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how we (don't) fund our travels

Do you want to know how we have funded our 13-month round-the-world-trip and will fund our upcoming 15-month trip to Europe?  Well, cause I like y'all so very much, I am going to let you in on our little secret.

Paul McCartney is my uncle.

Oh wait, you wanted to really know how we fund our travels and not some fantasy that I have about having the Wings crew showing up at my birthday parties to sing "Hey Jude?"  Ahem.  Well, then, sit back and hear me speak the truth.  But, first, let's get a couple of things out of the way, namely how we don't fund our travels.

1.  No rich uncles.  If only.  (Not that I don't like my current uncles, because they are all very wonderful people, though none of them sing with that velvety Paul McCartney voice.)

2.  No lottery winnings.  Despite my mild fascination with scratch-off lottery tickets, the most I have ever won was $9, which I immediately turned in for four more scratch-off lottery tickets, which resulted in a grand total of $0.

3.  No credit cards.  I like credit cards and think that they are essential to help manage money, control your assets, and keep yourself protected in case of monetary fraud (very important when traveling long-term).  But, funding our whole trip via credit cards would be like adding a thick brick to our already-loaded backpack every month.  More money leaves our bank account than enters when we are traveling and piling on debt would turn our fun, relaxing trip into a stress-ridden nightmare.

If you are thinking about funding your whole trip with credit cards, please slow down and think about alternate options: a shorter trip, more savings, or postponing the trip until you have enough saved up.  Traveling is a dream for most of us and, like most dreams, does not have to be achieved all at once.  

4.  Not this blog.  Oh yeah, you read that.  We do not fund our travels through this blog.  Be shocked if you must, but someone's got to say it. 

The internet has been all abuzz about how you can Quit Your Life, Blog A Bit, and Travel the World.  There are lifestyle designers, travel bloggers, professional bloggers, and 4-hour-workweek-proponents who have been telling me that I can make hundreds of thousands of dollars by blogging, leading to the lifestyle that all the rest of us can only wish for in our wildest fantasies.  Back in the day, there were the Avon ladies, pyramid schemes, and Tupperware parties; today, the new get-rich-quick-schemes are centered on SEO, pageviews, social networking, and ad space.

Look, there are people making real money on the internet and funding their round-the-world travels through their websites.  I get that and I'm not envious in the least (okay, maybe I am just a little . . . . oh, what the heck, if they came over to my house, I might just try and plant bugs in their websites directing all their traffic to come to mine.  Not really, though, cause I would never be that mean.  Or, so they think.)  Anyhow, if you're just starting out and planning a round-the-world trip and want to fund it through your website, will you please go around and count up the number of people actually doing this?  There's Matt at Nomadic Matt, Kirsty at Nerdy Nomad, Dave at Go Backpacking, Baker at Man vs. Debt, Anil at FoxNomad, Chris at The Art of Nonconformity and I think that's it.  Is there anyone else out there funding their travels via their website?  [I know that a lot of people make *some* money for their trips through their website but these guys use their website(s) and website-related products as the sole source of income for their travels.]

By my count, that's six people, not even two handfuls, out of the thousands of travel bloggers out there.  And, if you look at those six bloggers, they treat their blogs as full-time businesses, devoting a great deal of their days to writing, photographing, and video-creation.  All have put out multiple e-books, have multiple websites, and Chris has even published a book.  They are doing awesome things.

Kyoto

Kyoto Fushimi Inari shrine

But, here's my question for you: when you are in Kyoto, where the temples run into tiny gardens, geisha roam the streets, and the food is so dazzling that you wish you had the four stomachs of a cow, do you want to be holed up in your fluorescent-lit hostel room that smells like tatami mats and laundered sheets, leaning at a 75 degree angle in the furthest corner, so that your computer's antenna can reach the free WiFi that you need to publish that day's blog post?  I don't. 

And, because we aren't dependent on our blog for our source of income, I don't have to.  I could put in the hours to build multiple websites, post more frequently to this one, and spend hours on the Internet to develop my social networking connections, but I don't because this blog is just a hobby for me.  Last month, we made a grand total of $45 through advertisements and, last year, we made $3,000 in total from prizes, sponsorships, and minimal advertising.  Sure, I'd love to make more money (who wouldn't?) but am I willing to put in the time to make this blog my business? 

The answer is no.  I don't want to be a professional blogger.  Before we left, we made an agreement about this blog: we only blog as long as we enjoy doing it.  Our blog is, first and foremost, for us.  I want to write what I want, put out pictures that I love, and fiddle around with videography.  This blog is our creative playground, not our business.  So, we never expected or planned that this blog could make us money.  We were frankly shocked when people started approaching us with advertising offers, giveaways, and sponsorships.  We treat any money that we make from this site as a bonus, enough for a couple of nice dinners and hotel stays, but nothing that we can rely on.

If you're thinking that this is a stupid way to treat blogging, I don't disagree with you.  Deciding that travel blogging is a hobby when there are so many others who can teach you to make money blogging seems an entirely wasted opportunity.  I don't know what to say except that, because this is a hobby, we control what we write without worrying about what anyone else thinks or what we have to sell.  That sort of artistic freedom is worth every penny that we lose in sales and advertising.

So, how do we fund our travels?  I have a three step program that might just blow your mind with its revolutionariness (I think I just made up that word but I like the way it rolls off the tongue):

We budget.  We work.  We save.

Wait, you've heard of this method before?  This sounds kind of like what your Dad told you to do when you were a kid and wanted that pink sparkly princess Barbie doll that *all the other kids* had and, then, you finally saved up enough money for it and realized that it was lame and not nearly as cool as the Nintendo set that *all the other kids had* and the Barbie doll wound up in the back of your closet, to be later cleaned out by your Mom who gave it to Goodwill though you insisted that you really had liked it very much and wanted to keep it?  [Oh, that was just me?] 

