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Cheapo Tip: Free Maps

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Why waste money on travel road maps when you can get them for free?

Free map tip #1: If you’re a member of AAA, you can pick up printed maps gratis from your local AAA office or download them from AAA’s online Map Gallery for just about any spot on Earth. The AAA website also has a cool tool called “TripTik” that lets you plot your own routes and add specific destinations to your custom-made maps.

Free map tip #2: You can also download free road maps from the websites of many national tourism boards. For example, if you’re headed for Greece, free downloadable maps await at the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO). There are maps for various parts of mainland Greece, many islands, and even hiking paths. Most of these maps are not as easy to read as the ones AAA offers, but come on! They’re free!

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In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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