Travel blogger reveals how she visited 19 countries in a year spending just €17,000
Published 18/02/2016 | 14:30
Walking out of the office and hitting the airport for a trip around the world is something many of us dream about but often the expense of such an adventure stops us in our tracks.
However, a travel author has opened up about how she managed to visit 19 countries and 62 cities in one year despite having a limited budget of just €17,000 ($19,000).
Lauren Juliff (26) from the UK has been travelling the world for five years, and last year visited 19 countries including Australia, Cambodia, Italy, New Zealand and Norway with a tight hand on her purse.
“I track every single cent that I spend while I’m on the road, so putting together a detailed breakdown of my year wasn’t too much trouble,” Ms Juliff wrote on her blog, Never Ending Footsteps.
“Travel isn’t as expensive as people assume, I spent less than many people spend in a year at home,” she said.
Lauren revealed she spent an average of €47 ($53) a day and her accommodation for all 365 days of the year cost her just €6,200, half the price of renting an average room in Dublin annually.
The keen traveller credited Air BnB which she said helped her keep her costs down throughout her trip.
“This year was also the year of Airbnb. While I’m not a massive fan of the company’s business practices, I can’t deny how perfect it is for slow travellers like me. The monthly discounts on the site save me and my boyfriend, Dave so much money,” she wrote.
Throughout the year, Laura took 15 flights and visited Australia, Cambodia, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam in twelve months.
“When it comes to finding cheap flights, the easiest way to save money is by being flexible. If you don’t have set travel dates or destinations, you can look at prices across an entire month and pick the cheapest day,” she wrote.
“If don’t mind where you fly in to, you can look at flights to every airport in the country to see which will save you money. I usually do both and managed to score some great deals this year.”
From her travel experiences, Laura has published her own book ‘How Not to Travel the World’ which has become a favourite amongst aspiring back packers.