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Travel Interviews : Max Hartshorne of GoNomad.com

 

This week we are extremely lucky to have Max Hartshorne the editor of the fantastic gonomad.com in the hot seat. Max was kind enough to let us interview him and has provided us with some great money saving tips for travelers. A big thank you to Max!

 

Steve :

What is the craziest/funniest thing that has happened to you on your travels?

Max :
I once took a 40 km trip in a driving rainstorm across a choppy stretch of ocean in Colombia in an open boat for 3 hours and thought we were all going to sink…but we made it.

Steve :

What is the best investment travelers can make before they start their trip?

Max :

They should buy a really good suitcase. Lands End and TravelPro are really well made. Sometimes it’s amazing how flimsy people’s suitcases are, and don’t buy a black one, put a ribbon on them and or get a bright color. Don’t bother with locks. Also bring a power strip to plug in with an adapter and have all the plugs you need to charge camera, phone and laptops.

Steve :

What are the best ways to save money on accommodation while on the road?

Max :

Air bnb.com is a great resource, people rent out rooms and small apartments privately. Also some people if they like slumming it try out Couchsurfing.com. Another is to go to a local university and ask if you can stay in a dorm room. Sometimes in the summer they are available very cheap. Another option is to stay in monasteries.

Steve :

What is the best saving you have made on your travels?

Max :

Going as a travel editor and having the tourism board pay for everything. However if you can’t do that, find a relative and visit them.

Steve :

What Should young travelers avoid wasting their money on?

Max :

The pay movies in the hotel are a complete rip off. Also paying for the view you can get from the top of mountains in those viewers…not worth it.

Steve :

What is the best way for travelers to make money while on the road?

Max :

If you own a business like a website, you ARE making money while on the road. Or if you are a writer, when you write the story or the assignment while on the road you’re making money. Not sure though, I’ve never had a job while on the road.

Steve :

What expensive tourist traps should our readers avoid?

Max :

Disney World during school vacations, Atlantic City, the Hamptons, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Capri, Venice in summer, Florence almost any time.

Steve :

What are the 3 hotspots for frugal travelers to visit in 2012?

Max :

I was just in Croatia and it’s fantastically cheap. Mexico, don’t be scared, it’s wonderful and always a great deal. Panama is supposed to be nice, and Colombia is full of beautiful women and is very cheap. Thailand, Laos, of course too.

Steve :

Finally what is the best travel money saving tip you can offer our readers?

Max :

Find your long lost relatives and visit them. Connect with old school mates on Facebook, take the plunge, ask if you can visit. Network with people using the amazing power of social media. Become a travel writer and get sent on a trip and you don’t have to pay. Most of the time anyway.

 

Max Hartshorne is an experienced travel writer, you can see his blog at gazettenet.com. He spends a lot of his time on adventures around the world, travel writing, and working with writers on ebooks and web articles. Max is also the editor of gonomad.com.