As you all already know, I am inspired by all things inspirational. I was able to interview one of such people and I am also very fortunate to call her a friend as well. Please meet Ms. Francisca Olopade, the brains behind “Livinginexpensively”.
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I love to travel and see new places. I visit a new place every chance I get. I also don’t like paying full price for anything. I am steady looking for coupons and deals and I try to save money somehow on every transaction I make. I’m also a wife, a mother, a travel agent and an educator.
2) What 3 words would you most like people to use to describe you?
Transparent, loyal and spontaneous
3) Who inspires you and why?
Oneika Raymond of Oneikathetraveller.com. She has been to over 100 countries and continues to positively inspire black women to travel and see the world. Her blog is a wealth of information on travel and I absolutely love her new travel shows on the travel channel.
4) What motivated you to begin your blog “Livinginexpensively”?
I love to travel and I also don’t like paying full price on anything. I wanted to intertwine both ideas into one and the name “livinginexpensively” came to be. On the blog, I highlight my travels and that of other people and also give insight on how to save money in order to be able to travel more.
5) Can you tell us about the target population for your blog?
My target population is any person regardless of race and economic background who desires to travel personally or with children on a budget.
6) Is there anything you would like to share with the audience regarding following their dream/passion?
Following your dreams/passions is very important. Personally, it has given me the sense of purpose like I’m doing what I was created to do. It also makes me a happier person overall because I am not weighed down by any stressors because I am doing what I love to do. Lastly, my passion doesn’t feel like work, it comes easily to me so I wake up every day with great enthusiasm which leads to great productivity and that way, I add more value to the world.
7) What has been your greatest learning experience regarding being an entrepreneur?
Those you think will support you are not the ones that end up supporting you. Spread your wings, reach out to everyone, you never know where your blessing will come from.
8) What are your plans for the future (blogging, education, entrepreneurship, travel)?
I recently started a travel agency (Exploraytion travel & Tours) and I hope to start hosting tours and encouraging people to travel more in 2018. I also intend to blog more, add some merchandise to my website for sale and take more travel agent courses to increase my knowledge.
9) Which state/city has been your favorite to visit and why?
To date, New Orleans, Louisiana is my favorite city to visit. The food, the atmosphere spoke to me in a different way. Las Vegas Nevada is also a favorite city of mine…food in abundance, colorful, fun, always something to do. You can’t go wrong with these cities.
Can you all see why I find her inspiring? Yes she is all of those things; loyal, transparent, and boy, does she love a great deal. This lady is always posting daily deals on her FB page and I can personally attest to saving tons of money from following her page. In the same token, if you are looking to travel on a budget, look no further … she will make it happen.
Here is how to connect with her on her social media.
Facebook- Join my Facebook group here; https://www.facebook.com/groups/liveinexpensively/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/liveinexpensive