How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)
by Nora Dunn | March, 2012
For the last five years, I’ve been traveling the world full-time, and for less money than I’ve ever spent (and I’d wager less money than most people would spend) to live in one place.
My worldly possessions fit into one bag (just larger than carry-on size) and a backpack containing my laptop and computer gear. This small entourage (weighing less than 45 pounds in total) comes with me as I wander around the world, sometimes quickly, but mostly slowly. (See also: 5 Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards)
In 2011 alone, I traversed 13 countries and over 45,360 miles. Sounds pretty expensive, huh?
What if I told you it wasn’t? What if I told you that both 2010 (a similarly busy year of travel) and 2011 cost me just over $17,000 (including some major non-travel related purchases)? Would you believe me?
Believe it. (Here’s proof, with a full breakdown of where I went and how much it cost: My Cost of Full-Time Travel in 2011).
How to Keep Your Travel Costs Low
Of course, I could travel for way more than $17,000/year. The sky is the limit for what you can spend on the road, from food and accommodation to flights, destinations, and tours. I could also travel for less than this, if I made different spending choices.
Here are a few of my secrets.
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About the Author
Nora Dunn is the The Professional Hobo, a woman who sold everything she owned (including a busy financial planning practice) in 2006 and has been travelling the world in a financially sustainable way ever since. She is an internationally published freelance writer on the topics of travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design, with columns on Wisebread, Flight Network, and Care One. Check out her latest musings on Facebook and Twitter.