We worked a lot before our trip, accumulating as much savings as we could.  We sold our second car before we traveled and some of our furniture.  We lived in a cheaper house and didn't eat out as much (though, of course, given our appetites, we didn't entirely quit dining out.)  We did a whole lot to scrape up as much cash as we could ---- which I will tell y'all about in the next few weeks --- and, then, once we started traveling, we kept it up by continuing to budget, work, and save on the road.

Hopefully, your face is glued to this computer screen and you can't wait for me to tell you about budgets (YAY BUDGETS!) in the next few weeks.  I won't blame you though if budgets put you to sleep, as they do most other functioning humans in the world, except for me because I have that rare love-budgets-love-accounting gene.  Freaky, I know.

*How We (Don't) Fund Our Travels is the first post in the RTW Travel Planning in Retrospect Project, a weekly community project that seeks to gather insights and advice on round-the-world travel planning from those who have been in the metaphorical trenches.  Stay tuned because, on Tuesday, some very fabulous travel bloggers will join in the discussion and reveal how they funded their trips (and they will very likely be less long-winded than me.)

02/09/2011 03:58
Interesting take. I'm not sure I can relate, but I do certainly see where you're coming from. When I started Backpackingmatt.com the goal was to ultimately make money - I knew it would be an uphill battle, however I enjoy writing, blogging, and the interaction in the online blog community so I thought I might as well set myself up where I could potentially make money. The way I look at it is a hobby that I've turned into a business. I enjoy the challenge of balancing producing content, with interaction in the online community, with generating advertising revenue.
02/09/2011 10:27
Matt - I absolutely admire those of y'all who started your blogs to make money because I think that professional bloggers are needed in this community. Professional bloggers help balance out those of us who just write for fun, by providing many of the how-to posts and general overviews that the rest of us forget because we are writing primarily for ourselves. I think having the combination of professional bloggers and hobby bloggers makes our community stronger; I just don't want people to forget that it's okay to not make money.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 04:28
I completely understand not wanting to turn your blog into a business (as I say holed up working in Dubai). The time investment is enormous (for me anyway) and I have to plan my travels around wi-fi and the schedule of my blogs.

I absolutely love what I do but it comes with the understanding that I'm tied to a computer as I travel; more so than most people would ever want to be.
02/09/2011 10:33
Anil, The other deciding factor for us was not only the amount of time it takes to put out good blogs with good posts (like you do) but that, in the early stages, you don't make much money. There is a huge ramp up process to making money via blogging, just as with any small business. For us, it's worth not being tied to our computers frequently --- we were able to spend 3 weeks without much internet access because we weren't tied to our computers.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 04:32
The budget-work-save approach is a good one! I spent 5 1/2 years doing all 3 before I took off on my trip around the world. I just couldn't bring myself to go back to my old call center career when it was over.

I feel lucky to be doing what I love (blogging, traveling) and being able to make a living from it. I was thinking this just the other day when I had my first shiatsu massage here in Kyoto! :)

A few other people that I believe are supporting themselves from their blogs now: Mike @ vagabondish.com and Christine & family @ almostfearless.com

PS - the food here in Kyoto really is amazing. Half my daily budget is going towards dinner each night.
02/09/2011 10:40
Wow Dave! I had no idea that you had saved for 5 1/2 years before you went round-the-world. That's an amazing amount of hard work. I'm going to email you to see if you'd be willing to chime in on the savings aspect because that's truly incredible. I forgot completely about Mike but, for some reason, I thought that Christine also did freelance writing for sources outside her blog.

I am so jealous that you are eating in Kyoto, one of the greatest food destinations ever!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/17/2011 02:07
I stopped publicly talking about where I make my money some time around the end of 2009 -- or at least I tried to stop dedicating posts to travel writing/travel blogging. At some point since then, my website has become my biggest income stream and it's enough to support my husband, child and myself as we travel. In fact I sort of alluded to this when my hubby was laid off in the fall -- he's now a man of leisure, although he's taken on some freelance work here and there which goes straight into his "apple toys" fund. In fact we've saved about $10,000 in the last three months towards a sailboat.

Anyway, I don't talk about it because I want my site to be for people who want or are traveling -- not for other travel bloggers. When I was pregnant with Cole, I was reading all these mommy blogs, following along in THEIR pregnancies and some of them were so annoying because they constantly talked about the business of being a mommy blogger -- addressing me, their reader, as if I wrote a mommy blog. So I didn't want to do that. I know that I write about my life and part of my life is about writing about my life, but I don't want to get all meta about it.

That being said, I was at a dinner in Chiang Mai with travel bloggers who told me, "You don't make your money from your blog, you sell ebooks." Which is funny, because first, that's still from my blog -- after all, me and an email address aren't going to move many copies and second, yes I make money from ebooks, and consulting, and writing gigs, but does that mean I don't "make my money from my blog"? I was probably a little over-served when I announced the table the amount I sell in advertising, which alone is enough to support myself somewhere like SE Asia. Still, I'm not sure people were convinced. Reason 1,238 why I don't talk money or business with folks -- it can feel personal.

Anyway, I hate commenting on these kinds of posts, because you're basically saying that one must work 150 hours a week and you don't want to compromise to make a living. Then I am in the position of agreeing, that I am compromising/overworked fool or accusing you of doing it wrong. Which I don't want to do either!! But I will say, it doesn't have to be how you describe it, but I also respect your decision. It's not easy, but then again, you have a popular, well written blog, so you've already done the hardest part.
Christine Gilbert's recent blog post: Technical Challenges of the ‘Forever Traveler’
02/17/2011 10:26
Christine, First of all, congratulations on the savings toward the sailboat! That is WONDERFUL news and I can't wait to read about your journey on the sailboat once you get going.

I completely understand why you don't talk about the travel blogging aspect because I think your site is about traveling and lifestyle design and you want to stick to the purity of that. For the most part, that's why I mostly write about food and travel here: because I don't think I could ever advise other travel bloggers or even get other people on getting motivated to travel. We want our site to be a place for others to share in the joy of traveling (and eating) that we have.

