50 ways to Save Money on Long Term Travel

50 Ways to Save Money on Long Term Family Travel

When your trying to save money and still travel long term, you have to think outside of the box.  There are many ways to cut costs and keep your expenses low.   You may even realize that it can be cheaper to travel then stay home (the case with us).  Here are my top suggestions (with some help from other frequent travelers) on saving money, cutting expenses and traveling without breaking the budget.  If you’re looking on ways to make money to support your travel lifestyle read my article on How to Pay for Long Term Family Travel.

How to save money on lodging, hotels and places to stay

Lodging is usually the largest portion of our budget (at home too).  Luckily for us we were able to spend about $600 – $1000 less per month on places to stay when we were traveling vs staying in our home town.  Researching places to stay was one of my favorite parts of planning these trips but it can take some work.  Here are some great tips to keep your costs low.

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#1 –  Stay Longer

Staying longer is one of the biggest ways long term travelers save money.  It’s much cheaper to stay somewhere a month then a few days or a week.  Many of the places we stayed were the same cost for 1 month as 1-2 weeks.  Pick cheaper locations to spend a month then spend 3-5 days in more expensive locations.   Also consider choosing a base then venuring out for day trips and weekend journeys.  We were able to find a place in Spain for $800 for 6 weeks in Olvera then used that location to explore Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, Ronda, and Gibraltar.   We splurged on a 5 day stay in Lagos Portugal just prior to arriving in Spain (one of my favorite stops).  We could afford Lagos because we had saved money on our long term stay.  Our lodging budget was set per month and we made it work by balancing more expensive short stays with cheaper long ones.  

Also watch out for check-in and cleaning fees.  These fees can add up quickly on short term stays.  I found that the fees in Europe were much more reasonable then the fees in the states.

#2 – Travel Off Season

This is my second best way to save money on travel.  Aim for “shoulder season” when you’re making plans.  Summer can be really expensive in Europe.  We travelled to Ireland in March.  It was a little chilly but we still feel that we got a great experience and we were able to meet more locals.  Plus, we found a beautiful old school house in an adorable town for about $700 for the month.  Sometimes the best months to visit a place can be just before or after a tourist rush.  It’s not as busy, most things are still open, your money goes farther and you get to meet more locals.

#3 – Groupon Getaways / Travel Zoo

When I don’t have definite plans and I’m looking for ideas, I love to browse around Groupon Getaways and Travel Zoo (be sure to sign up for their e-mail).   I’ve found wonderful places (kitchen, loft, bedroom and living room that slept 6)  just outside of Aspen for about $100 per night … Last minute road trip here we come.  You can look up vacation packages or just lodging.

Travel Zoo is also a wonderful way to find deals and inspiration.  I’ve been stalking some of their Azor Getaways more recently.  You can combine these deals with longer plans and it can make a great addition to a trip (or a memorable 1-2 week break)

#4 – Find Smaller Towns that are not on the Typical Tourist Radar

Big cities and being right in the middle of everything comes at a cost.  Try looking for smaller cities or suburbs that are just outside your desired area.  Our Copenhagen loft was about a 20 minute bus ride to downtown.  The area was full of playgrounds and had lots of walkable activities.

We stayed in a small town in the middle of Andalusia when we were in spain.  It was beautiful and also full of playgrounds.  We could drive 1-3 hours to get to all the major sites in Spain that we wanted to visit.

#5 – Booking.com

Booking.com has more recently been my go-to choice for inexpensive lodging.  I find it to be a mixture of AirBnb type lodging and traditional hotels.  I’ve gotten several good deals including a great BnB in Jaco Beach Costa Rica.  Do pay close attention to the payment methods.  Our Jaco Beach hotel took only cash at check in and we had difficulty finding a working ATM on the weekend we visited which caused some increased stress.  I don’t like carrying a lot of cash.  We had extra spending money and emergency money but planned on putting the hotel on our card.   We ended up spending a couple hours talking with our bank and visiting several ATM’s to finally get enough cash to cover everything.

#6 – AirBnb/VRBO/Home Away

I use AirBNB and VRBO (now combined with Home Away) for most of our lodging.  I’ve found that some owners (especially in off season) are very good about working with you on price.  I always confirm the price with the owners prior to booking.  Sometimes I book through the site.  Sometimes I book through the owners (if the ratings are very good and I don’t see any red flags).  Never wire money.  We will usually put down a reasonable deposit and make plans for remaining payment when we arrive.

