to the renter should they need anything.

What amenities are included in a vacation rental?

Since every rental is owned by a different owner, each will include different amenities. Some come with swimming pools, hot tubs, others with golf packages, and horse stable privileges. In cities with tourist attractions, some owners include tickets to local attractions.

Most vacation rentals come with the essentials: TV, equipped kitchen, towels, linen, and everyday appliances, but it never hurts to ask these questions when searching for the perfect place. Be sure to understand exactly what you are paying for before sending in the payment.

What types of rentals are available?

Pretty much any type of dwelling that you would want to live in during your vacation is available somewhere. From studios in downtown Manhattan to a villa in the south of Spain, you'll be able to find what you're looking for. The range of available options is mind boggling. Additionally, each week, month and year there are new possibilities as owners put their homes up for only certain weeks or months of the year, the choices are constantly changing.

Are vacation rentals only available in the US?

Vacation rentals are available worldwide. They can be found in every state of the US and almost every country in the world. Don't be fooled by their different names, though. Vacation rentals are also known as holiday cottages, tourist rentals and holiday rentals. If you are looking for one in Europe, the Italians call them agriturismi, while the French say gites. If you are in Germany you will be looking for ferienwohnungen (yep, try to say that three times fast with a bratwurst in your mouth!)

Regardless of what you call it, though, a vacation rental is a great option for those getting ready to take a few weeks off from reality and enjoy the good life a bit.

How do I find a property?

There are several ways to go about finding the perfect vacation rental for your next trip. Check with your local travel agent to find someone in your area that specializes in finding owners and renters and getting them together. Another option is the yellow pages. Finally, there is a wealth of information on the Internet. Type in a search for "vacation rentals" and over 13,300,000 websites can be found just on alone. Some websites only list vacation rentals in the United States while others specialize in vacation rentals worldwide. There are some sites that will allow the potential renter to look for a residence by specific search criteria such as a particular destination, certain number of bedrooms and types of amenities that are included in the property.

Most of the vacation rental services on the internet are only the "go-between" or the "classified" section of the newspaper. They take no responsibility for the truth or correctness of the ads that are listed on their sites. So, do your homework by making phone calls, speaking with the owner and asking specific questions. Make sure you feel comfortable with the answers, if not, move on to the next rental, there are plenty.

If you're not comfortable with the whole renter/owner thing, there is another way to rent a vacation home. Some companies exist that strictly buy and rent out homes to vacationers. They offer a bit more security so that you feel you are truly getting what you bargained for (although nothing is ever 100% fool proof). Additionally, sometimes these agencies will give you cancellation insurance. In other words, if you cancel before arriving, they may be able to refund a portion of your deposit or payment instead of keeping it as most owners do if a cancellation occurs. With some agencies you'll find that you pay a higher price than going directly to an owner. This is how the agencies make their profits. There are always pros and cons to each scenario. Ensure you know which one works best for you.

How much should I expect to pay?

This is a tough question to answer. The amount you pay will depend on what country or state you are visiting, number of days you are staying, and type of house you are renting. Some owners offer package deals including tickets or sightseeing events along with the rental, others include bonus days if you stay for a certain length of time. There are other owners who may offer free or add-on house cleaning service with your stay while some go to great efforts to ensure you have everything you need, even additional items such as a crib, highchair or wheelchair. Each vacation rental will be entirely different than the next. Your best bet after deciding on your destination is to review multiple rentals to determine which is better suited to your needs and overall budget.

Are there any hidden fees?

Hidden fees usually only emerge after you have arrived. These may include extra for phone calls, house cleaning service, extra person fees, excess heat and air-conditioning bills, pet deposit, computer access... etc. Again, be extremely thorough when interviewing the owner of your prospective vacation rental. Ask about any "extra" fees, or if the house is "all-inclusive". Do you have free access to all the pantry and food items? How about the laundry supplies? All utilities? It never hurts to ask!

Vacation Rentals

In summary, cover all bases by asking lots of questions. Getting your agreement in writing is also a very smart idea. After these basics are out of the way you will be ready to take off for your home-away-from-home vacation rental. Try one this year and see for yourself that vacation rentals can be a fantastic means to really getting the full enjoyment out of your next vacation.

