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How I Traveled Europe In My Own Hotel Room For a Month For $3300.

by on September 7, 2016

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EURO TRIP!

Deeply Discounted On Contiki Holidays

Hello friends!

I’m so glad that people enjoyed my Money Isn’t Everything post yesterday! I even saw a RT of that post got liked on Twitter by the Broke Millennial! That’s some pretty legit validation. Yesterday was the most traffic on the blog so far. Thank you so much for your interest and your support.

As long as people are reading and commenting, I have no reason not to keep writing. I have to assume that I’ll eventually run out of interesting topics since I literally have almost six months to wait before my epic road trip begins, but I’ll keep going with this as long as you guys keep going with it.

I have a super special blog post today. This was written over a year and a half ago and has been sitting as an unpublished draft on my old personal blog when I felt some awkwardness of “coming out” as a personal financial nerd.   I never had the courage to hit publish, but it’s a rather fun story for anyone who has lucked out with an incredible travel deal. I’ve added some current-day commentary in bolded italics where relevant. I’m not sure that you’d be able to duplicate my exact experience, but you can definitely utilize some of these strategies to save some money on your future trips.

 

Life Money Travel

Money Isn’t Everything.

by on September 6, 2016
Relaxed Corgi

I hope all my of compatriots had a relaxing Three Day Weekend!  I ate wayyyyy too much BBQ. If you’ve seen that one viral video of the “bacon explosion” which is a whole bunch of Italian Sauage wrapped inside a whole bunch of Bacon, with even more bacon on the inside layer, then that’s exactly what I had except we did it 93% lean ground beef instead of the Italian Sausage. And zucchini tots, which was grated zucchini mixed with eggs, cheese and breadcrumbs rolled into little tot-like figures.  It was pretty bomb. Anyways, my Twitter followers apparently doubled over the weekend which is pretty awesome to see. Thanks to some of my friends for spreading the word that my rambles are evidently worth a read. Anyways, I was reading the comment section on a fairly well known personal financial blog the other day, and there was a comment that sort of rubbed me the wrong way. The comment might be innocent enough, but the implication of what the comment seems to be saying is something that just doesn’t feel quite right.

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How To Start A Blog With Siteground

by on September 5, 2016
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How To Start A Blog With Siteground

Dirt Cheap WordPress Blog Hosting

When I knew that I wanted to start a legitimate blog, I knew that I needed a legitimate web host. In years past, I had always defaulted to a certain web host based on recommendations from a high school friend who had sold his website for hundreds of thousands of dollars before he went to college. If you are the guy who sold a website for enough money to buy a big house in the city that I purchased a condo, then you’re the guy I’m asking for web host help.  Unfortunately, in recent years, that host has been acquired, reputations have plummeted  and there are a lot of new players in the web host game.

After a few hours of googling around and asking around, I ended up with SiteGround, as they seem to be a host that I can stay with should my blog grow and I don’t want the hassle of migrating my blog. Their starter package is certainly cheap enough. They also have a great reputation for not having down time which is comforting as a new blogger. The server for my blog is located in the USA, but they also have servers in Amsterdam, London and Singapore for those in other parts of the world.

SiteGround has been incredibly easy to work with so far. I’m so happy with my experience that I’ve actually added them as my very first affiliate link. Perhaps I might recoup some of the slight costs I’ve incurred in starting this blog. That would be an unexpected surprise. I wasn’t planning on publishing this yet, but until September 8, there is as an extra promo that might be of interest to anyone who has stumbled upon this blog, is unhappy with their current web host and is looking to make a change.

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First Ever! Financial Update

by on September 2, 2016

 

It’s that time of the month when a lot of bloggers throw up their net worth for the world to see. Unfortunately, when you are blogging under your actual name, you’re not so comfortable throwing your actual numbers out into the world. However, for all you number nerds out there, I definitely do have some number posts planned for you. After I embark on my road trip, I definitely plan to keep track of my freelancer income (which I hope is more than $0 some months!) But more interestingly, I plan to keep track of my expenses and see if I go over or under budget. A budget I haven’t created yet. If I go over budget, then the indefinite road trip will definitely have to have a definite end. lol. I’m not sure that I’ll do another pre-trip financial update, because there isn’t much else to say. Anyways, Here are some free tools that I use every month, as well as a general overview of where I’m currently at. Sans numbers.

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