The purpose of this post was twofold: (1) to encourage people to believe in the old-fashioned way of working and saving and (2)to let others understand that, while blogging and traveling works for some, it isn't a sure-fire means to travel. I think I must have been working off old data, because I think in the past, you had mentioned that you were doing freelance work. If you're selling e-books and advertisements as your primary source of income, then you're definitely making your income from your blog. I consider Chris's book to be part of his blogging income because nobody would have heard of him if not for his blog.

You are definitely not a compromised/overworked fool . . . but I am very likely doing it wrong! To be honest, if we didn't have other sources of income, then I would probably push our blogging income more but, at this point, we both make just about enough to fund our travels via our part-time work so we are VERY picky about accepting advertising offers (perhaps foolishly). And, thank you so much for your kind compliment about our site - it means a lot coming from you!
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12/11/2011 13:51
We are on year 2 of saving for our trip around the Med on our 40 footer Beneteau. And I loved this post because the money has been the reason behind MUCH of the detail work. That and the paper work for the dog. I love our blog. I love it more and more as I go into it. I love finding others that travel as well ... but I am not sure that I ever want any advertising on mine. SO ... I am stuck having to find other ways. I am not a geek, not a photographer ...just a person that loves adventure and her man and her tiny dog. That has to be enough! Like you the blog is for us ... and it happens to help a few people along hte way then YAY! Hearing a person say she left on a 2 week vacation to Tuscany with her small dog because our recent entries has inspired ... made it all worth it.
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12/11/2011 15:05
I'm so happy to find another pet-traveler! Yay! And, we were just in Tuscany, too, with our dogs and it was magical. We're slowly starting to make some money with our blogs but definitely not enough to sustain our lifestyle . . . but I still think that the main reason we keep blogging is because it's our creative endeavour and a way to connect with other folks doing the same thing (like you!). Good luck with saving for the boat!
12/11/2011 16:25
Thank you!! and kudos for responding - a huge pet peeve of ours are people who do not respond to comments on their blogs ... :)
Look forward to hearing about your Tuscan/Italy experience!
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02/09/2011 04:44
Finally hearing a different take on this subject! Everyone's striving so hard to make a living from blogging/writing but few really think of the consequences and hard work involved.

As a full-time travel blogger/writer, I'm constantly writing or coming up with story ideas - even when I'm at the most beautiful resort on Ko Samui, Thailand or kayaking through the fjords of Alaska. I'm getting quite tired - both physically and mentally - so this year, I'm making indulgent travel (not blog-funded) my priority.

Granted, blogging has brought me to places that I'd dreamt of going for years - Alaska, Latvia, Jeju etc. But for us bloggers, balancing work and travel is truly a challenge.
Nellie Huang's recent blog post: Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru: A Quick Guide
02/09/2011 10:49
Nellie, Thank you so much for this comment. This is the exact sort of thing that I need to hear when I wonder whether I've made the wrong decision in not trying to turn this into a career. Kristin Luna at Camels & Chocolate expressed the same frustration to me, as well; she is constantly pitching projects, writing notes, and thinking up the next ideas for an article or a blog which sometimes detracts from the fun of traveling itself.

It takes a lot of hard work to accomplish this sort of lifestyle and it's a lifestyle that's not exactly suited for everyone. Good for you on making indulgent travel a priority this year!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 05:27
It's nice to read that someone is blogging simply to share their stories, tip and opinions and see how the world reacts to them, rather than blogging as a way to make money. This is refreshing but I know that if I had the choice, I'd be earning enough money from blogging to travel and live the life I'd like.
Monica's recent blog post: Komodo Dragons
02/09/2011 10:51
Monica, That's a great point - it would be awesome to make enough money just through our blogs. The problem is that it takes so much work!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 06:32
I fully agree with you, many people tell me time and time again, you are a great chief, you can become the next Jamie oliver, you have the appeal and your food is great. for me if i turned my cooking into a career it wouldn't be as fun any more. i enjoy cooking to make people happy and smile and really appreciate my time and effort I've put into it. thats a how i get satisfaction out of cooking and i see that it relates to you and blogging. not every thing has to be for profit and you should just enjoy what you do for the love of it
Dave Brett 's recent blog post: Burj Al Arab for Backpackers
02/09/2011 10:52
Dave, This is a fabulous analogy because we, too, love to cook but we love it because we do it for fun. Cooking as a career is a LOT of work (haven't we all watched Hell's Kitchen?), and not for everyone. Thank you for this great comment!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 06:54
Great summary. Our blog was essentially a way for our family to keep tabs on us and I didn't put any effort into having it make money (it doesn't even serve ads). It's also very unprofessional looking and amateurish. But we did it for ourselves and enjoyed the process of the writing about our experiences. Your path to having money for your travels pretty much mimics our path too. We saved and then spent. Fairly simple.
Asa's recent blog post: 40 years ago...
02/09/2011 11:01
Asa, We didn't even start our blog for our families - it was mostly a running journal for us so that we could look back and remember where we had been and what we had done. At the end of the day, if you are proud of what you have accomplished with your blog, I think that's all that matters (and, frankly, you should be because you have great stories at your site.)
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 07:08
EXACTLY, people automatically think you are loaded, most people thought either my parents had died and left me there life savings (they are both still alive and when they do die, they've spent anything I could have had on luxury cruises and live in a two up two down in Birkenhead). I did exactly the same. I ate pasta and chopped tomatoes nearly everyday, less beer and limited going out. I gave myself an amount to spend every week and stuck to it. It was hard but the travels made up for it! The travels changed my life for sure whereas the budget in the UK made me appreciate what a wasteful society we live in and how hard it is to ignore adverts selling you things all the time. GREAT READ!!!
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02/09/2011 11:03
Nathan, That's both hilarious and kind of sad that everyone thought you were funding your trip through an inheritance! Nobody has been that forthright with us (but maybe they've been thinking it). You're right, though; once we got into the savings mindset, it was so easy to ignore the advertisements and things that we thought we had previously needed. When you think to yourself that a $10 item at the store could be worth 5 meals in Thailand, it changes your perspective.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 07:10
Hi Akila and Patrick,
I echo very similar sentiments. Since the original incentive when I started blogging was never about money, I simply cannot put myself in that frame of mind. Even if I try, my fervour doesn't last more than few weeks since its obviously unsustainable.

