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 Jess from A Passion and A Passport!
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
We limit our spending money when it comes to buying new clothes and going out to eat. We only splurge when it's a special occasion, and we make sure we absolutely love love love what we're getting.
Whenever I think about making a purchase, I tell myself what that money could get us while traveling. Instead of buying expensive coffee drinks and getting my nails done all the time, we are able to save boat loads of money. People don't realize that it's those little things that add up over time. Personally, I'd rather spend that money cave-tubing and zip-lining.
Since theres not much I can do about rent, we try to lower our other fixed expenses. My husband took a safe driving class to lower our monthly car insurance bill, and we were thankfully able to pay off our car sooner to lower the amount of interest (wasted money!) we had to shell out.
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
I have no problem shelling out some dough when it comes to experiences that I value. That being said, the absolute first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word "splurge", is our helicopter ride in Kauai. It was super (super) expensive for an activity that lasted all of 90 minutes, but is one of the most EPIC things we've done. We were absolutely speechless during the entire flight, and had no words to say once we were back on the ground. I don't regret spending all that money- it surely was worth every penny (and more!)
Jessica Kay is attempting to control her wanderlust all while starting a career in NYC. Her goal, besides traveling the world as much as possible (obviously), is to show others that travel and adventure is attainable even with a full-time 9-5 job. Make sure to follow her adventures at: www.apassionandapassport.com
3) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favorite great steal of a deal?
$1 tickets on Bolt bus and mega bus. It's possible to get from NYC to DC for $2 round trip. That's way less than the price of gas and tolls, and they even have wifi! Can't really beat that! And plus, you don't have to drive!
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
It's simple- just ask if the company can offer you a better price. Recently, I scored about 5% off of a very expensive adventure day trip in Belize by simply asking if that was their best offer. Usually, if you are able to pay in cash, companies will be willing to cut you a deal. Although not a lot, a 5% savings is better than none at all.
Also, being friendly and an overall nice person may get you upgraded hotel rooms, discounted tickets, etc. Again, all you have to do is ask. Every penny counts!
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
Live in the moment and don't get too ahead of yourself. Realize that you might not be able to do every single thing that you've hoped, but enjoy the ones you are able to afford. Having a positive outlook on life and your current experiences surely helps, as does surrounding yourself with happy-go-lucky people.
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