Book Review: “Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune”

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“Contrarian Traveler” Tim Leffel is at it again, sharing sound budget advice that should be required reading for anyone planning a trip.

The travel budgeteer, who made a name for himself a couple of years ago with his book “The World’s Cheapest Destinations” recently published his latest planning guide, “Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune” (Travelers’ Tales, August 2006).

The bulk of the book is devoted to budget travel basics, including: choosing “contrarian” destinations, timing, flights (mostly about getting to Europe from North America—we would have liked to have seen more about intra-Europe budget airlines), and lodging (booking tips, mostly through major Web agencies, as well as lodging alternatives, such as home stays).

Tim offers additional advice for keeping it cheap once you’ve arrived, including budget strategies for dining (key: stay away from other tourists), getting around (tip: just say no to rental cars), and souvenir shopping. Leffel leaves us, in a broad gesture, by challenging us to adopt a contrarian attitude toward life in general, in turn “blurring the line between life and travel.”

Leffel provides a valuable service for pros and novices alike by compiling a comprehensive instruction manual to getting more out of your travels for less. For more information on the book (and on Tim) visit www.contrariantraveler.com.

And stay tuned. We’ll have more to say about Leffel shortly.

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Tom Meyers

About the author: Tom Meyers created and launched EuroCheapo from his Berlin apartment in 2001. He returned to New York in 2002, set up office, and has led the EuroCheapo team from the Big Apple ever since. He travels to Europe several times a year to update EuroCheapo's hotel reviews. Tom is also a co-host of the New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. Email Tom. [Find Tom on Google Plus]

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