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Tom Meyers

Blog Entries by Tom Meyers

13 Easy Ways To Save On Trips To Europe

(100) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Lately I've received quite a few emails from friends seeking advice as they prepare to head from the US to Europe for the first time in several years. They could be part of a trend. According to several industry surveys, more Americans are planning...

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Skiing The Alps On A Budget

(9) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 6:00 AM

A winter ski getaway in the Austrian Alps seems like a sure way to make a Cheapo's trip budget go downhill fast. Airfare aside, is there any way that budget travelers can afford hotels during ski season, plus lift tickets and equipment rental?

Enter Innsbruck Packages, a Web...

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11 Cheap Sleeps In Manhattan

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Searching for a cheap and clean place to sleep in New York can be a panic-inducing experience. This is especially true around the holidays, when rooms at many big-name hotels go for $300 and up a night.

But never fear, budget travelers. You don't need to be voted off this...

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How To Spend Election Night Abroad

(10) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I voted in the 2012 US presidential election yesterday, two weeks before the event takes place across the country (at least for those of us in states without early voting). I had to, as I'll be in Copenhagen on November 6, watching from afar to see how this whole thing...

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8 Great Sleeps In Central London

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Budget travelers heading to London face a tricky challenge when looking for a central cheap sleep. The city might be famous for its B&Bs, but these days many of those offering affordable rooms tend to be outside the center, lacking much charm, or both.

Fortunately, there are still some cheapo-friendly...

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Bike Tickets Abroad: What A Red Light Will Cost You (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Riding my bike to work last week in New York, I pedaled up a hill, paused at the traffic light and, having spotted no oncoming traffic or pedestrians, turned right into a bike lane. Five seconds later a policeman stepped into the path, stopped me and questioned me about why...

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8 Affordable Hotels In Rome (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Visiting Rome on a budget poses some real challenges to travelers, especially to those intent on staying in the city's historical center. Hotel rates skyrocket during the Eternal City's high season, which includes most of the spring, early summer and fall.

What's a Cheapo to do?

Fortunately, there are...

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Is Ikea's Expansion Into Budget Hotels A Good Thing?

(5) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The recent news that Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, plans to open 100 low-cost boutique hotels across Europe has many budget travelers excited and perhaps a few small hotel proprietors nervous.

According to the Financial Times, the new hotels will most likely open in the UK, Netherlands, Poland...

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5 Olympic Strategies For The Budget Conscious

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Traveling to London on a budget poses a royal challenge even during non-peak times. So you can only imagine the kind of hurdle London presents to travelers minding their pounds during the upcoming Olympic Games, which run July 27 through August 12.

Thankfully, the city does offer some relief. From...

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How To Get The Most Out Of European Rail Passes

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 7:00 AM

A few weeks ago I was chatting with a EuroCheapo reader about her upcoming trip to Germany, France and Italy. She and her husband were planning to move about entirely by train.

They planned tostart in Paris, spend a few days and then take a train to Cologne,...

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8 Cheap Hotels In Paris With Great Locations (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Budget travelers heading to Paris this summer don't need to sacrifice location when searching for an affordable bed for the night. The French capital offers plenty of cheap sleeps right in the center of the action, often steps from some of the city's most famous sights.

Here's a roundup of...

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Taking Your iPhone Abroad? Read This First

(41) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Love them or hate them, smartphones have transformed the travel experience for millions of Americans. When traveling around the States, we map out routes, see real-time traffic and find nearby restaurants in seconds.

It makes sense, then, that we would want to use our smartphones when traveling abroad. Once you've...

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4-Star Hotel Deal: What's It Really Costing You?

(6) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Here's the scenario: You're researching hotels for an upcoming trip to Paris, and you find a cute two-star hotel in the Latin Quarter for €88 a night. It sounds like a good rate.

But you dream of an upgrade. What if you spent just a little bit more on a...

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10 Reasons To Visit Berlin This Summer (PHOTOS)

(12) Comments | Posted April 1, 2012 | 8:00 AM

We're always ready to board the next flight to Berlin. After all, it's Western Europe's most affordable and (we think) coolest capital city.

Berlin, however, possesses an even stronger pull during the summer months when the sun shines late into the night and residents, giddy from surviving the...

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10 Simple Ways To Save Money In Paris

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Budget-minded travelers heading to Paris have reason to take heart. Although Paris is the world's most visited city and its very name is synonymous with luxury, it's not necessarily expensive to visit.

From efficient public transportation to cheap eats and affordable hotels, there are plenty of simple ways to trim...

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11 Cultural Things to do for Free in Paris (PHOTOS)

(32) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 7:13 AM

Tourists flock to Paris to partake in the city's world-class museums, concerts, and exhibits. While all those admission charges can add up, budget travelers should take heart: Many of the city's cultural offerings are completely free.

Here are my 11 favorite free cultural things to do in Paris:


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The 8 Tastiest Street Foods in Europe

(59) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 5:45 PM

Sampling the local street food when traveling can be a tasty (and memorable) experience. What's not to love? It's almost always yummy, portable and cheap. When times are tough, something picked up from a street vendor can fill in for an entire meal. At other times, it can just keep...

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