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 Helen from FromWayUpHigh.com
Helen Anne Travis runs the travel blog FromWayUpHigh.com. A former newspaper reporter, Helen Anne tries to find the stories behind a destination’s sights, food, and whenever possible, its beer.
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
Budget. Budget. Budget. I bet most people would be amazed at how much money they could save by making small lifestyle changes. For me, it was bringing lunch to work every day, foregoing nights on the town, and opting to drive the oldest and ugliest car on the block. Those changes alone save me more than $6,000 a year. That’s a lot of travel.
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
As important as travel is, I still make room in my budget to have an actual life. I don’t beat myself up for spending money on experiences, like having dinner with a good friend or going to a show.
3) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favorite great steal of a deal?
Let’s just say I’ve spent a lot of time at the “$10 and under” section of our local wine store.
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
Live like a local. Rent an apartment. Eat where the locals eat. You’ll save money and have a richer experience of your destination. I promise.
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
I never finished the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (which probably means I’m a very ineffective person) but I did get as far as the bit about not worrying about things you can’t control. I find I’m a more open traveler if I don’t get overly worked up about delays, long lines and the fact that jerks are a worldwide phenomenon. It’s natural to get upset when things go wrong. But the sooner you get the huffing and puffing over with, the sooner you get back to your trip.
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