Barbara Pfieffer lives in Oregon and loves it. She shares her information about things to do on an Oregon vacation. Visit her website, for more information.

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Ways To Save On Cruises

1. If you’re 55 or older, you can get senior citizen discounts.

2. If you belong to American Automobile Association or American Association Of Retired Persons, you can get a discount.

3. “Buy One-Get One” fares are often offered. You buy your ticket and bring another person along for the ride. Or better yet, split the cost of the fare and you both travel at a 50% discount.

4. Added Value or Free Days. You book a 7-day cruise and get 3 days free or free shore excursions, as well as pre or post cruise hotel rooms.

5. Flat fare specials are one fixed price for the best available cabin at the time of booking.

6. Share a cabin with friends, another couple or two family members and you could easily end up cruising for free. This fare package can also be cut four ways - reducing the burden on all. You will be sleeping in head over bunks that are comfortable, so consider this strategy. Just make sure everyone gets along.

7. You should check into airfares at reduced rates offered by your cruise line to get you to your embarkation site.

8. How about an upgrade? Better cabins, discounted certificates, 10-40 percent savings off advertised prices may all be offered by your cruise line through their respective newsletters.

9. The early bird still gets the cruise, just like with the airlines. If you’re a good long-range planner, then you can save mucho dinero. The earlier you book your cruise - the more you save. Typically 10 - 40%.

10. If you belong to an association, organization, if you have a wedding party, family reunion, belong to a church group or are planning a corporate outing you can get a hefty group discount. As always, don’t be afraid to ask!

11. Stand by! Yes, it happens with cruise ships too. Typically you’re notified three weeks prior to departure if there is space. Late notice like this means you get a nice discount fare.

Bonus Tip:

Did you know that the best cabins to avoid seasickness in are the lower and middle deck cabins? There is more stability here than the pricey upper cabins! Just make sure you’re not placed under the Disco, in high traffic areas, or near the engine room. Diesel powered ships vibrate near the stern (rear) of the ship and passenger cabins near the bow (front) may subject you to hearing the anchor raise and lower.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Paupers Ride The Bus

Here are some more places to visit for great deals on bus travel:

Green Tortoise Bus Tours is specifically designed for budget travel. Sleeper coaches are great. You explore by day, and at night soft music lulls you to sleep. You can gather up points on some travel destinations that add up to free trips. Call 800-TORTOISE and visit by clicking here.

Oz Experience is an Australian outfit with many differnt routes and you can get a 6-moth pass with unlimited stops. Visit them by clicking here.

Baz Bus is South Africa all around with passes good for up to 3 years. Visit here.

Kiwi Experience is New Zealand's premier bus company with trips to both the north and south islands for one low rate. Visit htem by clicking here.

Traveling Paupers have a saying: "The rich fly, the middle class take trains, and Paupers ride the bus!" That's because buses are a great deal...el cheapo! The best transportation value, bar none!

Best advice: try for an "express" bus whenever possible. These travel from one place to your final destination with far fewer 'stops' in every little town and hamlet that ever existed!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


All around the world you can purchase a bus ticket in any town or city. Paupers love the bus because it's really cheap transportation. In America Greyhound is huge, offering 2,600 destinations in 48 states, Canada and Mexico, with 1,800 daily departures. Lots of discount opportunities too. Call 800-229-9424 and visit them by clicking here.

Busabout is a "hop On-Hop Off" bus company in Europe. You can join their discount members club for added savings on hotels and meals. Visit them by clicking here.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pauper's Secret Confession #46

If you don't like the seat you're assigned, maybe the sun is in your eyes or your seat is positioned backwards to the forward motion of the train (a pet peeve of mine), just get up quickly and choose another one. If another traveler comes by to claim it, well so what? Just smile and move on.

After all, you're a traveling Pauper and we have to do what we have to do, to be comfortable.

Trains are a great way to travel. I don't personally like to spend overnight on them, however. In fact, I don't like to ride on them for longer than 4-5 hours. That's enough for me. I plan my itinerary around this preference. You can do the same, if you choose. I always find a place to stay, usually a hostel, at a stop along the way and catch another train or form of transport the very next afternoon (giving myself time in the morning and early afternoon to SEE some of the features of the place I stopped at).

