How we Visited NINETEEN Different Countries in Two Years



For a long time we wanted to travel but just never got around to doing it. Both of us have always had pretty entry level jobs that don't pay that well. Nevertheless, we decided to find a way to do what we want. We made it work and now we've travel to more countries than we ever expected a couple years ago. Here's how we did it.


Having a job:

We registered with temp agencies that find jobs for you and we applied for different jobs through the websites Reed and Indeed. We were successful in finding jobs that worked for us. We were surprised to get decent jobs that were better than a lot of the jobs we had back in Canada and allowed us to travel around Europe more than we expected. We didn't get any fancy jobs either. One of us worked in telemarketing and the other in a print room.

Savings:

Before we applied for our working visas, we knew we would have to have some savings ready in case of emergency. (Also our visa required us to have £1089ea. in savings before entering the UK). We both picked up extra hours at work and spent 6 months working as hard as we could. Both of us were working about 50-60 hours a week for these 6 months. That extra 20-40 hours of income went right into a travel savings fund. We also sold a bunch of our stuff before leaving Canada.

Minimalism:

On our journey into minimalism we learned to live without the extra gadgets. By reducing our spending on random items and selling the items we already had we were able to save more. It is also cheaper to fly when you have no checked luggage. If you are interested in minimalism, take the 30 day minimalist challenge.

Vegan Lifestyle

By maintaining our vegan lifestyle we save so much money on food. We found going vegan reduced our food cost in half. Vegetables are one of the cheapest type of food you can buy. We are also not tempted by unhealthy buys as they are usually not vegan.

Grocery Shopping:

We try to eat at home as much as possible. While we are travelling we always buy most of our food at the shops and make sandwiches or have cereal in our hotel rooms. We limit eating out to once a day while on a trip and once every couple weeks while we are at home.

Being a Tourist off Peak:

The biggest factor that helped us travel so much while living abroad is off peak! Prices drop drastically when they need to make a sale. We have been on several £10 flights and even cheaper train journey's. There are often vouchers that can be used during off peak times such as 2for1s. Some tourist attractions offer a reduced rate for off peak visitors as well. You can see lots of places for way cheaper by going off peak.

Travelling was more achievable than we thought. We took whatever jobs we could find, reduced our frivolous spending and followed the deals. If you do all this and are open to going with the flow then you can see a lot of places without going broke.

13 Day Itinerary (Backpacking Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia)

Do you have any money saving tips that would allow for this kind of travelling?

If you missed last month's travel tips see: Beginners Guide to Surviving Veganism Abroad

Comments

  1. These are actually some really great tips. Like I never thought of applying for temp jobs abroad but that makes a lot of sense if you're primary goal is to travel. And off season is always key. That and just a lot less people in general, which is always nice.

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    1. Thank you. Temp jobs definitely made things a lot easier for us. Yeah travelling off peak is generally more relaxing too.

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  2. That's awesome that you were able to visit 19 countries in such a short period of time. Minimalism is a great thing that helps free you from so many possessions and the costs that go along with those possession which obviously can allow you to travel freer as well.

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    1. We are so happy we discovered minimalism. It really changed our lives for the better.

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  3. It was amazing to hear the stories and see the pictures. You both had a very packed couple of years! Josh D

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    1. Yes. It was a very busy couple years! We loved every minute of it.

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  4. 19 countries is impressive, especially since you need to get quite far away from Canada for the list to increase. We were lucky to squeeze in 15 countries last year, but that includes a few neighboring Nordic countries. Having a job really makes a big difference, as long as you are able to get days of to travel. :)

    Did you only travel in Europe, or did you extend to other continents? :)

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    1. We travelled from Canada to the UK, than off the UK around Europe. :)

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  5. Sound really cool, and the tips on saving are really useful. Europe can be explored without huge expenses on transportation as there're always good deals on tickets, sometimes I fly with less than 15euros from Dublin to other European cities which is great.

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    1. I often wonder how they are can away with having such cheap flights! The trains in the UK were way more than a flight within the UK.

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  6. The tips are really great, but minimalism is something that is very difficult to follow. You need to have a strong will power and I think the temptation to travel could make this happen!

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    1. Yeah, minimalism isn't for everyone. It really helped us follow our dreams though.

