ThrifyTrails run a travel on a budget blog. Find out more about them in my interview!
1. Where are you from?
We are both from the sunshine state, Florida.
2. Could you tell me briefly about yourself?
Our names are Tim and Pam. We met in college and have stayed at each other's side ever since. We got married in May 2016 and began our extended honeymoon in June 2016.
3. What inspired you to travel?
Both our families love to travel so I guess you can say it's in our blood. We had always talked about traveling and the honeymoon was the opportune moment. It was like the stars aligned and everything was set for us to take off onto our adventure. It all started with a very cheap ticket to Poland where I (Pam) have family.
4. How long have you been traveling?
We traveled the world full time for 6 months for our honeymoon. We just got back about a week ago so we are now acclimating ourselves back into the real world. We plan on continuing our travels within the US since I haven't really explored many of the states.
5. How would you describe the way that you travel? Do you stay in a city for a long period of time or visit many cities in a short period of time? Why?
I would say we are minimalist budget travelers.We carry one backpack each to avoid checked back fees and the headaches associated with lost or damaged baggage. Keeping things to a minimum just helps overall. We also look for every possible free thing there is to do where ever we are. Our destinations and length of time depend on a few factors such as flight prices in and out of the country, if we have family we can stay with, and how much there is to do. If we can stay with family then we will try to stay longer in the city but if not then we look at what dates the flight prices are the cheapest and that will dictate how long we end up staying there.
6. What are some of your favorite countries traveling? Why?
One of our favorite countries was New Zealand. We have never seen such beautiful landscapes in our lives. It was extra special because we got to experience it all while living in a campervan for 3 weeks. This enabled us to sleep next to gorgeous blue lakes with a view of snow capped mountains or in marina parking lots that had great views of the sunrise - and all for free.
7. What are some of your best experiences traveling?
One of our best experiences traveling was hiking up Babia Góra in Poland, which translates to Witches’ Mountain. I am afraid of heights and am used to the flat terrain of Florida so this was quite a challenge for me. When I made it to the top I was so proud of myself! Another experience we really enjoyed was visiting an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We are both animals lovers and we wanted to interact with them in a humane manner - meaning not riding them. We learned the background stories of the elephants and got to feed and bathe them. Another Japan in general really surprised me. I honestly didn't know much about Japan but agreed to add it to our list of countries because Tim had always wanted to visit. To my own surprise, I loved every minute of it! The people are so polite, there is a large variety of food, and there are very unique places that you don't see elsewhere - like a town where wild deer roam freely or a restaurant where you are served by a robot.
8. Are you able to support yourself traveling from an online business? If not, how did you fund your traveling?
No, we do not have an online business. We lived off our savings during our 6 month trip around the world. Saving is something that is innate in both of us and helped us prepare for the extended honeymoon. We keep track of our finances and cut whatever expenses possible. We also have a binder of coupons that we take with us every time we go grocery shopping - it all adds up. Not having kids or loans to pay back allows us to save every penny. We recently started getting into the credit card game and accumulating miles. Many people are afraid that getting a credit card will get them into debt but the trick is to spend it on your usual expenses and pay it off every month. You don't have to go on a shopping spree.
9. Do you have a blog ? If so, what topics do you discuss? What inspired you to start one?
Many of our friends and family kept asking us questions like "What are you packing? Where are you going? How are you paying for this? Are you crazy?". So we decided to write it all down so they could be informed on our travels. We learned that traveling was a lot cheaper than we anticipated and so we wanted to share that with our readers as well. We share all the free and cheap things there are to do in countries around the world along with other helpful information like transportation and food options.
After saving up as much money as possible, you don't want to spend it all on just a few days of travel and that's where the main mission of our blog comes into play. It's a fun challenge for me to create a list of free or cheap things to do in every town we visit. We want to share the knowledge we've gained over the last 6 months of full time travel with all our readers to help them learn how to travel on a budget. It's all about being thrifty.
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