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I’m on the move…

No, I’m not taking off on some exotic trip somewhere. I’m not even going on a fun filled day trip within my own region.

I’m moving this blog to Typepad.

Thats right, you can change your saved favorites to

I know what you’re thinking…
“Why is  The Tourist  moving so soon?”

It’s simple really, Typepad will allow me to put up ads which will help to subsidize my next exciting trip somewhere, which will in turn bring more news to you. That, and I could use a new laptop, which of course will also bring more news to you.  So, Typepad will have to do for now, or at least until I can get out to Salt Lake City so that The Coolest Computer Geek Ever can give me some tips on how to build a real website.



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Just A Reminder

Next Monday is the debut of the “Trip of the Month” feature.

If theres anywhere in particular you’d like to see the cost of airfare and lodgings to as well as the local attractions, leave a comment stating the destination of your choice and I’ll throw it in the lot. If theres a particular time frame that you have in mind for this destination, include that as well. If no time frame is indicated, I’ll use a default setting of six to eight weeks out.

I’ve had some great suggestions so far, everything from Austin Texas to Morocco. The lucky destination will be selected by the random number generator.


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On Hiatus

I am on hiatus this week, in Italy.

I will return on Monday, November 19 with lots of feedback on Venice and Florence.


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What To Expect…

I’m still fine tuning the way things will process here at Tightwad Tourist, figuring out what will allow me to bring you the most information I can while still allowing me to maintain my day job.

Yep, I have to keep my day job.

My initial goal here is to post articles twice a week

On Mondays I’ll be posting general travel tips on packing, searching for deals, anecdotes from my own adventures, reviews of various places I’ve stayed, interesting destinations, and more.

On Thursdays I’ll share with you deals I’ve come across that week, along with the links to where I found them.

One feature I’m really looking forward to is the “Trip of the Month”. On the first Monday of the month, I’ll post a featured destination and include the costs for airfare, hotel, as well as some of the activities and attractions in that area. I’m really looking forward to debuting this feature this coming Monday, November 5.

If you’d like to me on my email list to receive alerts as to whenever a new post is up, please comment below and I’ll add you to my list.

Otherwise, check back often.


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Welcome to The Tightwad Tourist.

For years I dreamed of traveling the world, mainly Europe, but always assumed that it was beyond my budget. On December 31, 2005 I decided that I was done dreaming and that one of my New Years Resolutions for 2006 was to travel somewhere that required a passport.

I just had to decide where to go.

This was to be my first international trip ever, and I was going alone so I decided that an english speaking country would probably be best. Ireland had always been at the top of my list of places to see, so I decided that that was where I was headed. I was intimidated by many things – the anticipated costs, figuring out conversion rates, I was certain that I would find myself completely broke half way through my trip.

I knew that I had to do this on a budget.

I was able to make some creative choices to minimize costs, yet still enjoy myself the entire time without sacrificing any of the experience.

That was a vacation that changed my perspective of the world, and of myself. In Ireland, I learned that I can navigate this world solo, meet interesting people from different cultures, and have a fantastic time exploring different countries.

Since then, I have been back to Europe and have learned more tricks to efficiently budget. I’ve become a resource to friends and coworkers, helping them to plan trips, saving them anywhere from $200 to $400 off their original projected costs. I’ll share with you my tips on how and where to find affordable airfare, reasonable accomodations, and how to make the most of your budget.

Whether busting out the passport to spend a week in Europe, or just getting in the car for a weekend trip in your own state, travel can be as affordable as it is enjoyable.

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