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  7. This post has definitely inspired me to continue saving for my trips and am lucky to live in Europe so its great for those cheap flights. I'm very impressed you have managed 2 years of travel with hand luggage! Currently hoping for a sabbatical and temping while away was something I had not even thought of so now something I will definitely be investigating. Will most definitely have a go at the 30 day minimalist challenge to declutter my house in preparation for renting it out!

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    1. Only having hand luggage does keep costs way down when flying! Glad you found some value in our post. Good luck in your adventure.

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  8. Go guys! This is amazing. I can only imagine how much you felt relief after working your butts off to save! I totally believe in traveling anywhere off season! There are way less crowds and activities/food etc are in general, cheaper. I have been selling some of my useless things around the house and working extra too so I can take some big trips this year! Admire y'all sticking to your goals! Awesome.

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    1. Glad to hear! We really had a great time. Good luck on your saving! I can't wait to read about all your adventures.

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  9. Must have taken a lot fo advance planning and precision, but hats off to you guys for pulling this off. I envy you both because I know we cannot pull this off, specially going minimalistic. Upside is that I get to read your blog, and plan our trAVELS bit by bit :D

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    1. The only thing we pre-planned was getting working visas for the UK. Everything else we kind of just played by ear and followed the deals. We had embarked on a minimalistic lifestyle before we had planned on moving abroad. I think it was probably what started this snowball effect.

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  10. I've never really considered temp jobs, but that's a really cool idea. It must have taken some serious planning on your part, so kudos! I love keeping up with your journeys, and can't wait to see what the next country is!

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    1. We can't wait to share our next adventure with you! Temp jobs are the way to go!

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  11. I need to check out the Reed and Indeed websites, thanks for the info! I have my 'travel fund' into which I put some money every month for financing my travels. I am a pescatarian, who just adores fruits and veggies and not spends too much money on food.
    I would say, I am on your way to your lifestyle!

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    1. I could live off just eating fruit. A travel fund is a great way to get ready for your travels. Good luck in your journey.

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  12. These are great tips. I am considering going vegan not only for the cost, but also because it is healthier than meat. I do agree that you can find better jobs out of Canada! I got a job so fast in the UK through Reed and ended up staying in that position for 2 years.

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    1. Veganism is a great healthy lifestyle. I wish you all the best in your journey. Let us know if you have any questions.

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  13. 19 countries in 2 years is such a great achievement. Congrats! I was following your trip and it looked like you guys had tons of fun. And it's very true that traveling off peak times make it so much more affordable.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, off peak is great! So much cheaper.

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  14. An interesting read and inspiring too, how one can achieve their goals with little patience and planning. We agree vegetables make into budget easily and preparing meals at home helps save a lot too. And travelling off peak is definitely one of the great tips. Kudos to you guys for making your dream come true.

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    1. Thank you. We worked pretty hard to make it happen. Only wish the best to others achieving their own dreams.

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  15. This is all great advice and lots of helpful tips for someone wishing to follow suit or do something similar. I have been travelling all my life and enjoy visiting new places. Very inspiring post.

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    1. Thank you. We hope someone gets something out of it and follows their own dreams.

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  16. Love this! The off peak thing is such a money saver. I went to the US last summer and it was the first 'peak time' trip I has taken in years and the MONEY I SPENT made me want to cry haaa!

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    1. Oh yeah. Peak time is a nightmare. I'd rather stay home and explore my own city during peak time.

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  17. 19 countries in just 2 years is just awesome. People will think that you have been lucky. But this post tells how much of planning and effort you have put behind it. Well done! I would like to add, preparing all your meals at home, not splurging on those movies and parties also helps a lot.

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    1. People often say we are lucky. We always tell them it was because of hard work and dedication.

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  18. It is evident lot of hard work and planning has gone into making this great travel! So many details need to be looked into for such a mega plan. Your travel is a learning experience for me.

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    1. Glad to hear. :) We just wanted to make the most of our time in the UK

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  19. Great work. Ultimately you have to keep your options open and ensure a regular flow of income. The next step will be to make the blog itself big enough with a good flow of traffic, so that it earns for itself.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, that is a plan we hope to make reality. :)

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