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Finding Medium-Term Accommodation

by Globetrooper Todd | 6 Responses
Medium-Term Accommodation

By far, the most difficult thing about long-term travel is finding medium-term accommodation. Sure, just affording to travel is tough enough, but for us, finding cheap apartments is miles tougher. In fact, we’ve never contemplated returning home due to financial troubles, but we have absolutely considered a one-way ticket home as a result of house-hunting madness.

So after staying (usualy 3+ months) in seven different cities, we have finally come up with a strategy.

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Posted in Featured, Travel Hacking | September 30th, 2011

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Developed Countries

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