Planning


Updated on: 03/25/19When planning my one year trip around the world, I predicted that I would spend the most money in the Middle East as well as Europe. After tabulating my spending breakdown for the entire year, I found out I was completely wrong! In this one I share my total expenses after travel hacking, volunteering, visiting friends, and spending money to explore this beautiful planet we call home. Pre-trip expenses • Gear...

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Updated on: 12/20/18Since founding Living the Dream we've been on two long-term trips and have had three staff members go off on year-plus journeys of their own around the world. Over that time you can say we've learned a thing or two about what is essential in preparing a long-term travel packing list. In the past we've all published our own personal vacation packing lists for our different journeys, but we want to go further than...

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Updated on: 04/27/18Karen and I just finished getting all our vaccinations done prior to going on my one year trip. The entire process has been confusing, because we wanted to be safe without having to spend a ton of money for vaccines we don’t really need. Disclaimer: I am not an expert or authority on vaccines. You should consult with a physician or a travel clinic before getting vaccinated. Figuring Out What is Necessary After...

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Updated on: 01/8/19After spending months and months on the road, chances are, you would like to take a break at some point to do some serious relaxing. I know I do. Have you ever thought about going on a cruise during your trip? It’s a great way to visit many different countries while being in a moving hotel. If I could, I will personally go on one or two cruises as part of my one year trip around the world! You might be thinking how...

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Updated on: 01/26/18Picture this: you are checking in your hotel when suddenly, the front desk staff tells you, “Congratulations, you’ve just been upgraded!” How awesome is that? Everyone likes being upgraded, especially at no extra cost! But how does one get free room upgrades during hotel stays? By obtaining hotel elite status! You might be thinking how nice it would be to obtain an elite status with a major hotel chain, but are...

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Updated on: 04/27/18Besides food, accommodations will be one of the biggest expenses you will incur during your round the world trip. That’s where hotel points come in. By building yourself a hefty reservoir of hotel points, you will be able to shave off about a month’s worth of accommodation expenses via free hotel stays. So how does one accumulate a bunch of hotel points? By signing up for all the hotel credit cards you can get your...

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