I have been wanting to travel for a few years now and the only thing really holding me back was the fact I thought it was expensive to do.
After much reading / research from Nomadic Matt’s Blog I have learned many traveling hacks that I can use to help me fund my trip(s). I also bought his book from the Google Play Store: How to Travel the World on $50 a day.
I highly recommend this book if you are considering traveling. Not just traveling full time like Matt himself seems to do, but these little travel hacks are awesome things to consider for even just the 1 time a year vacation travelers.
My ultimate goal is to quit my job for a few years and just travel to a few different places around the world and experience life. In order to do this I want to first pay off my debt, finish college and pay off the student loans. I am currently in the ballpark of ~$60,000 of debt. This is mostly due to the 2013 Jeep Wrangler I bought 2 years ago and then school loans.
I absolutely love my Jeep and I do not want to get rid of it, but in order to experience life the way I want to. I need to downsize my material possessions and be a little thrifty. So, the current plan is to sell the Jeep. I do have a window sticker stating it is for sale. I have placed it on a few websites and I am in the process of trying to sell it privately.
I should in theory be able to get at least $4,000 more for it than what I owe, and with that $4,000 I should be able to find a used car to get me by for a few years.
With no car payment I would then start paying off my school loans and I figured I should be able to pay it all off within the next 3 years (after I sold the car). 3 years seems like a long time I know, but in the meantime I would be saving for my trip(s) as well. Once I graduate I could pretty much just take off to wherever. That is my plan anyways.
Traveling in 2016!
Next year I am going to fulfill one of my biggest dreams. I will be traveling to Japan!
One of my best friends (Eric) will be heading overseas with me for this journey!
We are currently looking at the beginning of July to fly over. July is the summer season in Japan and it will likely be pretty hot. The main reason I was considering July was that it is opening season to climb Mt. Fuji.
I have never climbed any mountain, nor am I even an experienced hiker. Have you heard of Couch to 5k? I am the creator of Couch to Refrigerator, back to Couch to watch TV.
I am out of shape and this hike will likely kill me. However, how freaking cool would it be to see the sunrise from the highest point in Japan? It will be worth the death.
I have almost an entire year to prepare for the journey to Japan, so in the meantime I am going to start exercising. Jump rope, walking, and I might even head over to the hills near me to practice climbing up them each weekend to help build my stamina and leg muscles.
There are so many things I want to see and do in Japan.
On the top of my list are just a few of the following:
(All three of these places I would like to go to at night so I can photograph the landscape from above)
Here is a photo of my list so far. It is a very rough list. No order to this list at all as of yet. I just started working on it.
If anyone can help me organize this trip that would be awesome. Shoot me a comment or check out my contact page to get a hold of me.
Before I end this post I will talk about the one huge thing I am doing to help fund this trip. I am stealing this from Nomadic Matt’s Blog again, but it is too good not to share and I urge anyone who plans on doing any traveling at all. Even if it is just once a year this could save you hundreds of dollars on your trip. I obtained a Capital One Venture card. This is a travel card and it gives you 40,000 miles if you spend $3,000 dollars within the first 3 months. You also get 2 miles per every $1 you spend using the card.
What I am doing is putting all of my monthly bills on to my card and then paying off the card before the months end so I do not end up paying any interest. I currently spend about ~$1,500 a month on bills, food, etc. So why not make the money I spend work for me?
The 40,000 points equates to about $400 which is pretty much a free domestic round trip flight in the US. So the introductory bonus already entitles me to a free flight. What is really cool with the Capital One card is while it is called earning Miles. You can use the “Miles” for cash back, flights, and hotels.
You are already spending the money right? You should make sure you are getting a benefit for doing so. Heck even if you are not going to ever travel you should find a credit card that pays you for using it and use this card to help make you money or give yourself back a little something!
I will end this post here and I will try to remember to keep my blog updated with any new news of my trip.
I cannot wait for July of 2016!! Japan I will be seeing you soon!