Welcome to the third installment in our "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 Bex from Life Beyond Borders!
An unconventional British lass with a degree in International Relations, the wrong side of 35 and only just the right side of 40, Bex finds herself living in the unconventional country of Greece. She’s travelled to, lived, and taught in various places around the globe—Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and has even helped teach English to the crew of a container ship travelling across the Atlantic Ocean! A jack of all trades, Bex has worked at LHR airport, dealing with high profile passengers, organised people's lives through her role as P.A., returned to full time education in her early 30's. All experiences have helped to shape who she is today.
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
"I usually try to put a little aside every month. Either that, or as I work only part time now, I try to find a 'casual' job to make any extra for a short time. "
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
"I took an expensive trip this year on a Container ship as a passenger, from Europe to Asia for 37 days. It was more luxurious that you'd think, with a huge, comfortable cabin & swimming pool! It was worth every penny as it garnered the interest of NPR Radio in the States, in which I was interviewed (am an due to have a follow up, end of trip interview too). I also loved the crew I sailed with, they became like an extended family.
3.) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favourite great steal of a deal?
"I live in Greece currently and love hopping on a ferry and going over to a Greek island. When the locals see that I'm not Greek, but am attempting to speak their language, they often give discounts at their tavernas or a dessert for free. It's little things like that that make a holiday for me."
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
"Try to seek out the non-touristy areas. Try to speak to and mix with local people, get their advice as to where to eat, etc. Not only will it be best value, but no doubt the most delicious food you'll taste, place to visit!"
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
"I'm not one of these people that has to set myself a routine on holiday ie: get up early, go and visit this, that etc. I find it too restricting and punishing. Often I like to find a small, quiet corner or coffee shop in a small alley and sit for a few hours, sipping a latte and watching the world go by. Making every moment count doesn't necessarily mean rushing here, there and everywhere to see absolutely everything."
Follow Bex's latest adventures!
The Blog: www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com
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