• Costs,  General Travel,  Travel

    What It Actually Takes To Quit Your Job & Travel The World

    It seems everyone dreams of quitting their job to travel the world, but what does it take to actually do so? Depending on your personality and risk tolerance, it can be fairly complicated. But it can be done! 1. Figure Out Your Money Situation Yep, money comes first. One of the more annoying things to figure out, but alas – the world does run on money. You’ve got a number of options for the best way to handle money – savings, having a plan to work abroad, etc. Make sure you’ve thoroughly investigated each one. Saving Money to Travel the World There are lots of pieces of advice on how…

  • Costs,  Italy

    6 Ways to Visit Lake Como on a Budget

    Lake Como is an absolutely incredible place to go in Italy, but it’s not one that’s renowned for being cheap. However, if you’re careful with it, you can get the most out of your visit to Lake Como while on a budget! 1. Lake Como Accommodations on a Budget The first key for Lake Como is to figure out how to get your accommodations while on a budget. AirBnBs are plentiful in the area, with some more expensive than others (as with all things). One key for any place is that you can frequently get discounts of 20% or more if you’ll stay for either 5+ nights, or a whole…

  • Costs

    7 Budgeting Tips for Long-Term Travel

    Long-term travel is a dream come true, but budgeting for it is a significant undertaking. When you’re budgeting for long-term travel, you have to have a plan for how much money you need, and a plan for when you get home. These budgeting tips for long-term travel are here to help you make sure you don’t get into a budget bind while you’re abroad. See how much I spent on my four-month round the world trip. 1. Plan Your Budget by Day By City or Country Before you leave for your trip, it’s a good idea to build a spreadsheet with the places you think you’ll go, and a rough…

  • Costs,  General Travel

    My Round-The-World Trip: By the Numbers

    So many people have questions about this stuff – so here goes: the trip by the numbers! If I’ve left any out you’re curious about, just let me know! Days: 120 Countries: 15 Canada, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, France, & the United Kingdom Cost: $13,975.64 See the full details in this post.

  • Costs

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent On My Four-Month Trip Around the World

    I can’t believe we finally made it to this post, but it’s here! The total tally of what I spent on my trip around the world. My original budget was for 109 days in 11 countries, and the trip was a total of 120 days in 15 countries. Nothing like flexibility along the way, right? So, are you ready for the final number? In 120 days around the world, I spent $13,975.64. (WOOHOO Under $14,000!!) How did that work out?

  • Costs,  United Kingdom

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in London

    I ultimately decided to go to London on a pure basis of flight prices: flights out of Rome were expensive and all had crazy layovers, so I looked elsewhere to leave the continent. And I found an awesome flight from London to Ft Lauderdale, which meant I had a few days to enjoy London! In all, in 2.5 days in London, I spent $384.66. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Italy

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Italy

    For a country that I’d originally planned to spend a week in, I got somewhat “lost” in the amazingness that is Italy on this trip. It’s the country I spent the longest time in – over three weeks! And every single day was amazing! (Yes, even the days I was laid up with a bad back!) In all, in 22 days in Italy, I spent $2702.82. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Italy

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Central Italy (Venice, Florence, Pisa, Siena, and Rome)

    Early on in my trip, my mom decided she’d be spending the last week of my trip with me in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence and Rome. I was looking forward to this for almost the whole trip! My mom is great at joining me in the search for economical travel (and was an excellent sport!), so we tried to do the best at seeing as much as we could, but economically! In all, in 8 days through Central Italy, I spent $1,144.45. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  Italy

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in Lake Como, Italy

    As part of the three-part “How Much I Spent in Italy,” this one focuses on how much I spent spending a week in Lecco, on the shores of Lake Como. One thing that kept these costs lower than they might have been is that I threw my back out and didn’t get out of bed for two days – that certainly kept the “activities” costs down! In all, in 7 days in Lake Como, I spent $672.05. How did that work out?

  • Costs,  France

    Spreadsheeting: How Much I Spent in France

    Oh, France! France made me decide that my new “I really really love you” is going to be to tell people that I love them more than all the bread and cheese in France! It was a wonderful week, with lots of good (but simple!) food, and enjoying the great outdoors. In all, in 7 days in France, I spent $913.51. How did that work out?