50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now: #47 February 24, 2010
Save money by taking a mini-retirement.
If you choose your destination wisely, you can live in luxury while saving money in the process. Traveling in Southeast Asia, for example, one can enjoy a beautiful lifestyle for less than $1000 a month. imagine $6 a night bungalows a few hundred feet away from a white sandy beach or a $13 hotel room equipped with air conditioning and a pool. And, although I didn’t do it, I did hear of people renting nice apartments for around $500 a month if you prefer to base yourself in one location.
What can $1000 a month get you in Seattle where I was living before I left on my world tour? Of course it depends on what kind of housing you live in, but on average $1000 would probably cover rent for one person, utilities and a night or two out on the town. However, it probably wouldn’t be enough to cover cell phone bills, groceries, car payment, gas etc.
There is often times a misconception that one needs to be rich in order to travel, but trust me you don’t! If you have the opportunity of going to a low-cost country you can actually save money as the cost of living is probably higher in your place of origin. Think of that…you should go live a abroad in order to SAVE money! See the world, experience culture and save money for retirement, by taking a mini-retirement now.
New Blog! :: Italian Isolation April 10, 2009
I will continue to write on a Traveler’s Terrene about general ideas and thoughts (and keep it going for when I take another big trip), but for everything related to my life in Italy you can go to my new blog: Italian Isolation.
From topics such as my passion to write a book to learning fluent italian, from whether Italian men are really stallions to where to find the best gelato–I plan to talk about it all. Think of me as your new travel spokesperson on life in Italy, and learn a little Italian along the way in the Italian vocabulary section!