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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Our Story: The Road to Being a Worldschooling Family of Five!

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My husband and I have traveled extensively, both independently before we met, and then together. Our first Christmas together was in Paris, our first valentines day we had dinner on a beach in Cambodia with children running by with sparklers. We have the travel bug. If you know what this bug feels like, you will understand that staying in one place for a long time can be painful. You can feel like you have to ignore a part of yourself, because no one else tends to understand it. It feels like being a bird in a cage. Luckily, I have been a lovebird with my perfect match with me, but it has been stifling for both of us.

The History:

When we got pregnant with our first child, we did not have location independent jobs, and we had been working our way around the world using HelpX and WWOOF. We decided we didn’t want to live by the seat of our pants with children; we needed to know everyone would be clothed and fed. So, we headed back to the United States and began settling down into a more ‘normal’ life. We both had given up our higher paying jobs when we left to go travel, and when we came back it was 2009, no one was hiring, it felt like we were starting all over again.

The plan begins. We stumbled upon Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Our vision: We would get enough rentals to give us location independent income wherever in the world we were at, we would be set for retirement, and not have to worry about not contributing to our IRA, 401Ks, and mutual funds, unless we wanted to.

See:  How I never have to pay another penny for my retirement at age 34 on a 30,000 per year salary!

We have now been back in the United States for close to nine years now. We have three beautiful boys now. We are so close to our goal we can taste it! What does that goal look like? $2500 of passive or location independent income per month. Enough to ensure we do not go without food or housing for our whole family in most developed places and live very nicely in places with lower cost of living. But, have you ever been so close to your goal but not been able to realize it? It is excruciating! It makes you want to rush, maybe skimp just a little. So we have set a date to leave, my husbands 40th birthday, which gives us a clear defined date to focus on to get us where we need to be.

See:  Pathway to Financial Freedom Report!!! -Q2 2017

 

What our future looks like:

We plan to slow travel; we will move to a place and live there for a few months if we like the area, trying to use the full length of our tourist visas. We like the beach, so we will try to stay near it most of the time. Since we are so close to the border of Mexico in Tucson, AZ. We plan on just taking our van and heading south and stopping for a few months when we see a place we like. Slow travel and using vehicle will help to keep costs down. Have you ever bought airline tickets for five???

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Worldschooling:

As for our children, we plan to worldschool. What is that you say? It is like homeschooling but using where you are to be the catalyst for what topics to be teaching. My husband was homeschooled, and I once upon a time was a scientist, so I feel we will be able to be competent worldschoolers. We, however, will adjust our plans if needed, nothing is more important to us then our children’s wellbeing. But, for now, I will just dream of my little polygots, talking to other children about world history, economics, and current events.

Here is our planned route, this will take several years:

34 Breathtaking Images from Madagascar!

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Once upon a time in Mexico, I walked along ancient ruins, and I met an older man from England. He told me he had visited almost every country in the world. I asked him, as so many people ask me now, what was the favorite country that he had visited?! He did not hesitate.  No, “Oh I love them all for so many different reasons.” He told me simply, “Madagascar. It is so different, and it is so wonderful.” So when I saw a flyer on a bulletin board in my Biology building a few years later for an intern program in Madagascar, I jumped.  I spent three months in the bush of Madagascar, working for an NGO named SEED Madagascar in the Pioneer Program. The experience was overwhelmingly positive and transformative,  I would suggest it to anyone. The kindness shown to me by the people of this wonderful country was unmatched in all my travels. The diversity of nature astounding.  I owe that man I met in Mexico, long ago, a great debt.
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Pathway to Financial Freedom Report!!! -Q2 2017

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My family of five are on the road to financial freedom.  What that means to us is Mr. and Mrs. JessicaCoaches will no longer have to work time for money jobs!  Our goal is to get $2500 in cash flow and a nice cash buffer so we feel safe to say goodbye to the 9 to 5 and hello to more freedom and traveling!  This does not mean we will not be working, just that we get to choose what we do and where we do it.  We have done this on a very modest income, clawing our way forward, buying fixer upper properties, living in them, fixing them up ourselves, and then renting them out.

 


Rental A: 890/month average cash flow
Pros: Very hands-off income, fully managed, vacation rental allows us to stay there too.
Cons: Income is very variable and sporadic, get left holding a lot of bills while waiting to get paid.  Home is fully paid for and at peak earning capacity for us as we do not self-manage it, equity could be better spent elsewhere.  We likely over improved this rental.
Plans: Sell, possible owner financing, or finance to place equity elsewhere.

 

Rental B: 140/month cash flow
Pros: Very hands-off income, fully managed.  60k from being fully paid off and at that point will be looking at 1000/month cash flow unoptimized.  No vacancies in 5 years, rents a little low due to this.
Cons: Looking at some renovations when current occupants leave.  Could be making higher returns on money invested in another place.  Needs some improvements in order to refinance or sell.
Plans: Hold.

 

Rental C: 995/month rent no cash flow as we are living and finishing up renovation in main unit.
Pros: Best returns on investment, potential 82% cash on cash return.  Looking at 550/month cash flow when both units rented out and managed.  200k to payoff and 1750/month cash flow.
Cons: Still needs some more work, need to be careful not to over improve.
Plans: Hold and rent fully when we leave.

 

Blog: No Cash Flow, in negatives I do not wish to calculate out yet! ( I think I made $0.27 cents on my sidebar ad.)
Pros: Great growth potential, really learning a lot.
Cons: Quite a bit of time for no upfront rewards yet as I am new.
Plans: Work into affiliate marketing without being sleazy, finish book and market.

 

Coaching: 200/month
Pros: I enjoy it, location independent.
Cons: Can be emotionally exhausting.
Plans: Take on 2 more clients.

 

Negative Cash flow!
Renovation Debt:
550/month 4% interest, 3.5 years remaining, 20k balance.
Pros: Low interest.
Cons: Could hold back our financial freedom date.
Plans: Payoff with change in rental A.

 

Summary:
$1230 cash flow if traveling now and renting out our current residence.  We are close to half way there.  Potential goals/plans to get us there!
1. Refinance out negative 550 debt.
2. Buy another rental property.
3. Get better returns on Rental A through sale or finance.
4. Blog and Coaching increase.
5. Increase salaries to push us further faster!