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

My Year Without – January: Spending Less than $100 on Food

brussel sprouts being cut on a cutting board

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I think if change is necessary and if you desire it enough than there is no point in waiting for some arbitrary date, like January 1st, to implement a change. You might as well start now in this moment and make small incremental progress towards the goal. However, I can see the power in preemptively framing a year in a way that … Continue reading

The Things You Need to Plan, and the Things You Don’t

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson My first time in Medellin, Columbia I walked out of the airport into the clean and organized taxi waiting area, only … 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 Harness the Cloud to Reduce Stress While Traveling

picture of the ocean in brazil. The water is shiny and the clouds above are dark.

There is magic happening all around us. Tiny bits of data are being transferred via various wavelengths of invisible energy from device to device to network to device, to be caught and captured by vibrating electrons in remote physical locations all over the world. You can harness this system to lighten your load while traveling, and to enhance your experience by reducing your paranoia regarding the safety of your data. … Continue reading

How to Travel with Less Stuff than Gandhi – The 2013 Life Reengineered Minimalist Packing Guide

Tom Bihn Synapse

Happy day after Mother’s day! I hope you all had a chance to connect with your wonderful mothers in whatever way you could. As my mother would remind me, it’s not what’s in your bag that matters most, it’s what’s in your heart. Enjoy! I travel with a 19 liter bag, which is the size of a school kids book bag. I’ve been traveling for 6 months straight, living out … Continue reading