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Frugality In Motion

cloudwalkingYour best bet for travelling anywhere in Europe comes from one of two options:

If your plans are somewhat open-ended and perhaps you are willing to pick up or drop off a city or two on your destination list, I would suggest looking into the Eurail Pass. The pass will allow the given traveler a certain amount of travel dates in which you can use the many, cross country trains and even a few, select ferries out to Greece or southern Spain. The 15 day traveler pass allows you to travel as many times as possible within a 24-hour window in exchange for one day of travel. Most destinations are accessible in at least one to six hours. The 15 day, youth global Eurail Pass ran about $800 US dollars at the time of our purchase, but it was an amazingly easy and comfortable way to traverse all over Europe.

The second of your cheaper options would be to use the Ryan Air airline company operating strictly in the UK and European nations. You can visit the site here and book a flight to just about any overseas destination for as cheap as about €5. The only catch with Ryan Air travel is the bag limitations. If you are stealthy enough to pack light and small, you are allowed one carry-on for free. They charge for any checked bag you may bring, so beware of the cheap deals to lure you in. Be sure to scope out the website and price restrictions/conditions prior to leaving the US in order to ensure you won’t meet any hidden charges or fees. (Note: the website is quite ostentatious and may look a lot like a cheap scam, however I have personally boarded and landed safely in their plane and had a speedier check-in than I’ve ever experienced in the United States.)

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Getting to Europe can also be much cheaper than you may imagine. On the note of Ryan Air, if (and when) I choose to travel overseas again, I will look for the cheapest flight to Ireland, the UK or Europe and from that particular destination, will book myself a flight to my desired end point abroad. Keep in mind the baggage rule, but for example, we recently found a roundtrip flight from San Francisco to Dublin for $431. If one were to pack accordingly, you could be in Paris via Dublin for only about $13 more dollars. Also, Iceland has been having some serious financial difficulties as of late so it is right now one of the cheapest airlines to fly on. Their country is being hit hard and everyone is suggesting flying there and then off to other parts of Europe as well.

Thank you, Global Recession!

Allison Giaquinto


Your First Dress Shoe


One of the most overlooked and underrated aspects of a man’s work-wear are his shoes. If you asked me what I think your first pair of dress shoes should be, assuming you had rather finite resources, I’d point you to the Mezlan shoe above. Not because it is the best quality shoe money can buy, but it is a brand that you can find readily without having to break the bank.

At $110, these kicks are on significant sale. Made in Spain and completely constructed of leather (that’s a good thing) you really can’t go wrong with it. Sure, there is a black version of the shoe, but the tan leather speaks volumes of the daring yet controlled personality of the man wearing them.

The reality is that every man should own a navy, two-button suit. It should be cut trim, but not slim, and should be your most trusted suit for both business and pleasure. Mind you, a tan shoe is not versatile, and if you want the versatility of a navy suit on your feet, then buy a pair of brown cap-toes. However, for some daring and a way to let loose your inner peacock without channeling Versace, think about tan leather.

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