MONEY AND TRAVEL

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.

BEST TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY FOR TRAVEL

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.

19 life hacks for luxury living

Luxury means different things to different people. It can be as simple as a cup of coffee with a good book, a personal trainer, or a luxury apartment. Some of these come with the hefty luxury […]

Family travel tribe

26 Life hacks for everyday living expenses

Too often, bills and expenses we don’t care about drag us away from the ability to spend our money on experiences and moments that allow us to feel joy and love. We have put a […]

Don't give up your daily coffee to save money for travel. Do this instead.

Don’t Give Up Your Daily Coffee To Effectively Save Money for Travel

They say “money doesn’t buy happiness” but try traveling without it and for us travel makes us HAPPY! The more money we have, the more we can travel and the happier we are! Because travel […]

Kerr Lake North Carolina

30 Ways to Reduce Living Expenses (to have more money for travel)

How are you feeling after pay day? Elated at the amount you have left for fun after you’ve put away your savings (for travel I hope) and paid off your bills, or slowly dying on […]

New York holiday travel tips

How We Overcame $30,000 in Credit Card Debt

You just shove them under the pile of things you’ll get to eventually, or hope they will disappear don’t you? Those credit card statements that seem hell bent on intruding in on your happiness. You […]

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Saving Tips for World Travel

A reader sent me an email one day day asking for some saving tips for world travel. They are a couple who dream of traveling around the world together, but are unsure how they can […]

TOP TRAVEL PLANNING AND BOOKING TIPS TO SAVE MONEY

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.

Book A Trip

Book A Trip

Ready to book a trip to anywhere? We have been traveling extensively for 20+ years and have come to rely on a few trusted travel brands and websites for booking our own accommodation, flights, rental […]

How to choose your travel destinations

Choosing Your Travel Destinations

Do you need help choosing your travel destinations? Whilst we’re not in the business of actually booking trips for others, we can certainly offer you expert guidance on how to choose a destination that meets […]

21 tips on how to find cheap flights to anywhere

How To Find Cheap Flights to Anywhere In The World

Besides learning how to find cheap accommodation, learning how to find cheap flights to anywhere in the world will help you to reduce your other big travel expense. Thankfully, there are strategies and tips we can […]

Finding Cheap Rental Cars

Finding Cheap Rental Cars

Need tips on how to find cheap rental cars? If you love taking road trips with kids and your parents, read on. The 19 tips below and our recommended search website will help you find your […]

18 tips on how to find cheap accommodation

18 Killer Tips On How To Find Cheap Accommodation

Where you sleep at night is one of your major fixed travel expenses, so learning how to find cheap accommodation will help you to keep more money in your pocket for spending on activities. Fortunately, […]

How to Backpack & Travel Round the World

How to Backpack & Travel Round the World

Need tips on how to backpack and travel round the world? You’ve come to the right place. In this post we share our top backpacking tips of how we were able to backpack round-the-world over […]

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

WHAT MONEY HELP DO YOU WANT?

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WAYS TO CREATE MORE MONEY FOR TRAVEL

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.

16 ways to create more money for travel

16 Ways To Earn More Money For Travel

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 […]

Sunset in Kona, Big Island of Hawaii

How To Live A Life Of Travel (and Create Amazing Memories)

Want to know how to live a life of travel? We’ve been doing it for 20 years so can show you it’s easier than you think

WORK ABROAD AS A STRATEGY TO SAVE ON TRAVEL

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.

YTP 03: Dark Times & The Birth of y Travel Blog

What about when things go terribly wrong and you can’t travel? What do you do when you make decisions that negatively impact your life? How do you recover and give birth to something better?

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YTP 02: Our 5 Year Working Honeymoon in Thailand, Ireland, and the USA

Our adventures on our five year honeymoon traveling through South East Asia, the UK, Southern Africa, and the USA! Plus, we share about living and working in Bangkok, Dublin, Broome, WA and Raleigh, NC

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YTP 01: Our Travel Story (Solo Travel & Working Holidays)

In this episode we share our travel story from before we met and how we made travel a priority living our individual lives. We look at solo travel to Europe and Africa and the working holiday experience in London and Dublin

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How to teach English online to Chinese students from your own home

How to teach English online to Chinese students from home. This is a fantastic work from home opportunity to earn extra money effortlessly. No lesson planning needed and you can work from anywhere!

