March ’14 Pre-Trip Travel Budget Roundup

After taking the last few months off from budgeting I decided that with only a few months left of work I needed to buckle down and get back into saving as much money as possible.  My goal is to save $20,000 by the time I leave for my travels – which is no small feat in a year and a half on my salary – so keeping track is going Continue reading March ’14 Pre-Trip Travel Budget Roundup

The Double Life

I wanted to share this poem with all of you.  It’s hands down my favorite and pretty much describes my life right now in a nutshell.  It also is really relevant to the struggle I went through when deciding to quit my job to travel. I liked my job, I liked having a circle of friends and favorite restaurants to frequent.  I enjoyed owning books and movies all crammed into Continue reading The Double Life

Travel 30 Before 30

As soon as I saw the movie “The Bucket List” I knew I wanted to make one of my own.  There are those out there who don’t believe in bucket lists and think they give a person an unrealistic expectation of their lives but I say why not??  I’m a dreamer…always have been, always will be.  I love to day dream about things I want to accomplish in my life, Continue reading Travel 30 Before 30

My new best friend: my backpack

For my first post about travel gear and packing, what more fitting topic to discuss than my backpack! I did a lot of research leading up to the final choosing of a backpack.  Thanks to information gathered through the many travel blogs I follow, I knew straight away that I wanted to travel light.  I am a fairly small person and had no desire to be dragging around 30+ lbs Continue reading My new best friend: my backpack

Monthly budget countdown

In my last budget post I mentioned that I was going to get back on the budgeting horse!  I’m already finding it a bit difficult to begin recording every single thing I spend again.  But however nice it was to not think so hard about my finances, I realize it’s a necessary evil. So that brings to my monthly budget countdown!  At the end of each month I’m going to Continue reading Monthly budget countdown

How I saved over $15k in 1.5 years to travel the world

When I first made the decision that I was going to eventually quit my job to travel the world I was excited.  The kind of excited that makes chills go down your arms and this indescribable feeling bubble up inside you that usually comes out as either a bright smile or a burst of laughter. Then I suddenly remembered that travel costs money – money I did not currently possess. Continue reading How I saved over $15k in 1.5 years to travel the world

Travel plans (so far)

Here is a map of my travel plans at the beginning of my trip.  Travel plans are always subject to change (and inevitably will) but I thought it would be fun to show you what is potentially in store for the next year or so of my life!  UPDATE: Want to know what my travel plans ACTUALLY turned out like?  Check out what my first year of travel looked like!