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Issue Focus on Budget Travel, Study, Work, and Living in Europe
Budget Travel in Southern France by Kelby Carr
Europe on a Budget
Southern France is still beautiful in November, which makes budget travel possible.
One single decision during your European vacation can, quite literally, save or cost you loads of money. It can consume the bulk of your travel budget. Worse yet, you could spend way more money than you need to and have a less authentic vacation experience.

Not only are there some nice budget options for lodging in Europe, but these budget options often mean you will truly experience the local atmosphere rather than being in a sanitized, generic setting at a pricy chain hotel... Read more

Budget Travel with Hostelling International by Pearl Harris
Budget Travel with Hostelling International
The incredible HI network, which provides low-cost accommodation in over 4,000 hostels in 75 countries around the globe, includes 300 hostels in Britain alone. The wonderful thing about hostels is that no two are ever the same. Hostels are often situated in the loveliest of settings amidst spectacular scenic beauty: some in National Parks, others along beautiful coastlines, or in the heart of historic cities. Buildings vary from Victorian mansions, castles, and thatched cottages to modern state-of-the-art constructions... Read More
Safe Solo Travel for Women: Ten Rules by Lisa McCallum
Safe Solo Travel for Women
Heading out for a Round-the-World trip? For smart, sassy women traveling for more than the usual two weeks per year, here are ten credos to help keep you safe and sane out there... Read More
Lodging in Europe on a Budget by Kelby Carr
Lodging on a Budget in Europe
One single decision during your European vacation can, quite literally, save or cost you loads of money. It can consume the bulk of your travel budget. Worse yet, you could spend way more money and have a less authentic vacation experience. Not only are there some nice budget options for lodging in Europe, but these budget options often mean you will truly experience the local atmosphere rather than being in a sanitized, generic setting at a pricy chain hotel... Read More
Budget Transportation in France by Finn Skovgaard
Budget Transportation in France
Cheap transportation requires research to pick the best offers and avoid hidden expenses. Here are a few pointers that will help you find the best deals for traveling in France.

Free competition in the European Union has paved the way for budget airlines. As a result, flying may be the cheapest way to get to and around in France... Read More
Walking, Eating, and Drinking Along the Road to Santiago de Compostela by Beebe Bahrami, Ph.D.
Santiago de Compostela Spain
I recently walked the Camino de Santiago, the great pilgrimage from the Middle Ages that crosses from France over the Pyrenees into Spain and continues along the north of the Iberian Peninsula to Santiago de Compostela. As much as I walked it for the mix of physical challenge and spiritual upliftment, I was struck by the details of everyday life. Walking the pilgrim's road slowed me down. Where I spent a whole day walking 19 miles/30 kilometers, locals in their cars covered the same distance in twenty-five minutes. It amazed me how much I saw when that little distance was stretched out over a full day on foot.

