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August 22, 2013

Can't afford to travel abroad? Think again

Teacher shares tips to make trips happen

If you’re putting off an overseas trip because it seems too expensive, there’s no need to wait any longer.

So says Marcy Yeager, an expert who has tips to make travelling affordable.

Yeager has traveled the world and has learned ways to cut costs. They include signing up for a language course that includes tours of the area you’re visiting, or having big, less expensive lunches and smaller, more affordable dinners.

Would it surprise you to know she cut the cost of a trip to Asia in half by breaking down the air flights into segments? It’s just one of many techniques she uses to save money.

“I was planning a trip to Asia a few years ago and was quoted round-trip air fare of about $4,000,” she said.

Yeager priced each leg of the trip, including from Boston to London, then London to Malaysia, then Malaysia to Borneo — her ultimate destination.

“By breaking it down, I was able to get my total round-trip airfare for $1,800,” she said. “I wasn’t buying it as a package, but in sections. I did have to sit in a London airport for four extra hours, but I saved more than $2,000. In total, I was in Asia five weeks and spent a total of $3,000.’’

Yeager, who heads up Northern Essex Community College’s International Studies Program, does speaking programs where she tells people how to see the world on a budget.

Her presentation is part of the college’s speakers bureau, which provides speakers free to area nonprofit groups.

A professor of natural sciences at Northern Essex since 2003, Yeager celebrates her interest in the South American Rain Forest by teaching a course there every other year. She has also volunteered on a small farm/ecotourism center in Ecuador during the summer. This summer, she led a group of NECC students on a study abroad trip to Belize.

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