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The Resourceful Traveler

Budget Travel With a Difference

The Resourceful Traveler column by Tim Leffel is a regular rundown on how to avoid the tourist hordes and find a richer (and less expensive) travel experience. His articles point readers to the best strategies and resources for scoring a deal while making every trip an adventure.

Tim Leffel
Tim Leffel

The Resourceful Traveler Column and Articles by Tim Leffel  
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The Resourceful Travel Column and Other Articles by Tim Leffel
Living in Mexico: The Where, Why, and How?
Navigating the New Mexican Immigration Rules: How to Get Legal Non-working Residency in Mexico
Budget Travel in South America 
Budget Travel in Mexico and Central America 
Budget Travel in Asia 
The New Eastern Europe: Now You Have to Look for Travel Bargains 
Biking in Eastern Europe 
Real Estate in Latin America
The Seven Myths of Being a Travel Writer
Eco-Friendly Travel: Simple Strategies that Result in Cost Savings for You and the Planet 
Man Versus Man: Saving the Galapagos
Saving Machu Picchu
Iceland: One Island's Sprint Towards Energy Independence
Work Abroad as a Travel Writer
Make Your Fantasy Job a Reality: How to Find and Create Full-Time Work Abroad 
The Benefits of Becoming a Local to Work Abroad
For Cheap Travel, Steer Clear of the Crowds
A Needle in a Haystack: Finding Travel Websites That Are Worth the Search
Prelude to Immersion: Learning a Foreign Language at Home and On the Go
Reservations About Reservations: Advanced Planning is Not Always a Good Idea
Hosting Programs Offer a Break from the Tourist Trail
Don't Take Your Regular Cell Phone Abroad: Some Wise Alternatives to Handing Your Phone Company All Your Money
The Coca Plant Paradox: A Simple Little Leaf With a Complicated History in South America
The Cerveza Report: A Complete Rundown on Mexican Beer
Around the World Travel: Fly to the Cluster and Save
Traveling with a Child in Mexico
Why Giving Matters
Rethinking Round-the-World Travel
Know Your Seasons for the Best Travel Bargains
Go Learn Something
Budget Adventure Travel
Eat Where the Locals Eat
Homestay Programs
Coping with a Weak Dollar
Travel With Soul
Around the World Travel: Keep Going
Save Money in Pariah Destinations
Review of A Sense of Place
Top Ten Travel Books
Guidebook Smackdown 

Tim Leffel's Websites
World's Cheapest Destinations
Tim Leffel's excellent book on budget travel: The World's Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Dollars are Worth a Fortune is supplemented on his Web site by many budget travel resources and some of his favorite budget travel articles.
Tim Leffel's Cheapest Destinations Blog
Tim Leffel's Cheapest Destinations blog consists in an award-winning series of posts which serve as excellent practical articles on budget travel in and of themselves. No one is more tapped into important and eclectic issues on the subject of budget travel at home and worldwide.
Perceptive Travel by Tim Leffel
Tim publishes an award winning web magazine called Perceptive Travel, written for independent travelers with open senses and open minds, and featuring narrative writing from fine contemporary writers along with world music reviews. In addition, the collaborative piece of the website won the best travel blog Lowell Thomas award from the Society of American Travel Writers.
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