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

20 Ways to Work and Travel in Australia

There would be nothing better than an indefinite road trip around Australia and not have to work. Sadly the cost of travel in Australia and the size of the country means it’s not a reality […]

How to teach English overseas (From a teacher who’s done it)

A great way to travel the world and fund your travels is to teach English overseas. If you want to spend a long time in a destination, teaching English is a popular option for overseas […]

A Gap Year Abroad

9 Ways to Prepare and Protect Yourself Before Working Abroad

Working abroad is one of the most exciting ways to travel long-term. Not only does it make the travel experience cheaper, but it turns the everyday mundane, like visiting the bank, into an exotic adventure. […]

6 jobs you can do overseas

We get inundated with emails and questions asking how someone can travel around the world, especially since they are drowning in debt, have little money, or just graduated from University. Our first suggestion is to […]

teaching around the world

How to teach around the world

I have been receiving a lot of emails and questions from readers about how to teach around the world since I wrote my last couple of posts about my experiences teaching overseas. So in order to […]

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My Experiences Teaching Overseas (5 countries)

“If you could do it all over again Caz, would you still become a primary school teacher?” I was out to lunch with some of my oldest friends and we had just been sharing horror […]

Royal Botanic Gardnes, Sydney Harbour

Gap Travel and Volunteer Abroad

Thinking of doing some gap travel around the world and taking your gap year abroad? Or, maybe you want to volunteer some time to a worthy cause. Taking a gapyear and volunteering can do wonders […]

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON THE ROAD

Embracing more travel in your life first starts with a decision and then a commitment. Once you’ve got that checked off, you can find clever ways to hack into travel to make it cheaper.

PLUS, if you’re a superb travel hacker, you’ll find ways to earn money as you travel so you can continue doing it for 20 years.

There are an infinite number of ways you can save money on travel. Here are some of our best travel hacks for finding cheap flights, accommodation, transport, and on the ground travel related costs.

What Does Annual Travel Insurance Cover?

Helpful Guide to Annual Travel Insurance (Is it really worth it?)

Yes. Epic year ahead. You know it as you already have atleast three opportunities to travel. School reunion #ThisCouldBeFun. Beachside cabanas in the Bahamas #Chillax. And a very important business presentation in Tokyo #TackOnAFewExtraDays Three […]

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How to transfer money overseas with the best exchange rate and no fees

If there is one thing I hate, it’s paying banks fees and helping the banks to make billion dollar profits with little in return. I’m always looking for ways to reduce fees especially when it comes to […]

42 best travel hacks for saving money

What’s your sacrifice? That’s what I ask many people who want to know how I’ve managed to live a life of travel for 20 years. It’s because I know what I want, and I understand […]

Alone in Moeraki - a small fishing village on the east coast of New Zealand.

3 Budget Travel Tips for Solo Travelers

As a perpetual solo traveler and someone who is always on the lookout for the next big adventure around the world, it can be a fine line trying to stay on budget and make your […]

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa - one of the best family resorts in Fiji

Travel the world and save $30,000 by house sitting

I had a dream and for a very long time that was all it was, a dream that seemed unattainable, unrealistic and most definitely one I could not afford. For the longest time I fantasied […]

How to Save money

52 Ways to Save Money on Travel

How to save money on travel is one of the most common questions we get asked. It’s a great question. Luckily for us, and you, we have some suggestions. Like us, most people we know […]

FEATURED VIDEO: How to Plan your Trip

We take you through some 15 simple steps to planning a trip! Press play and be sure to share it with your friends! Enjoy the fun of travel planning.

DESTINATION BUDGET GUIDES

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.

How To Visit Las Vegas on a Budget – Tips to Help You Save Money

Planning to visit Las Vegas on a budget? You might think that’s crazy, but cheap Vegas trips are possible! Below are my tips for Vegas on a budget including the most affordable hotels in Las […]

Empire State Building - one of the best things to do in NYC with kids

15 New York Travel Tips to Save Money and Maximize Time (epic guide)

You can travel to New York City on a budget! We share 15 of our best New York travel tips to save money and maximize your time. There are so many NYC attractions and amazing food, you want to know how to do it all without costing you a fortune.