You can't beat the slow pace of a train as you connect with an earlier era. There's something nostalgic about train travel, magical in its own way.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Savvy Use Of A Rail Pass

If you decide to use a rial pass in Europe plan on arriving at the train station about 30 minutes before departure. Remember, a rail pass allows you to board the train but it isn't a reservation. In other words, it doesn't gaurantee a seat or sleeper. In Western Europe, high speed and premium trains require reservations. They are also reccommended for train trips lasting 3 hours or more, unless you like standing up. Lines that need a reservation are clearly marked with an "R" on departure sheets.

If you plan on sleeping on your train you have four choices. You can sit up all night in a regular train and greet the morning with bleary eyes. You can try for a foldout seat and hope it actually folds out (having enough room can be tricky), you can pay a little extra for a couchette or you can splurge on a sleeper.

Always keep you rail pass safely tucked away to avoid loss or theft. If it's lost and you have a police report you may get a partial refund when you return home. But it's so much better all around if you put your pass somewhere secure and safe.

Always get a map. These trains often make very short stops and it helps to know where you are and when you wish to get off. The map can be a lifesaver, especially if you're not fluent in the local language. Just know the spelling of the place you're traveling to (even circle it in red) and most of your fellow passengers will be able to point you in the right direction to continue your trip.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Dealing with Getting Lost When Traveling

If you travel abroad, you will inevitably get lost in some town or city despite your best efforts. If this occurs, don’t panic. You might just be on to something.

People that travel a lot do not like to admit a particular fact. There are parallel universes wherever you go. No, I am not talking about string theory, bubble theory or any other form of quantum physics. I am talking about the normal aspects of a location versus the tourist aspects.
When you travel to a destination, you will no doubt be told there is something you must see or at least read as much in a guide book. Typical places include churches, museums, historically important buildings and what have you. While seeing these things may or may not be important in the scope of things, one thing is undisputed. You will typically be with a herd of other tourists when you see them. The locals? Not a one will be in sight.

If you hit just the places you are supposed to on a trip, you really are missing out. You are simply following the tourist herd, and not seeing what life is really like in the town or city in question. For example, I live in San Diego. Tough, I know. All the places my friends and I go on weekends or at night are not in travel guide books. I’ve been to the world famous San Diego Zoo one time. When I was 7. Yes, it is amazing, but the locals just don’t go there. It is primarily a tourist destination. A person visiting the zoo knows nothing about what San Diego is really like. Admittedly, they may not care.

When you get lost in a town or city, don’t freak out. Unless you are in a really bad neighborhood, you are being given an opportunity to actually experience the real story in that location. If possible, try to find a café or coffee shop where there happen to be locals. Start chatting them up! They will be surprised to find a tourist has strayed from the tourist zone and will often talk with you all day. They will also tell you where you should really be going if you want to immerse yourself in what is really going on in the city. I did this once in Lagos, Portugal and a family practically adopted me. I ended up on their fishing boat cruising up and down the coast, drinking wine and having one of the best times of my life.

At the end of the day, traveling is about discovery. While cultural highlights are worth seeing, you tend to find they are so only because you need to say you saw them. For the real action, intentionally get lost. Then and only then will you really be visiting the city or town you are in.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Top 100 Travel Planning Web Sites E-Course

Every once in a while I like to post a reminder that I offer an exclusive and FREE e-course that will give you the top 100 travel planning websites on the internet.

Each lesson arrives by e-mail and is hcock full of savvy Pauper travel tips and tricks. Many readers have saved each lesson so they can refer back to the sites whenever they wish to travel cheaply!

Sign up at my website, just look for the course listed at the very top of the homepage.

Enjoy----and learn!

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sleepless in Soho - London - The 24 Hour Capital

London, England: half past eleven on a Saturday night. As midnight approaches, the alcohol soaked out-of-towners tumble from the doorstep of All Bar One, their awkward footsteps attempting to drag them to one of the all-night adventures London is famous for. But the reality is that these visitors will only see what the capital of cool will let them see.

Outside clubs like Tiger Tiger and Loop, a queue the size of a small battalion is forming as Leicester lads in crisp white shirts and Birmingham belles in hiked up skirts prepare to pay fifteen quid for the privilege of an extra two or three hours drinking, though most will spend an hour of that just getting in. Meanwhile, the London cognoscenti wallow in the late-night basements a world away from the tourist mayhem above them.

