Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

Life on the road can be expensive, so start thinking about your budget early. When you know how much you need to save, you’ll be less tempted to draw down your savings account balance for goal-hurting purchases. Your budget is going to be unique to …

Save Money While on the Road

Save Money While on the Road

Once you’ve saved enough money to take a road trip, how do you make that money last as long as possible? Set a daily budget The first lesson of a daily budget is that you’ll often exceed your daily budget. Our daily goal was to …

Gift Ideas for Travelers and Vagabonds

Gift Ideas for Travelers and Vagabonds

It’s coming up on the holiday season. The Black Friday Christmas buying binge is about to begin. It’s a difficult time of the year to be anti-stuff. But some stuff can save you money, make you more mobile, and help you travel. This is that …

Four Ways to Buy Books Cheaply

Four Ways to Buy Books Cheaply

We’re devouring books. It’s wonderful. And we’re doing it cheap and fun. Sure, it’d be easier with a Kindle, but it wouldn’t be as much fun. We’d have too much control, there’d be no serendipity, and we wouldn’t be able to luck into a signed …

Cure Your Holiday Debt Hangover In 4 Steps

Cure Your Holiday Debt Hangover In 4 Steps

Did you just rack up a lot of holiday debt? Get back on the right track with these four easy steps: Get the right bank accounts. Be smart at lunch. Cut monthly cell-phone and cable TV expenses. Brew your own coffee. Follow these and you …

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Reducing Monthly Expenses

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Reducing Monthly Expenses

This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting unnecessary monthly expenses.  Monthly expenses kill savings. They chip away while you’re not looking, weakening your financial strength. You …

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Brewing Your Own Coffee

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Brewing Your Own Coffee

This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting coffee costs.  When I was working in Chicago, a lot of days I would treat myself to a $2 …

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 with the Right Bank Accounts

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 with the Right Bank Accounts

Christmas is over, and the new year is coming up. Resolutions will be made shortly, then ignored shortly after that. Assuming that if you read this blog, you’ll have some sort of travel more / work less resolution for 2012, Lisa and I created a …

The Price Of Our Freedom: The Five Fixed Costs Of Our Year-Long Road Trip

The Price Of Our Freedom: The Five Fixed Costs Of Our Year-Long Road Trip

We’ve talked about downsizing our possessions. Our next behind-the-scenes topic is fixed costs — the things we have to pay for every month outside of food, campgrounds, gasoline, etc.  We don’t have many.  In order of size, they are: Car Loan + Insurance: $430 per month …

The Long Nightmare of the American Dream is Over

The Long Nightmare of the American Dream is Over

And just like that … we’re homeless.  It’s wonderful.  Boy, real estate ownership isn’t exactly a cakewalk.  We learned some important, expensive lessons. photo credit: cdsessums | You can’t leave. Your home needs to appreciate by (at least) 10% for you to break even Yep, …

The Best Checking Account For Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dirtbags

The Best Checking Account For Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dirtbags

If you travel a lot, you probably have a checking account with a large, national bank. And if you have a mortgage, chances are you have a checking account with the same bank – it is, after all, quite easy. These accounts sound like such …

Saving Money, or, D’oh!

Saving Money, or, D’oh!

“First we had to work to earn enough money for the trip. Terry was all for starting at once with the twenty dollars I had left. I didn’t like it. And, like a damn fool, I considered the problem for two days…until my twenty dwindled …