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Principles of cheap travel, part three Oct 20

This one’s a tip:

Consider renting out your house while you are gone. To someone in, say, Sweden, a visit to the town that hosts the Kalmar Nykel (sailing ship that brought Swedish immigrants to Delaware, where this blog originates) and is so close to DC and NYC might make a pretty attractive vacation. Subtract the rent from the cost of your vacation.

The Kalmar Nykel in Wilmington. Click to enlarge.

Organizations are out there that broker house exchanges. Or just plain rent it short-term to a doctoral student and family for the spring term. Figure out your own creative solution. (And share your idea in the comments.)

Principle six: Natural wonders tend to be less expensive than man-made attractions. For example, there’s a fee to go see the Mt. Rushmore sculptures, but you can drive through the badlands all day for the price of a tank of gas, which you’d have to spend anyway to get to Rushmore.Let’s don’t even mention theme parks.

Everybody sees Mt. Rushmore from the front; here's a profile view. Don't forget to buy a made-in-China souvenir at the sucker gift shop.

Free, and you can go exploring

Okay, maybe I come across a bit cynical here, but the principle remains. Anything made with tourists in mind is expensive, anything that’s already there is cheap.

By the way—I forgot to mention last time that you don’t have to volunteer, you can go somewhere for education, a seminar, or maybe secure a temporary transfer or go to a convention for work. Add a day or two on your own and you have a discounted vacation.

A new series Oct 07

A while back I wrote about the cities that hosted the Winter Olympics. More recently I wrote a preponderance of posts about either unconventional places or about places that you might have reason to avoid. Now I feel like posting about places that are cheap.

I’ll still throw in the occasional out-of-series post, and you should remember that (ahem) you can always get a really good deal from your Serenity agent. But these posts will mostly be about places that are cheap all by themselves, at least for someone from the US.

Now, I’m not really giving you advice about how or where to travel. I’ll merely tell you about places where you are likely to be able to really stretch your travel dollar if you go there.

Another caveat: The values of currencies and stability of governments change constantly, sometimes dramatically in a short time. Rule of thumb: places that are good bargains generally stay that way, even though the details might change. New York city will pretty much always be more expensive than Upper coffepot, Montana. (Yes, there is such a place.) You won’t see a Broadway play in Upper Coffeepot, but you won’t be able to go camping or see much wildlife (or peace and quiet) in NYC, either. Don’t expect my info to be as accurate as a surgeon’s scalpel. It should be good enough to chop wood with, though.

So hold onto your seat, and get ready for some adventures!