Planning a trip -- especially an international one -- is a difficult task when you're trying to find the best of everything at a reasonable price.
For those of us on a strict budget (practically all of us), value becomes that much more important.
The holiday season is just around the corner, and the promise of fresh snow is in the air. While some prefer to get a head start on holiday shopping or escape to sunnier lands, others are unanimous in their priority this season: racking up the runs.
Don't assume that the grass is always greener, or the water bluer, a thousand miles away from home. No matter where you live, there are national and state parks, gorgeous lakes, vibrant cities, and idyllic summer resort towns within a day's drive.
Clearly, the "city that Gaudi built," Barcelona, is heavily influenced by his style of organic, surreal architecture. At the same time, the Mediterranean supplies the city with some of the best seafood in the world.
One of the most common questions I am asked is: "How did you afford to travel around the world?" Here is the simple answer: I saved money by traveling. It would have cost me a lot more to stay and live in Chicago than to travel around the world.