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Are Those City Cards Really Worth the Money?

You’ve seen them in almost every big city you’ve traveled to, ads for them on the official tourism site, half the unofficial sites, and every printed tourist rag you pick up anywhere. For one price, the card you buy gets you
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Travel Prices in Vietnam

  If you’re a traveler headed to Vietnam, you’re in for a treat. This is not a country of natural superlatives unless you’re really into the food, but when it comes to value for your budget, it’s a dream. These days

Crossing Bolivia to Chile (and Watching My Money Evaporate)

Last week I was in Bolivia and it was dirt cheap. (See this post with prices.) This week I’ve been in Chile and I’m paying more than I would at home. As soon as I crossed the border, most prices went

Travel Budget vs. Vacation Budget

Much of the “traveler” vs. “tourist” division people have in their head really comes down to time and money. Do you have more time than money? You probably consider yourself a traveler and look down at those crazy tourists who blow

A Little Taste of Transylvania

I’m making my way through the cheaper countries of Europe right now, finding good values all over compared to their neighbors to the west. Next stop, Romania.  I spent most of my time in Transylvania, which I’ll discuss without mentioning any