Sorry if you don't understand Russian, but my cousin made it to a news spot on a Russian station while he is traveling through the country. He's Sam at the end of the story (and the guy on the screen you see before you hit play). Neat-o!!!
FYI - the report is about a new trend in tourism - "couch surfing" - where people stay in strangers' homes while traveling, and it's not so much about saving money as much as it is about learning about other cultures and really embedding oneself in a new culture and environment.