9 Tricks to Make Travel Cheap!

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I have made a lot of money mistakes when I went traveling.  I do not want to date myself but travel blogs were not as popular, and for the most part, was flying blind other than a Lonely Planet Travel Guide.  I lost thousands that could have been avoided.  So I compiled a list of my hard-earned tips and tricks, so you, would not make the same ones!

1. Go where your money goes farther!
Choose destinations where the cost of living is low. Beer in Western Europe could cost you five times a beer in Eastern Europe. Check out https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp to get an idea of how much it costs to just be in a country.

2. Travel slowly!
The longer you travel for, the cheaper it is. You get reduced rates staying places for a month or longer. The less jumping around you are doing, the less you are paying to get from one place to another. As you are there for longer, so you can take advantage of free days at museums and free festivals. Go to local parties.


3. Travel like you live there.
Don’t go out to eat constantly, pick up food at grocery stores and markets instead. Don’t make every day an action packed day, learn to relax. Take local public transportation instead of the tourist option.

4. Work!
Many places or business will give you room and board for work. It is easy to do, and you can even plan ahead with sites like HelpX.net, WWOOF.net, and WorkAway.info. Do not limit yourself; you can contact organizations or businesses you would like to work at and ask them directly too!

5. Cut down on fees.
Get a checking account or credit card that does not charge you extra for out or country transactions and ATM withdrawals. Or even better, find a bank which refunds any fees you may incur at a bank that is not your own. I use a Charles Schwab Investor Checking account. They have been amazing while stationary and abroad.

6. Play the dangerous game of credit card rewards.
I’m not a huge fan of these, as I always seem to end up giving them the cost of whatever they give me right back in interest. But they can be a powerful tool if you are disciplined. My husband and I took a trip to Nicaragua on points and only incurred a few airport fees.

7. Don’t have expenses at home!
Want to travel for a long time? Drop that lease, rent or sell your home, and sell off all your stuff including your car. Travel while you have no at home expenses weighing you down. You may be homeless, but let me tell you it is freeing!

8. Pay attention to Visas!
Know the status of the country you are entering and if you have to prearrange a visa, pay for a visa upon arrival, or can enter for free. I did not anticipate needing a visa, and it ended up costing me a lot of money in changing flights around as I could not afford expedition, and it would have taken a long time regardless as I was not in my home country. For United States citizens: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

9. Don’t be afraid of people!
Hitchhike, find a travel buddy to split costs with, stay at someone’s house for free or through CouchSurfing.com. Try to network through social media to find friends and family in the area or their friends and family. Ask people who know more about the area than you to show you around. Not only does it help with costs, but it enriches the experience. Make sure to be kind and pass it on!

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Using Your Brain Instead of Your Pain!

Using your brain instead of your pain: how to let logic triumph in a crazy world.
We are living in unique times, and emotions are running very hot lately.  Every headline is meant to be sensational, where all ideas on a topic no matter how obscure can be found in seconds, a world where anyone’s voice can be heard equally, and a place where everyone you know has access to all of this.  This is not a bad thing!  It does, however, take more work on the receiver’s part to discern truth from falsehood, things that are useful and those that will mislead all while keeping your cool.


You need to train yourself not to auto-disagree, or auto-agree based upon your personal biases.  When you hear or read something that treads into water you don’t know, take the time to validate it, now this goes for things that you agree or disagree with.   If in a face to face conversation I usually just say, that is interesting, and look it up later.  If I know the person the person likes being challenged and/or is open minded, I question and might even look it up with them.


Just because one thing is true does not make another related thing false.  For instance: 1. IQ is not a complete measure of a person, it does not measure how successful a person will be; nor is it a one size fits all approach to intelligence.   2. IQ does have consequence and is one of the few ways we can quantitatively measure changes and differences to mental aptitude.  Both are accurate.  It is important to understand more than one side of an argument.  Instead of dismissing something, read up, ask questions, maybe you will find out something you didn’t know, or at minimum better understand where someone is coming from.



Even good sources get it wrong or hold a bias.  This does not mean dismiss them entirely. You should never assume any source to be 100% accurate or free of bias, to do so frankly is a bit culty.  We are human; we make mistakes, we learn, we change.  Listen to opposing views, draw your own conclusions, if it matters to you seek out all angles of the issue.


Do real research.  This can be hard with everything that is out there.  I try to preference .gov and .org over others.  I like to read things on PubMed.  Wikipedia can be a helpful tool to lead you to where real data might be, and a well-researched topic usually has a plentiful source list.


Everyone gets emotional, don’t dismiss a person’s feelings.  I am a relatively logical person when you look at the emotional-logical balance.  However, I tend to get more emotional when someone does not hear my logic or they are acting irrationally.  This can be reversed for the more emotionally inclined, they just want to be heard and want their emotions validated because they are feeling bad, they don’t want to hear facts at that moment.  If tempers flare, it is often best just to pause and come back to the conversation later after trying to understand their position.  Also see: How to Fight Like a Pro: Conflict Resolution and Forgiveness.