HOW TO TRAVEL MORE FOR LESS IN THE NEW YEAR - INTRO
This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com.
The author on a trip in 2014 with the C&M Morrison laptop handbag
In 2014, my husband and I increased our ability to travel exponentially. We took two big road trips- one of which was a full month long. Then, we spent five weeks in Europe, three weeks in Jamaica, and took two trips to Hawaii.
It may sound like we became independently wealthy, but I can assure you that we did not. You may be surprised to learn a few things about our travels:
1. We continued to work throughout all of our trips.
2. We didn’t pay for a hotel room the whole year.
3. We booked both pairs of overseas flights on award miles we had earned within the year, and we flew to Hawaii on "companion tickets" (a discount of hundreds of dollars).
This kind of travel is not exactly typical. Each of these three points is made possible by technological and societal changes that have opened doors for a new sort of traveler. (I share more about how to take advantage of these methods in the blog posts listed at the end of this article.)
Being Digital Nomads
For one, with the availability of internet world-wide, more and more businesses are moving their work online. This means more and more employees and entrepreneurs are no longer bound by geographic location, and a growing number of people are becoming "location independent" or "digital nomads."
This is essentially what we do that allows us to travel long-term. We do freelance work and have built our business completely online. We can work from anywhere with internet, so we continue to earn a paycheck from clients in the U.S. while we travel. We don't pay rent or a mortgage, nor do we have home-owners insurance or need to purchase household items on a regular basis. By keeping our expenses low, we're able to use the money we save to travel more.
If you're interested in learning more, see our blog post What is a Digital Nomad?.
But don't worry if you're not up for making the transition to a nomadic lifestyle. There are plenty of other tricks for saving money on travel accommodations and flights that are accessible to any traveler. I've shared more about these in the following posts:
- Michelle Chang