Financial checklist for traveler - pre-trip financial checklist

Episode 108: Pre-Trip Financial Checklist: Financial Tasks To Complete Before Vacations

Before a trip, there is a lot to do. You’re researching things to do, checking the weather, packing your bags and double checking boarding passes. Hopefully you're also getting your finances in order. In this episode, we’re focusing on…
How to save money on summer travel

Episode 106: 12 Ways To Save Money On Summer Travel

Has anyone else noticed how expensive summer travel is this year? With gas prices hitting digits we haven’t seen before, along with fuel prices driving up the cost of airfare and the overall surge in domestic and international travel,…
How attending college in Europe is more affordable than the U.S.

Episode 81: Going To College In Europe Is More Affordable Than U.S. With Jennifer Viemont

Did you know attending college in Europe is more affordable than attending university in the United States? Jennifer Viemont discovered various ways students can receive a bachelor’s degree affordably in Europe. The best part is that no foreign…
How to manage money while traveling

Episode 76: How To Manage Your Money While Traveling Abroad and Domestically

After saving for months, you are finally ready to set sail and go on that well deserved vacation. Hooray! However, if you're not careful, you can end up mismanaging your money and going over budget. Speaking from experience, this has happened…
How Danielle Desir became a financially savvy traveler.

Episode 69: How I Became A Financially Savvy Traveler

Welcome back financially savvy travelers. It feels good to be back with new episodes every other Thursday for Season 6 of The Thought Card Podcast. Did you miss me? This episode is pretty special because I realized that although I've been…

Top U.S. Travel Bank Accounts For Travelers

ATM fees and foreign exchange fees are a financial burden for travelers. In 2016, ATM fees cost a record high of $4.57 per transaction. On average, banks charge 3% for foreign transaction fees but some charge up to 6%. Before I found travel…
Top Episodes of The Thought Card Podcast.

My Top 5 Most Downloaded Podcast Episodes

As I approach 50 episodes of The Thought Card Podcast, I wanted to highlight some of the incredible guests I've had on the show and reflect on the episodes that many have enjoyed. The Thought Card Podcast is an affordable travel and personal…
Top Savvy Travelers you should follow to learn how to travel the world.

8 Savvy Travelers Who Will Inspire You To Travel the World

As a financially savvy traveler, I enjoy finding creative ways to travel the world while tackling all of my other financial obligations. While many people choose to let their finances hold them back, I strongly believe that if you're creative…
Affording Travel Book by Danielle Desir

Announcing My New Book “Affording Travel”

If you would have told me five years ago that I'd be the author of two books, I would have asked you if you were joking. Five years ago, I started this blog with limiting beliefs. Although I did not see myself as a writer, I had a lot to say…
Danielle Desir Travel Writer, Podcaster, Host of The Thought Card

How To Budget Your Trip

Growing up I traveled every summer, but as a college student, I couldn’t afford to travel as much. Although money was tight (we're talking Great Recession tight), I decided that I would make travel a financial priority once I found a job…
Tips on how to save money for travel.

How to Actually Save Money for Travel

Do you want to save for travel? Is money holding you back from traveling more? While you can certainly hack your way to free travel and find ways to travel inexpensively, the truth remains that you need money to travel the world - don’t believe…
How to find the best cruise deals around the world.

How To Find The Best Cruise Deals For Your Next Vacation

A few years ago, while enjoying the city views from the terrace of Miradouro de Santa Luzia in Lisbon, I noticed large cruise ships docked at the Lisbon cruise port. This made me think about my own previous cruise experiences exploring St. John's…