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9 tips for budget-conscious travelers

International travel can seem like a luxury affair, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re a budget traveler determined to see the world without breaking the bank, you’re in luck. Here are nine of my easy, money-saving tips for traveling overseas.

1. Avoid foreign conversion fees. Sneaky foreign conversion fees can put a dent in a travel budget, adding an additional 1 to 3 percent to every transaction made with a debit or credit card overseas. Before traveling, research if your bank charges a fee for international debit or credit card use. If so, consider applying for a card like the Capital One Visa or any of the other cards that are free of transaction fees.

2. Document your expenses. It’s easy to get swept up in the romance of travel and end up paying 50 euros for a hand-pressed bottle of olive oil or 100 euros for a carafe of local wine, but expensive impulse buys can quickly add up. Instead, create a budget for yourself before departure. Try to decide in advance approximately how much you’d like to spend on food, tours, and even those unexpected items. Then document your daily spend as you travel. This simple strategy will allow you see how much you’re spending, and help curb excess purchases along the way.

3. Shop off the beaten path. Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you have to forgo souvenirs. Rather than picking up trinkets at the entrance of well-known attractions like the Great Wall of China or the Coliseum, shop at local street markets instead. Not only will you purchase more authentic gifts, but you’ll have fun putting your bartering skills to the test.

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Around the horn with the latest savings on Friendly Planet tours

Our new tours are continuing to catch travel editor’s interest. Here are some of the savings they’ve been highlighting lately. If you’re interested in more information about any of these deals, you know where to reach me.

Budget Travel highlights the $300 dollar savings on our Exotic Ecaudor tour.

Frommer’s advises quick booking for our Exotic Borneo & Bangkok tour and features the $300 savings.

If you want to save $600, look for our Taste of Turkey tour near Thanksgiving, according to Valarie D’Elia of Travel with Val
Phil Marty from the Chicago Tribune travel section found our Sensational South America tour to be an “interesting travel deal” with a savings of $300.
Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press made Sensational South America her “Deal of the Week.”
Thanks to all these editors for featuring Friendly Planet tours. 

Rounding up recent media coverage of Friendly Planet Travel’s extraordinary deals

A few Friendly Planet Travel tours have been mentioned in a handful publications recently for their deep savings. In case you missed any of the coverage, I rounded them up for you. Keep reading to find out what tours landed where.

Budget Travel crunches the numbers to show how our Taj Mahal Express will save you nearly $500 on a trip to India.

The Washington Post points out how our Captivating Costa Rica saves you $300 over regular rates.

If you’re interested in a Kenya Safari Express, our tour will save you $300 according to Budget Travel’s research.

The $300 savings travelers get on our Dazzling Dubai tour made it one of Frommer’s “5 Deals for March 16.”

Thanks to all the editors for featuring Friendly Planet Travel!

We meet Budget Travel’s Kate Appleton in the Big Apple

If there’s an extraordinary travel destination at an ordinary price, Kate Appleton knows about it. She has to. That’s because it’s her job as Senior Editor of Budget Travel. She’s been telling travelers how to “budget wisely to travel widely” since the website launched in 2005.

So I was thrilled when Kate was able to swing by Friendly Planet Travel’s booth at the recent New York Times Travel Show. While she was there, we cornered her for a quick one-on-one interview with Friendly Planet Travel’s blogger, Melissa.

Kate told Melissa about how she got her start in travel journalism, her thoughts on whether you should choose the better deal over the better value when booking a trip, the state of airport security, her favorite exotic destination, and much more. Watch the interview to get all of Kate’s travel know-how and advice.

Kate, it was wonderful to meet you! Thanks again for stopping by our booth.

What you missed at The New York Times Travel Show

It took me a little longer than anticipated to get caught up after coming back from The New York Times Travel Show. But things have settled down, and I want to tell you all about the premier travel show in the U.S.

Let’s get to the most exciting news first — the winners of our Kenya Safari Express tour, Taj Mahal Express tour, and Nikon S8100 digital camera.

When the show came to a close on Sunday, I randomly selected three names from the Friendly Planet Travel globe, where attendees dropped in their names. I pulled three names out, and I’m thrilled to announce that Katy C. Li was the winner of the Kenya Safari Express! Congrats Katy!

