Saving tips from a girl who paid her way around the world

I hate to admit it, but I like saving money.  I like it so much that when I  had a savings account that accrued interest daily I would log on to my netbank just to have a look at the figure rising up and up.  I like it so much that I would confidently put ‘money saver’ on a list of hobbies, or sit on the couch on a weeknight after work and write a blog post on money saving tips for travel or anything you need it be, really.

I would like to say it comes from the great feeling of being self sufficient and knowing I have backup money incase my entire world turns to sh*t, but so far my favourite feeling has been walking into a new car shop looking like your average poor twenty something and having the assumption made that I will need to finance and then proudly saying “oh no, I’ll be making a cash payment.”  The end of that story was me not wanting to part with my money and buying a second hand car for half the price (which I still have 7 years later) but thats beside the point.

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Finding a good hostel & why they’re better than you think

I’ll confess that in a perfect world I would only ever stay at a hotel with an Ocean Front balcony and a King sized bed with an abundance of cloud-like pillows, but lets face it, life can’t always be dreamy, it needs to be adventurous and exciting and that’s what hostels are for me.

I was skeptical at first because the word COMMUNAL in my mind spells UNHYGIENIC, DIRTY, UNPLEASANT, GROSS, SMELLY.. you get my point. But I’m thrilled to report that if you follow a few basic steps to finding a good hostel you will limit your chances of using someone else’s unwashed cutlery.

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Introverts guide to surviving a Contiki Tour

I would be what you would call a self diagnosed introvert.  Who needs a psychological diagnosis when I’ve done my fair share of Facebook quizes and I get the same answer every time.

It’s actually a relief to know that there’s a name for it.  No I’m not anti-social, no I’m not shy, and no I don’t hate people (well, sometimes I do) but it’s just that some people draw energy from being around other people, while introverts draw energy from spending time alone.

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