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This week our featured broke-ass is Anthony The Travel Tart. On his blog The Travel Tart he writes about all the weird and funny shit that happens in the world of travel and there is plenty of it. It’s a strange world out there people. Make sure to check out his site, but first read his insightful answers about being a broke-ass below:

Name: Anthony, The Travel Tart

Age: I’ve just turned 40! Bring out the wheelchair!

Occupation: Travel blogger. Check out my silly website. I’m a self-proclaimed travel addict who will find any feeble excuse to go travelling. I discovered I really enjoyed traveling the world when I was sent to a former war zone for work – Kosovo – as my first venture outside of Australia and New Zealand. This  created a habit of visiting places that most package tourists avoid like the plague. While travelling, I like risking my life by utilising barely road-worthy forms of transport such as African mini-buses, suicidal Cairo cabs, and flatulent camels.

What neighborhood do you live in?: I live in Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia. It’s Australia’s third largest city, after Sydney and Melbourne.

Best money saving tip? Spend less than you earn. Oh, and you can wear underwear four times before it needs to be washed. That is, frontwards, backwards, inside out frontwards, inside out backwards.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Bottled water. I just don’t get why first world countries produce this stuff when the municipal water supply is just fine. People in Africa would kill to have a tap that produced water that doesn’t leave you sitting on the toilet for a week.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My house.

How’d that feel?: Nervous at the time, but glad I did it!

Favorite cheap eat: A kebab at 3am in the morning after drinking beer.

Favorite dive bar: Not sure if you could call it a dive bar, but my favourite pub is the Esplanade Hotel at St Kilda, in Melbourne. It’s affectionately known as ‘The Espy’ and it’s a great place to see live music. There’s no dress code, so there’s an eclectic mix of people ranging from surfies to people dressed up in suits.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I found out after I had paid for dinner for 4 that my bill of $53.33 had accidentally been charged as $5.33. So I told my friends not to bother paying for their share.

Favorite free thing to do: Chilling out on the beach.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Sounds boring, but a lot of assets that produced income so I wouldn’t have to sell my time for money any more.

Despite not having loads of money (yet!), do you still love your life?: Hell yeah. But I think I’m rich compared to most people on the planet. For example, if you are living on unemployment in Australia, you are in the top 10% of the world’s richest people. So I’m pretty grateful I was born in a first world country so I only have to deal with first world problems like complaining about how bad the Wi-fi is at an airport.

Do you own my book?: Not yet. Give me the sales pitch please!

Best hangover cure: Don’t stop drinking. The problem is stopping the boozing up and going to sleep!

Are you a hipster?: I hope not!

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.