I was struck by the microcultures of food and wine I encountered along the way. I walked through countless farmlands, vineyards, herds, and kitchen gardens... Read More
A Walking Tour Through Tuscia, Italy by Linda Lappin
Tuscia Italy Walking Tour
Tuscia is the name given to a rugged corner of undiscovered Italy, untouched by mass tourism, bordering Tuscany, Umbria, and the greater area of Rome not far from the town of Viterbo. A pocket of woodlands, wild ravines, and volcanic lakes, Tuscia was once the heartland of Etruscan culture. The old Roman road known as the Francigena leading down from the Alps crosses its territory before rolling on to Rome. In centuries past, the villages, monasteries, hostels, and taverns of Tuscia provided hospitality to pilgrims on the last phase of their journey before proceeding to the Holy City. Today independent travelers willing to put on their walking shoes can recapture some of the atmosphere and adventure of the open road, while enjoying spectacular scenery in one of Italy’s most unspoiled environments. For those seeking an unusual holiday combining cultural discoveries and the great outdoors, an off-season trek in Tuscia offers many rewards... Read More
Travel to Drink Beer In Europe by Holly Harper
Drinking Beer in Europe
Can’t make it to Munich? No worries: there is much more to European beer than Oktoberfest and lederhosen. As an avid beer drinker hailing from the micro-brew-rich Pacific Northwest, I’ve tasted many foamy pints. Although I wouldn’t call myself a sommelier de bière just yet, I can definitely recommend some of the best beers Europe has to offer outside of Deutschland... Read More
Combine Cycling and Learning about Burgundy Wines on a Budget by Michael Kerwin
Cycling and Wine in Burgundy
Wine connoisseurs regard Burgundy wines as among the world’s finest, and they are priced accordingly. A recently released bottle of Clos Vougeot, for example, sells from $80 to $100, and prized bottles command five-figure prices. Budget-minded independent travelers can going to France can learn much about Burgundy wines, however, by visiting Marché Aux Vins in Beaune and by cycling through the vineyards of South Burgundy. Both experiences are inexpensive, fun, and provide opportunities to meet local people involved with the wine industry... Read More
 Living in Prague: Getting There and Staying There by Suchi Rudra Vasquez
Living in Prague
One of the first things that my husband and I realized we had in common when we first met was our desire to leave the U.S. to live and work. So we made a plan to save up and take off. We worked and saved for two years, all the while consulting numerous resources to figure out where we would go, how we would get there. During that time, I was selected for a scholarship that helped me fund study abroad for one year. As we had narrowed our choices down to central and eastern Europe, the scholarship helped us finalize our decision to make Prague our new home... Read More
Teaching English in the Czech Republic by Pearl Harris
Teaching English in the Czech Republic
When my husband and I decided to emigrate to the Czech Republic from South Africa six years ago, we realized that the only way to earn a living in our new country would be by teaching English, due to our lack of knowledge of the Czech language. Being a medical doctor and radiographer respectively, neither of us had any inkling nor experience of what teaching English involved... Read More
Study in Bologna: Slowing Down and Discovering the Good Life by Eamee C. Lanning
Study Abroad in Italy
Thanks to a Foreign Language Area Studies grant, a government grant available to American graduate students studying at public and private universities throughout the United States, I’m studying Comparative Literature in Italy for a year at the University of Bologna. Bologna is an ideal city for the language immersion that FLAS promotes because there are relatively few native English speakers living here as compared to Florence or Rome. This fact makes speaking Italian on a daily basis achievable and enhances engagement in a new cultural environment.. Read More
Book Reviews
Europe on a Shoestring
Lonely Planet "Europe on a Shoestring"
Before reading this book, I was wondering how Lonely Planet was able to publish a budget travel guide at a time when the dollar is so low and travel costs are going up everywhere. After taking a close look at Europe on a Shoestring, I came to the conclusion that they actually pulled it off. Somehow the authors managed to find cheap accommodation and low-cost but still classy eateries all across Europe, even in expensive Western European countries... Read more
Movie Reviews
Watching foreign movies is a great way to get into the spirit of an upcoming trip and learn about local cultures and customs. We will regularly feature reviews of noteworthy new and classic foreign films which tell stories about foreign lands, their people, cultures, and ways of life.
Beat the Drum
Beat the Drum by David Hickins
South Africa has come a long way since the end of the Apartheid regime, but serious social problems continue to affect the country. This movie follows a young boy affected by the rampant AIDS epidmemic in his country... Read more.
Music Reviews
Mariza
Mariza: Concerto em Lisboa
Concerto em Lisboa (2006) is the first live album by Portuguese singer Mariza. It was recorded during a live concert in September 2005 at a famous Lisbon landmark—the Belém tower by the banks of the Tagus River. The songs from this album draw from the large repertoire of Mariza’s previous three CD releases. The ballads present a great overview of her talent as a singer of Portugal’s most traditional music genre: the fado... Read more
Ask the Expert Q&A
Retiring Overseas
by Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl
Volker Poelzl
Over the past few months I have received several emails from readers asking me about retirement overseas. One reader recently asked me:

"We are curious about any options we might have to retire somewhere else, including outside of America. Do you know of any countries where we might be able to retire without citizenship?"

In fact, there are many countries where you can retire without first obtaining citizenship. Countries around the world have opened their doors to retirees and offer a number of programs to make it easy for them to settle... Read More
Website of the Month
Rick Steves
Rick Steve's Europe through the Backdoor
Rick Steves—who for almost two decades was a columnist for Transitions Abroad magazine—hosts a website that is an indispensable resource for independent travelers planning to visit Europe. The extensive site hosted by the prolific and gifted author of over 30 books on travel in Europe offers travel news, a trip planner, a reader forum called the "Graffiti Wall," podcasts from his radio show, videos from his PBS TV series, travel gear, his own personal blog, and loads of practical travel information and inside tips on Europe. Before taking off on your first trip to Europe or to countries you have never visited, you would be wise to check out the information provided by Rick Steves.
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