Did you know that “stuff” isn’t good for you?

I just finished reading Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. I think the book makes a couple good points.

  • Use your money to buy experiences rather than things

Continue reading Did you know that “stuff” isn’t good for you?

Buenos Aires deal – $28.69 per night!

Our 1st RTW booking seems like a great find. The B$ Travelers just booked 32 days in Buenos Aires at $28.69 per night. That’s only $14 per person per day!

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eBags – Packing Cubes With Some Flavor-Flav

I purchased a set of eBag packing cubes today.  If you haven’t heard the word….they’re all the rage when it comes to RTW packing these days. The representative at eBags had recommended that I go with the medium size 3-pack, as they should be the perfect fit for our backpacks. Continue reading eBags – Packing Cubes With Some Flavor-Flav

We just saved $2,500 by visiting HungryAgents.com

HUGE step for the B$ travelers. We just listed our condo on the market. When researching to find a realtor who’d offer us the lowest commission rates, I stumbled across hungryagents.com.Typically agents for buyers and sellers each take a commission of roughly 2.5% to 3%, for a total cost of 5% to 6%, paid out of the seller’s proceeds. But as agents compete with discount brokers and flat-fee services, some are becoming more amenable to reducing their cut to 2% or less. Continue reading We just saved $2,500 by visiting HungryAgents.com

“No one feels sorry for someone about to leave on a two year vacation.”

I’ve read a lot of posts from fellow RTWers who have helped provide advice as to how to save money for extended travel. Decluttering? Got it. Cancelling your cable? Easy! Don’t go out for costly dinners? Done! Serving as matron of honor in your sister’s wedding? Yikes. This is where things can get a little sticky. Where’s the advice people? Hasn’t anyone else had to go through this? Continue reading “No one feels sorry for someone about to leave on a two year vacation.”

“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.” – Jack Nicholson

It’s extremely hard time for me right now. I just lost my RTW trip sunglasses. My Pepper’s sunglasses have gone MIA. My last few pairs have all been Pepper’s. What I like about Pepper’s is that they provide the clarity of BluBlockers without the look like you should be wearing a sombrero and rapping down the sidewalk.

Continue reading “With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.” – Jack Nicholson

Dear Banker, Thank you for sponsoring our RTW trip. Cheers! – The B$ Travelers

We’ve officially booked the 1st leg of our RTW tip to…drum roll please…Buenos Aires!

The best part. We’re only paying $7.50 for two 1 way tickets from Chicago. The United MileagePlus Explorer card we opened up just a few weeks ago is already paying huge dividends. We used 30,000 miles (each) to fly from O’hare to Buenos Aires. This means we still have 50,000 bonus miles remaining to use on other flights. Continue reading Dear Banker, Thank you for sponsoring our RTW trip. Cheers! – The B$ Travelers

We’re Getting A Lil’ StiR CRazY – Date Nights On A Budget

Although we have this fantastic adventure ahead of us, I have been feeling a little out of sorts lately. These last few weeks have been really difficult for me. I think it’s a mixture of feeling restless and a little stressed. Continue reading We’re Getting A Lil’ StiR CRazY – Date Nights On A Budget

Succumbing to the Vending Machine

I couldn’t resist the temptation of the Cool Ranch Doritos @ $.80 per bag this week. I was eating a homemade sandwich and it just needed something to spice it up a bit. It’s only the 2nd time in two years that I’ve used the vending machine (at work). Just like on the RTW trip (I’m anticipating), there are going to be moments when you’ll need to splurge to satisfy the cravings.

I don’t understand how they’re rated #11 on the top ten best snack chips list – Unbelievable! I demand a recount.

Our RTW Dream Walk

“Hi, it’s Jimmy!! If you can dream it, you can do it!!” ~ Jimmy MacElroy from Blades of Glory

This post is directed towards friends and family members who may not encourage or embrace your decision for a career break. Continue reading Our RTW Dream Walk

Determining the Destinations

“Well, I’m on my way
I don’t know where I’m going” -Paul Simon

Today was a monumental day for the BS Travelers. We finally laid out a rough itinerary for our RTW trip! Last night at a family party, Harry’s sister Jenny (one of our biggest supporters), asked us where our first stop was for our trip. Embarrassingly enough, we looked at each other and couldn’t state the answer. Continue reading Determining the Destinations

Golly gee wilikers sir that’s an awfully nice jacket

I saw this jacket in Moosejaw. I think I’m becoming more obsessed with it than that time when I used to fall down in front of strangers to  see if they would try to help. It seems like the perfect jacket for an RTW trip. It definitely meets the credentials for stupefying gear! Continue reading Golly gee wilikers sir that’s an awfully nice jacket

Payback Time – Let the banks finance your RTW!

Continue reading Payback Time – Let the banks finance your RTW!

Treasure Hunting Around the Globe – Geocaching 101

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. Let us introduce you to one of our favorite outdoor hobbies…

Yes, it is true. Harry and I are digital treasure hunters, otherwise known as GEOCACHERS! If you have never heard of the game, believe it or not, there are over 2 million geocaches hidden all over the world. Geocaching has taken us to places we may never would have visited in the hopes of finding a hidden container known as a geocache. Have we sparked your curiosity about our secret, underground community? Let the experts teach you about it and learn more about it by accessing the guide here! Continue reading Treasure Hunting Around the Globe – Geocaching 101

A Nickel & A Dime – It’s Mugshot Time

Harry knew exactly what he was doing when he assigned me the administrative role, it’s a lot of work! Between the visas and the passport renewals, I’m ready to scream. It takes a lot of time and money to make sure we have all the documentation ready for our RTW trip.

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We’re taking the (polar) plunge!

Today may be the last day of life as we know it.

When Harry and I played our destination game a few weeks ago, I knew Antarctica was a must-do on our trip. In fact, it was the place where I put my very first sticker indicating that this was the #1 destination of choice for my RTW.  It has been a life goal of mine to step foot on all seven continents. Now that we have a rough itinerary in place, it’s time to start making that goal a reality. Continue reading We’re taking the (polar) plunge!

Takeaways to Breakaway – Take a RTW trip to save money

Right now you’re thinking, “Well how the heck is taking a Round The World (RTW) trip going to save me money? You idiot. I’m done with you. I’m going back to cutting coupons.” You’re right, if I was taking a RTW trip without adjusting my lifestyle beforehand it would be a complete financial disaster. Continue reading Takeaways to Breakaway – Take a RTW trip to save money

Its time to play….Who wants to buy our junk?

Of course I’m referring to the junk around my house. The time has come for us to start generating some income by selling all the stuff we have accumulated from the last 9 years of marriage. What’s interesting about doing this is that at one point in our lives we thought we actually NEEDED these things. Continue reading Its time to play….Who wants to buy our junk?

Travel Tip – Rent on the outskirts

When vacationing near an expensive tourist area consider renting house/apartment/ condo on the outskirts and then driving to the more touristy area. Since most beaches are open to the public, you can enjoy the beach and the hotel’s restaurants and bars. Continue reading Travel Tip – Rent on the outskirts

High-End Tastes with a Low-End Budget

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