Keith’s Tips for the New Year in Washington Times

You may remember the first half of our interview series at Donne’s Travel World in the Washington Times – this was journalist Andrea Poe’s interview with Shelley, that focused on home exchanges.

Keith kicks back in Bali

Now, the second half has been published – Keith’s interview, about traveling on a budget. The article covers topics such as frequent flyer programs and associated credit cards; researching travel on the web; local transport; and packing light – as well as inspiration for the book and whether Keith has always traveled inexpensively.

Andrea also asked a great question considering our topic of traveling extremely low-cost:

Has there ever been a time when you took the cheap option only to find you should have spent more?”

Keith: “I like to save money, but will be the first to admit it is not always better to take the less expensive alternative.  One particular example that I can think of when I took the cheap option but should have spent more was the first time I was traveling in Costa Rica.  I had ten days for this trip.  When I needed to get from the capital of San Jose to Puerto Jimenez I decided to take the bus for like $10 instead of paying the $60 for a flight.The bus ride itself was fine, and I remember meeting some nice, friendly locals along the way. But it took up my entire day when a flight could have gotten me there in an hour, which would have made much better use of my precious ten days in the country.”

Click here to read the whole article! Of course, we also cover all of this in more detail, with website resources and step by step advice, in How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!)

Travel Well!

Shelley and Keith

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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