The well-informed have been enjoying late licences for a decade and for the girls and guys who afford London its style status, a late licence has become a requirement of their custom – that and a decent champagne list, a few Red Bull cocktails and a good, solid music policy. All the empty talk of 24-hour licensing has been completely lost on the capital’s socialites.

While the government has been debating for years whether to extend drinking laws, the entertainment hub of Europe has been laughing in the face of legislation and making its own laws. Across central London, over 60% of style bars have late licences, while the pub scene still suffers from the spine-chilling sound of the last-orders bell.

And it’s no longer just a Soho thing either. Slowly but surely, the blessing of post-midnight imbibing is spreading to the outer shores of London town. As regional councils see that late night drinking goes hand-in-hand with trendy sophistication and not laddish lager louts or professional pill-pushers, so the all-night empire grows.

For entertainment – big name DJs; for energy – a few cans of Red Bull; and for alcoholic inspiration, it’s creative cocktails that have put New York, Paris and Milan to shame. Today every residential district has its legal late-night drinking dens and the paddy pub lock-in has been resigned to the annals of history. As has that desperate attempt to get in two pints at a quarter to eleven and get them down you by quarter past. For those in the know, drinking-up time thankfully no longer exists in the dictionary of London life.

This world of after-hours entertainment is still open only to the few who know where to look, many of them hidden down alleyways, discreetly labelled and quietly coveting a door policy that excludes the small town pub brigade, the tacky tourists and styleless stag do’s – even if they do stumble upon the entrance. In Europe, they’ve been doing it for years.

From Barcelona to Berlin, going out before nine is a total faux pas. Bars don’t get going before ten and keep going till the last customers see fit to leave. Energy drinks are a functional requirement to see the night through and all of this on your average Wednesday night. In London, late night lubrication is still a privileged pastime enjoyed by those who make a point of knowing what’s what and in a city that’s changing by the second, knowledge is a full time occupation.

Jeremy Mascarenhas has been editorial director of the seminal London Bar Guide magazine for 10 years. He is also global editor of The World Bar Guide,, publisher of The Big Directory (a bar industry bible) and a freelance drinks marketing consultant. He has worked with most of the leading drinks groups including Red Bull, Moët Hennessy, Diageo, Brown Foreman, Budweiser, Asahi, Tiger Beer and Grand Marnier. Through his publishing company Scene It, as well as the London Bar Guide, he has published guides to Sherry, UK nightlife, cocktails, Japanese restaurants, the much lauded London Restaurant Guide and much more besides.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Free airfare or cruise fare and other discounts on Regent Seven Seas cruises

A luxury cruise may seem to be out of your price range, but don't dismiss Regent Seven Seas until you've checked out its special offers. Cruise fares are high, but free airfare, free third and fourth guest fares, and $1,000 off the price of your sailing can help you get the most value from your vacation purchase.

The deal

Regent is offering discounts on sailings around the world. Here's a sampling of some of the best deals I found:

Alaska and Caribbean: Kids sail free on select Alaska cruises departing from May through August and select Caribbean cruises departing in March and April aboard the Seven Seas Mariner. This offer applies only to children 17 or younger who sail as the third or fourth passenger in a stateroom. Adult fares start at $3,697 for Alaska cruises and $2,798 for Caribbean cruises.

Caribbean: Book select Caribbean cruises in March and April and receive discounted airfare to the Ft. Lauderdale homeport. Air add-ons range from $99 for East Coast residents to $399 for cruisers from the Northwest. You must book by December 31.

Europe: Choose from free economy airfare, business-class airfare at economy prices, or $1,000 off your cruise fare when you book select Europe sailings departing between May 1 and October 20 aboard the Seven Seas Navigator. The same offer applies to select itineraries of the Seven Seas Voyager departing between May 14 and October 27.

Tahiti: The third guest in any stateroom pays nothing on Tahiti voyages aboard the Paul Gauguin from January through June 3 and September through December 12.

