Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune
"As the title says, Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune is about saving money—lots of money—on travel. But this important new book is much more than a list of money-saving travel tips. Tim Leffel unfolds his philosophy of “the contrarian traveler,” drawn from years of travel and living abroad, including three extended trips around the globe. Leffel is Transitions Abroad’s Resourceful Traveler columnist and an accomplished and widely published travel writer. See his website, www.perceptivetravel.com, for an ongoing collection of travel stories meant “to entertain, to amuse, to challenge, and to provide a real window into the world.” His book does all these things plus it draws together the best information on how to cut your travel budget to a minimum.
Among the fictional devices Leffel uses to give his travel advice a feeling of immediacy is an imaginary typical traveling couple, the Smiths, who decide where they want to go (London, they had no idea the dollar had dropped 25 percent against the pound) and when (summer, when rates for everything are at their highest). The other fictional couple, the Johnsons, spend half as much and enjoy their trip twice as much. Chapter by entertaining chapter Leffel details how to travel like the Johnsons—primarily by avoiding “the peaks,” including peak crowds, peak seasons, peak destinations, and peak hotels. Each chapter ends with a list of “contrarian” questions designed to help readers get the most for their money from every aspect of their travels.
The revised and expanded edition of The World’s Cheapest Destinations is not simply a budget travel guide. The new edition is much changed from the first—the biggest change being a country-by-country analysis of what the fall of the dollar against European currencies means for travelers, and how to respond. Romania has replaced the Czech Republic in Europe (Turkey, Bulgaria, and Hungary remain) and Nicaragua and Argentina have replaced Venezuela and Mexico among Latin America’s cheapest destinations. Leffel calculates that a couple can travel around the more than two dozen countries mentioned in the book for $400 to $1,000 a month at the budget end, and $750 to $3,000 a month if they stay in hotels with private bath and air conditioning and use the best ground transportation. His arguments, in both books, are convincing and the hesitant traveler will want to put them to the immediate test."
—Dr. Clay Hubbs, the founding publisher and editor of Transitions Abroad Publishing.