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The independent travel guide company Unanchor is currently giving away 72 free travel guides from their network. These guides are written by local people and differ from the “mainstream” companies a lot.

Starting right now and through midnight Pacific time on Friday (12/14) you can download all of their Amazon Kindle guides without paying anything.

All that they ask is that you leave a review of the guide so that they can further understand their customers and know how to develop future guides.

Head on over to Amazon and download your guides now.
These guides are available this very moment.

  1. Amsterdam Travel Guide – Amsterdam Made Easy: A 3-Day Guide
  2. Amsterdam Travel Guide – 3 Day Itinerary: Not just the Red Light District
  3. Athens Travel Guide – 3-Day Highlights Tour Itinerary
  4. Atlanta Travel Guide – 3 Day Highlights Itinerary
  5. Bainbridge Island Travel Guide – A Day on Bainbridge Island
  6. Bangkok Travel Guide – The Ins and Outs of Bangkok – 3 Day Itinerary
  7. Barcelona Travel Guide – 3-Day Highlights of Barcelona
  8. Bath Travel Guide: An Exploring Guide – 2-Day Itinerary
  9. Beijing Travel Guide – 3 Day Must Sees, Must Dos, Must Eats
  10. Berlin Travel Guide – A 3-Day Guide
  11. Buenos Aires Travel Guide – Best Kept Secrets: 2-Day Itinerary
  12. Buenos Aires Travel Guide – Insider’s Guide to the Best of Buenos Aires in 3-Days
  13. Chicago Travel Guide – 3-Day Highlights Itinerary
  14. Chicago Travel Guide – Food, Art and Funky Neighborhoods in 3 Days
  15. Chicago Travel Guide – Famous Art & Outstanding Restaurants in Chicago 1-Day Itinerary
  16. Chicago Travel Guide – 6-Hour “Layover” Chicago
  17. Columbus, Ohio Travel Guide – Family Weekend in Columbus
  18. Columbus, Ohio Travel Guide – Columbus Taco Truck Tour
  19. Delhi Travel Guide – 3-Day Budget Itinerary
  20. Dubai Travel Guide – 3-Day Itinerary & Survival Tips
  21. Dublin Travel Guide – 3 Days in Dublin City – City Highlights, While Eating & Drinking Like a Local
  22. Florence, Italy Travel Guide – Art, Culture & Off the beaten track – 3-Day Itinerary
  23. Helsinki, Finland Travel Guide – 3-Days in Helsinki
  24. Istanbul Travel Guide – Between the East and the West, a 3-Day Itinerary
  25. Johannesburg Travel Guide – Johannesburg/Pretoria: A 4-Day South Africa Tour Itinerary
  26. Lancaster County Travel Guide – 3 Day PA Dutch Country Highlights
  27. Las Vegas Travel Guide – Gaming Destination Diversions – Ultimate 3-Day Itinerary
  28. Las Vegas Travel Guide – Las Vegas on a Budget 3-Day Itinerary
  29. Lisbon Travel Guide – Lisbon in 3 Days: Budget Itinerary
  30. London Travel Guide – An Insider’s Guide to the Best of London in 3-days
  31. London Travel Guide – Low Cost, Luxury London – 3 Day Itinerary
  32. London Olympics Travel Guide – 3-Day London Tour for Olympic Visitors
  33. Los Angeles Travel Guide – Downtown LA 1 Day Walking Tour
  34. Manila Travel Guide – Manila on a Budget: 2-Day Itinerary
  35. Mexico City Travel Guide – 3-Day Highlights Itinerary
  36. Melbourne Travel Guide – A Weekend Snapshot of Melbourne
  37. Melbourne Travel Guide – Magic of Melbourne 3 Day Tour
  38. Milan, Italy Travel Guide – Milan Unknown A 3 Day Tour Itinerary
  39. Moscow Travel Guide – The Very Best of Moscow in 3 Days
  40. Mumbai Travel Guide – 3 Day Highlights Itinerary
  41. New Haven Travel Guide – Highlights: Art, Culture & History 3 Day Itinerary
  42. New York City Travel Guide – 3-Day Amazing Asian Food Tour
  43. New York City Travel Guide – New York City’s Lower East Side, 1 Day Tour Itinerary
  44. New York City Travel Guide – Lower Key, Lower Cost: Lower Manhattan – 1-Day Itinerary
  45. New York City Travel Guide – First Timer’s 2 Day Walking Tour
  46. Oahu Travel Guide – Local’s Guide to Oahu: 3-Day Tour Itinerary
  47. Ohio State Game Day Weekend Unanchor Travel Guide
  48. Paris Travel Guide – Paris 4 Day Winter Wonderland
  49. Paris Travel Guide – 3 Perfect Wandering Days Tour Itinerary
  50. Paris Travel Guide – Streets of Montmartre 1-Day Itinerary
  51. Philadelphia Travel Guide – Two Days In Philadelphia
  52. Prague Travel Guide – Best of Prague – 3 Day Itinerary
  53. Prague Travel Guide – Prague Beer Pilgrimage
  54. Rome Travel Guide – A 3 Day Tour Around Ancient Rome
  55. Rome Travel Guide – Discover Rome’s Layers: A 3 Day Walking Tour
  56. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Travel Guide – 3-Day Beyond the Guidebook Itinerary
  57. Saint Petersburg Travel Guide – St Petersburg in Three Days
  58. San Francisco Travel Guide – 2-Day Highlights Itinerary
  59. Santorini Travel Guide – Santorini, Greece in 3 Days: Living like a Local
  60. São Paulo Travel Guide – Sights and Sounds of Sao Paulo – 3-Day Itinerary
  61. Seoul, South Korea Travel Guide – 3-Day Itinerary
  62. Sevilla Travel Guide – Two Day Tour in Sunny Sevilla, Spain
  63. Shanghai Travel Guide – 2 Days in Shanghai: A Budget-Conscious Peek at Modern China
  64. Siena Travel Guide – See Siena in a Day
  65. Sydney, Australia Travel Guide – 3-Day *Best-Of* Itinerary
  66. Tangier Travel Guide – One Day In Africa – A Guide to Tangier
  67. Tbilisi Travel Guide – Weekend Break: Crown Jewel of the Caucasus
  68. Tokyo Travel Guide – 3-Day Highlights Itinerary
  69. Toronto Travel Guide – The Best of Toronto 2-Day Itinerary
  70. Tucson Travel Guide: 3 Days at the Intersection of Mexico, Native America & the Old West
  71. Washington DC Travel Guide – DC in 4 Days Itinerary
  72. Wellington Travel Guide – The Best of Wellington: 3 Day Itinerary

