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How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)

How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)
Wise Bread Picks For the last five years, I've been traveling the world full-time, and for less money than I've ever spent (and I'd wager less money than most people would spend) to live in one place. My worldly possessions fit into one bag (just larger than carry-on size) and a backpack containing my laptop and computer gear. This small entourage (weighing less than 45 pounds in total) comes with me as I wander around the world, sometimes quickly, but mostly slowly. In 2011 alone, I traversed 13 countries and over 45,360 miles. Sounds pretty expensive, huh? What if I told you it wasn't? Believe it. How to Keep Your Travel Costs Low Of course, I could travel for way more than $17,000/year. Here are a few of my secrets. Don't Pay for Accommodations In the entire year of 2011, I paid $173 for accommodation. Work-Trade/Volunteer There are lots of creative opportunities to work in trade for your accommodation (and sometimes food) and enjoy a more immersive travel experience. Hospitality Exchange

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Water Worlds: 15 Real Floating Towns & Ocean Cities There’s only one Venice, but you might be surprised to find that you can get the same scenic and historic feel – complete with canal ‘streets’ and gondoliers – in several other towns across the globe. In fact, there are dozens of picturesque floating villages and islands that are so heavily populated, you can barely tell that there’s land under all the man-made structures. Here are 15 of the world’s most fascinating water-based communities.

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8 Underrated City Breaks in Europe Heroes' Square, Budapest, Hungary When it comes to city breaks, the usual Euro hotspots like Paris, Rome, Madrid or Berlin, quickly come to mind. But, there are so many more cities to explore in the diverse continent; you just need to search them out. With Easter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to book your city getaway. Here’s our pick of the top eight underrated European cities that you should visit (scroll down for gallery).

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Resources for World Travel Welcome to the Legal Nomads Resources page. When I quit my job in 2008, I feverishly researched what I would need to pack, plan, and budget for a round the world trip. I did not find many world travel resources on the web at that time, so I cobbled together notes of my own. I update it frequently, and my goal is to have the basics of long term world travel all in one place, perfect for those seeking make a change and travel but unsure of where to start. This long resources page is available on Legal Nomads freely, but it will soon be possible to download it as an ebook, along with additional resources for digital nomads, for a small fee.

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