The trick to AirBnB / VRBO is reading through the reviews.  If a unit is getting dinged for not being updated or nit picky things – so what.  If people are complaining about location or safety – then choose another place.  Usually it’s easy to spot legitimate concerns vs someone writing bad reviews in order to get free stays.   AirBnb’s can also be great ways to meet people.  I find that owners are generally very friendly and helpful.

#7 – House Sitting

House sitting can be a great way to see the world and keep your costs low.  If your responsible and can keep things clean (that’s the tricky part for us with 3 kids) then house sitting can make a wonderful option.  You may also be responsible for taking care of pets which would be great for us but not for everyone.  The other good thing about house sitting – the locations and the homes can be pretty amazing.

House Sitters Traveling the World

Our two sons flew the coup and my husband, and I looked at each other and said what’s next? One son moved to northern California and the other to New York City. Our first thought that we had had for a long time was to get an RV and travel from coast to coast. Then someone mentioned to us the idea of house sitting.

We looked into it and tried one that was only about 30 minutes from where we were living. It gave us a chance to see if we would like it. In most cases, house sitting means pet sitting, which we love and have had many types of pets over the years.

House sitting has been our lifestyle for the past two and a half years. We have house sat in seven countries and counting. Last year we spent six months in the UK and three months in several European countries with zero hotel costs. Now, this is not for everyone, but it has been a fabulous way for us to see more of the world and help others with pets travel too.

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#8 – House Swap

There are several services available where you can swap your home with someone in a different area.   You can also find connections through several Facebook groups.

Our secret for keeping costs down and make family travel more affordable is home swapping.

The idea behind the system is to put in touch people who are interested in staying in each others homes for an agreed amount of time and therefore allow them to travel without having to pay for nightly accommodation.

We joined one of the networks offering this service (HomeExchange.com) for about $100/ year and we now have access to houses all over the world, for free!

There system worries many as it requires you opening your house to people you effectively do not know well. However, we have always found it an interesting, sustainable and money efficient way to travel and we have also met lovely people in the process!

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#9 – Find Lodging When you Get there

This is a little out of my comfort zone.  I like to book in advance. If you’re going to be in a popular location, Europe, or the US  booking in advance can save you some money.  If you’re in Asia or in a less touristy area booking 3 days then finding a cheaper location to stay long term may be the way to go.

#10 – Work-Away

We haven’t tried it yet but finding a work-away position just looks like a wonderful way to meet new people and get to know the are where you are staying.  Most positions offer free accommodations for about 5 hours of work per day.  The work could be anything from cleaning, child care, teaching english and taking care of animals.  I have been kind of stalking some of the work away websites recently and it really looks like a great experience.

#11 – Couch Surf

I’m not really brave enough for this but some people do it.

#12 – Camp

We did save money by camping our way up the Oregon Coast and loved it.  The key is to keep things as simple as possible.  When we camp at home we bring 2 full chests of thing we just don’t use.  Camping while traveling we could set up our site in 10 minutes.  We kept our food choices really simple as well.   We did bring a tent, blow up mattresses, blankets/sleeping bags, small lights and a coffee maker for the morning.  We had a skillet too but we never use it (chuck that one in the “told you so”) column.   I do like having glow sticks (I credit those things with saving #2’s life when he was 2 and wandered off from the camp site) and something good to cook Smore’s but you can be inventive with that.

You can also consider traveling in an RV or converted bus / van.  You’re not likely to save much money if you rent one in the states (those things are pricey) but you may be able to find better deals in Europe.

#13 – Ask Around and Make Connections

If you know of a particular place that you are staying for a significant length of time then join a facebook group focused on travel to the area, worldschooling or expat groups.  In Costa Rica I joined an expat group and found out some good information about what to do for Halloween.  Andalusia, Spain has a wonderful worldschooling  facebook group where you can ask questions and get thoughtful responses.  They also will do occasional postings about local rental deals.    I’d join in when you’re planning so you can have help picking good locations but these groups are also great for planning and meeting people when you’re in town.  There are also larger worldschooling facebook groups, travel with kids groups and location independent family travel groups.

#14 – Use Points

IF you are good at paying off credit cards, using points can save a lot of money.  If you don’t pay off your cards monthly then you’re wasting money.  We use a Southwest Airlines card and the points pay for about 5 domestic flights per year.  Many cards can also be used for hotels and car rentals as well.  Also consider signing up for points and memberships for specific hotel chains.  My friends who travel frequently on business trips rack up a lot of free rooms (Marriott is a popular program).

