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Ryanair passengers line up to check in for a flight at London's Stansted airport recently.

Ryanair passengers line up to check in for a flight at London's Stansted airport recently. (Ben Murray / S&S)

Memorial Day has passed, school is nearly over and summer is just around the corner. It’s prime time for travel.

For those stationed in Europe, much of the Continent, northern Africa and the Middle East are within easy reach.

But for those new to to life overseas, traveling can be intimidating and expensive.

In this issue of Travel, we offer suggestions from veteran travelers on how to save yourself some time, money and aggravation. For instance:

Discount airlines are inexpensive and good for quick trips, but they have their downsides and the price can be deceiving. Page 25.If you plan to ride the rails, make sure you know about all the discounts available for individuals and groups. Page 26.And if you’re driving, don’t leave home without the proper documents or those all-important fuel coupons from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Page 27.This issue also includes some general tips on lodging, eating and changing money that are good for any time you travel in a foreign country, as well as specific suggestions for saving money in five of Europe’s most popular — and expensive — cities. Pages 28-29.

In the weeks ahead, Travel will feature more places to go and things to do. When you head out to try them, remember these tips. They should help you get the most out of your time for the least amount of money and heartache.

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