Long-term traveling can teach you more than almost anything else. About yourself, about life, about what you need to be happy. It's too easy to get complacent at home and if you aren't at least a little uncomfortable, you probably aren't learning anything.
You've heard about pet-sitting, but what about house-sitting to save money while traveling? The basic idea is reciprocity: keep an eye on someone's home while they're away, and you get to stay in it for free. It's a win-win.
In February of this year, my husband and I quit our well-paid and exciting jobs, left California and the company we helped build, and set off to travel the world. Our goal: live on $1,000 (each) a month.
This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and unexpected costs) as you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.
Having completed a round-the-world trip across 3 continents, 8 countries and 19 cities, and getting ready to hop around Latin America for a couple of months, I've learned a few "best practices" to make the planning phase smoother and less of a pull-your-hair-out experience.
Favorable exchange rates in Argentina mean that you can drink Malbec wine, dine at mouthwatering Argentinian steakhouses and see the sights -- all for a fraction of what you'd expect to pay for similar experiences back home.