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Travel and see more for half the cost for all trips from weekend getaways to longer vacations, trips, or living somewhere for awhile! Former Economics professor and experienced world traveler tells 100′s of powerful cost-saving and travel tips revealing proven secrets the travel industry does not want you to know! Learn to get the best deals on airfare, hotels, tours, and cruises, tours, car rentals, restaurants, and more.

Both experienced and occasional travelers say Plan Your Escape, Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home is an inspiring and comprehensive how-to travel book: “It gets people exploring possibilities they never thought of.” – see below for Book Reviews and 5-Star Customer Ratings on and Barnes & Noble! Give yourself, friends, and family the gift of affordable travel.

Plan Your Escape® shatters common misconceptions about traveling the world or living elsewhere. It shows you how travel can be safer, easier, and more affordable than you think giving you the practical resources, and tips missing in other travel guide books.

5-star and Barnes & Noble customer reviews!

• “WOW!! What a resource!”
• “This book about traveling is so great for people who think that they can’t afford to go travel anywhere.”

“There is so much new information and creative ideas that have never been presented before.”

• “Extraordinary travel trip idea book! This book will inspire you to start planning your next travel adventure today.”
• “You will be astounded at the depth and scope this author brings to the art of travel. If I could take one book to go travel with this would be it. It really left me thinking the book is as much a new look at how we live our lives, as it is a travel book. You cannot put this book down.
• “It’s a way to take control of your life and gain the freedom you’ve always wanted.”

• “Everything you need to know for traveling…and more!!”

• “I can’t recommend this travel book enough. I’m ordering copies for friends and family that love to travel for Christmas!”
“This travel book tells you how you can get there and everything you could possibly want to know from the moment you think about escaping to the day of your return from your trip… exceptional outstanding book!!!!”
• “This is a GREAT book for answering travel questions and solving trip problems. Seems like every question I can think of is addressed.”
• “Great Book, very helpful”
• “Read this book and you’ll find out how I’ve been able to go travel round the world! – 200th traveler in the world on”

From a travel TV host (Plan Your Escape®), travel columnist for the Huffington Post, and experienced world travelers who have visited 106 countries, you will learn how to:

Travel for half the cost for levels of travel. Discover 100′s of cost-saving and bargain-finding strategies for all trips, even a weekend getaway, so powerful the authors were able to go travel for 3 years (106 countries) often for less than $100/day for a couple, which they could never have afforded otherwise

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Choose the right destination for you and plan your trip

Stay safe minimizing security risks far from home and tips and tools for maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Save time and money with hidden secrets of 200 of the best Internet travel websites & phone apps

Fall in love all over again! – how to bring you closer to a partner and how to get a reluctant partner to go travel, also great tips for solo travelers

How-to-pack with comprehensive checklists for women and men – pack light, have more, and still be prepared
Reduce stress with step-by-step 5-month trip planning and preparation checklists and action steps
Avoid travel scams
Useful travel tips for experienced, occasional, and beginning travelers for weekends getaways, longer vacations & trips, or living somewhere

Handle money & credit cards, Stay in touch cheaply with friends and family, Pay your bills online, Rent your home, Set up a travel blog, Take photos like a pro, and much more

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Book Reviews:

"Read this book and you'll find out how I've been able to travel the world! Wayne and Pat Dunlap have put it all down for you, so get your passport, rent your home, buy a ticket and see the world...Happy trails, and thanks for the book, as I learned a lot." - Kirk Webster, Travelers’ Century Club (visited 129 countries) and 200th in the world on

“I LOVE the book!!!!! It is wonderful information for long trips and short. So many "how to do's" that are helpful in everyday life's my new bible. I have recommended it to a lot of people. I am going to order it for my brother for Christmas. Thanks to both of you for doing the research and writing the book!!!!”Jeanne Epstein

“Love love it! What a complete surprise this book is! It is absolutely brilliant. You will be astounded at the depth and scope this author brings to the art of travel. It really left me thinking the book is as much a new look at how we live our lives, as it is a travel book. You cannot put this book down. Wayne Dunlap makes you rethink the way you live. Do you really want to keep living to accumulate stuff? And then work extra hard to support all the stuff you have? Or do you want to get on with living. The method by which these travelers negotiate and interact with people is amazing. They come from pure goodness. If I could take one book to travel with this would be it. This is on the MUST read list!!Don Meredith 