I use credit card sign up bonuses and managing my points on those cards to pay for the majority of our family’s travel expenses. We started with the Chase Sapphire credit card and with the 50,000 points sign up bonus, our family of 4 flew to California for 2 weeks. Then, we have continued to sign up for hotel credit cards to get free nights when we travel and make sure to charge everything we possibly can on credit cards (kids’ sports sign-ups, groceries, phone bill, internet bill, TV streaming services). Little by little, we use those points to buy airfare, free hotel stays, pay for car rental and it has decreased the amount we spend on travel drastically.

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#15 – Find Travel Partners

If you have people to travel with you can get a larger place and split the bill.  You may not be able to afford that fancy apartment with the rooftop terrace on your own but half of the cost may be manageable.  Just make sure you have a compatible travel style before you make the jump.

#16 – Get a good Travel Guide and Call Direct

I love reading travel guides.  They’re so much fun.  I have entire shelves in my house full of various travel guides and I frequently rent them from the library too.  Some have good advice on different levels of lodging.  Fodor’s (Costa Rica) helped us find a great budget hotel in Tortuguero.  You may find several options that you might not find other ways.

How to Save Money on Flights

Flights for a large family can get expensive fast.  I use lots of tricks to Save Money on Flights and keep our costs down.  Generally we fly in country using a combination of points and low cost options.  We flew from NY to Copenhagen for $150 pp and flew from Dublin to Pittsburgh for the same price.  Once you’re overseas the flights around Europe are about $50-$75 per person.  We also save by watching what we pack, checked bag fees can be expensive.

#1 – Use Points

Using points can definitely save you money on flights.  We use our Southwest Credit card to get points and that pays for about 5 flights per year.  I’m considering getting a Frontier Card as well.  There are also several cards that cover multiple airlines.  These are better choices if you do more international travel.  You can generally get nice sign on bonuses that will usually cover at least one flight as well.  Some of these cards can come with steep annual fees so make sure you add that in to your calculations when you are looking at your savings.  Also remember that you have to pay these cards off or you’re not saving anything.

#2 – Frequent Flyer Discounts

We sign up our entire family for frequent flyer discounts and it does help us gain points toward free flights and benefits (like free beverages on board).

We are in the fortunate position that my husband’s work overseas includes a fly home allowance.  Every year we are allocated a budget to take business class flights back to our “home” country.  Given our kids legs still barely reach to the end of the seats – and let’s be honest the business class experience is kinda lost on them – we cash our annual allowance.  This results in a massive amount of savings to take additional flights AND pay for the hotels each year.

We make sure every family member is registered for frequent flyers so whatever airline we take, we are pooling their points.  This normal equates to at least one more “bonus” holiday every two years for all the family.  My best recommendation is to always be on the look out for loyalty programs and even if you don’t have enough for free flights or whole night stays, cash in your points before they expire on hotel vouchers or other travel essentials.

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#3 – Skyscanner

Skyscanner is my first stop for researching flights.  It has really good search options and deals.  I do seem to find the best deals searching this way.  Once I have an idea as to what flights may work I will then go to directly to some of the airlines listed and see if I can get better pricing.  Almost always I book through skyscanner and I fairly often skip the last comparison step.  Occasionally I’ll see a flight on a direct airlines site that did not come on on skyscanner but that’s not common.

#4 – Frontier and Other Budget Airlines

When I’m looking for flights in the US I also check Frontier’s Website.  They have lots of inexpensive flights from Denver.  It’s also fun to see where $50 can take me.  Norwegian, WOW and Ryan are others where I have have found really good deals.

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#5 – Southwest Airlines

For family travel Southwest Airlines is great.  You need to book directly through their site.  They don’t charge for up to 2 checked bags and they have family boarding for kids under age 6.  This is such a low stress way to pick a seat and have everyone sitting together.

#6 – Find a package deal

Groupon and Travel Zoo often have packages that include flights.  The prices on these combinations can be great deals.

#7 – Scott’s Cheap Flights

This is a fairly popular website for frequent travelers.  You must sign up for the sites e-mail then you will get alerts when unexpectedly cheap flights are found.  This is an especially good source for spontaneous travel or last minute get aways.

How to Save Money on Transportation

#1 – Find Lodging that is Walkable

I love staying in places where I can walk to almost anything.  Your lodging costs may be a little higher but not having to worry about other transportation is awesome.  I really enjoy walking to the local grocery store, pub and playgrounds.  Walking a town is one of the best ways to get to know an area.

