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I know how much you love to travel and you just wish you could take more vacations, longer vacations or take a leap into full-time travel. The thought of it is overwhelming and you feel as if you need to be rich to make any of this happen. I know you think we are rich, as we have been traveling full-time for 3 years, so we must be. I hate to break the news to you, but we aren’t rich! Perhaps we are rich with experiences and travel, but we don’t have endless amounts of money.
We have made travel a very high priority in our lives and part of that is making choices that help feed into that priority. We live a very simple life in exotic or dream destinations. Yes, I will admit we have lived in some incredible places, but I will be the first to tell you we still maintain a steady budget and cost of living. We select locations and determine how long we will be there, based on their affordability.
So are you curious what travel expenses this family of four has? Not to worry we share it all. We have been traveling since August of 2012 and we like to keep track of the budget, thus our travel expenses. We want to be sure we can keep our life of travel going as long as we can, and part of that is to manage our travel costs and make sure we know when to splurge and when to stay on budget.
Please keep in mind, we only share our expenses as a guide for you. Every person/family has different comfort levels, wants and needs. So by default that means we all have different travel expenses. Now, I say travel and this also includes all of our expenses from having a home base in Spain as well. We moved to Spain as expats and then traveled from there, so you are kind of getting several different flavors of travel when you read what we have to say.
We can help provide you with data points for the cost of travel in Europe with our posts on the Cost of a 6 week road trip in Europe (Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Andorra). We also have a 3 week European Road Trip costs post in Netherlands, Belgium and France. Of course we have loads of information on our Family Travel costs in Southeast Asia. We spent nearly 4 months in on place in Thailand and can share our cost of living in Chiang Mai. Additionally we were nomadic and on the move for a few of the other countries in Southeast asia, so can provide travel costs for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.
I absolutely love crunching the numbers and making spreadsheets, so be warned. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy digging into the numbers!
We have summarized some nice groupings of costs and cost of living posts below, just click on the appropriate photo. Otherwise, you can view our full Finances Category and see it all.
MONEY! Cost of Living in Spain
This can not possibly represent the entire country, this is just what we have experienced in our town, with our lifestyle. Your life will be different! 🙂
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If you are planning a move to Spain, a vacation in Spain, a vacation in Southeast Asia, or you just like to look at what people spend for their travels, then you can click on any of the images above or view our Finances Category, it is also listed on the right sidebar. This will show you a bit more about what we have shared.
We know people think it is expensive to travel and we are here to tell you, we have been spending far less with full-time travel than we did living outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. Travel doesn’t have to be expensive and the cost of living will vary depending on your lifestyle choices. This is also true if you are just home and not traveling as well. We have a blog post series on How to Save Money full of cost saving tips and tricks.
Do you like to travel? What are your dreams, more vacations or full-time travel? What is holding you back from making your dreams happen?
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.