Category Archive: Finances

Jan
19

9 Weeks in San Miguel de Allende. Costs For a Family of Four.

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Our family of four spent the fall of 2017 in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We scrapped our original plan of spending four weeks there, as we fell in love with the city and ended up extending our trip to nine weeks. We would have stayed longer if we did not …

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Sep
14

96 Days in Europe. Costs For A Family of Four.

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This spring our family of four spent a grand total of 96 days in Europe. With my background in bookkeeping and my incessant need to always know how much we are spending, we kept a detailed log of ALL of our costs along the way. We used a handy, dandy app called Trail Wallet to …

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Jan
08

How We Fund Long-Term Family Travel

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Money, money, money, money! Of course, this is a topic that EVERYONE is curious about! I think one of the biggest hurdles to making travel part of your lifestyle is figuring out just how to fund it! I have actually been doing some research in this area for a project I am helping with and …

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Apr
10

Six Months In Asia – What Did It Cost?

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At the beginning of the trip I was all gung-ho on keeping track of our expenses and sharing a monthly expense report on this blog.  That lasted all of about one month.  I abandoned it for two reasons: It began to be too much of a chore to keep track of and categorize our expenses. I …

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Nov
02

Expenses, October 2012 – Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand

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  One month of travel and we have gone WAY over budget.  We wanted to stay under $2000 per month and we have more than doubled that in our first month. There are a few things to blame: Hong Kong was ridiculously expensive.  We knew that going in but seeing the numbers in black and …

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Sep
19

Pre Trip Expenses

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One of my goals with this website has been to share how much it is costing us to travel. It’s not that I want to share all of our financial information with you, it is that I want to help inspire others and give a realistic portrait of the financial aspect of long term family …

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Jul
04

Oh the Freedom!

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The sale of our house closed without a hitch last week. We are living in our motorhome and are now officially debt free.  Oh, how good it feels to type these words! I feel like there has been yet another shift in our reality.  It’s the feeling of freedom, of knowing that we are untethered. …

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May
15

OH YES WE DID!!!!!

SOLD!!!!

The adventure is about to begin!

Sep
26

You Can Travel Too….If You Want It Bad Enough

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I recently got an email from a reader asking for advise.  She works full-time, her husband is unemployed due to the recession.  Money is hard to come by but she dreams of traveling with her family. Here is my reply to her (slightly edited) Dear M, I am so glad you contacted me with your …

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Sep
06

Getting Rid of Stuff

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It started with the popcorn maker. We were trying to de-clutter the house to get it ready to go on the market.  My first job was to tackle the small appliance cupboard.  I thought “Do I really NEED a popcorn maker?  Popcorn is easy to make on the stove….”  And out it went, into the …

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