I'm passionate about value - where the save, when to splurge.
I think anyone can save money to travel. Bit by bit, coin by coin, scrapping a dollar or two from dusty corners of your budget, and letting it slowly accumulating in your coffee can. In my house, saving to travel is a priority and we combine many traditional and unusual ways to do it.
Our philosophy is both for saving the money to travel and/or for creating bonus money in your budget to splurge on such luxuries as, say, some of the greatest coffee in the world. Either way, because you worked so hard to get there, made so much effort to save up, our value travel philosophy encourages you to use that money for pure travel enjoyment.
Homesick? Here's how to meet locals and get your travel grove back and feel cozy in your new destination.
Here are few tips to find the heart of a village within the huge city.
I love to travel – any way, any style. Tiny villages, huge cities, everything in between. But some cities can be so huge and overwhelming, it feels like you can spend your entire visit just trying to figure things out.
I travel with paper maps - and I know I'm not alone!
After months of backpacking in my university days using tiny maps torn from the pages of Lonely Planet and Let's Go, I remember when websites like MapQuest and MapBlast were the new, hot thing. It seemed incredible that I could just type in an address and get directions for where I wanted to go. And it made travelling seem so easy! No staring at incomprehensible map squiggles – I just had to tell the driver to turn left on Main St. in 2km.
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