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How to Save Money on NYC Attractions: New York Sightseeing Pass

here are ways to visit New York on a budget. With this tip, you’ll need careful planning but we’ll show you how you can save money on NYC attractions with a New York Sightseeing pass. Skip the queues and have some fun. Don’t miss The Ride!

Greece Volos and Pelion region european destination on a budget

10 hidden secret destinations in Europe on a budget

Hidden secret destinations in Europe on a budget? Is that even possible anymore? Sometimes I feel like there are no parts left of the world to explore. With the popularity of blogs and social media, […]

Sharing tips on how to travel Europe on a Budget. Plus five European destinations on a budget for travelers.

5 Budget European destinations (+ saving tips for Europe

There are a lot of wonderful ways to experience Europe while staying on a budget. For most travelers, backpacking through Europe is at the top of their bucket list. With numerous things to do in […]

View of Sydney walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

How to Travel in Australia on a Budget

Traveling on a budget in Australia? Yep. We show you how it’s possible. Don’t miss these ways to save.

Things to do in Eastern NC

Want to travel more? Consider local and budget travel

One of the biggest pieces of advice we give to those wanting to travel more, is to simply travel in your own backyard. This kind of travel is often overlooked and a great option when […]

Kenroku-en Japanese Gardens in Kanazawa

5 tips for visiting Japan with kids on a budget

In September we took our five kids on a holiday to Japan. It was only brief; we stayed three nights in Osaka and three nights in Tokyo. None of us had been to Japan before […]

pick up travel in Africa

How to travel on a budget in Africa

After my recent articles on Backpacking Highlights from Kenya to South Africa on Globotreks, I have had a lot of requests to write about the costs of backpacking Africa. Craig and I backpacked from Kenya to South […]

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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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How to transfer money overseas with the best exchange rate and no fees

If there is one thing I hate, it’s paying banks fees and helping the banks to make billion dollar profits with little in return. I’m always looking for ways to reduce fees especially when it comes to […]

Thailand is just one of the many places Jane and her husband have been able to travel to for less than staying at home.

How this couple travel full time on the Australian pension – it’s cheaper than staying at home

“Your travel budget is what?” I asked, thinking that I had misheard Jason. “$37,000 USD per year total for the 3 of us,” Jason repeated. I had heard him correctly. Here was a family of […]

42 best travel hacks for saving money

What’s your sacrifice? That’s what I ask many people who want to know how I’ve managed to live a life of travel for 20 years. It’s because I know what I want, and I understand […]

19 life hacks for luxury living

Luxury means different things to different people. It can be as simple as a cup of coffee with a good book, a personal trainer, or a luxury apartment. Some of these come with the hefty luxury […]

Family travel tribe

26 Life hacks for everyday living expenses

Too often, bills and expenses we don’t care about drag us away from the ability to spend our money on experiences and moments that allow us to feel joy and love. We have put a […]

Don't give up your daily coffee to save money for travel. Do this instead.

Don’t Give Up Your Daily Coffee To Effectively Save Money for Travel

They say “money doesn’t buy happiness” but try traveling without it and for us travel makes us HAPPY! The more money we have, the more we can travel and the happier we are! Because travel […]

Sunset on Cape Tribulation Beach - Raintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Money dreams-When I get a million dollars I’ll …

Have you finished that sentence a million times over in your life? When I get a million dollars, I’ll travel the world. If I won a million dollars I’d ________ . I did all the […]

Do you feel guilty for wanting more money?

One of the blocks that have come up for many of my Money Cleanse participants is they feel guilty for desiring more money – like they are stealing from those less fortunate, and it’s hugely […]

16 ways to create more money for travel

3 ways to Saving Money for Travel (secrets Revealed)

Your search for the Holy Grail is over. It’s time to reveal the secrets to saving money for travel – the stuff hidden in the vaults and only available to members of the Illuminati. You’ve been […]

Happy to be in Hawaii after our overnight flight from Sydney

Is It Okay to Travel with Debt?

That’s a yes and a no to both questions. I’ve actually done both. You know from our story that we traveled and lived for 5 years with debt. But, it was good debt based on […]

4 Powerful Ways to Travel More & Create Better Memories

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