“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


About This Blog


I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of budget travel advice from newspaper writers with $100/day accommodation budgets. My idea of budget travel is around $10/day before admissions fees. Yes, even in Europe. Travelers like us don’t eat in restaurants everyday. We like meeting locals and other travelers, strolling through parks and people watching, taking public transportation and exploiting free festivals, events and opening days. We don’t need elaborate plans or accommodations to enjoy ourselves on vacation. By keeping costs down, we extend the length of our travels; yet we also know a worthy splurge when we see one. We’ve learned to appreciate the journey.


About Me


Originally hailing from the frigid north of Minnesota, I’m now going on seven years of residence in various corners of Europe. This allows me ample opportunity to explore this and neighboring continents. I spent a semester in Ireland in the womb and took my first conscious trip abroad at 15. I haven’t put my suitcases down since. I travel mostly for leisure and find lots of creative ways to afford it. I collect postcards and take photographs. You will find me riding the bus and walking around the botanical garden. Catch me if you can!

2008’s new countries include Malta and Spain; 2007’s Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus and Sweden.

I take all the header photos. The current photo is from Girona, Spain. Previous headers have included Granada, Spain; Venice, Italy; Northern Ireland, UK; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Keukenhof in the Netherlands.

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1 Backpacking On Little Money 09.26.07 at 3:08 am

Hi, I think your blog is great. Great tips. Let me add you to my blogroll. Cheers!

2 turvyc 12.16.07 at 1:58 am

Cool blog! Added you to my blogroll. Keep it up!

3 foxnomad 04.09.08 at 5:46 pm

Nice site, recommended by my Google RSS reader – think I’ll poke around a bit and keep up.

Thanks -

4 Rob in Madrid 04.27.08 at 8:50 pm

Just wondering how you make a living, not many people can travel fulltime much less in Europe.

Another travel blog I follow is http://freedom30.blogspot.com/ same idea pick up and travel

5 poetloverrebelspy 04.28.08 at 8:27 pm

I actually don’t travel all the time, Rob — like everyone, I think about it much more than I do it. Living in Europe makes it a lot easier to get other places cheaply and quickly. And if you travel (and live) like I do, it doesn’t cost you a whole lot more than staying put.

6 animado 05.21.08 at 11:23 pm

I really like your attitude!
That’s straight to the point.

7 ingerbergom 06.05.08 at 4:12 am

Great blog! Thanks for the useful tips. And your photos are beautiful!

8 discount designer luggage 06.23.08 at 10:01 pm

I hear ya…$100 per day is not cheap as some would believe! Thanks for the great info.

9 Ying 10.21.08 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for your blog, I think it is handy. BTW, I live in Barcelona, Spain. If you need any help regarding to the travel in Spain, pls let me know.

10 MadridMan 11.14.08 at 9:30 pm

Congratulations on your blog! And it’s come along at a most opportune time since the world is now in “Economic Crisis” and looking for ways to save money while traveling. We all appreciate your efforts.

Saludos, MadridMan

11 sapphire 06.01.10 at 10:49 am

Loved reading your posts about Sweden on a shoestring. You truly did it!

Wondering if you will be posting again to the blog or moved on.

And would also suggest http://www.couchsurfing.org as another great way to stay somewhere for free. People are awesome, you get to know the locals, it’s a great way.

12 Amanda 09.04.10 at 6:06 pm

Great site! I’m going to add you to my RSS feeds and then when I get around to the blogroll on my own blog I’ll do that too.

I’m not too keen on moving around much these days since I spent most my life doing it. But I will be moving to my third continent in a year beginning in October, so I guess I can’t entirely settle down yet. I totally agree with your advice so far–when I travel Europe the things I save up for are train and bus tickets, which can cost a pretty penny in places like Switzerland or even Spain (even when you know that in some places like France you can save a lot taking the iDTGV if you book online in advance and several days/weeks out). I have used couchsurfing.org for a few years and love it. I travel with a swiss army knife so I can make my food as I go, and everything that most people throw out ends up in my bag (within reason). Then as for admission fees, well there’s either the free tours in cities (greatest things ever invented) or finding out when or if other things are discounted certain times of the week, and which things are free in what cities (parks and monuments for example, and things off the beaten path that are so much more interesting).

I’ll look forward to keeping up on what you post! :)

13 Bill 09.20.12 at 7:02 pm

I really like the premise behind your site. Have you been posting recently?

Heading to Berlin in October. First international trip. Any advice?

Keep up the great work!

Cheers, Bill

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