These expat financial mistakes could spell the difference between a successful life abroad vs. returning to the U.S. tail between your legs.
Financial Travel Tips
Years ago, I launched a series called Financial Travel Tips. Every week, I kicked out a little gem of advice to help you plan, manage, and spend money wisely.
Unfortunately, they got lost in the shuffle. So many tips, so little time.
So, I amalgamated the vast majority of them into the massive Travel Lifestyle Guides you see below. Basically, I crammed 120 posts into about 20! Now, they're themed and complete guides to help you save money, make money, make the most of money, carry money, access money, and so much more.
Basically, if it has to do with money and travel, it's in here. If you heed the advice in these posts, will be able to skip the learning curve and travel like a pro, heeding the advice and experience of over 12 years of full-time travel!
Saving money to travel starts with taking a critical look at your expenses. Here’s a formula to help you cut costs and save for your travel.
By using frequent flyer miles strategically and knowing how to travel hack (ie: reading this post!), you can save even more money and even fly for free. This article is the ultimate beginner’s guide and will help you dip a toe in the ocean of frequent flyer mile opportunities.
With travel mystery shopping, you’ll subsidize travel with free hotels, discount flights, and more. Read my mystery shopping tips from personal experience.
As a foreigner, you’re an automatic target for theft, pickpocketing, and more. Scammers these days can be quite creative! Here are 24 classic travel scams (REAL scams, experienced by these pro travelers) – with tips on how to avoid them.
I’ve been asked repeatedly to provide long-term travel budget templates. Here’s a framework, with info on what financially sustainable travel REALLY means.
Here are 46 hidden travel costs that could derail your budget if you’re not prepared for them. From airline extras to hotel add-ons and more, these tips will help you plan and save money on the road.
After a dozen years of traveling, I’ve learned a few ways to save money that nobody talks about. Here’s how to travel on a budget and stretch your money with 14 killer secret budget travel tips.
Some things just have to get done before you travel. Things like visas, important legal documents, even proof of onward travel! This guide outlines it all. It finishes off with instructions on how to sell everything to travel.
Debt management, organization of finances, saving for retirement, asset allocation, and more: Financial planning is always sticky, but when you’re traveling the world? Eek. This guide gives you everything you need to manage your money on the road.
This gigantic free guide to finding free and cheap accommodation around the world is guaranteed to save you hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on your next trip. Click through and see for yourself!
Knowing how to make money while traveling can be the difference between a lifetime of long-term travel and going home when your savings dries up. This guide goes WAY in-depth into 7 effective ways to make money while you travel.
How do long-term / full-time travelers insure themselves against medical emergencies? Expat insurance is a solution. Here’s everything you need to know.
What are the different kinds of travel insurance – and which kind do you need the most? Answer every possible question you have about travel insurance with this guide, which includes a glossary of terms and claims advice.
It’s important to keep your documents, data, finances, and identity safe while traveling. In this ultimate guide to travel security, you’ll learn everything you need to know, including VPNs and more.
Credit cards, cash, debit cards, prepaid travel cards, etc….throw in international travel, and it gets complicated. In this guide, I outline the best ways to travel with money, securely and safely and without losing your shirt in fees.
Don’t want to burden a friend to deal with your mail while you travel? Here is everything you need to know about virtual mailing services; who might need them, how much they cost, who to use, where to use them, and criteria to evaluate your needs.
How do you go about filing taxes as a digital nomad? With an ever-increasing population of digital nomads taking to the road, this is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue. Learn from experienced digital nomads in this GIANT guide with everything you need to know about filing taxes as a digital nomad.
Did you know you can save thousands of dollars on airfare by using a VPN for flight searches? Seriously. Thousands. Here’s how: