Category Archive: Money Tips

Costs for Budget Travel in Mexico in 2016

Costs for Budget Travel in Mexico 2016 Overview: In late January, 2016, I arrived in Mexico for the first time. I entered the southern end of Yucatan Peninsula overland from Belize, planning to explore the peninsula about one month. I quickly discovered that Yucatan is a really amazing place, full of gorgeous historic Spanish colonials …

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Costs of Budget Travel in Guatemala

Costs of Budget Travel in Guatemala Guatemala is one of the least expensive countries in Central America. It also offers a great diversity of destinations, nature, culture and exciting activities. Visitors can climb volcanoes, hang out at one of the world’s most beautiful lakes (Atitlan), tour coffee plantations, experience black sand beaches with crashing surf, …

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24 Tips for Keeping Costs Low in Belize

24 Tips for Keeping Costs Low in Belize Last week I wrote about how much it costs to travel in Belize on a tight budget, showing that this Central American country is not nearly as expensive as most people would have you believe. In fact, I estimate that Belize is well within the means of …

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Costs of Budget Travel in Belize in 2016

Costs of Budget Travel in Belize in 2016 Belize is considered an expensive travel destination. In fact, it’s said to be one of the most expensive countries in Central America. As a result, most budget travelers pass through Belize very quickly en route to Mexico to the north or Guatemala to the south. Some backpackers …

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Why Living Overseas Is Better pt 1- Financial Benefits

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Why Living Overseas Is Better pt 1- Financial Benefits I first left the USA back in 1991. I moved to Kyoto, Japan specifically to save money to travel the world. Six years later, mission accomplished, I set out on my world trip. I’ve been traveling and living overseas ever since. Needless to say, I’ve learned …

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MONEY TRAVEL TIPS: How to Keep Money Safe While Traveling

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MONEY TRAVEL TIPS: How to Keep Money Safe While Traveling I’ve been traveling solo since 1998 and, big knock on wood here, I have never been pick-pocketed, robbed, assaulted or otherwise been ‘relieved of’ my money, passport, ATM cards or other valuables. How have I managed to never have anything stolen during 14 years of …

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MONEY TRAVEL TIPS: Means and Benefits of Opening a Foreign Local Bank Account

MONEY TRAVEL TIPS: Means and Benefits of Opening a Foreign Local Bank Account  Since 1998 I’ve spent a majority of my time in SE Asia, sometimes venturing out to Australia, Europe or nearby Asian countries. I rarely return to the USA where my primary bank account is located. So a few years ago I realized …

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MONEY TRAVEL TIPS: Strategies For Getting Local Currency Upon Arrival in a New Country

MONEY TRAVEL TIPS: Strategies For Getting Local Currency Upon Arrival in a New Country Do you plan a cash strategy ahead of time for your arrival in new country? A plan for getting local currency to use during those first few hours / first day when you arrive in a new country at an airport, …

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TRAVEL TIPS: Best Strategies to Exchange Money into Local Currencies

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I’ve been traveling more or less continuously since 1998. During these 14 years I’ve been regularly moving between different countries, each with their own currency. Each time I arrive in another country I need to get local cash as quickly as possible so I can function- to get transport from the airport or station, eat, …

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TRAVEL TIPS: Back-up Plans for Accessing Money when ATM Problems Strike

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TRAVEL TIPS: Back-up Plans for Accessing Money with ATMs Problems How do you access money while you’re traveling overseas? Do you rely on ATM machines? Credit cards? Cash or travelers checks to exchange money into local currencies? Do you have a back-up plan?   ATM machines: I have to admit that I rely almost entirely …

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