Welcome to the latest installment of the "Save, Splurge, Steal" interview series. Getting great value when I travel is always such a fun challenge for me and I love to learn how other people get the best possible experience for their available time and money. I'm asking top travel bloggers to share their expertise and I hope you enjoy their responses as much as I do!
Meet Adelina from PackMeToo!
Adelina is a curious globetrotter. She been traveling for as long as she can remember and has lived abroad in the Netherlands and Hungary. She loves telling stories as she eats and explores her way around the world. She likes to wander on foot, taking in the world through her camera lens.
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
While I was living in Budapest on a low income with very little disposable income, I learned very quickly how to save and be frugal in order to make ends meet. I employ much of the same strategies now that I'm back at home. Currently I have a full time job that offers a steady income. I've limited expenses and put away as much of my pay cheque as possible into a separate account where I don't touch the money. I have also drastically cut back on how often I go out and the things I buy. If I'm considering buying something, I think to myself if I really want it, and usually, it's a no. Usually it is just a gut reaction to seeing something and wanting it. If it is a big purchase, I hold off and take a day or two to think it over. After a couple of days, if I'm still thinking about it, I'll go back and get it. More often than not, it doesn't happen.
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
I'm always willing to splurge on food - tasting the best of the country as I travel. The latest big spend for me was dining in a Michelin star restaurant in Budapest. I had always dreamed of going to one and Budapest offered an economical way of doing it. It was still a big splurge though, but every bite was worth it. Especially the desserts. Yum!
3) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favorite great steal of a deal?
I love being able to fly around in Europe for so little. Yes, you're flying on budget airlines that don't have the best reputation for customer service and have so many rules that are easy to miss. However, if you read the rules, and travel with just carry on luggage it's so easy to get around for little. Flexible dates offer you even more affordable prices. Sometimes fares are as low as a couple pennies plus airport fees. How awesome is that?!
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
Do you research and shop around before making big purchases like airfare. The more you know the more you save. Many museums offer free admission nights which you can take advantage of if that is what you're interested in. Eat your biggest meal at lunch. Many restaurants offer more affordable menus at lunch time so use that time to try out restaurants. If your accommodation has a kitchen, then purchase food at the local supermarket to decrease your costs. Some accommodations even offer breakfast which is even better.
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
By living in the moment. When I'm in a new place, I'm 100% there. No wasting time on the internet and on social media. I'm an early bird, so I like to get up early. A normal day on the road for me, involves getting up early (no alarm clock though!), wandering around town, lunch and then a short nap or some down time at a cafe, before heading out for dinner and more wandering in the evening if desired. I try to have a list of priorities of what things I want to do, see or eat and focus on those. Anything else is the icing on the cake. There is no sense in rushing from place to place because you'll be so stressed and won't be able to appreciate what you're doing. It's not possible to see everything, but by planning ahead and having priorities, you can leave satisfied that you made every moment count.
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On Twitter: @packmeto
The Blog: Pack Me To
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