You’re going to love Africa’s sweeping vistas, teeming cities, and magnificent wildlife. To see more details about the trip Katy won, flip back to my previous post. We’re still trying to reach the other winners to claim their prize. So, check your e-mail and voice mail, as you might be one of our winners! When the winners do claim their prizes, we’ll announce them on the blog.

Thank you to all the travelers who stopped by our booth last weekend and to those who saw my presentation on the “Five Exotic Locations for the Price of a Vegas Weekend.” I’ll be posting the video of my presentation in the coming weeks in case you missed it.

I also want to say thank you to Stephanie Abrams, host of “Travel with Stephanie Abrams!” for having me on her radio show live from the Travel Show on Saturday. If you missed Stephanie’s broadcast, you can download episodes on her website.

The Friendly Planet Travel blogging team was on the ground at the Travel Show talking to travelers all weekend too. They even got a handful of attendees to take Friendly Planet Travel’s trivia quiz. Melissa, one of our bloggers, quizzed travelers all weekend. I’ll post the video soon so you can see how much these travelers know about the globe they love to trek.

We also got the opportunity to talk with Kate Appleton, Senior Editor of Budget Travel. Melissa talked to Kate about the state of airport security, her favorite destination (hint: it has a canal running through it), her thoughts on whether you should choose the better deal over the better value when booking a trip, and much more.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting videos from the show, so keep your eyes peeled to the blog. But if you can’t wait, here are a few photos we snapped from The New York Times Travel Show.

Friendly Planet Travel’s booth

Welcome! Attendees arrive at the Travel Show

A life-size passport making the rounds on the show floor

Hundreds of attendees entered to win our great giveaways

Dancers performing on one of the many stages

A South American band providing a soundtrack for attendees

Post-Thanksgiving thanks to travel editors

Thanksgiving might be over, but I have a few more thank yous to give out. They go to the editors who featured Friendly Planet Travel tours in their publications this month, as well as Gadling for posting our air travel infographic on its website. Read on to see where Friendly Planet Travel landed in the media.

Gadling liked our air travel infographic so much that it put it front and center on its website.

Budget Travel tells readers how the Jewels of South America tour is one of the best deals around.

Frommer’s includes the Mediterranean Highlights by Sea as one of its five deals for the week of Nov. 3.

Rounding out this month’s coverage are Traveling Boy and TravelwithVal.com who highlight the Taste of China tour. Examiner.com brings the Jewels of South America to the attention of its readers. Lastly, Travel Age West features the Exotic Borneo and Bangkok tour.

Thanks again to all the editors who featured Friendly Planet Travel!

Friendly Planet Travel tours featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and more

Take a break from assembling your Halloween costume and catch up on some of the tours that are catching the eyes of travel editors. Thanks to all for including Friendly Planet in your roundups!

The Taj Mahal Express answered The Washington Post’s question: “What’s the deal?”

Los Angeles Times was captivated by Costa Rica in its Travel section.

The Taj Mahal Express was the “Smart Deal of the Week” according to Frommer’s.

Budget Travel thought our Taste of China tour was a “Real Deal.”

Friendly Planet Travel deals catch eyes of Frommer’s, Los Angeles Times, Budget Travel

I wanted to share a couple of media mentions Friendly Planet Travel’s tours got this week (and it’s not even Friday yet!).

Frommer’s featured our $2,899 12-day Best of South Africa tour as part of its “5 Deals for Sept. 9, 2010.”

The Los Angeles Times included our $2,099 nine-day Pyramids and Nile Cruise in its recent travel deals coverage.

And BudgetTravel found our $799 seven-day Captivating Costa Rica tour to be a “Real Deal.”

Thanks to the editors for featuring us!

Weekly wrap up: Friendly Planet Travel in the news

FP_newspaper4.jpgIn case you missed it this week, I wanted to share some of the stories that featured Friendly Planet Travel. Enjoy!

Frommer’s: Frommer’s 5 Deals: Puerto Vallarta, Morocco, Philly, India, and Texas Hill Country

Budget Travel: Argentina, Air/8 Nights, From $1,659

Weekly wrap up: Friendly Planet Travel in the news

FP_paper3.jpgIn case you missed us …

Budget Travel: Iberian Coast Air/Cruise/Hotel, From $1,399

WhereToGoNext.com: Yuletide Holiday Deals

MomSpace.com: Spend the Holidays in the Mediterranean

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Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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