lazy traveler

Don’t Let Them Take A Pennie Mo’

I fund all my travels by myself. What I don’t have, I make up in brains. Below is a list of resources that help me save money andd keep me going. Check it!

[Gear|Wisdom|Lodging|Flights|Credit Cards]

Books That Inspire Me

1. Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck

This book is what started it all. I refer to it all the time.



2. A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

If you don’t think you have gifts or you think your ideas are stupid, read this and think again.



3. Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell

If you’re tired of your 9-5 life and have always felt you never fit in. Read this. Solid, practical advice to help you get started.




4. Joseph Kauffman

I am kind of a spiritual junkie. If you are interested in learning how to not let your emotions (such as fear) control you so much, I highly recommend all of Kauffman’s books. They’re easy to read and they’ll make you think for days.

5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I think this book actually says a lot about a person depending on if you get it or not.




6. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Art is a war. If you struggle with any type of resistance, read it.



My 5 Travel Must Haves

1. Backpack – Gregory J 38

For an entire summer, I walked around like a turtle in Southeast Asia. I love this backpack because it comes in different sizes and volumes. More power to shorties!



2. Packing Cubes

Stop rummaging for underwears and socks like an idiot.  Use these to divide your clothes in your luggage and thank yourself.



3. Reusable Tote Bag

Yes, I’m one of those environmental-friendly bag ladies. But seriously, this bag saved me so many times. Last minute souvenirs, laundry bag, paper bags ripping in the rain…. nothing worse than that… nothing.


4. Turkish Towel

This is embarrassing but mine has a huge hole in it and I still use it. It’s my scarf, sarong, blanket, beach towel, picnic blanket, cape, you know, use your imagination.




5.  Klean Kanteen
Are you still buying bottled water at airports? You know they’re not actually from Fiji or whatever magical spring they claim, right?  Buy a water bottle and put more cha-ching in your pocket and less plastic in the ocean. Win, win.




Smart Travel Moves

I don’t know who this man is but he writes the most COMPREHENSIVE train/bus/boat travel guides in the entire world. Bravo, bravo, Mr. Seat61!

World Nomads
Travel insurance that covers injuries, theft, flight changes, and more. Worth it if you’re traveling for an extended period of time.


Couchsurfing is an excellent way to stay with people for free when you’re traveling and meet new people. Check out my awesome Couchsurfing experience in Spain!

Hostelbooker and Hostel World
There are TONS of hostel websites and I encourage you to do your research but these two are my favorite because they allow you to cancel 24-48 hours in advance. Expert tip: book through the actual hostel and save even more money!

If you’ve never tried Airbnb yet, get $40 off your first trip of $75 or more. Sign up a few days before you plan to book though because I think there is a time limit to use the credit.


Google Flights

The trick is to search for your tickets here, then buy the ticket on the airline’s website. Otherwise, you might be paying some man in his basement.

Credit Cards

I don’t know your financial situation so use your judgment before opening any new CCs! Here are some of my favorites for traveling:

Bank of American Travel Rewards – earn $200 towards traveling after $1000 purchase (03/18)

Chase Sapphire – earn up to 50,000 travel points after spending $4,000 (03/18)

Charles Schwab Debit– reimburses ATM fees (03/18)

Alaska Airline Visa Signature – offers discounted “companion fares” (03/18)

Do you have any awesome resources to share with me? I would love to know (really!)

(These are not “tricks” to get you to buy anything. These are products that I genuinely love and people ask me about them. Some of them are affiliate links (which means I earn a commission when you buy them) but many of them are also not. 🙂 )


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