If I calculate, I do think that I'm better off working-saving-traveling. And because I love my work, I am quite happy with it anyways!

cheers, Priyank
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02/09/2011 11:08
Priyank - It was easy for us to save, too, because we both liked our jobs and were making money through them. We have the same problem, too. Every now and again, I'll get into the mode of thinking that I can fund our trips via our blog and I start writing for the blog like crazy . . . and then it all peters out.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 08:08
Bravo! We're of a very similar mindset. We've been traveling full time for nearly 5 years now, and our blog is definitely a hobby for us. We've had a lot of folks tell us that with more effort we could turn it into a substantial funding source, but that just doesn't sound like fun to me.

We started our blog because we met via blogging, and it's part of who we are. We love sharing with those who choose to read.. and blogging about our lives on the road was natural for us. At first it was just for friends and family, and now a wider audience.

We decided long ago that we didn't want to risk getting into a trap of having to blog about a wonderful adventure just to fund having our next wonderful adventure. Some days, we just don't feel like sharing. And because we don't depend on blog income, we feel we have a great deal of freedom to post when & what we want.

How we fund our travels? Work (we do custom software development as we travel), save and budget. Yup, radical.
Cherie @Technomadia's recent blog post: Nomadic ≠ Minimalist
02/09/2011 13:04
Cherie - Love this sentence that you wrote, "a trap of having to blog about a wonderful adventure just to fund having our next wonderful adventure." I think that's exactly right: the moment we decide to fund our travels through our blogs then we have to separate out our "fun blogging" from our "work blogging." We work on the road, too, which keeps our minds engaged and we're able to bill a lot more than we would as bloggers b/c we are providing services to companies rather than getting paid via advertising. I'm going to e-mail you to see if you'd be willing to share your experiences working on the road because there aren't a ton of us doing that!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 10:00
Always good to hear another perspective. It seems when I first started reading travel blogs a couple of years ago, they were all from people who just wanted to share their travels with the world. These days, everyone and their mother has a blog, and everyone's trying to cash in. While I think it is awesome that those who want to do it have been able to make some money from this blogging thing, the number of travel bloggers and lifestyle redesign bloggers makes me wonder if I am the only person who isn't interested. That obviously isn't true. (For what's worth, we fund our travels the same way you do: by working hard and saving, then spending. We haven't worked during our time away, but like all good things, this will come to an end soon). Good post - definitely food for thought!
02/09/2011 13:06
Amy, I agree. This whole travel-by-blogging thing seems to have cropped up in the last year and it's taken the Internet by storm. I don't know exactly what happened because when we started reading travel blogs four years ago, everyone was just doing it for fun. You're definitely not the only one uninterested in doing this professionally!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 11:19
I was lucky I had a job that paid well and I was living like a pauper so it only took me a year to save. I do make some money from my blog but not willing the change the content (i.e. write for search engines) to make more so I still live from my savings.
02/09/2011 12:58
That was the same with us --- having a job that paid well before we left made savings quite straightforward. We lived off one of our salaries and stuck the other one into savings.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 11:22
I love the honesty that's emerging this week on the Internet. I'm so sick of all the bullshit posts that say "you, too, can quit your job and travel the world off just the income from your blog!" It's a completely false facade. And even if that were possible, it would take years to do.

I love you guys, and I'm glad you've found an alternate way to do it and that you hopefully will be able to inspire others to follow in your footsteps with this series as guidelines!
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02/09/2011 13:07
Kristin, This has been a week for honesty because I wrote this post last weekend and then saw several posts all about the same general topic this week! I guess everyone is getting a little frustrated by the myth of making tons of money via blogging. We love you, too, and hope that this will help other folks get out there traveling even if it means saving and working the old-fashioned way!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/16/2011 08:37
Not only is it a complete farce, it's also harmful, as you end up causing a lot of folks to waste their time trying to do it, without them realizing what it takes, thus further delaying their travels. It's a pyramid scheme just like any other, and it really drives me nuts to see "lifestyle designers" selling ebooks titled "how to make money without working!" which simply tell the reader to sell ebooks titled "how to make money without working!" to shmucks who will fall for it.

Sorry, pet peeve of mine.
Kelsey's recent blog post: Evolution
02/16/2011 10:03
Kelsey, I remember reading a post of yours AGES ago about the influx of lifestyle designers and how they seem targeted toward a certain group of people . . . namely, the average American. I agree with you: there are so many people willing to give advice on how people should live their lives but everyone has a completely different type of life and life-story. Round-the-world travel and long-term travel are not the end all/be all, and I worry that people are going to get so caught up in this "quit, work while traveling" thing that they won't realize how much hard work it actually takes. I think Matt had the perfect quote above - travel blogging is not a get-rich-scheme, but rather a job scheme.
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06/16/2011 11:42
I definitely agree!
02/09/2011 12:10
This is a truthful and sobering post. After all, I did quit my job to travel and blog. This is by no means an easy path to riches. Success isn't guaranteed (or even likely?) but it's possible.

Like Ayngelina, my wife and I saved for a year to make this happen and I keep a pretty tight lid on my content, which does hurt my earning potential.

