The Little Budget Travel Book
The book lives up to its “little” name, it’s small and a quick read. Instead of overwhelming you with 3000 tips for cheaper travel, it presents a holistic approach to frugal travel. He doesn’t lay out a specific philosophy of budget travel, but he encourages you to read it more than once so the ideas become ingrained in you. This way, you’ll not only remember the specific examples when you travel, you’ll be inspired to come up with your own ways to save.
Despite its size, The Little Budget Travel Book covers all aspects of travel–planning the trip, getting there, and touring.
There are suggestions for traveling lighter and still having room for souvenirs or other purchases on your trip (e.g. bring clothes you’re almost done with and leave them there). I found several tips I hadn’t thought of beforehand for booking cheapter flights.
David focuses on having an enjoyable travel experience, not necessarily doing the tourist thing, but creating memories. I found it refreshing that he didn’t have some of the outrageous frugal travel tips which seem destined to make the traveler miserable.
To Buy or Not to Buy
So, at $15, is it worth the money? I think that the book is a good buy for his target market–people who travel frequently or wish they traveled frequently who are looking to save money. The tips are just as good for people who rarely travel, but they’ll get less mileage out of the book (though it applies well to local trips as well).
It’s also a good read for people planning some kind of one-in-a-lifetime trip. You may have saved up more than enough, but you might as well get the most mileage for your money.
I’m giving away a copy of The Little Budget Travel Book. To enter, share your best frugal travel experience–a deal you got, something fun you did for little or nothing, or share something you’d like to do/see that’s a frugal travel experience.
The contest ends on Friday, July 14th at 9pm EDT. Entries must have valid e-mail addresses so I can contact the winner about sending the book. Winner will be chosen using random.org, I have final discretion about the validity of submissions. Void where prohibited.