How To Travel 1 YEAR in Europe for $5,000

“So wait… WHAT? How do you travel so cheaply???”

In this video I share with you my methodology and walk you through my steps of HOW I travel so cheaply. I explain how I get around, how I stay places for free, and ABOVE ALL… how I have a kick ass time doing do

Transportation

  1. Cheap airline – I strictly use Ryanair.com to get around Europe
  2. BE FLEXIBLE with you departure date – book the cheapest date
  3. WALK – use your own two feet as much as you can (exercise – yeaaaa!)
  4. Public transportation – Buses & trains (buy a pass if you will use often)
  5. Take advantage of transition time – Educate yourself (podcasts, books)
  6. Meet locals – make friends and share transportation costs
  7. Only travel with a carry on to avoid baggage fees
  8. Travel with an empty water bottle (fill up in the airport – bring a snack too!)
  9. Be open with your destination – look for cheap flights FIRST! Then decide location.

Pacing

  1. Travel slower
  2. Choose a travel method that “makes sense” to you
  3. Keep an open mind to a variety of experiences
  4. Once again…. CONNECT with locals!

Location

  1. Choose countries that are cheaper for budget travelers (Italy, Spain, Portugal)
  2. Consider the cost of living in each country

Accommodation

  1. workaway.info – work exchange. Work a few hours in exchange for free room and food
  2. Couchsurfing – great way to meet people!
  3. ASK – put it out there… someone you know may be able to connect you with someone in a place you are traveling
  4. VOLUNTEER – share your skills, knowledge, and experiences with the world

FOOOOOOOOD – nom nom nom

  1. Most workaway host’s provide food – EAT IT (duh!).
  2. If you go out exploring – take fruit or pack a snack
  3. ALWAYS carry your water bottle
  4. Ask around for opinions for some great cheap options
  5. Make local friends – SO MANY people will open their kitchens to you

Activities

  1. Wander around! Observe, chat with people…
  2. Take advantage of FREE days (you can find info on the internet or the tourist office)
  3. Use your student or teacher I.D. if possible – receive discounts

It’s all about balance…when you travel long-term there will be days when you just RELAX. Take the time to recharge, learn, create – or do whatever makes ya happy!

Travel does not have to be expensive. If you are willing to keep an open mind, be more relaxed, and be open to a variety of experiences …. then you can travel the world and have an amazing time on a small budget!

Ciao for now ❤

Once again… thanks YouTube for choosing such a precious still photo of me. I kinda find it funny at this point so I’m just gonna go with it 😉

Sunset above the clouds in Tenerife, Spain

Sunset above the clouds in Tenerife, Spain

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5 Characteristics EVERY Traveler Should Have

Do you have what it take to be a wacky traveler and set out to see and experience what the world has to offer?

In my opinion, the 5 characteristics every should should have are:

1. Chameleon
2. Authentic
3. Honest
4. Open-minded
5. Optimistic

Traveling the world is a one-of-a-kind experience and gift that you give to yourself. You learn SO SO much about yourself and others. Now go pack your bag and join me 🙂

**Excuse the video cutting off at the end. I’m always having a battle with my IPhone storage haha!

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What does it feel like to au pair? My insights into my experiences abroad

Thinking about traveling to a foreign country to au pair but have NO IDEA what to expect? I’ve got you covered.

I was an au pair for 3 months in Ireland as part of my European adventures.

In this video I describe my experiences and offer insights into things to consider when searching for a family.

Au pairing can be a great way to earn money while traveling. By living with the family (or in a separate apartment they provide for you) you will have a FREE place to stay and most of your food costs covered!

My top three suggestions in regards to things to consider when searching for a family are:

1. Location (Things to do, connected to public transportation)

2. Family Dynamic (Ask the family to describe themselves)

3. Number of Children (If it is your first time I suggest ONE child. Age is important as well. Older children are more independent while younger children will need more attention and care)

NOTE: My apologies for speaking SUPER fast — you can slow down the rate of the video my visiting youtube directly. On the lower right hand portion of the screen is a little gear looking thing (Settings) – it you click it you will find an option for speed. If you select 0.5 it will slow down my crazy thoughts 😉

Photo taken while exploring with the family I au paired for in Ireland

Photo taken while exploring with the family I au paired for in Ireland