World cruise: Select 14- to 21-night world cruise segments are eligible for extra perks. Guests who book these February through April sailings will receive $100 to $200 in ship credit, one free shore excursion, and free airfare (not available on the April 15 itinerary).

To book

Visit Regent's website and click on the specific offers for full details. To book a cruise, call 877-505-5370 or a travel agent.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include additional taxes or fees. Discounted fares and special offers are capacity controlled and may change at any time.

Monday, December 25, 2006

All Inclusive Resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a favorite among tourists who want to enjoy all that the Caribbean has to offer from the sun-dappled beaches of its many islands to the clear, blue waters that surround them. The number of things you can do here at Puerta Vallarta is incredible. In fact, you can spend a whole day planning your itinerary and still find that you haven’t even done half of the things you can do out here.

The all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico has everything that you can ever need. Form the name itself, all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico offers you a variety of fun things to do under the sun or in the water, from dolphin swims to fishing, golfing to scuba diving, whale watching, and much, much more.

Here you can find a list of some of the many all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico along with brief descriptions of each as well as resort features and other amenities.

San Marino Plaza

A four-star all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, the San Marino Plaza is located right on the beach of Playa del Sol. This all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico offers a total of 163 rooms that are spacious and luxuriously designed. San Marino Plaza can be conveniently accessed through Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, situated as it is only an approximate 25 minutes away. This all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico is also just a short walk from town and the many restaurants, cafes, boutiques and shops, plus the night spots which are popular to both tourists and locals.

Buenaventura Hotel

Located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, the Buenaventura Hotel and Beach Club is an all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico that’s just 15 minutes away from the International Airport. This all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico features a lobby area with a 5 story spectacular atrium with original Mexican Architecture designs. The hotel’s in-house restaurant is called the Frutas Y Flores Restaurant (Fruits and Flowers), which offers a comfortable and relaxed ambiance. This all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta Mexico also offers a spa area with the biggest Jacuzzi in Vallarta, rest area, and%

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

10 Things You Must Bring On Your Next Trip

Guest Blog By Lee Dobbins

Traveling, whether it is for business or pleasure, can be a frustrating experience but it doesn't need to be. You can help make your trip more enjoyable by being better prepared. Here are 10 must haves that every traveler should never leave home without.

1. Your Itinerary

Whether your trip will be filled with business meetings or tourist attractions you want to have an itinerary to make your days organized. This way you can make all your arrangements ahead of time, and also an itinerary is great to leave back at home in case anyone needs to get in touch with you they will always know where you are.

2. Your Personal Items

Let's face it, they're just some items you can't do without. Your toothbrush, clean underwear and of course your wallet and money should always be kept up with you while you travel. Have a little travel bag for your personal toiletries and other items that you don't want to leave in your luggage. In addition, you should put a special place in your carry-on bag or purse for your tickets and passport so you don't have to fumble around for them and you know they're always close at hand.
Personal things such as the ticket, passport, toothbrush, clean underwear and money nearby preferably for easy accessibility.

3. Your Clothes

Deciding what close to bring, can be challenging. One thing you should do is check the weather forecast for the place that you're traveling to. This way you can bring clothes that are appropriate for the weather. You also want to bring clothes suitable for various occasions such as paint the dinners and shoes for walking. When traveling, it's always a good idea to bring clothing that doesn't wrinkle easily and can be washed out in the sink.

4. Your Shoes

Whenever I travel, I have the hardest time deciding which used to bring. If you are anything like me you probably have a ton of different pairs of shoes that you like to wear. However, in order to conserve space in the suitcase, you have to narrow down your choices. Bring a good pair of comfortable shoes, especially if you will be doing a lot of sightseeing, and also perhaps address the pair. If your trip will involve sports like hiking and you want to consider the appropriate for wear for that.

5. Medication

Of course, you'll need to bring any medications that you are on your trip but you also should bring any over-the-counter medicines they think you might need. if you have allergies and you are traveling to a place that you think might trigger them then bring some allergy medicine. If you will be outdoors a lot in the warm leather, you might consider insect repellent.

6. Security

You want to make sure that your luggage is secure by locking it. However, you might want to be sure to bring a spare key in case you lose the one that opens your case.

