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Skift Take: Azerbaijan has been growing its tourism economy for the last decade, reaching a record-breaking number of international travelers in 2019. Once the pandemic hit, the country’s tourism board realized they could use this time to emerge even stronger, thanks to Azerbaijan’s offerings that are equipped for a post-Covid-19 world. —Read the Complete Story On Skift
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*This is a guest post from Matt Kepnes, the popular blogger and fellow traveler behind NomadicMatt.comI love budget travel. Finding deals, saving money, and heading out into the world with just a backpack is an amazing feeling. And with the advent of the sharing economy, budget airlines, and detailed travel blogs to help you plan better, travel has never been more accessible or affordable.
But that doesn’t mean travel is always affordable.
Plane tickets still cost hundreds of dollars (if not more). Hostel stays add up. Insurance, gear, and getting from city to city can eat into even the most frugal of budgets.
Fortunately, there’s a way to cut costs drastically — without sacrificing comfort and without spending any extra money either.
It’s called travel hacking.
Travel hacking is the art of collecting points and miles that you can redeem...
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