How can you afford to travel? a.k.a our most asked question

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It’s all about the money, money, money

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Since we’ve returned home there has been a consistent theme of questioning along the lines of “how on earth could you afford to travel for that long?” “You must be loaded?” “Did you win the lottery and not tell anyone?” Now this topic has been covered by tons of other travel bloggers but since the same questions are being asked we thought the info could bear a repeat visit. So, if you’re interested in how we did it, are contemplating travelling long term or if you just want to start taking more trips read on!

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Tips for successful shopping in Hoi An

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Choose any dress and then pick any colour from around 40 options - the choice is endless

Choose a dress and then pick any colour from around 40 options – the choice is endless

I’m a self confessed former shopaholic. I used to have bags full of new clothes lying around the house that hadn’t even been opened. I would go clothes shopping at least 2 or 3 times per week and had a ridiculous amount of stuff I didn’t need. I stopped cold turkey when we started to save for travel and have only bought absolutely necessary things since then. However, when I started reading about the tailors of Hoi An and how you could have custom made clothes produced in 24 hours, I felt the twinge of shopping mania starting again.

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6 tips on making your money work for you

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Once upon a time there was a young girl from Newcastle who was absolutely terrible with money. Like most young people in the UK she didn’t receive a lot of guidance growing up on how to manage your finances. As a result, she graduated university with a £15,000 student loan debt despite having worked two part-time jobs during the whole three years. She then walked straight into her first crummy full-time job, earning a pittance and yet still wanting the young professional lifestyle.

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New Zealand starter pack – 5 tips that will save you money

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Lovely Queenstown Harbour

Lovely Queenstown Harbour

I’ve discovered that I’m a bit of a wreck for the first few days in any new country. I’m the sort of person that immediately needs to know how things work, where to shop, how to save those precious pennies. I’ve read some great posts on the activities on offer and places to visit in New Zealand but hopefully these starter pack tips will be of benefit.

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Tips on saving money (and your sanity) on a U.S road trip

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Somewhere in South Dakota

Somewhere in South Dakota

After journeying around the entire continental U.S during the very busy summer months this year we got pretty adept at learning how to maximise on freebies and making our pennies stretch as far as possible. We didn’t reinvent the wheel but a few key pointers helped keep the budget down and we thought they might be useful for anyone considering a similar trip.

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