Ask Someone Who Traveled Around The World Without Using Money: How You Can Save Significantly On Your Next Trip

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Advice, Discussion, Money

When most of us think about creating a digital travel budget to reduce costs so we can see more places for less, we typically don’t consider bartering as a means to go anywhere. But that’s exactly what my live chat guest did in 2010, trading his way from an apple to a home in Hawaii in 42 steps, taking the scenic route around the world.

Author of How To Barter To Paradise, filmmaker and journalist Michael Wigge (pronounced wig-ee) first started as comedic travel reporter on MTV in Germany, and that’s the last time he ever stayed in one place.

Since then, the world has been his newsroom: from living with the native Yanomami Indian tribe in the Amazon rainforest to fighting Sumo wrestlers in Japan. For the past decade, Wigge has been spinning around the globe reporting and producing in his trademark style: a hybrid of journalism and comedy. Culture is what drives him to travel and meet others and he is fascinated by the similarities and differences that make the world hum.

The chat now closed, thank you everyone for participating!

Michael will be joining us on Friday (a slight change in the schedule) from 2pm-5pm US EST, which gives you some extra time to ask him about his money-less journey and how the lessons he learned can help you cut costs on your next vacation. All of the action takes place in the comments below so don’t be shy and ask away!

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014: Championship

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Contests, Polls

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The aftermath of a controversial all-Romanian Final Four leaves us with the potential of another first: a repeat champion city. Sibiu faces its southern rival Craiova, which got nearly 200 more total votes in the previous round. We’ll see if Craiova’s supporters can stop Sibiu in what I suspect will be a close and competitive vote. I look forward to watching the results that determine where in Romania I’ll be visiting later this year.

Voting in the Championship will be open until 18:00pm US EST this Sunday, April 6th. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote. FINAL RESULTS won’t be announced until Tuesday, April 8th and current results will begin displaying later in the week.

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Good luck to both of the finalist cities!


The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014: Final Four

March 25, 2014 by  
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sibiu best city 2014 final four

Love it or hate it, we now have an all-Romanian Final Four with Sibiu facing Alba Iulia, which narrowly escaped elimination with a tie-break. For those of you who are upset or think the tournament is broken because of Romania’s strong showing, here are my thoughts and response to the haters [NSFW: language]. With that out of the way, let’s see this civil war of cities heat up and whether or not Sibiu can take one more step toward becoming the first repeat champion of The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament.

Voting in the Final Four is open until Sunday, March 30th 6pm US EST to determine the two finalists in this year’s contest. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote.

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014: Elite 8

March 18, 2014 by  
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The Romanians cities are in full force for the Elite 8, having knocked off strong competition in the Sweet 16 last week. Now, Buenos Aires and Seville stand in the way of a Romanian Final Four. These 8 cities have all made it this far and each one is only a few steps from becoming The Best City to Visit of 2014; but if there’s one predictable thing about this tournament it’s that it is usually unpredictable.

You have until this Saturday, March 22nd at 12pm US EST to pick your favorite 4 cities. Results will begin posting later in the week. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote.

best city 2014 elite 8

Good luck everyone and remember, the Final Four round begins next Tuesday, March 25th!

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