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A friend pointed to the label on a kiwi fruit, and I saw that it said "Product of Italy". She sighed and slipped a brilliant green slice into her mouth. After savoring the bite, she said, "This is what the Italian sun tastes like!"

My friend, however, was only guessing.

She has never been to Italy; or anywhere outside of the U.S. for that matter. She has imagined many journeys and will take any opportunity to enjoy even the smallest hints of her dream destinations - hence, the delight over a slice of imported kiwi.

The High Costs of Travel

Like many other people, my friend thoroughly believes she cannot afford a trip to Italy, Europe, or even somewhere close by.

While she is correct in thinking that travel can be a costly endeavor, she is definitely wrong in insisting there aren't "deals" out there that can accommodate her budget while satisfying her desire to see the world.

The Low Costs of Travel

Of course, the problem of expensive travel fees has only two possible solutions. Because no one is destined to remain "stuck" at home if they really want to travel, and if a wallet or bank account struggles to support the "travel bug", it means the individual must choose between two options:

  • Becoming a permanent "armchair traveler" who enjoys touring the world via books, magazines, resources on the web, and imagination; OR
  • Mastering the art of cheap international travel.

As you may have guessed, my kiwi-loving friend is an armchair traveler - finding many ways to experience a place (or just the idea of a place) without paying a visit.

While this is unique, interesting, and creative, it hardly compares to actually standing in the sunlight, smelling the air, and taking in the native sights and sounds.

That is why I suggest you choose option #2, and learn how to enjoy international travel without emptying your bank account to do it.