How to Travel the World on a Budget and Live to Blog About It
Who are we?
We are a couple of 25-year-old Americans from Virginia. After graduating from U.Va and spending months lamenting our lost youth, we finally scored jobs that were both satisfying and moderately well-paying. Just as we were en route to establishing ourselves as adults, we had a brilliant idea: let’s quit our great jobs! Let’s blow our hard-earned savings on an 8-month unscripted journey around the world! Join us as we figure out just about everything as we go.
Brittany is a former barista/advertising designer/magazine web editor who loves shopping, blogs, and shopping blogs. Her web skills make this site possible, and she thinks that Ben is mostly a giant mooch.
Ben is a former movie theater concession worker/research librarian/corporate cube dweller who loves epic battles, video games, anything having to do with the future, and mooching.
Our Trip Philosophy
8 months might be enough to see all the “must-see” landmarks around the world, but the whirlwind tour this would entail is not really our style. Instead, we have selected a handful of countries where we’d really like to experience the local lifestyle. We hope to live in each destination for a month or so, in an effort to get a taste of the culture that goes deeper than the local tourist attractions. Luckily, our itinerary is entirely open-ended, so we can always linger longer in places we love (or dip out sooner from places we don’t!)
How Are We Doing This?
This is the question that we are asked the most often. We are able to afford this trip thanks to 1.) our stinginess, and 2.) we hope to work — Brittany as a freelance web designer (need a website?) and Ben as … well, anyone need hired manual labor? English tutor?
To plan our trip, we have relied heavily on blogs and forums. In addition, we have recently become avid readers of the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet travel guides. We have tried to make our decisions regarding how to pack and where to visit based on the stories of those who have gone before us.
Because we are
foolhardy adventurous, we are taking this trip with very little planning time under our belts. What most people spend one or more years planning, we have attempted to do in a matter of weeks. This means that we are leaving tons of untied loose ends, but Ben is confident that this is called “living life to the max.” Brittany is not convinced.