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As posted a week ago, the well-known guide book company Lonely Planet is running a promotional campaign they call 12 days of christmas. Started on the 1st December it is now only 3 more days left to get a deal.

Todays deal is however pretty interesting and will benefit some people as their shipping rate sometimes can kill that good price that you found on a specific book you wanted. Today the shipping is free if you spend more than 25 GBP in their shop. At the same time all pocket guides are £5/€7.50 + Free Shipping by using the code POCKETDEAL

For more information and guide books please visit www.lonelyplanet.com

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The couch company Simple Express that traffic routes in the Baltic states with connections to both Germany, Poland and Russia is currently having a winter sale offering tickets up to 70% off the normal price.

The sale is for travels made between 14th January to 6th March 2013 and needs to be booked before 9th December. The 70% applies on all their routes when using promo code “winter” but some conditions apply as well as some routes have black out dates.

As usual there is a limited amount of seats for the low price and seats are usually sold out fast.

For more  information and booking please visit www.simpleexpress.eu

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If you are flying with American Airlines often and also happen to be a member of their AAdvantage mileage saving then this is something you. Using social media as Facebook American Airlines is currently conducting a survey regarding themselves and by likning them on Facebook and answer a few questions they will give you 500 free points.

Its not a lot but you are just spending a few minutes of your time and those 500 points can be exactly what is missing for you to bump up a grade.

To answer the survey and earn 500 free points please click on this link to come to AA´s Facebook page

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I have been posting different deals on this page for a couple of months now that I have found and collected on different blogs and numerous pages, not to mention the hordes of e-mail newsletters that I am subscribing too, and I have started to grow a little bit of a fan base. The fan base started off first with a couple of friends but have constantly increased and I have now a lot of fans that I don’t know.

What really gives me strength and desire to continue with this project is every time I get a mail or a message saying “Thank You! You are great!” and this is mainly because a person managed to save some money or found a cheap flight that they were looking for by following this blog.

I have decided to share 10 of my own tips on how to travel and fly cheaper.