"Best non-garden book I read this year. Wayne and Pat Dunlap show you how you can travel the world unplugging from your daily routine in Plan Your Escape." - from
"Just finished your book. What a treat! My husband, Mark, and I travel quite a bit ourselves (South and Central America, Asia, Africa, etc.) but only up to a month due to our practices, but are looking to retire in the next few years and hope to do more extended travel then. The read was inspirational and led to lots of interesting discussions. Thanks!" - Nancy Burkey 

“I loved this book! PLAN YOUR ESCAPE is a wonderful resource for any traveler. If you want to plan a short trip or a longer adventure, this book will be invaluable! The website resources that are given in this book will save you enough money to pay for this book 10 times over. I am a pretty experienced traveler and this book had websites that I had never heard of, and found every helpful. I am now keeping it as a resource book. I found the chapter on how to manage your travel photos a wonderful resource for here at home too. This book makes you realize you can take the chance and "go for it". I can't recommend this book enough. I'm ordering copies for friends and family that love to travel for Christmas! Thanks for writing this book,” - Lindsey Epstein

"I loved this book! It is a veritable wellspring of great resource ideas for all travelers. You have been very thorough with your methods and helpful planning and cost saving tips. Lot’s of great ideas!” - Bill Allen, Business Owner & World Traveler
This is a great book, I was very happy with it... provided the information I needed for my trip. I suggest it to anyone planning a trip. Very current and timely information.”Tom Lafleur

“Great resource for aspiring world travelers! Trying to figure out how to change your life from being a nine-to-fiver to a adventurous world-traveler can be overwhelming. This book is your ticket to taking the leap! It outlines everything you'll need, in a format that makes the transition within your reach. From what to pack, how to travel affordability for extended periods of time, ways to automate your bills/obligations at home while on the road, and how to document your travels through blogs and photography - nothing is forgotten! The checklists are indispensable for preparing for your trips. You'll read this straight through, and then keep it around to reference again and again for planning future trips.     I wish this book was available when I started on my treks. I had to learn by trial-and-error. This book will guide you around the common pitfalls of traveling and get you on the road prepared for anything!Greg Retkowski 

"Over the last 15 years of my Literary Agency rarely have I seen an author give an audience the VALUE they receive in Wayne Dunlap’s book, PLAN YOUR ESCAPE. From HIDDEN SECRETS the Travel Industry doesn't want you to know to MONEY SAVING TIPS and even how to FALL in LOVE with your significant other again, PLAN YOUR ESCAPE has it all!
  Consumers will find websites and solid information to save time, money, and headaches. Those who always thought it would be too expensive to visit or live abroad for 2 weeks or more will be in for a BIG SURPRISE. Wayne lets the audience on more than a few secrets he and his wife discovered, including that it may be LESS EXPENSIVE to UNHOOK NOW from all the day to day drudge and RE-VITIALIZE your life by following in Wayne and Pat's path! If you love to travel, love exploring other cultures, and want to be inspired to TAKE a CHANCE and really LIVE a full life... You MUST read Wayne Dunlap’s PLAN YOUR ESCAPE, SECRETS OF TRAVELING THE WORLD FOR LESS THAN THE COST OF LIVING AT HOME." - Ariela Wilcox, President, The Wilcox Literary Agency 

Plan Your Escape®, Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home is a comprehensive step-by-step "how-to-do-it" guide essential for turning your travel dreams into reality. It shows you how traveling the world or living elsewhere can be safer, easier, and more affordable than you think. This book gives you the practical resources, planning tools & checklists, and tips missing in travel guidebooks.

The Dunlaps met scores of people along their worldwide journeys who asked hundreds of questions. They realized many people dream of taking a travel adventure but felt it would be too expensive with too many unknowns or didn't know the best way to pack or where to begin to make it actually happen. This detailed book combines real-life answers with countless hours of research from travel experts. They address the concerns you may have as well as the ones you may yet be aware of. 

The Dunlaps rented their home and traveled the world for 5 years visiting 106 countries and are members of the exclusive Travelers' Century Club. In total they have visited 106 countries on 6 continents as well as 48 states in the U.S. They have done home exchanges and taken 47 cruises on 17 different cruise lines on ships ranging from 10 to 3,000 passengers as well as over 150 trips together taking cars, trains, buses, organized tours, and independent travel all over the world. Traveling is their passion!

With these powerful cost-saving tips and bargain-finding strategies worth 100's of times the cost of this book, you can travel and see more for half the cost for your normal vacations and weekend getaways or stretch your typical vacation costs to cover a month or more of travel. In many places in the world, you will learn how to do it for less than a $100 a day for a couple!

