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.
Travel planning is a necessary evil (or a treat if you like that sort of thing). Personally, I detest the process of travel planning - it's onerous, time consuming, and stressful. Did I get the best flight deal? Is this accommodation going to be in a good neighbourhood? Am I going to like this place?
But sometimes, with the right tools and tips, travel planning can be easy and stress-free. I've worked hard over the last decade+ in sussing out the best tools and tips to make planning your next trip a breeze....and I share those tools and tips and processes with you here.
I also share with you some of my own travel planning challenges and woes along the way, in the hopes that you can either:
a) avoid my mistakes, or
Looking for the ultimate packing list for full-time travel? Here’s exactly what I pack to travel the world as a digital nomad – down to every last item. This interactive packing list widget is sure to give you lots of ideas for your next trip.
Want to avoid international roaming but not sure what your cell phone travel options are? There’s something for everybody, and this article outlines ALL your options along with pros and cons and what kind traveler/trip each strategy is best for.
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.
The internet is packed with websites for travelers, but sites come and go everyday. This is the most up to date list of the best travel websites around!
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.
These 25 killer best travel apps will help you travel more efficiently, safely, cheaply, and fun(ly). Smartphone travel apps like these are changing travel entirely!
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.
In this article I dissect what makes for the best wrinkle free travel clothes for women, as inspired by a capsule wardrobe challenge by Anatomie Travel Clothes. I took two tiny packing cubes of clothes and traveled ULTRAlight. Here’s what happened!
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.
I’ve suffered a ridiculous number of illnesses and diseases on the road; now I’m an expert on staying healthy while traveling! Learn what’s in my travel medical kit, what supplements I use, natural cures, and all my tips and techniques for staying healthy while traveling and avoiding illness in the first place.
These courses for aspiring digital nomads don’t take up much room under the tree, but will be the most valued gift you could give the traveler in your life. Reviewed here: Superstar Blogging School, DIY Website Workshop, Complete Guide to Error Fares, and Paid to Blog.
The best travel gifts for 2017 include the Ultimate Travel Dress, expandable packing cubes, Eagle Creek compression sacs, Chipolo tracking device, Fat Chick Goes Awol (book), and Flexiroam global data micro-SIM card. Learn more about them here!
What kind of luggage is best for you? Take this fun and interactive quiz to find out, and take the mystery (and misery) out of figuring it out on your own.
How do you choose your travel destinations? Here’s how I’ve done it for the last 10 years, with some ideas for how you can choose your next destination.
Though I didn’t travel as much or as long as in previous years, I covered good ground in 2015, seeing 6 countries spanning 35,000 miles! Here’s the summary.
Here are some pros and cons to solo/couple/family travel, along with resources full of testimonials from professional solo, couple, and family travelers.
What does it cost to travel full-time? That answer varies, as it has for me over the years. Here’s my cost of full-time travel in 2014.
I’m currently in the throes of what I’ve dubbed The “C” Trip, to Colombia, Colorado, and Costa Rica. Here’s how this trip came to pass:
In 2014 I traveled through/lived in 7 countries, and traversed over 34,000 miles. Here’s a summary of what I did, and where.
In Cusco, my purse was stolen, with everything in it. Here’s what happened, what I gained from being prepared, and what mistakes I made along the way.
Here are eight ways you can be impulsive on the road (as well as at home for that matter) to expand your horizons and get the most out of travel (and life):
Traveling with frequent flyer miles isn’t always easy. Here’s a sordid story of dealing with US Airways, with some rules for navigating frequent flyer miles.
Here’s my full uncensored cost of full-time travel in 2013 – an expensive and rough year for me; testament to life happening we’re while busy making plans.
It’s done with the best intentions, but can have the most catastrophic outcomes. Here’s how tourists cripple local economies, and how to avoid it happening.
In just one week, $10,000 passed through my hands. And it all boils down to a stolen passport, four days before I was to travel…a saga indeed.
The time has come: I’ve drawn up a bucket list – but with a twist; I celebrate past victories, new dreams, and ongoing ambitions.
Behold a detailed breakdown of my cost of full-time travel in 2012. It’s considerably higher than previous years. Here’s why:
Despite my best efforts(!), my 2012 income was almost double my 2011 income. Here’s what I earned, how I did it, and why it’s all a bit fickle.
In 2012, my full-time travels took me to 8 countries spanning 20,000 miles. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights!
After redesigning my life 6 years ago to adopt a full-time travel lifestyle, it’s time to redesign my life again. Just a wee bit anyway. Here’s the scoop!
I am lucky enough to not have a university degree or a house. Here’s why I think it’s the best thing that could ever have happened to me.