#2 – Take Public Transportation

Most major European cities have really good public transportation options.  There’s just something really nice about sitting and people watching everyone on a well run bus.  Trains are also fabulous ways to travel but they can also be budget busters.

#3 – Search for deals when renting cars -Skyscanner

I also use Skyscanner when looking for car rentals.  Once I have a deal I’m interested in I look up reviews.  I generally don’t end up with the absolute cheapest after I read reviews but I still get really good deals.

#4 – Confirm all “hidden fees” and insurance costs when renting cars

Sometime the daily cost of a car rental is not the expensive part.  Make sure you have all fees added in. In Costa Rica you will find monthly car rentals for $79 (for the month) but if you read closer you’ll see a $20 per day insurance fee added in.  Which makes that $79 dollars turn in to $700 or more.  You may be able to get some of the additional insurance costs decreased by using credit card perks for some coverage.  In many places you must have written or verbal confirmation about that coverage.  In other places you may still be required to by partial insurance but the rates can generally be negotiated.

It is important to make sure you are covered by insurance but you don’t need to be double covered.  Also be sure to check your insurance policy for time limits.  Many credit card policies have a month limit.  We always made sure we kept our cars less than a month.  At least one time we traded in one car and grabbed another down the road just to reset the month timeline.

Europe also has short term lease/buy back programs which may be a good fit for some extended stays.  Basically you are buying a new car then the company buys it back from you at the end of the term. Insurance is included and the prices I found were around $600 per month.  There is also an option of keeping the car instead of returning it.

If you have kids that still need booster seats or car seats then things can get even more complicated.  I’ve put together a couple of articles on how to navigate car seat dilemmas with long term and international travel.

#5 – Get up Front Pricing for Taxi Rides

The last place you want to be in a foreign country with a language barrier is arguing outside your new hotel in a strange city about the cost of a taxi.  Try to get a rate up front.  Before I land in a country I at least try and find out the standard rate that is charged to get me to my hotel.  I’m not always offered that rate but it does help with bargaining.  In Morocco we knew what the standard rate was to get to our hotel.  We needed a larger car and we ended up paying more but we negotiated the price ahead of time so we weren’t surprised at drop off by a huge mark-up.

#6 – Uber/Lyft

I really enjoy using Uber and Lyft.  The drivers tend to be very friendly and can give you a lot of information about an area.  I also like that I don’t have to think about tipping.  Tipping moments are just such awkward experiences.  You can tip through the ap but it’s not necessarily required or expected.  I also feel that the way the ap is set up that it’s a pretty straight forward experience.

How to Save Money on “Things”

Our “things” – you know that stuff that collects around your house and gives your life no real meaning but takes up a significant amount of time in upkeep – well these things can also take a lot of our time and energy while traveling as well.  The first step to being ruled by your stuff is to pack light in the first place.  Invest in sturdy and functional luggage (it doesn’t have to be the most expensive, most popular brand but must make sense for your needs and not easily fall apart).

#1 – Clothing

Aim to stay places that have a way to clean your clothes.  Usually it’s not hard to find a place that has a washing machine (functioning dryers are more difficult but clotheslines do work).  Pack multi-functional layers and clothing that dries fast and is less likely to wrinkle.  In a pinch you can wash your clothes in a sink and air dry if needed.  I like packing multiple thin layers (depending on the season).  I find that no matter how much I feel that I cut the amount of clothes I wear down that I always still wish there was something that I didn’t bring.

For the kids packing, I also try and pack as light as I can.  Kids really don’t need a lot of clothes and if you are running short – just go to the store.   You might even like what you can buy overseas better.  There are not many places left in the world where people walk around in loin-cloths and they all have to get their clothing from somewhere.

How to Pack for Kids Long Term Travel

#2- Souvenirs

It is possible to travel without buying a suitcase worth of souvenirs.  Yes, it’s tricky to turn down all those trinkets but what’s more important – keeping to the budget or feeling your suitcase up with stuff you don’t really need?  First, you can always take photos.  Photos are great for souvenirs.  You can even make a great photo wall with all your travels (or coasters, or blocks, or …)  We also purchased something useful and small in each city.  Things like bottle openers, magnets, postcards, fans, small dolls and pieces of fabric to make a collage.   Clothing is also a great choice (if you left room in your bag).  In Morocco we gave each kid a $20 budget and let them barter and pick a gift.  We didn’t end up with a lot of souvenirs but the ones we did pick have meaning and are really special to us.

#3 – Be cautious about Baggage Fees 

Baggage fees add up fast and can be a budget buster.  It’s not uncommon for us to be able to find flights within the US or Europe for $50.  However, baggage fees can be more expensive than the ticket.  Always check for fees with the airplane company before you purchase a ticket.  Fees are usually $25-$35 each way but can be $75 for an oversized or second bag (that one got me once – never again).  I highly recommend weighing your bags before you get to the airport so that you’re not that person pulling out diapers and switching clothing around (done that a few times).  In the US they weights are per bag.  In Europe they will weigh all your bags together which really helps.  Car seats fly free.  

A lot of airlines now charge for overhead bags as well and the prices can be similar.  On our long trip we checked 1-3 bags (one large suitcase, and 2 large backpacks).  The other backpacks would be either overhead or small enough to be considered a personal item.  When we take shorter trips (or when we’re just rocking our packing) we can get down to all personal items and one checked bag.  Some families are able to get down to an overhead per person (I’m so jealous).  Also remember the more you take with you the more you have to keep up with.  Less stuff when traveling is great. 

#5 – Buy Local

Shop where the locals shop.  You’re not going to find good deals on the main drags but if you a block or two away the prices get better.  I have also found that many cities have a few general stores that have reasonable prices for all sorts of things.

#6 – Barter

If you’re in a city where bartering is common then go for it.  In many countries bartering is expected and the selling price can be a quarter of the asking price.  Be nice about it but firm.  I do recommend asking locals what the going price should be for items before you barter so that you know what a reasonable deal would be.  I am not a fan of bartering but we are getting better at it.

#7 – Buy Adapters prior to Travel 

Amazon has great prices on all sorts of things.  Buy your adapters and cords before you go.  We did not and adapters that cost $5 on Amazon will cost $40 in the airport.  If you don’t get them in the airport you may waste valuable travel time finding what you need in town.

How to Save Money on Food

#1 – Eat at “home”

In some areas eating out is not very expensive and can be done on a regular basis without breaking the budget.  In others (especially Copenhagen) eating out will make you broke … fast.  A sandwich in Copenhagen typically runs $20 (x5 people … ouch).  We save money by grocery shopping where the locals shop and cooking most meals at home.  We were able to keep our food budget (in expensive Copenhagen) around $20-30 per day .. not per sandwich.  Don’t be afraid to go to the discount stores or local markets to find good deals.

#2 – Pack a Lunch

In most of the cities we visited we packed our lunches.  It was more affordable that way and much easier on our schedule.  We found stopping to have a picnic and then keep exploring fit our lifestyle better then stopping to find a restaurant.  Our favorite packed lunches included baguettes, cheese, pepperoni and fruit.  Peanut butter wraps were also a big hit.   This also really helped our stress level with feeding the kids while traveling.

#3 – Split Meals

I find when eating out I’m given way to much food so my husband and I split meals.  We also really enjoy ordering several appetizers instead of big entrees.  Since my kids don’t always eat full meals as well we commonly will order something that they can all split instead of getting separate kids meals.

#4 – Drink Costs

In Europe wine can be cheaper than water.   In the states adding alcohol to your meal can double the price.  Be sure to pay attention to these “extras” when you are eating out.  Also many places will automatically give you bottle water when you order.  If you are in a place where tap water is safe, consider that instead.

#5 – Eat where the Locals Eat

Restaurants along the main drag tend to have a hefty location charge attached.  Ask locals where there favorite place is and try eating off of the main tourist areas.  The food will likely be better, the atmosphere friendlier and you’ll save money.

How to Save Money on Activities

#1 – Choose your activities wisely and make a budget

When you travel long term you generally just can’t afford to do everything.  Pick what’s important to you and fits in your budget then plan to go back later and see what you missed.  Long term travel is a different mind set then a shorter vacation.

#2 – Look for the Free in every city

Playgrounds, parks, just strolling around the city and other free activities can make a wonderful trip.  You don’t have to go to a new museum everyday.  Take advantage of the atmosphere and get to know the city you are visiting in a more low key and cost effective way.  

Many large cities also do free tours (Copenhagen did).  These are generally larger group tours and the guides make money from tips (so not totally free but much cheaper and way worth the tips).