The experienced traveler will learn at lot. For occasional and beginning travelers, Plan Your Escape® shows you how to start out slow, choose the right trip for you, and work up to longer trips or stays. It presents ideas about how to get a reluctant partner interested in travel and how to bring you closer together even on a 24/7 basis. Plan Your Escape® is the travel-planning guide Americans need. You too can travel and see more for half the cost, have more adventure and romance, and safely realize & afford your travel dreams. 

Plan Your Escape® Now! Give yourself, friend, and family the gift of travel.

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1   Don’t Wait for ‘Someday’
Why We Procrastinate – Inertia and Fear
Overcoming Fear of Travel
Turning Dreams and Goals into a Plan of Action

Chapter 2  Travel Can Improve Your Life
Renew Your Playful Spirit and Love of Life
Improve Your Health and Creativity
Have an Adventure
Letting Go – A Reevaluation of What is Important
A New Perspective of What is Important to Enrich Your Life
A New Start 

Chapter 3   Additional Benefits of Travel or Living Away Somewhere
A Transition To Your Next Phase of Life
Chance to Slow Down and Discover New Experiences
Live Your Dream
A Better Mid-Life Crisis
Chance to Volunteer and Contribute
Learn Better Ways to Live Your Life and Give It More Meaning

Chapter 4  Traveling the World Can Cost Less Than Living at Home
Travel on Less Than $100 a Day for a Couple
Eliminate a Large Amount of Expenses from Your Normal Life
Other Priceless Returns on Your Travel Investment

Chapter 5  What to Do with Your House and Possessions
Renting Your House
Home Exchange and House Sitting 

Chapter 6  How Planning Can Enhance Your Experience
Deciding Where to Go
Doing Your Homework is Fun
Organized Tours vs. Independent Travel On Your Own
Making a Commitment

Chapter 7  Finding Great Travel Bargains
Big Savings Traveling During Off Season
Follow the Disaster
Last Minute Travel
First Learn to Recognize a Good Price
Online Bounce Back Offers
Online Auctions
How to Save on Flight Costs
Spending Less for Lodging
Save Money on Meals and Enjoy Local Experiences
Save Money While Seeing the World on Cruises
Finding Bargains on Car Rentals
Public Transportation
Local Deals and Other Tips to Save 

Chapter 8  Being a Friendly Traveler and Good Travel Partner
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!
Being a Friendly Traveler Will Make Your Experience Better
How to Be a Good Travel Partner and Bring You Closer Together
How to Ease Your Partner into Loving to Travel with You 

Chapter 9   Paying Your Bills While You Are Away
Paying Your Bills Automatically While Traveling
Eliminate Junk Mail 

Chapter 10   Security – Staying Safe on the Road
Travel Insurance
Avoid Becoming a Target
Keeping Your Money and Important Items Safe 

Chapter 11  Staying Healthy
Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy Habits While Traveling

Chapter 12  Money and Credit Cards
ATM Debit Cards
Credit Cards
Contact Your Bank Before Leaving
Why Taking U.S. Cash Is Necessary
Traveler’s Checks
Getting the Best Exchange Rate
Doing the Conversion Math in Your Head 

Chapter 13  How To Pack Lighter and Still Be Prepared
Leaving It Behind
Choice of Suitcase
Security Tips for Your Luggage
Travel Gear and Accessories
Travel Documents and Money
How to Make Your Travel Wardrobe Work for You
Suggested Travel Wardrobe (Women’s and Men’s) – Take Less and Have More
Important Packing Tips to Make Your Trip More Enjoyable 

Chapter 14  Keep Your Clothes Clean And Fresh
Laundry Options
Easy Procedure for Washing Your Clothes
Other Clothing Maintenance Tips 

Chapter 15  Staying in Touch with Family and Friends
Ways to Save Money Staying Connected by Phone
Talk Cheaply with Skype
E-mail and Social Networking
Bringing Your Computer Laptop or Tablet/Netbook Along
Blogging Made Easy 

Chapter 16  Take Travel Photos Like a Pro
Choice of Camera
Using Your Camera’s Pre-programmed Modes to Get Better Photos
How to Use a Histogram to Improve Your Photos
Using Basic Composition Rules to Make Sensational Photos
Best Lighting Secrets Revealed
Taking Great Photos in Low Light Situations
Taking Memorable Photos of People
How to Care for Your Camera and Photo Accessories
Organizing and Editing Your Photos
Sharing Your Photos – Sending Large Numbers of Photos
How to Get Started Taking More Memorable Photos 