1) Pack smart in one bag
The first point and also perhaps one of the main points for travelling cheap is to have light luggage.
Having an oversized bag is not funny either for you or for your fellow travellers.
If you are into getting a really cheap flight then a carry-on bag should contain everything you need.
You will save on both time and money by not having to check-in your luggage which is usually payable at a low-cost airline.
Time will also be saved when you arrive at your destination as you will not have to wait for your luggage and will be one of the first persons through customs – as all the other passengers are waiting for their bags.
Just make sure that your bag is within the size and weight limitations of the airline that you are travelling with.

A list of the most common airlines can be found here Check-In Luggage Rules

2) Be flexible
By being flexible on travel dates and travel time you can save a lot of money on tickets.
Several studies have shown that Mid-week tickets, Tue-Thu are mostly cheaper but any differences will depend on route and how far in advance the booking is made.
By following the behaviour of the airlines you can also save money. Monday nights are when most air fare discounts are launched by the airlines after an expensive weekend and Tuesday is the cheapest day and also the day that people purchase the most airline tickets. The middle-day, Wednesday, is also a good day to buy airline tickets but as you reach the end of the week at Thursday and Friday most of the tickets are sold and you can expect to cough up a hefty price. Maybe you have an airport that is close to your departure point or arrival point that is cheaper to fly from?

More on the different days to book you can find here Which day to book your ticket on

3) Hack your flight
Now this sounds like you have to join the local hacker group on Internet and attack a site.
Not really true but it involves that you spend a little time in the cyber world by using different sites to compare flight prices.  Take a few of your usual flight scanners and look for the tickets that you would like to book. If you can set also multiple dates so the scanner can show you flights a few days before or after your desired dates.
You will find that the prices will be different between all scanners as they all work on different commission bases as well as some special companies can have their own “sales” or “campaigns” or whatever they want to call them.
To turn up the heat a little bit, you can also try to switch country of your search engine. Different countries work with different booking agencies but no matter where you book your e-ticket it is still valid in whole world!
Money can be saved and even if it is just a few euros it is a few euros.

For some more scanners to use you can click here Flight Scanners

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4) Plan and research ahead
How boring it might sound this is also a factor that saves you money.
By doing some research of your coming destination on what is available, where it is available and a cost, you can summarize your own budget pretty good in advance.
Of course spontaneous is funnier and more interesting but being spontaneous is also more expensive.
It all depends on what type of person you are and how much research you do.
Several bigger cities have companies that organizes “free” tours meaning you only tip the guide after the tour for what you think it was worth.
These tours are usually also much more funnier then the bigger “normal” tours as the guide is putting his personal touch to it as he works for your enjoyment to get his salary.

5) Sleep local
Forget the old ways of staying in hotels to be comfortable and safe.
This is where you miss the most of the fun and interesting fact of travelling – the people.
Most of the people like to stay in hostels when they travel but most likely you will only meet other travellers there as well. If you wanna really get under the skin of a city or local people then you should consider to join any of the hospitality networks that are out there. CouchSurfing.com is currently the biggest network with some 5 million profiles covering most corners of the world but you also have other networks like Bewelcome.org or one of the older sites Hospitalityclub.org or the first of its kind established already in 1949, Servas

If you feel that it would be awkward to stay for free at a person’s house then you should look into the new booming trend of people renting out rooms or their flats to visitors. It is usually cheaper than to take into a hotel and you will still have a home away from home.  Some of the major players on the market for home rentals are Airbnb and Wimdu. But you can also find smaller sites that are rising like Roompaddy or 9flats. In the end it all depends on how comfortable you are yourself with trying new concepts and ideas.

A friend of mine were once out hitchhiking his way through Europe during winter and ended up in Belgium with nowhere to sleep in the middle of the night. Not being afraid as he is he just rolled out his sleeping bag and crawled in behind some bushes close to a building to keep the warmth and also protect himself from the winds.

When he crawled out the following morning after a good nights sleep he was looking at some policemen staring at him while drinking their morning coffee. The local police had not noticed him sleeping beside the police station either.

A bigger post on this subject you can find here Where to sleep?

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6) Eat local
Many tourists end up following their guide-book like a slave and follow the recommendations that they bring on restaurants to find “authentic” food which they have read about and made them hungry. Of course the restaurant has now bumped up their prices a but since they now are mentioned in a travel guide and brings lots of travelling customers.

