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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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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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Bacalar, Mexico on a Budget

Living in Playa del Carmen, we’ve been hearing about how beautiful Bacalar, Mexico is for ages! It’s only 4 hours south, so it felt like high time for us to plan a trip to visit this town! So with a couple days of planning, we set off! We hopped on the ADO to make the 4.5 hour drive. Tickets were only $180mx each, each way. So around $18usd roundtrip. You can see the schedule here….

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19 Free Things to do in NYC

When visiting New York City it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the prospect of what to do, especially as a budget traveller! NYC is hardly known for being a cheap city. But after visiting twice, for under $25usd/day (not including accommodation-that was about $70usd/night thanks to airbnb!) for both of us to eat, drink and enjoy our days, we realized we found quite a few budget options! Budget travel tip: Get an unlimited Metrocard. They…

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8 Cheap Day Trips from Playa del Carmen & Cancun, Mexico

The Riviera Maya is a beautiful place to visit, with a TON of things to do. It can be hard to decide how to spend your days here, especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget. Tours and excursions can be easy to find, but none would be considered to be cheap day trips! Here’s my recommendations for low cost but high value day trips around Playa del Carmen and Cancun.   Cheap Day…

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BROchetas Restaurant Review, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

I had been hearing about BROchetas since our last visit to Playa in early 2016. We finally made it in for lunch last week, and it became a fast favourite- especially for Seth! So much so that he convinced me to go back 2 more times that same week! Brocheta translates to ‘skewer’ in English, so it’s not hard to guess what we’ll be having for lunch!  I noticed they had a special that included 2…

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Budget-Saving Roadtrip Tips

After a 3 month and 25,000 km roadtrip around the USA, we learned a few valuable lessons! Here’s a few tips and tricks that we came up with.. Hopefully they can help you when you hit the road! Snacks and Food: >> Buy (or make) your favourite dry drink mixes like hot chocolate, lemonade, tea or mocha, and bring along in resealable containers. Add the dry mix to travel mugs and use hot water from…

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