Chapter 17  Getting Started on Your Travel Adventure – A Step-by-Step Guide
Transform Your Dreams into an Action Plan
Five-Month Planning and Preparation Guideline 

Chapter 18  See You on the Road 

Appendix A  Travel Advice From Experienced Travelers Who Have Traveled the World and Changed Their Lives 

Appendix B  Sample Travel Card 

Appendix C  Measurement Conversions
Some Easy Ways to Convert from Metric
Temperature Conversion Table – Celsius vs. Fahrenheit

Appendix D  Recommended Reading
Appendix E  Contacts and Resources – Helpful Travel Websites and Apps
More Book Reviews:  

"Ready to go! This book is so great for people who think that they can't afford to go anywhere. Good this book and get excited about your future adventures!" Pam Linton  

“Plan Your Escape. Extraordinary travel idea book! This is an in-valuable resource guide for budget minded travelers experienced or beginners with hundreds of current cost cutting tips. It shows you how to live on $100 per day per couple, transition inexpensively from one destination to another and handle detaching from your 9-5 job for extended travel (yes, it is easier than you think). This book will inspire you to start planning your next travel adventure today. It is a must have travel guide for every cost conscious traveler!Pat Allen

“I have always wanted to do some major traveling but wasn’t sure how to afford it. This May I will be planning an extended trip, and have already found so many extremely useful tips that are presented in a very organized fashion, including renting your house while you are away–my house is now listed for rent! At the end of the book is a month-by-month checklist to use for preparing for a trip. I have copied this and will use it so to help me remember many details. The chapter on photography has also proved useful as I was taking photographs over the holidays. I highly recommend this book for both the beginning traveler and the seasoned traveler. There is so much new information and creative ideas that have never been been presented before.” Diane Uke
"Questions answered, problems solved! This is a GREAT book for answering travel questions and solving problems. Seems like every question I can think of is addressed, thoroughly answered then suggestions given on how to proceed. It's a great reference book as well! Everything is broken down into simple step by step chapters that cover everything from packing to finding inexpensive air fare! I highly recommend this book because it's become a go to book for myself and friends!" – Alden Webber

    "It really does read what's written in the title!!!! This book is packed with honest and extremely useful information which has been brought to you through Wayne and Pat's truthful travelling experiences. It was with great pleasure that I met them during my travels and I found them both to be very inspirational with heaps of knowledge. Not only does Wayne give you the best travelling advice with every aspect included but he has kindly shared his secret into making this "Travelling Dream" into an unforgettable true "Reality" something of which I believe we should all have the courage to do. This book tells you how you can get there and everything you could possibly want to know from the moment you think about escaping to the day of your return...if you dare!!!!! Thank you Wayne for all your hard honest work in providing us with an exceptional outstanding book!!!! - Noelia Damata

“WOW!! What a resource! I think it can be of really great value to anyone who has a weekend to spare on an international business trip, to students studying and traveling abroad, and couples looking for ways to stretch their dollars on their annual 2-week vacations.
I’m very interested in trying all the suggestions for packing lighter. There’s almost nothing I hate worse than running through an international airport trying to catch a connecting flight while carrying and dragging what seems like twice my body weight in clothes and travel paraphernalia.
And traveling to a destination via a repositioning cruise! What a way to start a vacation. No jet lag. No sleeping in a chair (unless it’s on a deck). Breathing only fresh air with time to do more homework on sites to visit. My wife Paula and I will certainly try this.
Most importantly, this book has convinced us to take a different tack on vacation travel. Instead of our usual new city each day filled with dawn to dusk cultural tours, Paula and I would like to settle into an interesting site and take a more relaxed approach to absorbing our surroundings, the people, and their culture.” John Serbin
I love it. I love the quotes and your philosophy. Great writing and tips. I love the line on page 10, "We need to learn the difference between the fear that keeps us alive and the fear that keeps us from living." I'm enjoying reading your book, because I experienced your travels these past years, and am now reliving it through your writing. Great work.” – Bonnie Manion

"Everything that is written here has truly been experienced and lived by Wayne and Pat. This book has a phenomenal wealth of information that you wouldn't find in any normal travel guide from budgets to relationships to how to pack and this is because the viewpoint they are coming from...this is no gap year guide, it's a way to take control of your life and gain the freedom you've always wanted but been too scared to go for. Being a traveller myself, I have found there are things I wouldn't have even thought of and picked up a number of tips to ensure my travels go more smoothly...definitely areas such as house exchanges and repositioning cruises. This is one guide that will definitely be well thumbed and highlighted before I set out on my next trip!" – Annelise Buesnel