By Alex Kallimanis: Alex Benikov of Travel, Eat, Explore recently reached out to us on Twitter and asked if we wanted to chat on his podcast. He was fresh off a visit to Portugal where he interviewed the Director of Lisbon Tourism. So we said yes, let’s talk travel!
We answer questions on a range of travel topics on Travel, Eat, Explore, including great travel hacks. We also discuss living abroad for many years during our 15 year relationship.
The first 20 minutes mostly deals with Bell and I’s backgrounds. We both grew up in traveling households, that also had our share of financial struggles at times. My father is an immigrant from Greece who ran Air Terminal Services at Washington National Airport (DCA) in the 1970’s. Growing up in Australia, Bell took a 3 month camping trip with her family as a child before her father passed away at the age of 12.
I moved to Australia for a year on a one year working holiday visa in 2004. The purpose of a working holiday visa is to provide limited working rights to supplement travelers under 30. So there are restrictions, like not being able to stay at the same job for more than 3 months.
Bell did her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. The position is considered an apprenticeship in the Netherlands and pays a livable salary that increases each year. They even give two bonuses a year and being the Netherlands, everyone has health care. We spent 3 and 1/2 years living in Amsterdam before moving to Dublin for 2 and 1/2 years.
We chat about travel rewards credit cards and their large bonus point offers. This is one of the biggest travel hacks for amazing value. There are pros and cons of loyalty to airline miles and hotel points programs so for many people it’s good to mix things up.
You can listen to our episode of Travel, Eat, Explore here. Thanks to Alex Benikov for having us on!