Andrea makes saving in Santorini look good!
Welcome to the second 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 Andrea from Curious Around The World!
Andrea is a Vancouver based artist, traveler, foodie and avid story seeker who loves coffee, chocolate and beer; preferably at the same time! When she's on the road she writes about travel , and about my baking, cooking and foodie adventures when at home.
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
"It’s a good thing I’m a minimalist, because I truly am at the point that I don’t need to accumulate any more stuff! I have all the furniture I need, I somehow seem to “find” clothing when friends are purging their wardrobes and I get my hair cut at cheapo $20 places. I also cut back on eating/drinking out. That saves A LOT of cash!"
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
"My splurges usually involve food and beer. I LOVE eating out, and it IS worth the splurge when you’re really in need of tasting something delicious that you didn’t have to cook yourself. My other weakness is getting a massage. Sometimes I’m just desperate and it’s more of a NEED than a WANT, and worth every penny. "
3.) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favourite great steal of a deal?
"I recently got granola bars at Shoppers Drug Mart for .79 a box. They were about to expire and had been deeply discounted because of it. I bought 10 boxes. I know it’s nothing fancy, but come on-what a deal!" (Editor's Note: This is the kind of deal Vanessa dreams about!)
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
"Stay in hostels, but get your own room. Eat grocery store meals for at least one (if not two) of your daily meals.
Couchsurf! Saving money is the bonus to getting to meet awesome locals who’ll show you a good time.
Buy museum passes online before you get to your destination, you’ll save money and not have to wait in long lines (ie. Paris, Venice and Florence all had great museum passes you could buy online.)"
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
"I don’t worry all that much about time. I just go where the day takes me and have a couple of things I might seek out over the course of the day. Sometimes just sitting and absorbing your environment is as good as seeing all the so-called important sights."
Follow Andrea's latest adventures!
On Twitter: @AndreaMueller10
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/Curiousaroundtheworld
The Blog: www.curiousaroundtheworld.com
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