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Find Travel Treasures at Local Yard Sales

September 8, 2010

Hola! Wie geht es Ihnen? Molto bene!

I do love a good yard sale. I love picking through other people’s stuff and finding something bizarre or tacky or perfect and paying 50 cents for it then gifting it to a friend or adding it to my collection of weird and wonderful nicknacks and do-dads.

Sometimes though you can find something really useful that will help you save some money on your next trip. Backpacks, camping equipment and travel books are always great, and the previous owner might even give you some tips on where they went and what they did.

Last weekend I hit just a few sales and found the language tapes and CDs you see here for $1 or less each. I don’t even have plans to go to Italy or Germany any time soon, but I know I’ll go eventually, and while I don’t expect to be fluent, I’ll at least be able to manage basic shopping and getting around.

A good find might even inspire your next trip. A set of old postcards from Paris might get you thinking about a semester abroad, or a book on the Incas could have you considering a trip to Peru.

The first step in travel is deciding where you want to go, then it’s just a matter of getting there. Simple, right?

One comment

  1. Travelers who do not require visas for the United States – such as most citizens of Europe, including Germany, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan – must pay a $14 tax (11 euros) starting Wednesday. Travelers from so-called Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries “must pay operational and travel promotion fees” when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, US authorities announced. ESTA is an electronic registration form for overseas visitors and has been required for travelers from VWP countries since January, 2009.



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