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5 Tips for Traveling as a Broke-Ass

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Want to travel like a broke ass? Here are some pointers from Stuart Schuffman a.k.a. Broke-Ass Stuart, the host of “Young, Broke & Beautiful.” These tips and more come from Stuart’s new book “Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply.” You can pre-order the book on Amazon. You can download a free chapter from the book on his website.

5 Tips for Traveling as a Broke-Ass

(excerpted from the new book “Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply”)

Travel During the Off Season: When I went to Ireland to do work for Lonely Planet, I was there for all of January and February. Do you know how wet it is in Ireland at that time of year? Wetter than your mom after a bottle of wine and a Brad Pitt movie. But because of that there also weren’t many a lot of tourists around, thus making everything a hell of a lot cheaper than it would be normally, including the plane tickets. . Even the plane tickets were cheaper. That was excellent. The downside was that bus service to some of the more remote places was discontinued for the winter (or in some places, seasonal activities like vineyard visits might not be available),. This meant that after I had hitchhiked into a tiny town in West Cork, and unknowingly deflowered a hot 18 year old barmaid (she didn’t tell me it was her first time until afterwards), I had to stand in the rain and hitchhike out of town with the very serious fear that any passing car full of guys was a bunch of her brothers and certainly the end of my life. Truthfully, I don’t even know if she had any brothers or if she did, why she would tell them, but regardless, I got so spooked that I paid a cabby 70 Euro to take me to the next big town. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that traveling during the off season is FUCKING AWESOME!!

Travel Light: I try to travel as light as possible and only travel with a carry-on whenever I can. It’s easier than you think. On a trip awhile back I was able to live out of a carry- on for two weeks and during that time I went to a wedding, filmed a TV pilot for two days and threw a huge party in NYC, all thanks to the power of rolling up my clothes. I also take last-leg clothes (or thermal shirts from the $1 store) for layering that I won’t feel bad about donating if I need more space in my bag along the way. But not everyone can do that, so if you do decide to check some baggage, make sure that it is only clothes in that particular suitcase. Seriously, I can’t emphasize this enough: put anything that you consider important in your carry-on luggage. Medicine, toiletries, sunglasses, film equipment, and even your security blankie should all be in your carry on. Luggage gets lost or stolen more often than you think and it’s easier to deal with losing your clothes than losing your antipsychotic medicine. For more ideas on light traveling check out TraveLite.org.

Flash Drive: This is actually more important than it sounds. See, since flash drives are so tiny, they can be easily concealed. Cameras on the other hand, not so much. So take a flash drive with you when you travel and every few days or so, put all the photos from your camera on it. You can do this at pretty much any internet café. That way if you camera gets jacked you still have the most important part: your photos! If your flash card gets full, you can always ship it home fairly cheaply and it will be waiting for you when
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Bring a Bandana: Me to bandanas is like Ford Prefect (from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) to towels. This is once again just one of my weird little travel habits (we all have them), but I always bring a bandana when I travel. They are multipurpose and can be used for just about anything. Amongst other things, I’ve used mine as: an eye mask (for sleeping in bright places), a neckerchief (for if it’s really cold out), a head covering (for hiking in hot places), and an extra wrapping for an ipod, camera and other breakable things. Just make sure to find out if certain colored bandanas have any special significance in the place where you’re traveling. If your rag is the wrong shade in a place like South Central Los Angeles you might find yet another use for it, a tourniquet.

Towels: While the name Ford Prefect is in the air I might as well mention towels. I personally travel with a little shammy instead of a big cloth towel. Towels not only take up a lot of room in your pack, they also need a lot of time to dry. If you pack them up while still moist they get mildewy real quick. So get a shammy, hell you can even go the ShamWow route and get more shammies than you ever thought you needed for only like $20. Just don’t beat up any hookers like the ShamWow guy did. Actually, I think she ended up whooping his ass.

New episodes of “Young, Broke & Beautiful” air on IFC on Fridays at 11 p.m. ET

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.