How Much Does it Cost to Travel Croatia? June 2015 Report

Old Town Hvar in the dying light. Cruise ships are tied together in front of the old town

June was my first full month outside of the U.S.A and I thought you all might be interested in hearing about what it cost for me to live abroad in the beautiful country of Croatia for the month. I’ve provided a snapshot of my Mint budget report for June below so you can see where all my money went. This budget report covers my time traveling from Pula in Istria … Continue reading

Advice to My 23 Year Old Friends: The Young Professional’s Strategy for Early Retirement with Mucho Travel

Brandon laying across some chairs in an airport in London, about to go to sleep.

I think a lot of young people come out of college, get a job, and float aimlessly through their 20s, haunted by restlessness and feelings of “what am I doing with my life?” The job is fun and interesting at first, and there are plenty of distracting work parties and weekend getaways with friends. At 23 you’re brimming with energy, but you’re stuck behind a desk for at least 8 … Continue reading

How I Quit My Job to Travel the World, Again

I’ve done it before, and I’m doing it again. I just quit my job to travel the world. And it feels really good. Like school just let out for summer good. Like catching a sweet nugget of a wave good. Like high fiving your best friend good. It makes all the hard work over the last year and a half – the long hours at work, the injury rehab, the … Continue reading

Failure in January: My Month Spending Less than $100 on Food

Prices of bulk cashew pieces vs whole bulk cashews from dispenser in the grocery store

Total spent on food for the month of January: $106. Failure. Glorious failure. I started the month (and the New Year) strong. At home with my Mom I was treated to my first free meal of the month – breakfast before my flight home to Portland. I stacked up on some nuts and fruit for the plane in order to avoid buying the airport food, and headed out. For simplicity’s … Continue reading

Is Worldventures a Pyramid Scheme? The Dark Side of American Travel Hacking

I had an interesting experience the other night. This won’t be your typical post, I’m going to rant a bit and I’m not sure that I’ll convince anybody of anything but having traveled the world as a US citizen for the past 10 months and then being exposed to this situation was eye opening and I feel the need to share. This has to do with a company called Worldventures. … Continue reading

My Month Living in an RV: A Shockingly Spendy Lifestyle Alternative

When Kevin first walked me through the RV he told me “When I’m in the RV, life just slows down. If I’m driving, I’m going pretty slow. I take turns slow. When I move around inside the RV it’s deliberately slow.” He went on to explain why “it’s because everything is fragile. You can’t just go banging around opening up cabinets, pulling levers, leaning on things. You see that cabinet? … Continue reading

How to Fly For Free, Anywhere, Anytime – The LR Guide to Frequent Flyer Miles

A smiling child, sitting on a banana leaf, with his mother laughing in the background.

Last year about this time I had just quit my job, sold almost all of my things, packed my 19 liter bag and left the country to travel around South America for six months with a loose agenda which included things to do like “learn to scuba dive”, “sail through the San Blas Islands”, “go to Carnival” and “see Machu Picchu”. When I tell people about my trip the most … Continue reading

How to Retire in Five Years: Mr. Money Mustache’s Lessons in Frugality

Calm day on the Indian ocean with beautiful cloud reflection in the glassy water.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a budget traveler and I plan on being one for life. I like to travel alone or in a small group, I take buses instead of flying, I stay in hostel dorm rooms, I use frequent flyer miles when I need to fly and I travel light. I’m always thinking that every dollar saved can be used towards future travel or other fun stuff, … Continue reading

The Inside Scoop on How to Learn to Surf

Barreling Wave on Bluff Beach, Panama

“And then the lightning bolt struck me: surfing is more religious than religion” -Rob Gilley, excerpt from Surfermag article The Church of Yew For the last five weeks of my trip and since returning to the US I’ve been surfing almost daily. I’ve re-fallen in love with the sport after a 5 year hiatus during which time I surfed only a few times each year. Work, family, friends, interest in … Continue reading

Why I May Never Own a Home

A warped house built in 1497 in Germany

  Life is more enjoyable when you set clear, quantifiable goals for yourself. When you have quantifiable goals there is a sense of purpose and reason infused into daily choices that serves to simplify your life. No longer are you saving $200 per month for the sake of saving, you are saving $200 dollars per month so that you can buy that blinged out diamond studdded ipod case that you’ve … Continue reading