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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
you get back.

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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…