The Book

About the book:

Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune

The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less

by Tim Leffel

Runner-up: Planeta “Book of the Year”

Runner-up: NATJA “Travel Guide of the Year


With practical strategies, this book is a tale of those who pay more than they need to by doing it the standard way, and those who make their travel dollars worth a fortune by choosing a different path.

— Chicago Tribune

“…Draws together the best information on how to cut your travel budget to a minimum.”

– Transitions Abroad magazine

“If you are interested in seeing the world on a limited budget or creating more travel opportunities, this book is required reading. It will take whatever you have to spend and add value to your experience.”

— About: Budget Travel

“Leffel’s new book provides everything I look for in a classic travel text. It is clear, helpful, funny and insightful. Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune is one of the best books of the year.”


Get it at your favorite local bookstore, or order it online here
Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Fishpond (Australia/NZ)

This practical guide teaches travelers – novice or seasoned – how to find the best vacation deals by avoiding the typical tourist mentality. Author Tim Leffel shows readers how to bypass the traps that drive up expenses and find the best value, whether as a young backpacker or a wealthy retiree. Drawing on his own extensive experience (including three yearlong trips around the globe as well as his experience as an industry insider), he also covers what steps to take and what resources to use to save money on every trip. Through specific strategies and a change in mindset, he shows everyone how to travel better–or more often–on a smaller budget.  Read the full press release.

This is no monologue, however. The following travel experts all contribute more tried and true advice on getting away from the herds and hordes:

Ed Perkins columnist and author of Business Travel When It’s Your MoneyDavid Stanley
Author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific and other guides to Fiji, Tahiti, and Cuba.Clay Hubbs
Founder of Transitions Abroadmagazine.Max Hartshorne
Editor of alternative travel site GoNomad.comJoel Widzer
Author of The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel

Rob Sangster
Author of Traveler’s Tool Kit

Larry Habegger
Executive editor of Travelers’ Tales, travel writing instructor, and co-author of World Travel WatchRichard Sterling
Principal author of Lonely Planet’sWorld Food series and author of How to Eat Around the WorldMarie Javins
Author of Stalking the Wild Dik-DikRolf Potts
Author of VagabondingSusan Griffith
Author of numerous books on traveling and living abroad, includingWork Your Way Around the World

Laura Sheridan
Former managing Editor ofInternational Living