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How we save money on travel
We live and work on the road full time in our RV and we’ve been able to do it for about $1700 per month. That includes everything – our coach payment, groceries, fuel, repairs, travel costs, healthcare, and more.
The biggest way we save is by staying in free camping spots as much as possible. We use a mix of public lands (national forests, BLM land, etc), commercial RV parks (when we need hookups or want to be in a specific town), and private property (often given to us by friends or family).
We cook most of our meals at home to save money, but we also enjoy going out to eat occasionally. When we do eat out, we look for happy hour specials and shared plates to keep costs down.
We’ve found that the key to affordable travel is creative thinking and flexible planning. If you’re willing to be creative and think outside the box, you can find ways to save money on just about everything!
How we afford to travel
We get a lot of questions about how we afford to travel as often as we do. And the answer is simple: a little bit of work and a whole lot of planning.
Here are our top tips for how you can afford to travel, too:
-Start saving early: The sooner you start setting money aside for travel, the better. Even if you can only save $50 per month, that’s $600 saved after one year — enough for a plane ticket or a nice hotel room.
-Create a budget: Once you know how much you have to work with, it’s time to start planning your trip. Determine what your must-haves are and what you can live without. Then, start looking for deals on flights, hotels, and activities.
-Be flexible: If you’re willing to be flexible with your travel dates and destination, you’ll be more likely to find low-cost options. For example, flying midweek is often cheaper than flying on the weekends, and visiting countries during their offseason can also help you save money.
Why we travel
At Indy Blue, we are big believers in the power of travel. We believe that travel broadens your perspective, introduces you to new people and cultures, and helps you find your place in the world.
We also believe that travel should be affordable for everyone. That’s why we offer a variety of ways to save on travel costs, including discounts on airfare, hotels, car rentals, and more.
So why do we travel? For us, it’s all about the experience. We believe that travel is one of the best ways to learn about yourself and the world around you. We know that when you’re on the road, you’re exposed to new ideas and different ways of looking at things. And we believe that this is a good thing.
So if you’re wondering how Indy Blue can afford to travel so much, the answer is simple: because we believe in the power of travel and we think it’s worth every penny.
How we plan our trips
We save all year long and plan our trips around where we can get the best deals. We also look for credit card points and rewards that we can use to offset the cost of travel.
How we choose our destinations
Indy Blue is a bit different than most professional travel companies. We don’t have shareholders to please, so we’re free to make decisions based on what’s best for our travelers, not what’s most profitable. That means we can be choosier about the trips we take and the destinations we visit.
We also believe that slow travel is better travel. That’s why we focus on cultural immersion and sustainable tourism. We want our travelers to have authentic experiences that enrich their lives and promote cross-cultural understanding.
Of course, all of this costs money. But we believe it’s worth it, and our travelers seem to agree. They keep coming back for more!
How we pack for our trips
We try to bring only what we need and will use while on our trip. By planning ahead and Light we can save money on baggage fees and have more money to spend on experiences. Here are some of our top packing tips:
-Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This saves space and prevents wrinkles.
-Wear your heaviest clothes on the plane. This will save space in your suitcase and keep you from having to pay for overweight luggage.
-Pack an extra bag or two that can be used as carry-ons. This way you won’t have to pay for overhead bin space and you’ll have a backup if your luggage gets lost.
-Bring snacks with you on the plane. This will save you money and prevent you from getting hangry (hangry = angry because you’re hungry).
-Travel with a reusable water bottle. This will save you money on airport water and you won’t have to waste plastic bottles.
How stay safe while traveling
As full-time travelers, we’re often asked how stay safe while on the road. The truth is, there is no one perfect answer for this. We take a few common-sense precautions and then hope for the best! Here are a few things we do to help ensure our safety while traveling:
· We always let someone back home know where we’re going and when we expect to return. That way, if something does happen, there’s someone who can start working on finding us.
· We try to blend in as much as possible. That means dressing like the locals and not standing out in any way.
· We stay aware of our surroundings at all times. This means not walking around with our headphones on and being aware of who and what is around us.
· We carry minimal valuables with us when we travel. This includes things like jewelry and electronics.
· If possible, we avoid traveling to countries that are known to be dangerous. This isn’t always possible, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Of course, these are just a few of the things we do to stay safe while traveling. Everyone has their own list of precautions they take – these are just a few of ours!
How we deal with travel emergencies
Indy Blue is a non-profit organization that helps people in need around the world. We provide medical care, education, and other services to people in countries that are affected by poverty, conflict, or natural disasters.
We have a team of highly skilled and experienced medical professionals who are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. In addition to our core team, we have a network of over 200 volunteers who can be called upon to help in an emergency.
We are able to respond quickly to emergencies because we have a dedicated fund that is used exclusively for travel expenses. This fund allows us to cover the cost of airfare, hotels, and other necessary expenses for our team members.
We are also very fortunate to have the support of many generous donors who contribute to our travel fund. Without their support, we would not be able to do the work that we do.
How we make the most of our travel experiences
Indy Blue is a travel company that offers a variety of travel services. We are committed to making the most of our travel experiences and to providing our customers with the best possible service.
We are able to offer competitive rates because we have access to a number of resources that allow us to save money on our travel expenses. For example, we have negotiated discounts with a number of hotels, airlines, and other suppliers. We also have a number of relationships with travel industry insiders that allow us to get the best possible deals.
In addition, we are always looking for ways to improve our business so that we can offer even better value to our customers. For instance, we are constantly searching for new hotel and airline partners so that we can offer even more discounts. We are also always looking for ways to streamline our operations so that we can save money without compromising on quality or service.
How we share our travel experiences with others
As full-time travelers, we often get asked how we can afford to travel as much as we do. For us, it’s simple — we work while we travel. By sharing our travel experiences with others through social media, video, and blogging, we are able to fund our trips and live the nomadic lifestyle we love.
We don’t believe that travel should be reserved for those who can afford to take lengthy vacations or quit their jobs altogether. We think that everyone has the potential to travel more and see the world, even if it means finding creative ways to finance your adventures.
If you’re curious about how we make travel a part of our everyday lives, read on to learn more about how we afford to travel constantly without breaking the bank.