What Hopping Around Countries Taught Me About Money

What Traveling The World Taught Me About MoneyHello! I am currently in Gulf Shores on a vacation with friends. Also, yesterday was my birthday! Today, I have a great post from a fellow blogger. Traveling can teach you many things, with money being one of them! Enjoy!

Every country I’ve been to has its own quirks and habits when it comes to money.

Sometimes I’d find this out the hard way through awkward misunderstandings, but other times it was quickly obvious what the norms were.

I’ve spent an extended amount of time in South Korea, Hong Kong, India and the United States and the differences between these places are enormous.

Whether it’s the price of food or the politeness of talking about personal debt, each of these places has its own character and culture that impacts just about every aspect of life.

Here’s what I learned about money from my travels. [Read more…]

Utah, Nevada, and California Road Trip Recap

Utah, Nevada, California Road Trip Recap 13In May, Wes and I took an eight day road trip to Zion National Park, Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, Joshua Tree National Park, and San Diego.

On this road trip, we did some sight seeing, climbed a little, and went on several fun hikes.

We were able to enjoy all of the national parks and national recreation areas for free due to our national park pass. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend you get one. The U.S. is full of amazing places to visit!

The total cost for our road trip was around $1,200.

We were able to have an adventurous, fun, relaxing, and luxurious vacation on this amount, which I am very happy about. We could have saved more money but we decided to splurge a little in some areas.

Below is a recap of our road trip:
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April Goals Update, New May Goals And A Food Budget Update

April Goals Update, New May Goals And A Food Budget UpdateHello everyone! Time for another life, goals, and food budget update.

April was another great month for us.

It was a record income month for us but it was also an expensive one.

May won’t be any cheaper as well since I’ll be gone for almost 20 days due to two separate trips, but it’s all budgeted for so I am still happy.

Colorado is still treating us well. We are enjoying all of the outdoor activities that Colorado offers and everything else around here.

Our house is still for sale in Missouri and that’s pretty much the only thing bogging us down. We keep going back and forth about what we want to do with it, and we have pretty much decided that lowering the price anymore is just crazy talk as it’s already priced much lower than all of the comparables near us. If it doesn’t sell though, we have plans and will remain positive about it regardless.

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How I Prepared to Quit My 9-5 to Do What I Love and Travel the World (Whenever I Want)

How I Prepared to Quit My 9-5 to Do What I Love and Travel the World (Whenever I Want)Hello! Here is a great post from a blog friend of mine. Sarah runs an awesome blog and I definitely think you should check it out.

When I was 18, I remember thinking that if I only I could make $15/hour, I’d be set.

At the time, I had just started my first year of college, and was working full-time to pay for it. I was making $12/hour all in, including commission, my hourly wage, and bonuses, and between tuition, rent, and living expenses, I was living paycheck to paycheck.

Little did I know that eight years later, I would be making quadruple that which I was making at 18, and that I would be willingly leaving a job that not only paid far more than $15/hour, but also came equipped with a lucrative pension plan, amazing health insurance and an office I couldn’t have even imagined at my retail job.

If you had told me that I would have not only the funds but the freedom to travel, I’d have thought you were nuts.

But in February 2015, the day after my 26th birthday and my last day of work, I got on a plane with a one-way ticket to Europe and went to go explore a little bit of the world before returning home to pursue meaningful work that I love.

I’m not special or rich or have any unusual advantages. I think that with a little bit of planning, you can do this too.

Yes, even if you have a mortgage. Even if you have bills to pay. Even if you have responsibilities.

I have all of those things, but I still was able to do this. Here are four steps that I took to prepare for the journey. [Read more…]

How My Sister Is Working, Attending College & Traveling – Plus a $100 Cash Giveaway

How My Sister Is Working, Attending College & TravelingHello! Here is a post from my wonderful sister who blogs over at FITnancials. She is getting ready to leave for the summer for a volunteer trip in Peru. I’m a proud sister! Also, don’t forget to enter the $100 cash giveaway at the end!

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis and I’m the blogger behind Fitnancials.com. I am also Michelle’s younger sister!

She inspired me to create my own blog since I’m so incredibly passionate about fitness and saving money. I not only talk about fitness and budgeting, I also talk about traveling and how I plan on earning a living while seeing more of the world.

As you may know, our dad passed away due to lung cancer a few years ago (it will be 7 years on Saturday). My dad was just over 50 years old, but he spent his entire life traveling the world. He is a big reason for why I love traveling so much.

His wanderlust transferred over to me and I know he would be so proud to see all of the traveling I’m doing. I can’t wait to pass on this travel bug of mine onto my children as well.

I have traveled more than ever in the past several months, and with that I have also received many questions about how I’m doing this. I want to say that it is possible for anyone to do what I’m doing, if you truly want it. It might take a little hard work, but it’s mainly about good planning and time management.

Below are some of the questions I often hear. Hopefully this will help you be able to travel more as well. [Read more…]

How To Change Your Life And Live Your Dream Today

How To Change Your Life And Live Your Dream TodayWhether we are talking about changing your financial situation or changing your lifestyle, there are many ways to start making changes in your life so that you can start living the life you want to live.

Learning how to change your life doesn’t have to be hard.

You can start off small and gradually move onto bigger changes. Or you can make one big change and start living your dream life even sooner.

Everyone has some sort of change they want to make in their life.

Maybe you want to travel more, learn another language, start your own business, get out of debt, be in shape, retire, or something else. Whatever the words “dream life” mean to you, there are ways for you to eventually get there.

Below are my tips on how to change your life today. [Read more…]