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 Zofia from ThePicktures.net
How do you save money in order to travel?
Part of everything I earn goes to my private travel fund. It's good to have a separate account for it, not to splurge too much on stuff. Experience over stuff, that's the rule.
Everyone needs to splurge now and then – describe a time when you blew your budget and it was worth every penny.
Well, to be honest, I'm having a hard time answering this question. I call myself a budget traveler. That means I usually don't have much to blew. There are these moments though when I just vouch for the comfort. Like when my mom came from Poland to visit me in Yerevan and to explore a chunk of Armenia . I just wanted us to have a private car and a driver. This was the right way to do it.
There’s nothing like a bargain – name your favorite great steal of a deal?
First minute plane tickets. I love booking them. They are amazingly cheap and, last but not least, they make you so excited about the upcoming adventure!
What tips do you have for a traveler to get the best value for their money?
Use internet. Use local buses. Fly with low cost airlines. Travel with carry-on only. Travel by night trains and save on accommodation. Sleep in dorms. Register on Couchsurfing.
Time is valuable too – how do you make every moment count?
Don't take any experience for granted. I write a gratitude journal to remind myself what I should be thankful for. Believe me or not, there are hundreds of things we should rave on everyday. Dont take someone else's travel tips too seriously. What is a paradise for someone, might be a hell for somebody else. Don't plan too much, listen to your guts. Doing what you feel like doing usually get you the most of every moment.
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