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Best Route 66 Diners- The Best Eats on the Main Street of America

When we first took on a month-long house-sit in Phoenix, Arizona we were completely up in the air about where to go when it ended. We had our car, so were looking for inspiration for a road trip… At some point along the line I realized that Route 66 was only a couple hours north of Phoenix, in Flagstaff, Arizona. So an idea started brewing… Why not use Route 66 as a loose basis for…

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A Road Trip Checklist: The Essential Road Trip Packing List for a Budget Traveler

Packing for any kind of trip can be daunting. Figuring out what you’ll need, and what you’ll wish you left behind can be a headache-inducing event. From clothes to toys, tech gear to phone apps this post will give you a road trip packing list to make sure you have the essentials for your next budget road trip! This post contains affiliate links that, when clicked, may generate a small commission for us. This affects…

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Budget Road Trip Tips- Plan an Unforgettable Road Trip on a Budget

We’ve spent 6 months road tripping around the US and Canada, on a very tight budget. During that time we’ve learned a lot about planning a road trip on a budget so I’ve put together this list of budget road trip tips to help you plan your next adventure! Budget Road Trip Tips- Plan an Unforgettable Road Trip on a Budget This post contains affiliate links that, when clicked, may generate a small commission for…

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Useful Travel Gifts under $20: The Best Gifts for Travelers

  How do you shop for a traveler that seems to have everything they need?? It can be hard to try to find gifts that meet both their needs AND their wants! Here’s a list of tried & true useful travel gifts that will appeal to any kind of traveler!   This post contains affiliate links. When clicked, I may receive a small percentage of each sale. This does not affect your price in any…

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Visit Chicago on a Budget: 23 Cheap Things to do in Chicago

After our month-long Route 66 roadtrip this summer, we planned for a few days to explore Chicago, Illinois. We LOVE New York City, so were looking forward to exploring another large and bustling city. And it helps that Chicago is known for a couple food items we’re fans of… hotdogs and pizza! As a budget traveller, I always look for budget friendly and cheap ways to explore new places. Chicago is a city ripe with…

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Best Restaurant Deals: Secret Tips to Save 60-90% EVERY TIME You Dine Out

My teen and I have been travelling full time for over 2 years. We live on a really small budget, so have gotten pretty good at finding the best restaurant deals over the years. Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you I’m queen of low budget travel! We’re just getting started on our second 3 month road trip around the USA, so I’ve been hard at work finding deals to help us stretch our…

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Day trip to Isla Mujeres: Organized Tour vs DIY

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island just off the shore of Cancun, Mexico. It’s only 13km long and less than a kilometer across, so can easily be explored in a single day, making it a popular day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Isla Mujeres is characterized by stunning white sandy beaches, brilliant blue waters, picturesque rocky cliffs and roads that are mostly filled with golf carts. We’ve visited Isla Mujeres a few times…

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Budget Travel Tips by a Full Time Traveller

My teen and I have been living the budget travel life full time for almost 2 years now, but we have actually been living a fairly extreme budget life since he was a baby. I was/am a single mom, trying to balance my time spent with him and my time working to pay our bills, so living on a tight budget just became a way of life for us. Over the years I learned how to…

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Low Budget Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

First Taste of Low Budget Living To be fair, we have been experienced at low budget living for most of Seth’s life. So technically this isn’t a new thing. However, this is our first time living somewhere that we’re not struggling to get bills paid, since the average cost of living is a fraction of what we were used to in our old life. But… I digress. At any rate, in early 2016, Seth and…

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20 Must-Pack Items for Budget Travel

Packing for long term travel can be intimidating. Sure, there are stores pretty much everywhere where you can buy most essentials. But sometimes there are things that it just makes sense to bring from home. In nearly 2 years of full time travel, we’ve found a few things that we feel are must-pack items, regardless of the length of our trip. Here are 20 things we consider to be necessary in our carry-on only travel…