I respect your decision - there's no reason not to blog for fun.
02/09/2011 13:13
Keith, It is not an easy path to riches but, like Backpacking Matt and others mentioned, it is possible with a lot of hard work. It's wonderful that you are willing to make that happen and put in that work because I think you will be successful --- and, very smartly, you set aside income on the front end as savings in case it takes you some time to start earning enough from your blog to entirely fund your travels. I think that is the best way to do it.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 19:49
Akila, do you mind me asking if you have a job that allows 15-month breaks or if you're quitting? I'm really curious to understand your professional scenario.
02/10/2011 08:42
Keith, No, we don't mind at all. We're going to go into the details of our jobs much more in a couple of weeks but, basically, I quit my job before we started traveling in 2009. Patrick went on consulting status with his company and works part-time while we travel. I do a bit of everything related to writing --- technical writing, freelance writing, and fun writing --- while we travel. We work about 20 hours a week and that keeps us (mostly) funded. We're not completely sustainable yet but I think by the end of 2011, we will be.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 12:30
I loved this post. So honest and so refreshing, and I'm so glad not to be alone. I woke up on Monday, stared at my blog, and said, "I can't do this." It felt like everywhere I turned there was a blog post telling me how to live off my blog---if I was willing to dedicate my entire life to tweeting, stumbling, commenting on blogs, and writing blog posts. I basically felt like I was "failing" at blogging, because I just wanted to write what I wanted to write, when I wanted to write it. I'm glad there are others out there who just want to write because they enjoy it.
Theresa's recent blog post: Ruminations from the Acropolis
02/09/2011 13:17
Theresa, You are definitely not alone. The social networking aspect kills me, too; I just don't have the patience to spend every single day tweeting, Stumbling, etc., because I don't love social networking. I love writing and photography which is why I love blogging. If people are kind enough to hop over here, then I am pleased as punch and thrilled that they have taken their time to visit our little site. And, you're definitely not failing at blogging - I love your site and so do many others. If you're not doing it for the money, as long as you are happy with what you produce, regardless of pageviews, Analytics, and Stumbles, I I think that's all that matters.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 13:01
This is a great post. It's true that I fund myt ravels via my website but it is also true that I spend a lot of time working on my site and I do treat it as a business. it changes the way you travel and I'm torn on whether it is good or bad. I do try to confine work to just a day for every 5 days on the road but it still breaks up the flow.

I love it but it is not for everyone. I also don't think everyone can get rich doing it and I say so in my book. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It's a job scheme!

Again, great post.
02/10/2011 09:33
Matt, I remember reading your post on Almost Fearless about balancing work and travel and sympathizing. It's a hard thing to explain to vacationers: we can't just see sights every day because we have projects and articles to turn in. You've been working hard at this for a while now which is why you make money but it's still a job. It might be a job you love but it's a job, nonetheless.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 15:19
Oh! Akila, you are such a talented writer. I love this post for so many reasons, funny, honest and informative. I can't wait to follow the series especially the work aspect of how you manage to work on the road. Thanks for a great post!
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02/10/2011 09:34
Amy, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am blushing right now. It looks like a lot of people are interested in how we work while we travel so I am looking forward to writing that post!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 16:26
There is a lot to be said for budget, work, save and I'm glad to see this unfashionable method of financing long term travel getting some of the credit it deserves.

Though we do make our living from our websites I don't want to give encouragement to the four hour week/modern pyramid scheme set by saying it's a great living. It's not; not financially anyway.

Five years ago we were making a substantial income from our websites via Google Adsense (enough to save towards an apartment in Turkey). Now we probably earn a fifth of what we once did and just about get by.

It's hard work and some of the fun is taken out of both travelling and writing when you HAVE to do something rather than want to. I'm certainly not complaining because we have a fun and interesting life but blogging/writing is no get rich scheme and given the choice I'd rather be Paul McCartney's nephew.
02/10/2011 09:52
Shane, Thank you so much for your insights . . . getting the opinions of people who have actually funded their travels/lifestyle via their websites is very valuable. It's interesting that your Google Adsense revenue has dropped so much; I wonder if it's because there is such a glut of travel blogs/travel sites out there now. Either way, thank you so much for confirming what every future blogger-millionaire needs to know: it's hard work and the money is not entirely stable. I remember reading a post at Kelly Diels' site about the same thing because she made $10,000 in one month and then $20 the next.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 18:13
Wow check out the comments, I love it! It's kinda sad now when I tell people that I have a travel blog usually the 1st question is, "Do you make money from it?" Yes, I do, but well that's absolutely NOT why I have it. For me my love of writing and sharing my adventures will always be the primary focus, if money comes from that great, if not at the end of the day I will still be one happy lady. You know I adore your blog. <3
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02/10/2011 09:55
Andi, I know - these are AWESOME comments! I am so glad that people are getting into this discussion because I think that we need to talk about how money and blogging intersect. The reason you blog is why everyone (including me, of course) loves your site - because your enthusiasm for traveling is infectious and obvious from reading your words. That's why you inspired that reader to travel to Easter Island and why many of us blog - to show others the wonder and beauty of this world.
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02/09/2011 18:19
Hear! Hear! This was exactly my point when I recently wrote about RTW Travel and Blogs and turning your travel into work. There is a lot out there of late about funding your travels from your blog, bordering on exclusion if you haven't jumped on the bandwagon. Not everyone wants to trade in the serenity of a tropical sunset or sinking a few local beers for the quest of a few dollars. Add to the fact that you can't have a successful travel blog without the time-hungry investment in social media, and your travel experiences are significantly reduced.

