10 secrets for cheap travel from a world-record globetrotter


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Editor’s note: Filmmaker and world-record traveler Graham Hughes lives on an island in Panama that he has dubbed “Jinja Island”; it was his prize in an online “Survivor”-style competition. The Liverpool, England, native holds two Guinness travel records, including the first and fastest journey to every country in the world (taking four years and 31 days) by “scheduled ground transport.” That means no planes. How did he do it? Economically! Here are his best tips for world travel on the cheap.

Steering clear of pricey destinations sounds like a no-brainer. We all know that travel in Japan, Norway and Australia costs a fortune, but did you know the most expensive city in Africa is in Angola? Senegal and Ethiopia are not exactly bargains either.

Before you go, check online for prices of hostels, and look up restaurants to see how much they’re charging for their least expensive dish. As a general rule, Southeast Asia and Latin America are cheap and cheerful, but even there you’ll find big differences in costs from one country to the next. Vietnam, Bolivia and Nicaragua always seem to give good value.