I published my first blog post six months ago and according to Jeremy at Go Curry Cracker, it’s my halfiversary today! In honor of the day, I’m going to add a new feature to the blog – a series called Smart Travels!
After reading Holly’s guest post on Financial Samurai last week (and since I was feeling lazy at the beach), I decided it was time to get started! You can find great posts from Holly and her husband Greg about saving money, making more money and budget traveling on their blog Club Thrifty.
Holly also pointed out Sam’s travel category in her post and I highly suggest a read of his amazing trips too! He fooled us all in a post about how he didn’t travel “hack” and still spent a week at a $2,000/night hotel in Paris for free this year. Sam also reminds us that there are ways we can reduce our taxable income and maybe even travel for free from travel blogging. (My current goal is to just share some of our frugal adventures, but maybe someday in the future I’ll consider this more seriously too!)
Jeremy at Go Curry Cracker encourages everyone to start a blog in his latest post, but his blog is full of amazing early retirement family adventures in addition to top-notch financial and tax strategy posts. (He may even get me to consider writing off some business expenses and stop worrying about the dreaded audit…)
I’d also spend some time checking out Joe’s posts on his family’s 3 week trip to Thailand at Retire by 40. He’s been writing a long time about financial independence and early retirement and if you search “travel” on his site, you’ll find many interesting posts!
And Steve from Think Save Retire is getting ready to retire next month and travel the country. I’m sure he and his wife Courtney will share many adventures (like getting solar panels installed on their Airstream!) on his blog and their other sites – A Streamin Life and Full Time Explorer’s too!
Another full-time RV’er who blogs about personal finance and travel is Michelle over at Making Sense of Cents! She has all kinds of articles about traveling, working on the road and she shares her own (honest) success story too!
Let’s not forget Justin over at Root of Good and his amazingly frugal travels with a family of five! Based on a Twitter pic he just posted, I think they are heading out on a cruise to the Bahamas real soon and will be busy snorkeling and seeing the sights!
Paula at Afford Anything writes that “ I travel an insane amount” and if you’ve read any of her blog posts (I have for years!) – you know that she is always on the go! Paula also shares how she works from the road and how to break free from your cubicle to do it!
Mr. 1500 loves to travel too and just spent time at the Chautauqua in Ecuador with some other amazing personal finance bloggers. I look forward to his posts and the pictures of Frugalsaurus and Spendosaurus (at the equator in his last update) and where they might end up next!
Ms.Our Next Life talks about travel all the time (but much of it is tied in with work!) She and Mr. ONL certainly have big travel plans for their early retirement in the near future! I look forward to their travel “by choice” rather than “mandate” posts! The ONL’s are pretty frugal folks too – and share great tips for saving money on travel on their site!
Then there is Matt over at the Resume Gap. He and Daniel are “semi-retired” and their tagline – Financial Independence and Full-Time Adventure certainly inspires the 20-something crowd! (And us older folks too!) Their most recent pictures from Oregon were breathtaking and they share their experiences backpacking through Eastern Europe too!
You can also check out more millennial travels with Fire Cracker and Wanderer over at the Millennial Revolution! They FIRE’d at 31 to travel the world! They’ve been featured on CNBC and Yahoo Finance, along with Business Insider and of course our favorite – Rockstar Finance 😉
I guess the Frugal Vagabond is pretty self-explanatory! His tagline reads Life is short. Save hard. Travel far. And his site and amazing new product, The Earth Awaits can help anyone as they begin to think about world travel and places to retire! Check it out and see where you could afford to live in retirement!
I already know where I am going to learn about “all things Vegas” too! Penny at She Picks Up Pennies has this covered in a number of different posts! Click on that link and you’ll see what I mean! She also covered her trip to Costa Rica this year. That’s another “bucket-list” trip we are planning in the next few years!
And hopefully someday in our travels, we’ll make our way out to Arizona to do some hiking and camping! But before we do, we’ll check out Julie’s posts at Choose Better Life. Julie’s travel posts have incredible pictures of different hikes and amazing details about camping equipment! A one-stop shop for all you need to know about specific hikes!
The Groovy’s recently shared a “Gumbo Trail Retirement Kickoff Road Trip” post that has some awesome pictures and hints on where to get some great food while visiting some historical landmarks too! I was feeling like I needed another trip to the Y to workout after reading about all the amazing food along the trail!
A big THANK YOU to all of the great bloggers for sharing their travel stories. We have many of them bookmarked for future travel. And I know I’m missing some great PF bloggers who also write about travel. Feel free to suggest others in the comments and I’ll try to add links to them here too!
If you have suggestions about format or content for future frugal travel posts, share away! This will definitely be a work in progress! And I’m certainly open to suggestions and to guest posts too!
I’ll be posting my first Smart Travels post in a few days – A Spotlight on Siesta Key!
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