3 “On the Cheap” Travel Secrets – Skip Customs, Rent a Car, Own in France

Every month, International Living magazine shares travel tips with subscribers—like the ones below from the June issue.

How to Skip U.S. Customs. “After a stint abroad, who wants to wait in the U.S. customs line upon arrival home?” asks Darius Fisher in the current issue. He continues: “Luckily, you don’t have to anymore, thanks to a new program that allows travelers to breeze through customs in just minutes.”

To apply, U.S. travelers must, among other things, pay $100. If accepted (membership is valid for five years), you’ll be able to skip customs and head straight to the baggage claim after a quick fingerprint scan. Darius gives the full details in the June issue of International Living magazine.

– How to Get the Best Rental Deal on Your Car. “When exploring a new overseas destination, there’s no better way to see it than by driving,” begin the June issue of International Living magazine. “Contrary to popular belief, car travel in most-any country can be safe and enjoyable.

“In my 10 years of driving throughout Latin America, my only encounter with bandidos, hijackers and kidnappers has been on the silver screen. In fact, the place you’re more likely to be robbed is at the rental-car desk…

“These days, you’ll find that the old familiar rental firms (like Hertz, Avis, etc.) are available around the world. But I usually begin my car search with an online travel search engine. I have a few tips I always keep in mind when using them. Exploring a country by car will be an adventure you’ll never forget. And with a little up-front preparation, you’ll start off knowing that you got the best available deal on your rental.”

Top seven tips to get the best rental deal in the June issue of International Living magazine.

Fractional Ownership the French Way. “La Bruyere is one of those dreamy, remote French farmhouses that make you ache for your own place in the sun,” teases Gregory Mose in the current issue. He continues: “You get exposed stone, terra cotta roof tiles, and an idyllic rural location with the restaurants and shopping of Bergerac just a stone’s throw away.

“This sort of house makes you want to ask the owners, ‘How on earth did you find this place?’

“La Bruyere is just one example of fractional ownership. ‘Fractionals’ are properties owned jointly by a group of people who share the use of the house. The concept is simple. You gather a group of family members, friends or colleagues, buy the farmhouse and take turns using it.

“Sound like timeshare? Think again. Timeshare is buying time rather than buying equity. With fractionals, you share the time and costs as you would in a timeshare, but you really own your share of the house. That means you benefit from any capital gain when you sell.”

See the June issue of International Living magazine for the advantages and pitfalls to this method of buying in France.

If you’re not a subscriber, but would like to become one, read on here. You’ll get full access to these articles and all the other articles in the June issue.

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