7. Tote Bags

Bring a large tote bag with you on the trip, packed in a suitcase. This bag can double as a tote when you are running around during the day and might be purchasing items. And then you can use it as additional luggage on your trip home to house souvenirs.

8. Know Where You Are Going

It's a good idea to map out your trip ahead of time especially if you have several spots you want to hit during vacation. If you going to be traveling around in your own, It's a good idea to get a map of the area so that you don't get lost.

9. Insurance

Sometimes, on a trip it's a lot easier to take public transportation but in some places that might not be convenient. If you going to be renting a car you should make sure that you get insurance. Before you leave with your car checked the car were carefully for any damage and make sure the clerk writes it down so that you do not get charged for.

10. Tags And Labels

Does your suitcase look just like someone else's? Chances are it does! And that's why it's a good idea to have labels both on the outside and the inside of your luggage. You might want to write only your name though, and not your address to be on the safe side. If your luggage does get lost the airline will have your address and be able to return it to you, you might not want every stranger and airport to know where you live.

Lee Dobbins writes for where you can get more travel tips as well as ideas on how to get discount travel and advice on travel destinations.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Pauper's Secret Confession #44

Traveling at your own pace, enjoying your trip on your own timetable is a really exhilirating experience. If you have a laptop computer that is wireless ready, you can really have a blast, especially in America and Europe where finding "computer cafes" and wireless "hot spots" are becoming more common every day.

Just make sure you have this book on your hard drive. It's got everything you need!

Speaking of computers, why not do a Google search on the words "independent travel"and "un-tours" to see what you come up with.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Tour Operators- Tips

Tour operators are prepared to cater to the independent Pauper, you know. You will often find their more open tour packages located at the back of brochures. The following tour package groups will give you ample freedom to discover what you want in your travels:

AATKINGS offers independent exploration of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji with packages for the adventurous traveler. Call 800-353-4526 and click here.

AHI International is designed to offer travel options for those aged 25-45 traveling to Europe. Call 800-323-7373 and visit thier website here.

Brendan Tours has value tours, cruises, and independent travel deals worldwide. Call 800-785-9696 and visit here.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Independent Paupers Fly Cheap

"Flying by the seat of our pants" is a way of life for some of us.

Airline packages are a true godsend for Independent Paupers. Most airlines, big and tiny, domestic and international, offer packages. Go to airline websites to find out about package deals they offer. You can start here:AirlineDirectories

Do you know what an airline pass is? They're a bargain, that's what! These airline passes are always cheaper than airline tickets. For instance, British Air offers their Europe Airpass, good for travel to 100 cities. Cost? Around $90.--- with a 3-pass purchase minimum.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Independent Pauper

If you like to travel "off the beaten track", on your own, spending as much time as you wish at places you love, then stay with me at this blog. I'll be writing about my favorite way to travel, for its plain to me that not only am I a frugal cuss, I'm also pretty independent, too! Lots of Traveling Paupers are. It seems to come with the territory. You live so often by sheer determination, using your wits to get by, it becomes harder and harder to fall into the 'herd' mentaility most touring companies require.

But independent travel isn't for everybody. You may not be comfortable making your own travel arrangements, or addressing some of the trouble spots or problems that can arise from this type of travel. Don't beat yourself up for being a little bit dependent on others to help you plan and execute a trip. There is nothing to be ashamed of in that, at all. In fact, the vast majority of Paupers (and all travelers) use travel agents, a tour group or some other professional travel expertise in planning their trips and vacations.

But "flying by the seat of our pants" is a way of life for osme of us. So stay tuned!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Being A Tour Escort

Think you need some training to become a tour escort? Lessons are available through International Tour Management with classes held in several major U.S. cities. Call 800-422-4864 and visit them by clicking here.

