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 and strategic, you can live out your dreams. Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have met so many like-minded savvy travelers who are passionate about making wise financial decisions and want to get the most out of their travel experiences. From travel hacking to house sitting, here’s a list of savvy travelers who will inspire you to make smarter financial decisions and book your next trip.
8 Savvy Travelers You Should Follow
Dr. Nadeen White
Dr. Nadeen White is an award-winning travel blogger, Amazon bestselling author and oenophile. “Blogger by day, physician by night”, Nadeen is the creator of The Sophisticated Life which covers affordable luxury travel, culinary travel, wine and the arts. She helps people find great travel deals and creates unique travel itineraries for destinations around the world.
Press play and listen to this episode on The Thought Card Podcast where she shares how to afford more luxurious travel experiences.
Stephanie Perry is the creator of Vaycarious.com and the host of Stephanie Perry on YouTube. At the age of 41, she quit her job as a hospital pharmacy technician to travel the world for one year on her savings. During that time, she visited 12 countries in 12 months spending only $1,200 a month. Now she’s a year-round house sitter and pet sitter helping black women learn how to take a career break and travel on a budget.
Join her private community She Sabbaticals, a monthly membership where you get access to guest experts to help you prepare to take time off and travel.
Press play and listen to Stephanie’s episode on the podcast where she shares how she planned her adult gap year.
Brandon Neth is a credit card and award traveler. Traveling to over 600 cities in 76 countries, Brandon has visited all seven wonders of the world. On FinanceBuzz.com, he shares his expertise on travel and points and miles. I also recommend following him for tips on early retirement, real estate investing, and frugal living.
Press play and listen to this episode where we talk points and miles and diversifying your income streams.
Combining her love for travel and her career in social work, Tiffany Heard is an international social worker. On her blog Sweet Tiffys Inspirations, she discusses her travels as a black solo plus-size traveler and she shares how to creatively travel for free by volunteering around the world. Tiffany has rebuilt homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and last year she taught English in Spain. Now she organizes group trips to destinations around the world including Ghana and Colombia.
Gabby Beckford is a travel opportunities expert. Rarely saying no to an adventure, she went on her first solo trip to Iceland at the age of 17. During college, she won more than $40,000 in study abroad scholarships and lived in Dubai, UAE. On her travel and lifestyle blog Packs Light, Gabby empowers young people to find creative ways to travel the world as soon as possible.
Check out Gabby’s curated list of funding opportunities for young people. Find scholarships, fellowships, press trips, challenges and competitions on this list.
Monet Hambrick is a working mother of two and the creator of The Traveling Child which covers family travel, couples travel and mommy breaks. Although many parents think that it’s impossible to travel with children, Monet inspires parents to explore the world with their children by sharing tips to make it easier and more affordable.
Read Monet’s children’s book The Traveling Child Goes to Rio de Janeiro which educates children as well as gives parents ideas for planning an epic family vacation.
Lisette Austin a.k.a. Jet Set Lisette is an award-winning podcaster and a savvy points and miles traveler. She has earned millions of airline miles and hotel points, and has saved over $105,000 in travel costs by travel hacking. On The Globetrotter Lounge, she interviews inspiring women who have found creative ways to travel more.
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Last but not least, let me introduce myself.
I’m the creator of The Thought Card, this affordable travel finance blog (and podcast) that helps financially savvy travelers make more informed financial decisions – travel more, pay off debt and build wealth.
I paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in four years and I bought my first home at the age of 27. I’ve also traveled to 27+ countries and four continents. I strongly believe that you can pursue all of your dreams (even the wild ones you think you can’t afford right now).
I’m also the author of Affording Travel, a how-to guide sharing practical money-saving tips for those who want to make travel a financial priority in their lives.
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Danielle Desir is a financially savvy traveler, 5x author, and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast here.