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Cheap travel tips: how to travel the world cheaply, our lessons and more

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 21, 2008 in Travel Tips

Sean standing in front of an East London sign. He is a pathetic victim of situational poverty, but he likes to travel. What does he do?

Sean standing in front of an interesting "Hell" advertisement in East London Oct. 4, 2008. He is a pathetic victim of situational poverty, but he likes to travel. What does he and others like him do?We set out to blog about cheap travel.

I fell madly in love with Couch Surfing, which can save you some money and give you some real cultural lessons. In Brussels, we spoke to Ian, a New Zealander who had taken to hitchhiking - which can get one of your biggest expenses, transportation.

There are about a million and five ways to travel cheaply. Sometimes it’s a mentality. Sometimes it’s knowing a local. But, more often, it’s meeting a local with the right mentality.

Here are a handful of the best ways to travel for cheap - or free - that we didn’t even get to on this trip.

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How to couch surf: tricks and lessons from the road

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 14, 2008 in Travel Tips

Sean taking couch surfing too seriously in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 31, 2008.

Sean taking couch surfing too seriously in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 31, 2008.

If you peeped Episode Six, the last we did abroad, you saw us discuss the merits and failings of your options for accommodation.

We mentioned, as we have throughout our trip, couch surfing - a concept with which you should familiarize yourself if you plan on doing any extended cheap travel, whether it be in Europe, domestic or anywhere else. These networks are huge and extend through all boundaries.

While we talked about CS in the episode, I thought the process merited some more discussion.

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Where we stayed during our month-long tour of Europe

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 9, 2008 in Experiences

The bed on which I slept while couchsurfing in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 20, 2008.

The bed on which I slept while couchsurfing in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 20, 2008.

Turns out many of you have been interested in where we slept at nights. So we’ll do you one better. Here is a list of everywhere we stayed, our experiences and any other advice we have about this end of a tour like this.

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Know what kind of traveler you are

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 8, 2008 in Education

I am dodgy. I can accept it. So, I didnt go into this London bar on Brick Lane Oct. 3, 2008.

I am dodgy. I can accept it. So, I didn't go into this London bar on Brick Lane Oct. 3, 2008.

I am hot tempered.

I cringe over costs. Accept them. You are in an unfamiliar place. You will be short 30 pence for a bus ride home in London and get stuck putting 3 pounds on your Oyster card, with an additional $3 charge for using your credit card abroad.

What do you want out of your travel? How do you want to represent yourself and your country. Traveling will make you learn plenty about yourself, which is good because it is rarely as important as when you’re seeing the world.

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Hungarian cooking lessons in Budapest

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 6, 2008 in Experiences

Enjoying a meal in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 21, 2008.

Enjoying a meal in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 21, 2008.

Sometimes, when you use Couchsurfing, you really connect with your host. In time, conversation and interests. Such is how things went for me and my host Bálint in Budapest, Hungary.

I stayed with him two nights. From our first conversation - over a garlic and eggplant dip of his mother’s creation and some Hungarian beers of my purchase - I knew he was a good, fun guy, interested in the world and excited to try out his English - the jokes came faster the better we got to know each other.

So, I was excited to hear his offer to cook a traditional Hungarian stew if we bought the ingredients.

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We’ve arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 31, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

With the capital of Germany in our rear view mirrors, Chris and I have arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark. Like many of the cities along our journey, I do not have very many preconceived notions about this city of 1.5 million. I have read about its high standard of living, high degree of government involvement, and its socially liberal attitudes. In my mind there seem to be several parallels with Zurch, Switzerland.

It is our first official foray into what can be considered Northern Europe so Chris and I prepared to pile on the layers as we may be the only people who head north in the winter months. We have also been told by several travelers that Copenhagen can get expensive, however while thumbing through our guide we have seen several free activities we can do while there. Additionally we were lucky enough to have a local host us while couchsurfing, so by luck Copenhagen may be one of the cheapest cities we visit.

Also, on the ride here, we suddenly realized that our train had pulled into a ferry for a 45-minute trek between two Danish islands.  Being little kids at heart, we immediately ran to the roof.

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