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 Justin from True Nomads!
In 2011, Justin went on a university trip to South Africa. By the end of that trip he knew that he couldn't return home. He watched my classmate fly away and leave him in Africa alone. Justin found work in Mozambique at a dive shop, and soon realized that he could sustain his travels this way forever. That was 3 years, 59 countries and 6 continents ago, and he hasn't slowed down yet! He started his own travel blog called True Nomads, hoping to inspire others to see the world and live the life of freedom!
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
I haven't really STOPPED traveling for the last three years, so I guess the question should be how do I make money to continue. First of all I have to say, that it's almost always cheaper to travel than to stay at home in The States. I have NO bills (house payment, cell phone, car-insurance etc etc etc) , and I live frugally. When I do run out of money, I find work wherever I am. I have worked in hostels on 6 continents, as well as bars, dive shops etc. It's much cheaper and more fun than flying home every time I'm broke.
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
There are sooo many times. One that comes to mind was when I was in Argentina. I got a wild hair and decided all of the sudden that I should go to Australia. After buying a one way flight and the visa, I was broke. I was a little worried.. I had no work lined up, no plan and only accommodation for 3 nights. I landed in Perth with $200 to my name. I was there six months, and it was great. worth the risk
3.) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favourite great steal of a deal?
After flying around the States, Europe felt like a deal every time! I once use Ryan Air and flew from London to Berlin for 50 cents. They make their money by charging for luggage, but I didn't have any, so literally only paid 50 cents. I also flew from Venice to Malta for only 13 euro. So cheap!
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
Find insider deals. Do like the locals do. For example, a friend of mine took the Trans-Siberian express from Moscow to Beijing. He bought it from home, online and paid $600. Another friend of mine just showed up in Moscow, and ended up paying $150 for same ride.
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
I indulge in everything. I let go and immerse myself in the culture and everything else. I don't hold back and have no regrets. I almost never say no either, and I always look for tips and recommendations from people that have already done it.
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