Yet again it is better to use internet and search through the millions of pages there are for more local recommendation of places where you could eat if you really wanna eat on a restaurant. Otherwise if you are sleeping local you might just as well eat local as your host might recommend you where to go for good and cheap food. Maybe even you will get invited for a family dinner? I have several times on my journeys and stayed with locals. On other journeys I have survived on bread, cheese and oranges.

7) Stay healthy
It is always good to stay healthy when travelling to avoid having either the vacation spoiled or spending expensive time at the local doctors office who will most likely send you home with a worse invoice. A few good tricks is to boost up your immune system with some vitamins a few days before you leave and then regularly (every day) eating some vitamins and minerals can save you a lot of troubles.  If you are travelling during summer and or warm periods then you should also consider to stay well hydrated by drinking water and not by drinking drinks that contains caffeine as caffeine is also diuretic.

Having some pain killers containing the substance Ibuprofen is also good a good investment as ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory which can avoid some smaller inflammations.

8) Exchanging Money
Not a lot of people are actually thinking about this but this is a place where you can save a lot of money.
If you are travelling to a country with the same currency as you have at home you can jump directly to point 8 or keep on reading if you are interested for future travels.
This requires a little bit of investigation from yourself before leaving the comfort of your home.
A simple check list is to check what your bank fees are if you plan to use the card abroad. Also check what the current exchange rate is at – you could save a lot of money if you know it!
Avoid exchange at the airports, train and bus stations as they always have the worse rate for “fresh” arrivals.
Shop around for rates in different exchange offices and carry a small calculator with you (that is usually built-in on your mobile phone)

For a more in-depth post about this you can click here Exchanging Money

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9) Carry a fake wallet
One thing that I hear constantly from travellers is that they have been mugged or robbed at some point.

When this happens it is not just an economic hit but also a traumatic shock and an emotional hit making you not feel well and be worried for the most of your continual travels.
One advise is to NEVER carry all your money at the same place.
Distribute them out over several places in your bag or on yourself.

Get a shoe wallet, a nifty little thing you can hide in your shoe with the money.
I usually roll down money in my sock along the leg.
But another useful tip as well is to make a Muggers wallet.
A fake wallet that you hand over to any mugger if being robbed but it doesn’t contain much, just looks like it. Of course you will lose a little bit of money but not everything.
Put in some bills mixed with fake ones, a large note in front of several smaller makes a good impression when a mugger is in a hurry.
Ad an expired ID card or something that looks similar with a photo, a photo ID library card is good or a transportation card.
Put in some old receipts, business cards and maybe even some old discount card in the credit card look.
If you have an old credit card or similar that has expired it is even better. Just make sure it can not be used in any way. Everything to make the wallet look “real”
Also use the wallet for making small purchases so that any thief will see that one and not your “real” one. Just make sure that you are paying with the real bills and not the fake ones, that is illegal.

10) Still wanna pack more than fits in 1 bag?
Then you need to become creative.
Wear several pieces of clothes on you and stuff the pockets with extra things.
Wear the “heavier” clothes on you like jeans, jackets and sturdy shoes.
Wear trousers with big pockets and side pockets like the pilot model so you can put more things in the pockets or simply get a photo/fisherman vest which have a lot of pockets.

A friend has the fisher version of the vest which has a pocket on the back where he puts his netbook when flying to save on the weight of the carry-on bag.
Or maybe you should invest in a pocket jacket like the Rufus Roo?

More information on how to pack yourself is available on this link Carry-On Travelling Lite

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The well-known travel guide company Lonely Planet launched their own Christmas on the 1st December. Every day until 12th December they will have a special offer on their home page.

It gives you the opportunity to pick up some of their guidebooks, pictorials or reference guides for a better price however each day id different. To be able to keep track on what the deal of the day is you should check in to their webpage as the promo code and discount is revealed the same day.

Enter the promo codes at checkout when you are paying to claim the deal.

Day 1 (Saturday)
 Buy One Get One Free – City Guides
 ENTER CODE : CITY241

Day 2 (Sunday)
 Spend £/€/25 or more and get £/€/10 off your order (excludes shipping)
 ENTER CODE : MONEYOFF

Day 3 (Monday)
30% off all country guides
ENTER CODE : COUNTRY30

 

For more information, codes and deals please check their webpage www.lonelyplanet.com

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