The only question I have about this podcast is why instead of winning it only made it as far as the finalist round of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards during the past two years.

And although this probably isn’t a question I feel I absolutely must ask Jackie (AKA, the Budget Minded Traveler herself), it is really quite nice knowing that I could if the mood hit me. Because, as if her regular episodes are not informative enough (they are), she also hosts ‘Ask Jackie’ sessions, where anyone can simply write in and, well, ‘ask Jackie’ anything.

This interactive take on blogging and podcasting is probably what inspired her Facebook community group, where her more active followers – some 5000 – share their own expertise, stories and encouragement – although if you’ve got a direct follow-up question on her blog, you’ll almost certainly get a reply if you comment.

So maybe you’d be able to hazard a guess that the topic of safety comes up pretty often? Good, because Jackie has some inspiring views on it, declaring “you’re just as likely to have something happen to you in your own backyard, as you are traveling”. I guess this could depend on the backyard in question, so I’ll reserve judgment on that one – mostly because the sentiment itself is perfect:

Taking precautions is sensible – but holding yourself back out of fear is not.  

As someone who has undertaken more than the typical share of solo traveling, it’s safe to assume that Jackie knows what she’s talking about here. She even has a blog post on how to tell your parents that you’re off traveling – deep breath ?– all alone!

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By the way: If you want to know why you should be traveling solo as a woman or how to get started on your trip, you need to read these 5 powerful tips on how to become a badass solo female traveler. There might even be some facts there that’ll surprise you (and your parents). 

Once you’re underway, you’ll find plenty of tips as you might expect all about how to save money while traveling abroad. And not exclusively from Jackie either – listen to a Travel Game Show episode to hear cool travel bloggers and podcasters alike feature as her guests. A pretty decent way to discover some awesome new bloggers too.

If you’d like to back up your newly found knowledge with articles, then you’re in luck. Have a look at the show notes under each episode for relevant links, info, and pictures, or have a search for the topic in the Budget Minded Traveler blog – Jackie often writes up a handy blog post to go nicely with the respective episode.

The Budget Minded Traveler podcast is an amazing resource for anyone thinking of traveling solo – but actually even for those just looking to save money while abroad. Tackling subjects varying from insurance to hitchhiking, you can listen to Jackie’s experience and advice, and even where a topic is lacking, you can write her a question. Definitely, definitely worth a thorough listen.

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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