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International Traveler - Discover the world around you.

Jul 13, 2008
Once only the province of the wealthy and famous, international travel is now far more prevalent as technology has reduced costs and made it possible for the number of people to travel the world to increase dramatically. You do not need not be rich to engage in traveling this way; a well-planned itinerary is as close as your computer keyboard plus you can find a good airfare if you plan ahead and travel in the of peak seasons, generally in fall and spring.

Of course if you want the best deals to Europe for instance then you will need to book in the fall or winter but there are still a number of places that you can visit that have mild winter climates like Southern France, Greece, Italy and Spain If you are planning an extended trip then you need to consider renting private apartments and houses which should be less expensive and easy to locate online.

There is no need to think that you will suffer without facilities like the internet, fully equipped kitchens, telephone either. Of course making use of the kitchen will save some money if you have your breakfast there every morning before you spend the day exploring the local sights.

By having the facility to wash and iron your clothes you can save more money on having them professionally laundered and greetings cards can be sent for no charge over the internet. It's the little things you notice when you visit any foreign country and while most peoples daily lives are not much different to our own it is the small customs and idiosyncrasies are what make each country unique.

Unfortunately Americans have fallen into the habit of often eating on the move or just rushing and don't make it the family affair that they do in many European countries which it must be said is a more pleasurable experience. Try new things; walk around your neighborhood and discover the bookstore, grocer, hardware, night club or restaurant and neighborhood businesses reflect the tempo of life in your chosen destination.

When in a foreign country a real international traveler will make sure that national and local dishes are eaten in typical restaurants or taverns like Italian pizza or Greek Kleftiko. Finding your way around without a guide and just enjoying the experience for what it is, is the sign of an international traveler; one who will explore an unfamiliar city using their local transport systems and making the most of the visit.

Traveling light has many advantages and if you can do this it will save a great deal of time and there is less likelihood of lost or damaged luggage if you only have a carry on. Traveling light has many advantages and if you can do this it will save a great deal of time and there is less likelihood of lost or damaged luggage if you only have a carry on.

Many people travel light like this, buying what they need at each destination which means they can make do with just a small bag for essentials. Travel does not have to be about huge luggage filled suitcases as truly adventurous travelers know.
About the Author
Neil is a freelance writer and webmaster, his articles can be found at the sites Las Vegas Travel Guide , Travel Guide To China, Brighton Holiday Guide and many more.
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