Our Secrets to Affordable Long Term Travel
Like many long term travelers, people frequently want to know our secret to traveling long term. “How is it possible and how you can you afford to travel so much?” “How can I afford to travel,” they ask, curious how they can travel more themselves. And although David likes to spend money as though we are rich, this is certainly not the case. Surprisingly, we spent more money living in Chicago than we do traveling. A month’s expenses in Chicago cost us roughly $4,500 per month, while traveling around the world only cost about $3,200 on an average month – that’s for both of us. Places like Europe were more but destinations like India or South East Asia were cheap enough that David could spend to his heart’s content without me freaking out. Travel credit cards with airline mileage bonuses are a huge help, and even living in Spain we still continue to apply for credit cards for travelling. We just recently booked our trip from the US to Spain for just $25 in taxes and 25,000 miles each, one of our best deals yet! Once I reach a spending limit on a particular card, I will get the bonus points and then I like to compare credit cards quickly to find another card that will give me a good offer. Cards like British Airways or United Mileage Plus have great credit card offers that have helped us bank miles. If the card I currently have charges an annual fee, I cancel the card after the bonus is received.
Top 10 Items to Pack for a Round the World Trip
While traveling on our round the world trip, we each carried a single backpack with all our personal belongings. Our packs have seen things. They’ve been dropped, spilled on, kicked and jammed into places where they didn’t fit. Before the trip, we planned out everything we would need. And upon setting off, I was sure that I had figured it out and packed all the right things. But everything seems to change when you start traveling. Planning your flights and travel logistics is just one aspect when setting out on a long trip. Packing is not universal and I realized that one person’s packing list may not work for another. Certainly, two gay guys traveling the world together are not your typical backpackers, but our packing list did not originally reflect that. We realized in the first week of our trip in Mexico City where we went wrong and quickly made some changes. Take a look at the original article I wrote last year with an updated list of every item we packed for our round the world trip. Now nearly a year and a half later, I’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 items we couldn’t live without while traveling.
Around the World Air Travel for Under $300
From the early planning stages of our trip and now living in Madrid, we are constantly asked how we could afford to travel around the world for so long and to so many distant places. Some people are eager to know the secret in hopes of taking some big trip one day. Others simply tell us that “It Must Be Nice” in a lackluster, half-assed acknowledgment, assuming we must have some massive bank account or special permission that allowed us to break away from the typical way of life. The reality is that we just made a choice many years ago to change our lives and we had to make a lot of difficult decisions and comprises to get there. But one thing is for sure, the $300 around the world flights that took us across the globe certainly prolonged our ability to travel and took us to incredible destinations like Ethiopia, India and Japan.
Is A European Rail Pass Worth The Money?
If you’re planning to travel around Europe, then the all-inclusive Eurail pass (commonly called a Europass or Eurorail pass) is worth considering. Being that summer it just around the corner, it seemed like an opportune time to relive our adventures last summer of train hopping and backpacking through Europe to some of the most historic and stunning cities.
If there is one thing I do know well, it’s the logistics of booking travel and budget travel, in general. David may like to take credit for our year long trip, but I was the one who ultimately masterminded most of the itinerary and figured out how to book our round-the-world flights for less than $300 a person! More on that in a later post, but for now, I’ll focus on train travel in Europe.
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