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Library JournalSparked by his trips to Costa Rica and Thailand, Kepnes (nomadicmatt.com) quit his job in 2006, withdrew his savings of $20,000, and hit the open road. His trip of one year became six. Now an expert on cheap travel, Kepnes outlines preparations for, as well as money-saving strategies during, lengthy trips. His advice covers banking, using credit cards for discounts and free mileage trips, finding the cheapest airline tickets, what travel equipment to have, and whether to take out insurance. On-the-ground suggestions include cheap accommodations, food and beverages, transportation, and sightseeing information. Kepnes’s nearly seven-year globe-trotting journey included five continents, but he has still not reached some popular destinations, such as China and the South Pacific. The book also includes invaluable appendixes that list tour and travel companies, flight resources, backpack companies, discount cards, accommodation resources, travel insurance, and credit cards. There are also destination-specific resources, a suggested packing list, and a section on vaccinations and medical care abroad.
Verdict Kepnes provides a wealth of information for traveling cheaply on extended journeys and will provide invaluable information for aspiring globe-trotters.—Melinda Stivers Leach, Wondervu, CO
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