Our Secrets to Affordable Long Term Travel
Like many long term travelers, people frequently want to know our secret to traveling long term. “How is it possible and how you can you afford to travel so much?” “How can I afford to travel,” they ask, curious how they can travel more themselves. And although David likes to spend money as though we are rich, this is certainly not the case. Surprisingly, we spent more money living in Chicago than we do traveling. A month’s expenses in Chicago cost us roughly $4,500 per month, while traveling around the world only cost about $3,200 on an average month – that’s for both of us. Places like Europe were more but destinations like India or South East Asia were cheap enough that David could spend to his heart’s content without me freaking out. Travel credit cards with airline mileage bonuses are a huge help, and even living in Spain we still continue to apply for credit cards for travelling. We just recently booked our trip from the US to Spain for just $25 in taxes and 25,000 miles each, one of our best deals yet! Once I reach a spending limit on a particular card, I will get the bonus points and then I like to compare credit cards quickly to find another card that will give me a good offer. Cards like British Airways or United Mileage Plus have great credit card offers that have helped us bank miles. If the card I currently have charges an annual fee, I cancel the card after the bonus is received.
Gay Backpackers: Out of the Closet or In?
I started writing this post on gay backpacking last year before we began our trip around the world. However, I decided it would be best to post it after our year abroad to share our actual experiences.
Being gay backpackers, Auston and I had talked a little bit before we started traveling about what our plan would be as to whether or not we’d come out to people we meet while traveling. The general consensus was that we’d just have to feel out every situation. So from the beginning, we told everyone that we were friends from college which is how we actually met anyway. We also didn’t wear our wedding rings while abroad just to avoid any unexpected questions.
Backpacking As A Gay Couple
We’ve been traveling the world as a gay couple now for more than 7 months, so we’ve decided to open up and share our experiences about how it’s impacted our relationship. As if we don’t talk enough about ourselves on our own travel blog, we also have to do it on other blogs. Hurray! We already shared our experiences of Gay CouchSurfing for Leave Your Daily Hell. Now, check out what it’s like to Backpack As a Gay Couple on this post we wrote for Waegook Tom. Tom’s been teaching English in South Korea since 2009 and is about to embark on a round-the-world adventure this year. Be sure to explore his travel blog and check out our post to see what it’s like for Two Bad Tourists to travel together…you might even get some good (or bad!) relationship advice along the way!
Important Update to Our Tavel Plan!
We will no longer be backpacking around the world!
Instead, we have decided to “shopping cart” around the world. We have found our backpacks to be way too heavy and our bodies are far too lazy for such a task. I’m really looking forward to this new way of travel and am sure it will catch on quickly for others.
In smaller news, we actually won’t be making it to Israel and Egypt as we originally intended. I’m SUPER bummed! After looking at all the logistics of it though, it makes the most sense (financially and time-wise) to continue traveling in Europe for our last few weeks before we leave for Ghana. It wasn’t ideal, but it does mean we have more time to spend in Greece, Portugal and Turkey!