Distance and geography take on a different meaning, depending on where you’re from. As a Canadian in Europe this has been quite a learning experience.
A leap of faith is a scary thing. But is there a right way and wrong way to do it? Here we look at some key ingredients to making a leap of faith – responsibly.
After outlining my exact 2011 income, I explain why I choose not to make more money, and how I still manage to live the “high life” on a part-time income!
I travel full-time in a financially sustainable way. I’ve showed you how to live on $17k/year or less on the road; now here’s a look at how I earn that money.
Much to my surprise, the best and cheapest doctor I ever visited was in the USA. Read this article to see my costs to visit doctors around the world.
As a full-time traveler, I was egotistically skeptical about the value I’d receive from this e-book. I was wrong. Read on to see what it’s about.
After deciding to leave everything to chase my lifelong dream of travel, I had to walk the talk. Here are the nuts&bolts of how I Became The Professional Hobo.
Here I bare all: what prompted me to make the life-changing decision to sell everything to travel full-time. Enjoy Part I: about how it all started.
Want to know how much it costs to travel full-time? Read this post to find out exactly how much money I spent in 2011, traversing 13 countries and 73,000kms.
2011 was a busy year for The Professional Hobo, spanning 13 countries and over 73,000kms. Here’s a summary, including my annual holiday video card.
Amidst the huge effort of planning for the Ultimate Train Challenge lies a section of our trip that includes the world’s longest railway: the Trans-Siberian. Here’s how we’re planning it!
I’m leaving behind what little travel gear I own to take on the No Baggage Challenge! Find out what I’m doing and why, and check out this video of me “packing”.
The recent exercise of booking my flights back to Canada from New Zealand was a harrowing one. It took forever to actually decide on a plan of action and execute it. And for a full-time traveler of four years, it shouldn’t have been that difficult. Then again, maybe my very freedom inspired this paralysis; the […]
This is the story of how a little girl who sang into her pillow growing up is learning to sing to the world. (Or maybe just a bigger pillow). Both of my parents are musicians. Growing up, we lived in a two-bedroom apartment with two pianos; often one parent would teach a student in the […]
Four years of full-time travel: can you believe it?! Just as time passes more and more quickly as we age, so too I’m finding that time passes increasingly quickly as my travel days accumulate. It feels like eons ago that I sold my financial planning practice and everything I owned to travel the world. Back […]
I am currently recovering from Motion Sickness on the road. This is a very real, very difficult condition to deal with, and something to be aware of, especially if you’re traveling solo. In this fantastic world of full-time travel (four years and counting for me), a tapestry of experiences is woven together, incorporating the colours […]
Travel Fatigue…..it’s a bitch. About a month ago, I realized something wasn’t right. I couldn’t quite define what was going on, but I had an unsettled feeling in my gut. I was fundamentally tired; feeling like I hadn’t gotten a truly good night of sleep in months. On reflection, I realized this was true; too […]
Here’s my cost of full-time travel in 2010 visiting 9 countries…you might be surprised by it… In 2010, I set foot in nine different countries and had dozens of varied experiences. (Click here for a video and summary of my 2010 travel adventures). Since I claim to travel in a financially sustainable manner, it’s only […]
What makes you a traveler? Not always such an easy question to answer. The longer I travel, the more confused I have become about what “travel” is, and what constitutes a “traveler”. And depending on who you talk to, it can be quite a touchy subject, full of egotism and insecurity. Here are a few […]
Breaking up while traveling – this is not an easy task….trust me. There are heaps of articles about survival tips for couples on the road. The stress of travel can take a toll on a relationship, accelerate the natural evolution of a relationship, or even force two people to stay together longer than they should. […]
What is your favourite place in the world? Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I was asked what my favourite place in the world is…. Despite being asked this question so often, I rarely have a concise reply. Instead the answer is usually a shoddily constructed response, dependent on my mood, recent […]
In the last few months, I’ve had occasion to connect with a handful of people who I’ve initially met on-line, developed relationships with over varying periods of time, and then met in person. I’ve stayed with some of them, met others for coffee, and even house-and-dog-sat for yet others. All of these experiences have been […]
This post hails to you on my first full day in Auckland, New Zealand. You may recall that I was here just a few weeks ago, which – in part – explains why I’m back. Let me tell you how I got here. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. First, I’ll tell you why […]
America – the No Vacation Nation: (This post was originally published in 2007, and has since been updated for formatting and accuracy of links and content). I recently read this enlightening bit of information over at Wanderlust and Lipstick: A 2009 survey from Expedia found that 1/3 of employees don’t take all of their vacation […]