How do you bank when you’re abroad? If you’re anything like me, trying to figure out overseas card fees and exchange rates makes your head spin. If you don’t take the time to research the best credit and debit card for travel though, you’ll end up losing hundreds of pounds in fees. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you with this guide to the best debit and credit cards for travellers.
Since we left the UK in 2013, Andrew and I have travelled independently through 18 different countries. As an obsessive travel planner, I don’t mind the hours of research that goes into finding the cheapest flights, searching for accommodation and looking up ways to get around countries using local buses, trains, tuk tuks, boats and taxis. Travelling independently allows us to save a lot of money which buys us more time on the road, but what if you have less time to spare and a bigger budget? Could an all inclusive holiday be a better choice for you?
This year a lot has changed for us. After our attempt to live and teach in Madrid collapsed, Spain felt like an epic fail. Everything was a confusing, unhappy blur for me and I had to confront a lot of negative feelings; dissatisfaction with our financial situation, dread about teaching again and uncertainty for the future. We were forced to re-examine what we want from life and figure out how to live happily - this eventually led us to the realisation that we want to become digital nomads.
We spent our final five weeks in Spain living in the historical city of Toledo while working at English immersion camps. One of our main goals during this time was to earn some cash and reduce our outgoings by living as simply and cheaply as possible, so how did we get on? Here’s a breakdown of our living costs in Spain for five weeks.
Our first six weeks in Spain were spent road-tripping around the country, exploring the countryside, metropolises and beaches in the north as well as house sitting in Alicante, enjoying a week-long stay in our favourite Spanish destination, Barcelona, and exploring the capital city, Madrid. From food and entertainment prices to car hire costs and accommodation rates, here are our Spain travel costs for six weeks.
This month, Andrew and I marked our three-year travel anniversary. Although we hit a rough patch recently in Spain and the path ahead of us is still far from clear, we’re so grateful for everything we’ve experienced since we left London in 2013. For most people in the world, this kind of travel is simply not an option and we know that we’re incredibly lucky to have had the means and opportunities in life to make our travel dreams a reality. Here’s a look at our journey so far and what we’ve learned about the price of freedom.
Since we left the UK in 2013 to travel the world, we’ve taken 33 international and domestic flights between 15 countries and spent £6,098 on airline tickets. We’ve also spent countless hours searching online for cheap airfares so we now have a pretty good idea of how to find the best flights available – here’s how we do it.
Our trip to the USA was one of my favourite travel experiences to date. During our three-month stay we took an epic autumn road trip through New England, visited mighty Niagara Falls and hit up the bright lights of New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.  We ate plenty of delicious food, stayed in some amazing places and took on all kinds of activities, from boat trips and ghost walks to historical tours and museum visits. So, how much did it cost us to travel for three months in America?
I remember sitting in my London office back in 2012, reading travel blogs and trying to figure out just how people could afford to travel full time for years on end, it seemed so unachievable. Now I occasionally get a little shock when I realise that it’s been two and a half years since Andrew and I left the UK and we’re still travelling and unbelievably, we’re not broke!