How to Save Money on Accommodation by House Sitting

When you travel long term like I have for the past year, and you don’t have any source of income, you need to get creative on how to save money. The most expensive part of traveling is definitely accommodation.  I stay in hostels for the most part, which definitely helps, but in places like London, or really just Western Europe in general, housing is still expensive.  A spot in an 12-18 Continue reading How to Save Money on Accommodation by House Sitting

The Importance of Travel Insurance: How I was refunded over $1000

Travel insurance is one of those topics that is under constant debate in the travel world. Do I really need to buy expensive insurance?  Will I really end up using it?  Or will it just be a waste of money?  Is it better to be safe than sorry? I’m more in the mindset of the latter category.  I’d rather have a fall back just in case something happens.  Plus my Continue reading The Importance of Travel Insurance: How I was refunded over $1000

I reached my goal – over $20,000 saved for travel!

Back at the beginning of the year when I first started blogging and recording my budgets, I had said I wanted to save $20,000 before I left for my trip. And guess what my friends…I did it!! I have $20,448.45 in my ‘Travel the World’ fund and $3,000 in an ‘Emergency/Return Home’ fund. Which brings us to a grand total of $23,448.45!  Not too shabby in a year and a Continue reading I reached my goal – over $20,000 saved for travel!

Travel Hacking or How I Earned Over 225,000 Miles in 10 months

Travel hacking is an amazing thing and I don’t understand why more people don’t do it.  This post touches upon how I earned over 225,000 miles in just 10 months for travel. I’m not sure the term ‘hacking’ is quite right as you’re not really doing anything wrong.  You’re just learning the system and using it to your advantage. When I knew my overseas adventure was imminent I began researching ways Continue reading Travel Hacking or How I Earned Over 225,000 Miles in 10 months

From Saving to Spending

After nearly 2 years of planning and 1.5 years of saving (the first 6 months went to paying off student loans) the time has finally come to starting spending all my hard earned money…and boy does it hurt.  For so long I have pinched pennies and cut corners to put as much money as possible into my travel fund so to switch my mentality from saving to spending?  Not an Continue reading From Saving to Spending

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