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 Talon from 1 Dad 1 Kid!
Talon is traveling the world slowly with his son, who is now 12 years old. They have been on the road since 2011 and have visited 24 countries on 6 continents so far. He blogs about their adventures on his site http://1dad1kid.com.
1.) How do you save money in order to travel?
We travel full time, so it’s part of our daily budget. To help save money, we usually rent a place which is cheaper than a hotel, plus we get a kitchen. Being able to eat at home is almost always a savings over eating out (exception being in SE Asia where eating out is often cheaper). We also do housesitting which allows us to save quite a bit of money and to stay in more expensive places, like Australia and New Zealand, for longer periods of time.
2.) Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
We had a housesit on an oasis in Morocco for two months. The isolation and lack of food variety was really getting to us. Around the holidays we paid the handyman to stay at the house for a few nights (prearranged with the homeowners) so that we could go to the nearest big city. We stayed in an all-inclusive resort. It was exactly the break we needed.
3) There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favorite great steal of a deal?
Before we began traveling long term, I got a roundtrip ticket between Colorado and Paris for $425 which also included travel insurance!
4.) What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
Get out of the tourist zone. Use sites like AirBnB and Wimdu to get an apartment or a room in someone’s home. When in a tourist area, walk out of the zone for about 5-10 minutes, and you’ll find the local places to eat. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you’ll also get the local cuisine instead of the stuff designed for a tourist’s palate.
When taking long-haul bus trips, it is usually worth it to pay extra and get VIP seats.
Pop into a grocery store for a prepared meal or for snacks. They are usually much cheaper than restaurant food.
5.) Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
Part of being in the moment is listening to your body. When you’re traveling, it’s easy to feel like you have to be out seeing everything you possibly can, but sometimes you need to rest. It’s OK to have a day where you just relax in the room or by the pool. This is especially important when taking longer trips. It’s easy to burn out.
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