How can you afford to travel so much?

I bet like the thousands of people who have asked us this question, you are hungry for the answer.

We're the Makepeace family, and travel has been the focus of our life now for over 22 years.

We've been spilling our secrets on this travel blog for 10 years and here are all our tips on how we save and create more money for the dream, our top strategies for traveling for longer and deeper and how we save money on the road.

Browse our most popular resource posts below.


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From broke backpacker to a small taste of luxury, we've always found ways to make travel work on our budget.

We’ve had our own financial pain and understand the challenges. Let us guide you on how to reduce your living expenses, get rid of any bad debt, and save for your dream trip.

We're often mistaken for being rich due to our endless travel lifestyle.

Not at all. We made it a priority, accepted our sacrifices, made smart decisions and stuck to some sensible saving tips and strategies for long term travel.


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When choosing your travel destinations, it depends on factors like:

  • your personal travel style
  • your interests
  • the length of time you have available
  • and your finances.

Figure those things out first, then your options for where you can go start to take shape.

If you need help choosing your destination, check out the following posts filled with useful tips.

Otherwise scroll down to choose the destination you are interested in for many of our tips and highlights.

Your blog is absolutely terrific!

While this focuses on traveling around, it’s great to see a lot of these tips aren’t just for the people wanting to escape – these tips are going to help anyone succeed in life. Whether that is around-the-globe travel blogger’s like both yourself and Craig, or someone who just wants to improve themselves.

And this is what we need to do. We need to read about ways to save money. If that’s through an article or perhaps tips from your old friend, everything and anything eventually helps.

Saving is about consistency. It comes over time. I believe anyone can travel the world if you have a large desire to.

Ken Kai


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We know from all the emails we get from our readers that “lack of money” is one of the biggest things holding you back from having more travel in your life.

If you want to travel more it’s time to start thinking about your finances and channeling what money comes into your life in the right direction.

This can be easier said than done and everyone has different financial challenges and backgrounds, but there are simple ways and more creative ways to add to your bank balance.


caz with her students in Bangkok

Work abroad is one of our favorite ways to travel for longer and deeper.

As Australians, we were able to implement the working holiday strategy - that is live and work in Commonwealth countries.

We loved it so much we found other ways to work and live in other countries.

We have lived and worked in: London, Dublin, Bangkok, Raleigh, NC and multiple places in Australia.

Here are our best tips to help you possibly do the same.

The first five episodes of our travel podcast provide in-depth details and stories as to how we've traveled for over 23 years.

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Another strategy we have for long-term travel is to travel for longer in more affordable countries - where our money goes further.

Plus, whenever we visit any destination we are always looking for ways to save money.

Here are a few of our budget travel guides for certain destinations and ways you can save money when you visit.


Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

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