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New Travelers’ Tales Guide, Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune, offers expert advice on traveling well for less money. Does travel have to be expensive? Does a vacation have to involve expensive flights, all-inclusive chain hotels, and packaged adventure tours? The answer is an emphatic “no,” according to Tim Leffel, author of this new book from Travelers' Tales.

Does travel have to be expensive? Does a vacation have to involve expensive flights, all-inclusive chain hotels, and packaged adventure tours? The answer is an emphatic “no,” according to Tim Leffel, author of the new book Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune: The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less. By following a few easy-to-remember strategies, vacationers can travel better for far less money than expected, just by avoiding the path most other travelers are taking.

Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune encourages everyone, from shoestring backpackers to wealthy retirees, to break away from the herds and score a better deal by thinking independently. After explaining how travel industry marketing efforts push vacationers down the path most profitable for business, value travel expert Leffel outlines alternative strategies for saving money on flights, lodging, dining, ground transportation, and more.

The book is aimed at all who want to get more out of their travels, while spending less money doing it. “Even the wealthiest travelers are looking for ways to get a bigger bang out of their vacation budget,” Leffel says. “This guide lays out methods that will work for life, regardless of destination or wealth.”

The guide also features additional tips from 12 experts in specific areas. “We wanted a comprehensive guide to smart budget travel,” says Larry Habegger, executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, “and Tim brought it together. Including commentary from these other experts nicely completed his message.” For more information on the book, as well as extensive links to value travel resources, visit http://www.contrariantraveler.com

About Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel is the author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations, a columnist for Transitions Abroad, and a sought-after and often-quoted travel expert in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, Men’s Health, SmartMoney, National Geographic Traveler, MSN Money, Fodors.com, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, NPR’s Sound Money, the Guardian, and a long list of U.S. daily newspapers.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best travel writing from world-famous authors and emerging writers, with the goal to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The award-winning series includes: country and regional guides; books that explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience.

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Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune: The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less

By Tim Leffel

Travelers’ Tales, August 2006

$12.95 Trade Paperback

200 pages, 5 1/8" x 8"

ISBN: 1-932361-39-1

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