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Once a geek always a geek. Howie Rappaport has always had a knack for getting a good deal. His passions are technology and travel; two things he gets to play with every day. Originally from New York and then Massachusetts Howie and his wife moved just across the river from Frugal Travel Guy headquarters in Savannah, Georgia in 2010. Working in software sales and living 550 miles from his office, when he’s not working from home Howie is either at the office or visiting a customer. His co-workers and family think he’s “crazy” with his travel habits. They just don’t understand why someone would fly from Savannah to San Francisco through New York!
An addicted “minty” and other deal hunter Howie takes things to the extreme. His favorite places to shop are Costco, Sam’s Club, and Amazon (who doesn’t love unlimited free 2-day shipping). He’s been known to say “Why buy one for one dollar when I can get two for two dollars”, and has a curious fascination with the TLC show “Extreme Couponing”.
Howie gives us his point of view as a knowledgeable road warrior that spends a lot of his time away from home. If you ever see him on a plane he’ll most likely be seated in an aisle with his laptop on and connected to the inflight Wi-Fi. Travelling over 100,000 miles and 100+ nights in hotels each year for work, Howie will give the road warriors some insight to how someone else does it, and show us how principles on travel work for whether you travel 1000 miles a year to visit family you don’t see enough or that 50,000 to travel the world. Additionally he’ll give us some tips to hopefully make travel a little less stressful. All that travel equates to some great benefits that he can thankfully share with his family. “I get to travel to places I’d never be able to go to, and to be able to give that opportunity to my family at a price that everyone can afford makes it all worth it”, Howie says when talking about his travel habits. He goes on to say “There’s nothing quite like the look on your mothers face when she turns left towards first class for a 10-hour flight, it’s all about family”.