Although I don't do RTW travel, the budget-work-save approach has worked for us over many years. And if it ain't broke...
02/10/2011 10:01
Corinne, I remember reading and commenting on that post (it's here for those of you interested: http://www.gourmantic.com/2010/02/02/how-your-blog-can-turn-your-holiday-into-work/) and thinking how absolutely right you were. We view working on our blog as a fun part of our trip - when we don't want to work on it, we don't - which keeps us so much happier. I remember reading Eva and Jeremy's comments on your site and how they felt that their blog was intruding into their trip. Though I loved their blog, I think that enjoying the experience of traveling should be most important.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/09/2011 21:48
Thanks for this post. I was starting to feel like an idiot for not trying to throw my hat in the ring. But I think my concerns in our particular case are warranted - not wanting to be online that much, have to share everything, have the pressure, invest in a better camera, etc. I think we'll just keep blogging for our friends and family. Your site is fantastic, by the way.
02/10/2011 08:44
Jo-Z, thank you! I think there are a lot of us hobby bloggers secretly lurking out there. We could start up a group therapy session . . . why it's okay not to make money blogging! :)
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/10/2011 01:47
Wow, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a post about this on our blog...I was starting to feel like some kind of commie freak (which I'm not). John and I are primarily expats, even though one of us sometimes works in his home country. We saved for four years to get on the road for a year shackle free. And at the end of this year we'll go back to being expat workers, but in a new place. While I'd love for our blog to bring in some revenue (I have a Masters in online media), I don't think a travel blog is the ideal business model. We write because we love writing and all the people we meet.
02/10/2011 09:28
Firstly, I have never heard of a Masters in Online Media - that sounds like an incredibly interesting subject. Andrea, I remember reading your post on that topic (it's here for those interested: http://inspiringtravellers.com/2010/12/05/monetize-travel-blog/) and remembered nodding my head. The biggest value our travel blog has provided is the connections we have made with other travelers both digitally and in person, which has helped us make better decisions about how we travel. I love this idea of being expat workers, then travelers, then expat workers. It's a great approach to working while traveling!
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/11/2011 17:08
Technically it's a Masters in Media and Communications but everything short of the journalism courses were online and I did my thesis on online communities. Always seems easier to explain to people to just call it Online Media. Expat stints are great ways to immerse in a culture. I much prefer it to moving around as we are doing this year.
02/13/2011 10:49
Very interesting - I can see why it's easier for you to just explain it as Online Media. I am adding another section to the series titled "Why RTW Travel Isn't For Everyone," and I would certainly appreciate it if you would be willing to participate in that post to share why you enjoy being an expat rather than a RTW traveler.
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02/10/2011 01:50
There must be something in the ether at the moment, because I wrote a blog post about this very topic just the other day! My reasons have as much to do with being a slacker as it has to do with principles, so I found myself nodding along to this ... every big trip we have made we have to save for. Sometimes getting what you want means sacrifices - if you don't think it is worth the sacrifice, perhaps you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
02/10/2011 10:10
Natalia, That's so interesting that there are so many people writing about this topic this week. (Here is Natalia's post for those interested: http://nobeatenpath.com/2011/02/08/travel-blogging-sponsorship-and-freebies-its-not-you-its-me/). I wrote this post last week and saw Alexis's post earlier this week but hadn't seen Emily's or yours. I chalk it up to frustration boiling over from many of us who simply want to write because we love writing. And, you're absolutely right: usually (at least for me), getting what I want means sacrificing something else (either happily or unhappily)
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/10/2011 04:37
LOVE your Barbie analogy - my mom did the same thing to me when I grew up... actually, now that I think about it, I think that is what happened to Shaun's Ewok Village....

While I would *like* to have my blog work for me, I am much more excited about taking this opportunity to spend our hard earned money on our trip. :D
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02/10/2011 10:16
Erica, Ha! I am laughing about Shaun's Ewok Village. Patrick had an original Tribble from the original Star Trek that he strongly suspects was given away to Goodwill or sold in a yard sale. You should be excited about your trip - heck, I'm excited about it for you! Y'all are going to have an awesome time.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/10/2011 08:22
Refreshing to see people writing / blogging just because they enjoy it. Most of the travel blogs I enjoy reading are actually sub domain blogs. They write about places and things just because they enjoy it. Rather than so many travel blogs these days stuffing affiliate sales, ads,SEO, RT buttons and recycled content down your screen every time you read them.

After basically saving and working my whole life up until 30 for my journey I have to say it all boils down to hard work and an element of luck.

My website funds itself. But moreover its garnered me a lot of off site work, and publicity in the fields I enjoy and can make a living from.

Over the years Ive seen travel blogs come and go from the scene. Great young stallions come up racing along to be the "next big thing" only to finally get on the road and see realism knock em down and out a year later.

It's all to do with what you enjoy. Well done to you for doing just that! I wish more would do the same!
02/10/2011 10:31
Dave: Thanks so much for your comment. I am going to sheepishly say that I have absolutely no idea what a "sub domain blog" is but I also try to follow those who write about places just because they enjoy it, as well. And, yes, I am so tired of recycled content (especially when people try to swipe our content and imagery - that gets me really angry).

Recently, I read a post from a publishing agent, who based on his 20-year experience in the publishing industry, was asked the difference between what makes a New York Times Bestseller and the guys who can't get anywhere with their novels. He said exactly what you did: an immense amount of hard work and a small bit of luck. He said that he can guarantee you that the guys making a success of it are putting in a lot more work than those who aren't. I think anyone can see how much work you put into your site, photography, and writing by clicking over there which is why you have so much success.

Thanks for the kudos! We'll keep doing this as long as we love it. And, after that, we'll stop. It's as simple as that for us.
Akila's recent blog post: how we (don't) fund our travels
02/11/2011 04:46
Great article here. A lot of people are really trying to make money but as you said only a handful are showing results that we all desire. I am one of them that struggles :P. I've put in a lot of work but the effort doesn't seem worth it for the money now. I earn a bit, but it substitutes my earnings rather than provide a decent (or even reliable) income.