This is yet another way to start travleing when you wnat to and get paid for it! Paupers love this concept and really step up to the plate, doing a bit of work to enjoy the pleasures of world travel on a zero dollar budget!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pauper Secret Confession #42

Pauper Secret Confession #42

Club Med (we've all heard of this outfit, right?) is always looking for fresh employees. They have resorts all over the world, too. You can hear a recorded message about the program by dialing 561-337-6660 or visit them by clicking here.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Dressing and Reading On A Trip

Here are some cool ideas you can use in your travels, dear Pauper-

Dress to be noticed.
When you're traveling with a group of Paupers, make sure one person is wearing an easily identifiable piece of clothing. With a small group of 5 fellow Paupers in LOndon, we got seperated, and the only way we found each toher at busy intersections and tube stations was because I was wearing a bright-red overcoat. (with blue patches on the elbows)

Be an early book worm
If you love to read on a cruise, bring your own paperbacks for sure, but also visit the ships book-exchange shelf in the ship's library. It's best to visit early, on the day of embrkation so you can find some current best-sellers to swap with the ones you've finished on your way to port.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Jobs That Pay For Your Travel

Like kids? People that are good with children can become an au pair (nannies) and get free round trip airfare, small salary, and room and board. Other perks too, like extra time off, use of a family vehicle and more. Try International Live-In Child Care. Call 800-3336056 and visit

In my next post I'll give you a great resource to finding a part-time job overseas.

Friday, October 20, 2006

More On The Ugly American Syndrome

Make a good impression: In some cultures you hug, in others you hsake hands, in others you kiss. It's easy to disrespect locals if oyu aren't fmailiar with how to greet them, both fomrally and casuually.

Avoid careless judgements: Travelers love to talk about how places are different from home. UNfortunately innocent observations can come across as superior and juedgmental, as in " Your cars are so small here!" or "I can't believe this restaurant doesn't have ice cubes."

Mind your table manners: Educating yourself aboutl local customs is theo nly way to know that Chileans expect wine to be poured with the right hand, and that the Japanese frown upon slohing soy sauce on rice. As for those times when you've been served food you can't bear to look at, let alone eat, but you don't want to disresepct your host? Smile and eat as much as you can, Dear Pauper.

Speak the language: You don't have to be fluent, or even close; you just have to make an effort. It sends an offensive message when you don't even acknowledge 'good day' in the language. It's total and utter anathema to the French when an American starts a conversation without beginning it with bonjour.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Are Your The Ugly American?

It may be ignorance, or arrogance- but do something to overcome the brutal image we Americans have since Bush came to power, will ya?

Find the local rhythm.

Amercians have a hard time adjusting to the pace of life that isn't thier own, and as a rsult, they sometimes are labelled as "rude" and "pushy". In Germany dinner can take three hours or more, It's an experience. You can offend the waitstaff by trying to speed up the process.

Keep the Pauper attitude in mind: "I'm joyful to eat a meal in this marvelous land!"

Friday, October 13, 2006

Travel News For October- Attractions!

I just came across some very interesting news for October. You might want to keep these in mind as you travel about Pauper style this month.

A 7 year, 91 million dollar expansion at the Denver Art Museum opens to the public on October 7. Designed by the World Trade Center site's master planner Daniel Liseskind, the angular, titanium clad building was inspired by the jagged peaks of the Rocklies. You can see it here:

Carib Aviation has launched a new company called Dominican Air Taxi, with inter-island service between Dominica and either St. Lucia or Antigua. The 50 minute flights cost $79 each way.

A historic partnership between the Musee du Louvre in Paris and Atlanta's High Museum of Art begins October 14 when the "Kings As Collectors" exhibit opens. Over the next three years, hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and antiquities from the Louvre will be exhibited in the U.S. for the first time.

George Washington's Mount Vernon estate has undergone a $100 million expansion. A new museum with six galleries will show his family's personal items like furniture, books, china, and clothing--- many of which will be on dsiplay at Mount Vernon for the first time. Highlights of the visitors center include an exact replica of the mansion in miniature (furniture and all) and a stained glass window depicting key events in the president's life. Both buildings are scheduled to open on October 27.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Historic Royal Palaces & Pets

Historic Royal Palaces members save money. The card gives you entry into five English palaces, including the Tower Of London, Kensignton Palace, and Kew Palace. Flash the card to bypass long lines and visit unlimited times within a year. A membership costs a couple $105.--- that's nearly 50% off what admissions would be normally.

Ask about in-cabin pets if you have allergies. On a trip from Montreal to Vienna, one Pauper was seated in front of a person with a cat, and another cat was loose in the cabin as flight attendants searched for its owner. Because the flight was sold out, they couldn't change our Paupers' seat. She now makes sure to ask about any animals onboard at check-in.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

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