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Want to travel cheap? Stay fit.

Picnic at the Cathedral

I think of budget travel as a sort of prolonged marathon.  There’s the constant walking of course—hours and hours of walking and the occasional sprint brought on by a train delay.  And the climbing.  If you love medieval hill towns as much as I do you’re in for a lot of uphill climbs.  (Pro tip: there are plenty of perfectly decent, well-located hotel rooms in charming European towns to be had cheap if you’re willing to climb up four steep flights of stairs.)  And naturally there’s the schlepping; your backpack, your water and your picnic supplies.  And then there’s the adventure:  let’s say you find yourself in a small Umbrian town and you hear that an 850 year old uncorrupted body of the town’s patron saint is on display in a church on the top of a mountain.  What do you do?  Scramble up a trail to the top of the mountain and…

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The world’s most visited cities

The same attractions that prompt people to love visiting a city – top-ranked restaurants, vibrant nightlife, diverse neighbourhoods, iconic sights – can entice them into staying longer term. In fact, many of the world’s most visited cities, as ranked by 2014’s Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index released in July, are also popular destinations for expats.

But being a residubaident of one of the world’s most visited cities is not without its unique set of challenges. “Coming from a smaller city in Canada, I was overwhelmed at first by how crowded certain areas of Paris were,” said Erika Belavy, who moved to the City of Light from Calgary, Alberta, seven years ago. “When I first moved to the city, I made the mistake of choosing an apartment right beside the Arc de Triomphe. No matter what time of day, or which month of the year, there were so many tourists it was a nightmare getting on the nearby metro.”

Still, it does not take residents long to learn how to navigate the crowds and find secluded spots. We talked to expats and natives to learn what it’s like living in some of the world’s most visited cities – and the secrets to steering clear of the constant crowds. Continue reading The world’s most visited cities