Australia killed my travel budget (which came from a redundancy package mostly) so from then on in my travels I focused on getting jobs where I went, and when settled trying to increase the online earnings (not necessarily though my own website but other things mostly as experiments). Ultimately I find it fun so keep going, but do tend to stop for months when I get bored of it not rewarding my efforts (which I guess the best earners will point out that is the difference to why they are making it and I'm not).
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02/13/2011 10:42
Rob - That is a very good point . . . if you want to make money, you have to keep blogging even when you don't feel like it. Several food bloggers that I regularly read who are very popular had babies and, even immediately after their babies were born, they were still publishing posts on their regular schedule that they had saved beforehand, to ensure that their blog stayed up to date and did not stagnate. And, many travel bloggers schedule posts while traveling to ensure that their blogs stay up to date, too.
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02/13/2011 11:19
Way to go with this editorial!
02/14/2011 10:24
Thank you Donna!
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02/13/2011 15:52
I've always thought I like writing ... until I have to meet deadlines. Then, it felt like work and wasn't fun anymore. I don't know how people can post everyday. So like you, I worked and saved from a previous career. Now I budget and write when I feel like it. And travel whenever I get the chance:-)
02/14/2011 10:27
I completely understand that feeling about writing I love writing . . . I live and breathe the words that I type on my computer. But, the writing I do on this site is fun and features more of my personality, while the writing I do as a technical writer is obviously for work and my novel writing is something I hope will eventually turn into a career. Because this blog is for fun, I can treat it as a hobby and drop it if I get busy with other things.
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02/15/2011 00:22
I love your philosophy on blogging! A couple months ago I wrote a piece called "Bullied by the Blog." I came to the conclusion that what I was doing was crazy - I started blogging for fun and somewhere along the way it got out of control. I was missing out on family gatherings and time with friends to meet a blogging schedule I'd imposed on myself, though I was making no money from the blog. I respect those people that fund their travels with income from their blogs. It takes commitment, discipline, and exacts its own toll. It costs a bit more than I'm willing to pay.
02/15/2011 11:18
Amy - I totally get that. In the early days of our trip, we put that type of pressure on ourselves. Nowadays we don't. If there's something incredible we want to see and we don't want to work on the blog, then we don't. You're absolutely right - it takes a great deal of commitment and discipline to fund your travels via a blog.
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02/15/2011 12:17
Great post guys. When we started our blog is was initially not to make money. We funded all of our travels the old fashioned way. Save and save.
We were lucky to have jobs that we could leave for 6-8 months at a time and enjoy long term travel. We do fund all of our travels now from our blog but it is not easy.
As Matt said it is a business and you really have to work at it. We spend one or 2 days working on the blog then travel for a couple of weeks. It is a balance that we have found is working at the moment. But we always remind ourselves that the love of travel is why we began this journey in the first place. As long as you are enjoying life, weather it be from running your blog to make money or just as a way to keep friends and family up to date, that is all that really matters.
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02/16/2011 10:09
Dave and Deb - I think it's awesome that y'all are funding your travels via your blog because you guys started your blog just a few months before we did. In fact, I remember asking you for help on Twitter because I was so new to everything at that time! I know how much work you put into your site so I am really glad that it is paying off.
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02/16/2011 08:44
Great post! I too am getting to the point where I just want to blog for my own enjoyment. In fact, I recently decided to actually split up my blog into several subject-specific blogs, so that I could write about whatever I wanted without losing my audience. Does it annoy me that I had to do that? Most definitely. However, now I'll at least be able to sit down to write without having to sit and think "is this something that my readers will care about? it doesn't really deal with travel/lifestyle design/whatever". Now I can just write what I want, so long as it goes onto the right blog.

About 6 months ago I realized that trying to blog everything was driving me crazy. I lead a super busy and fulfilling life, and trying to wedge time in to tweet, stumble, comment, and post, about living life was actually keeping me from living life! Now I do it when I feel like it, and that's it. I'm also spending more time working on trying to start up a freelancing business as a designer, which is a far better investment of my spare time, as it's something that actually has the potential to fund my travels, unlike affiliate sales or sidebar ads.
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02/16/2011 10:05
Kelsey, We're doing something similar, too. We're realizing that we have a very diverse set of content and some of it needs to go onto a different site than this one. I think having multiple niche-specific sites is a good one to help spread your message . . . though it might not necessarily make you tons of money.

And, yes, I totally get the idea of engaging in other types of work that are more lucrative than the pennies we get from Google Adsense. I do technical writing on the side which pays far more than this blog does and I'm happy to have that work going while we travel.
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02/20/2011 12:07
I have a love/hate relationship with my blog nowadays. It was so fulfilling at first...touching so many readers and even meeting many of them along the way. That was the best! And I never wanted it to be a 'job'. I never want to change my writing and do SEO etc.

Nowadays, as you mentioned, the travel blog world is flooded and although I do make some income from my blog, I also often feel lost amidst this sea of so many others and have no desire to compete.

That being said, my blog is a nucleus, from which many jobs have come. Kind of like Christine Gilbert said about her ebooks, etc, I have received many freelance job offers or connections from my blog. For example I freelance write or a publishing company in Berlin. Why? THe editor found my blog and liked my writing. Now I write for them each year.
So I still love it/hate it and will too be changing a bit of direction soon and have my own post (of course!!) all about this that everyone can read! ;)

I've loved following along with you guys since we met (virtually) a few years ago. I value your honestly and sincerity and hope we can actually meet one of these days!
Lisa
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02/21/2011 11:36
Lisa, Well, first of all, I love your blog so I hope you keep it going for purely selfish reasons. I think it's amazing that you're getting jobs through your blog - that's really the best of all worlds because you can do what you enjoy without worrying about the SEO junk. And, I can't wait to read your post about your next directions in your blog. I hope we get to meet each other somewhere in the world!
02/20/2011 12:09
Interesting all of the opinions here in the comments. I feel like we are in the same boat. I make a little money off of my blog. However, without it, I wouldn't have an income. I have been asked to write for different publications because of it, but I do find myself panicking around the globe if I can't find WiFi. It can be limiting on your travels if you have to work at the same time and always be on the look out for a story. It's great that some travel bloggers can make it their full-time job, but I think those that are trying to do the same need to understand you have to find other outlets branching from your blog to make money. Some aren't willing to do that. I have no clue how to write for SEO. I don't change what I write. Like you, if I make a little here and there from my site, so be it. I think some travel blogs forget it isn't just about making money so you can travel indefinitely. Your audience can see right through that.
02/21/2011 12:02
Suzy - I agree with you. I was surprised by how people view blogging so differently. I'm TERRIBLE at SEO - and it still ends up working okay - because, you're right, I write what I like. At the end of the day, that's what matters to me.
02/21/2011 11:13
Interesting post Akila. We are kind of the opposite breed. We didn't start our current travel blog until after returning from our extended travel. We wanted to learn how to build a website, attract followers and learn social media. We thought, what better way to do this than to stick with what we love - which is travel!
Like you, we did it (and continue to do it) the old fashioned way; work hard, save, play hard. Our site does bring in a little beer money though ;-)
02/22/2011 11:18
Beer money is very important! It's interesting to get your viewpoint because you both started your blog to help other travelers get out there rather than documenting your journey.
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02/23/2011 20:27
I've been blogging for years and though I've got some ads and side projects, none of them earn enough to even take me to the mall. :p I've recently started meeting folks who do blog for profit or use it as a marketing too. I see nothing bad about that but to see them so concerned about their ranking and whatnot, it makes me sad. Then again, if I could earn what they're earning, well I wouldn't say no either.