#3 – Research City Passes, Memberships and Group Rates

If you are in a city long term, you may be able to save money by memberships.  We purchased a membership for the National Museum of Denmark and it was a great decision for us.  It has a wonderful kids museum and gave us an excellent way to get out of the cold.  We could also take our time and explore the museum at our pace.  We went about 6 times over the month and learned something new each time.  

Many cities also have multi-day city passes.  These may be a good choice if you want to cram a lot of your site seeing in to 1-3 days.  I’ve found that generally our family doesn’t move fast enough to get benefit from the prices of these passes but as the kids get older they may be a better deal.

#4 – Plan ahead for food and extra costs

When you have a full day of exploring make sure you add in food costs to your budget.  For example if you are going to an amusement park (like Tivoli in Denmark – yummy, yummy food choices) or Disney World food costs can be really high.  Also photos, souvenirs and other extras can add up.  We like to give our kids a budget before getting started and we stick to it.  If they know ahead of time the choices they can make we’re less likely to be overwhelmed by the gimmies and can I’s.

#5 – Look for Free days

Many cities (including Denver) have free museum days monthly.  These days are usually busier and can be a little overwhelming but still worth looking in to.

#6 – Check our Groupon or Living Social for discounts

I’ve found some great deals on both Groupon and Living Social (especially in the states).  If we have company in town or specific plans I head straight to these sites and see if I can find discounts.  It works very well for larger tours and privately owned businesses.

Other Ways to Save Money on Travel

#1 – Don’t rule out the package deal even with long-term travel

Sometimes a combination of package deals and then more typical slow/long term travel plans can make the best experiences.  Feel free to mix them up.  If you not looking at short term deals or package options you may miss some good opportunities that may still fall in your budget.

#2 – Change your money at the ATM not the currency booths

Some travelers prefer to have all of their money sent to the house prior to travel.  Some credit card companies will do this service prior to leaving home.  Otherwise you can change your money at a currency booth at the airport.  Most people will just pull money out of an ATM when they get there.  Usually I find the ATM’s will have lines but it’s usually the cheapest way to go and easy.

Make sure you call your credit card companies prior to leaving the country so your card is not cancelled (for some reason my Southwest Card is always the first to get cancelled when we travel  – I don’t get it either).  I like to take at least 3 different cards in case one gives me a problem.  In Europe your cards will need to have a chip or they will not work.  We try to use our cards as much as possible for purchases since that will give you the best exchange rate.

We withdrawal about a week of emergency money and walking around money from the airport ATM.  This money is generally split between different locations.  Some is kept in money belts, or my cloth fanny pack.  Some is kept with our passports in our important document book and then a smaller amount is kept in wallets and pockets for easier access.  We have never had a problem with thieves but it would be a miserable experience to lose everything at one time.  We also split our cards up as well.

#3 – Don’t Forget the Travel Insurance

Skipping travel insurance is a big no, no.  If you have an accident or get sick overseas then your costs can go up considerably.  Luckily insurance can be pretty affordable and you have options.  Many travelers use World Nomads.  We went through Insuremytrip.com and ended up using Allianze for the big part of our trip which we didn’t use.  For the first part we had John Hancock which we did use but but did not get reimbursed for expenses (I’m not sure if this was due to our not filling out the correct paperwork or difficulties on their side – my hubby was the one working on the claim and regardless of who’s fault we did not get reimbursed).

#4 – Chance your domestic Health Insurance to the Minimum.  

If you are traveling for most of a year then you may consider cutting your normal insurance to the bare minimum.  It’s important to have coverage for the big emergencies that you would fly home to treat (like cancer or heart disease) but you’re not likely going to use your insurance otherwise if you’re across the Atlantic.

** Get rid of all those Extra Bills and Rethink your Budget  **

This is one of my favorites steps.  Take your current budget, get a red pen and start marking off all of those bills you will not need to pay when on the road.  Some of those bills include utilities, car payments, car insurance, cable, day care and many more.  You may be surprised how much money you can save when you get rid of those monthly bills.  Get down to the minimum and keep it that way.  We saved $1100 per month on day care costs and $300 on revolving utilities and insurance cost.  Plus $500 per month on car payment – It adds up fast.   Makes travelling full time seem much more financially possible.


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  1. Lindsay says:

    These are all so true! Especially the Southwest Credit Card trick. Saves us a ton on family travel since we can travel with 3 people on one ticket with companion pass and a lap child!

  2. NieNie says:

    Great tips! I never knew that staying longer or for a month costs less. How awesome! I’ll have to try some of these tips for sure!

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