Category Archives: Travel

10 Reasons a Staycation Can Be Better Than a Vacation

In the past couple of years, the bad economy has forced many people to take a “staycation” instead of a vacation. A staycation means staying in your local area instead of traveling domestically or internationally. Of course, that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Unexpected Outing: Day 36

I have grown to learn that many of my friends call me when they have a last-minute change of plans because they know that I have the flexibility to do things on the spur of the moment that many people … Continue reading

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I Don’t Buy Gifts for Special Occasions: Day 6

My sister messaged me asking what I was going to get my niece for her birthday. She graciously included a list of really expensive gifts that my niece wanted and told me how I would be a terrible uncle if … Continue reading

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The Grand Canyon: Day 5

Today was the last day I really had the opportunity to make a longer trip while house sitting here in Arizona since it’s quickly coming to an end. I may be able to get in another short trip, but I … Continue reading

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Risking Death To Save Money? Day 2

I learned today that if you want to save money by driving your car at a fuel efficient speed on the highway to get the most miles per gallon, you do so at your own risk. You will also have … Continue reading

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Housesitting In Arizona: Minimum Wage Challenge

It appears that the first week of the minimum wage challenge will begin on the right foot. I just got word from the parents of a friend that they would like me to house sit for them for a week … Continue reading

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Renting or Homeless? Minimum Wage Challenge

One of the biggest decisions I need to make that will determine whether this living well on minimum wage challenge will be successful or not is my living conditions. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and there … Continue reading

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10 Great Reasons To Participate In Public Lands Day

September 29, 2012 is National Public Lands Day which celebrates the many unique and beautiful public lands across the US. There is a huge effort for volunteers to help improve the public lands around them through clean-up and improvement, and … Continue reading

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Why You Should Visit Your Local Visitor Center

We had some guests in town a couple of weeks ago. When it came time to deciding what to do for entertainment, they wanted to see the tourist attractions. Well, where I live isn’t a big tourist town. Or so … Continue reading

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Reasons Not To Buy The Cheapest Airline Ticket

I have a lot of friends that go online and buy the cheapest ticket that they can find. This would seem to be a good way to save money, but the reality is that buying the least expensive ticket isn’t … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Save Money Camping

There’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars. Camping is an enjoyable, healthy activity that the entire family can participate in with a wide variety of choices from private camp sites to National … Continue reading

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10 Purchases You Should Always Make With A Credit Card

There are a lot of people who hate credit cards because of the debt that they have helped get people into through their use. On the other hand, there are others that love them due to the advantages credit cards … Continue reading

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You Only Live Once, So Don’t Blow It

A woman that I know casually from church recently lost her husband. He died after a long illness at the young age of forty-two. Any way you look at it, it’s a tragedy. However, there is one bright spot. The … Continue reading

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When Your Fun Makes You Want More

One of my favorite things to do every spring is to go to the big RV show held at the convention center. I love to look at all the new RV’s and drool over million dollar coaches that only a … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from Traveling Well

Several months ago I wrote a post about what traveling while broke taught me about finance. Now, while I certainly don’t travel five-star, first-class all of the time, I’ve reached a point in my life where I can travel comfortably. … Continue reading

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Lessons From Las Vegas Sunday Wrap Up

This Week’s Money Tip: Visiting Las Vegas for a few days to see a friend made it readily apparent that hotels here have found a wonderful way to make their hotel prices seem much less expensive than they really are. … Continue reading

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Baggage Fees: Why You Should Love Them

When I’m at a restaurant with a group of people, often times there is a discussion on the best way to split the bill. It always seems that the person who had the most expensive meal suggests that we simply … Continue reading

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What Traveling While Broke Taught Me About Finance

When I was younger I traveled extensively on very little money. I still travel frequently, but these days I have a little more money and I prefer more comfortable experiences. (It’s just not as comfortable to sleep on the floor … Continue reading

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I Am Homeless

I choose to be homeless. I am what is often referred today as a digital nomad. I travel full time although I do have a few “home bases” with family and friends where I’ll stay for a week or two … Continue reading

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