I'm planning to travel more. I've always enjoyed it. As a kid my parents would drag me and my siblings around for long car trips. I've never been out of the country (first will be in Singapore this June), but I do plan to go to as many places locally as possible. :)
02/24/2011 10:12
I am always impressed by people who fund their trips completely through their blog but that's not us, either. I like the freedom of being able to blog when I want without any restrictions on me.

Congratulations on your first trip abroad in June! That's so exciting. And, I started traveling with car trips with my parents, too - I always think that's where I got my wanderlust from.
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02/24/2011 15:59
This was such an honest and refreshing post! Love all the comments as well!

I started blogging in 2004 while living in the Caribbean and working on yachts. I knew my adventure was unique and wanted to share it. Around 2006 I realized my website could make money...eventually...but I wasn't prepared or dedicated enough to work that hard to get there. I dabbled in ebooks and adsense but it took too much time and I'm entirely too ADD. What eventually happened, and what I think many travel bloggers here have realized as well, is that I discovered I knew how to build websites and do online marketing (or some variation) that other people just don't know how to do. So instead I started making money by taking on web marketing clients. With DIWYY I've tried not to emphasize blogging as a way to fund travel to our readers although I have nothing against those who do. I just know from experience it's very, very hard to do and there are plenty of other opportunities out there to fund travels!
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02/25/2011 10:37
Jerri - Thank you! That's a great strategy to leverage the skills you learned while you were blogging into a web development/online marketing business. The marketing y'all do at DIWYY is quite incredible so I can see how you've leveraged those previous skills.
02/25/2011 02:34
Brilliant post! As someone new to the travel blogging world I sometimes feel overwhelmed with information on how to make money on from your blog and other how to tips and advices. Sometimes all I want is to read a darn good travel story!
02/25/2011 10:27
Grace, That's all I try to do - just write a good story and, in the beginning, I think that's the best way to blog. Focus on writing what you want and worry about the money side later.
06/27/2011 13:03
Great post! I'm not a travel blogger but i do read a lot of travel sites and its just amazing how many offer the illusion of the possibility of living off of the blog. Though its possible it is no where as easy as some will have newcomers to believe.
06/28/2011 17:01
Absolutely! The ones who are doing it take a long time to get to that point, just as with anything else.
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07/19/2011 10:40
Wow, certainly a topic for discussion! I believe most people start their sites as a hobby/diary, then with success the money may follow. I guess it's like anything the more you put in, the more you get out. A great topic, very interesting.
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07/20/2011 09:38
Si, It depends, actually. Some people start with the purpose of making money while others make money without realizing that they're going to. Definitely effort plays a huge part into whether or not you'll make money but you also have to decide that will be your focus, which changes the way that you blog.
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08/29/2011 13:44
I just came across this site as I have returned from an RTW trip and am interested to see other people's experiences. I was 25 when I left on my trip (I'm 26 now) and you wouldn't believe the things people assumed about my finances. That my parents had paid, that I was really rich, that I was using credit cards. Truth of the matter is, I worked full time through uni to support myself and pay for it. Once I graduated I had the fundamentals of saving and budgeting down, and in 2 years I was able to have a large enough pool to go on my trip from.

In a society where everyone is looking for 'the next big thing' and where half the world is in debt, its so refreshing to come across a website like this. I really respect and admire those who have made a career out of blogging, and I also respect those who do it for the art. But when it comes down to it, regardless of who you are or what you do, you have to work HARD and save to be able to go on an RTW trip :)

I'm really looking forward to exploring the rest of this website, I'm sure I'll be adding my 2 cents.
08/30/2011 09:55
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment Ritu. I love hearing success stories about people who saved and made their travel dreams come true! I am amazed, though, that you did at 25 --- I definitely didn't have enough money saved at 25 to travel. And, it's incredible that you saved most of that money in just 2 years. Yes, you do have to work hard to save for a RTW trip but we feel that all that hard work paid off once we hit the road!
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09/17/2011 07:30
Interesting and I remember starting my blog TropicalPenpals.com back at the end of 2007 for one reason. My trip to the Philippines had found that the information I could find online was biast towards older retirees moving to the country and the fact it was 10 years out of date. So I just started filling in the gaps as I found them and money didn't come into it. In all honesty I didn't expect it to make any money at all. Now it makes around $300 - $400 a month but its also started to be a job and a chore which is what I never wanted. Also you get to the point where people treat you like the tourist information board because your more reliable and knowledgable than trying to contact government organisations. Over 3,500 articles later I am starting to run out of steam as simply I am bored.. So yep understand completely but its also as you say got to be something you enjoy!
10/17/2011 15:22
Great post. Love your three steps to funding your travels. People are always looking for a shortcut.
10/18/2011 12:47
Thanks so much Jan! Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts in life.
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11/30/2011 07:24
After reading that your uncle in not rich and you did not win the lottery it was pretty interesting to me how you managed to pay for such a long trip and I was surprised indeed... In fact I have tried many times to save, but unfortunately I never managed to save much - maybe I do not earn enough or spend too much...
04/02/2012 08:26
Its all about life choices, developing new blogging skills over enjoying the surroundings your in. Main thing is doing what is right for yourself and your situation. Whatever makes you happy.
04/13/2012 11:40
Absolutely lloyd!
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