Join us for this Q&A session as we tackle 6 travel questions about gifts for hosts, resources for young travelers, outlet adapters and voltage converters, Workaway for families, price trends for budget airlines, and how to eat local cuisine on a small budget. This is the first of the Ask Jackie Sessions where listeners like you get your questions answered on the podcast, complete with a shoutout! Thanks for listening, and keep the questions coming!
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Episode 13 Show Notes
Question 1 from Michelle (1:45):
What kinds of gifts do you bring hosts you stay with for free? Do you need to give to Airbnb hosts? Are gifts expected? How does that work?
- Check out my post about Couchsurfing
- Sign up and find out more on the Couchsurfing website
- Check out Airbnb
Question 2 from Claudine (6:42):
Are there any tips for youngsters like me who want to travel but have very limited resources, and I’m talking about money? I’m 20 years old, last time I checked my university’s study abroad program, the cost for a quarter program was around $9k, and $5k for a summer program.
- Research scholarships, especially considering gender, age, ethnicity, destination and origin
- National Italian American Foundation
- USAC – University Studies Abroad Consortium (while you’re there, check out the interview they did with me!)
- Post on Couchsurfing and episode on Workaway
- Google language schools in ________________ to find by-the-week programs like Step 1 Idiomas, my program in Brazil
Question 3 from Pete (13:15):
Should I buy 2 adapters for myself? Should I buy a voltage converter?
- See my post about outlet adapters and voltage converters
Question 4 from Megan (19:44):
Are there any programs similar to Workaway that are designed for families?
- Many Workaway hosts will accept families (see my post about Workaway, listen to my podcast episode about Workaway)
- Check out Helpx and WWOOFing for more possibilities
Question 5 from Michelle (22:18):
Does the same rule of booking on Tuesdays apply to budget airlines? Is it normal for the price to be so high so close to the departure date?
- Rule about Tuesdays – she is referring to my 8 Secrets to Finding the Best Deals on Flights
- The further in advance you book with airlines like Ryanair, easyJet or the like, the cheaper your ticket will be
Question 6 from Amy (24:25):
We love to try new foods in the places where we travel. Unfortunately, we find that this always takes up a huge portion of our budget. Any tips on eating the local cuisine on a smaller budget?
- Try street food
- Avoid tourist trap restaurants (in prominent locations, with people trying to lure you in, full of tourists rather than locals, comfort food on the menu, etc.)
- Take a walk far away from main attractions to find the best food and the best prices
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