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The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

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Places I have been
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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

How I started
The 5 years before I left

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Equipment Pages Index

How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Touring Shorts

Short-wave Radio
Bicycle touring lights

Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures

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Finances for Budget Travel or how to pay for a long term bicycle tour.
Personal Finance and Budgeting Money for Travel: How to Save Money for World Travel, and Traveling Budget

I think when people read that we are traveling for several years they want to know how we can afford it.   First, we do not have a trust fund or an inheritance.  Many people out traveling do and therefore people often assume that we do.  The best short answer is that we did not have kids.  We do not have anything against kids, we just did not have any.  In a lot of ways the way we saved up for this trip is similar to the way that you would save up for university tuition for two kids.  We have met many people who have raised kids and still saved up enough money to travel for years.

Read the entire story of how we got this trip off the ground.

While we both worked, we lived well below our means.  We lived on less than 25% of our monthly income and just did without the extras.  While other couples with similar incomes were buying new cars and splurging on weekend getaways we were buying mutual funds.  We never had a car payment.  Before we sold it, Cindie drove the same truck for nine years.  Car payments and travel do not mix.  We have since sold all our vehicles including an old 1976 RV that we lived in and do not own motor vehicles any more.  We do not pay auto insurance either.

We do not pay rent.  I guess that the hotels and camp grounds, that we pay for could count as rent, but what I mean is that we do not pay for a place in the USA while we are traveling.  You would be surprised how many people do.  We own a house in Arizona but rent it through a property manager and even receive a small profit.   We use this profit to pay down our mortgage and replace worn, broken, or lost equipment.

We have never had debt except the house.  We paid student loans off as quickly as we could and never borrowed again.  If you are in debt and want to travel for an extended time the first thing that you must do is get out of debt.

All of these facts aside I think the biggest secret to extended travel is being able to think and plan five years in advance.  I can remember three years before departing on our trip telling everyone on a bicycle club ride that we would be leaving on a multi-year bicycle tour.  They looked at me like I was crazy.  If you have five years you can save for extended travel or anything else you want if you have a decent job or find a way to live rent free.  We did it with a combination of both.

Another good piece of advice, for saving money, is to ditch the car if you can.  Even without monthly payments, cars can be expensive.  Gas, oil, and when the dumb thing breaks down it can eat up your travel funds.  I did not always follow my own advice here but if you live near you place of work you should think about it.  Bicycle commuting is easier than it sounds, drastically improves your health, and gives you a real sense of independence.  Touring bikes make great commuting bikes.

Below we have outlined our budgets we used in the countries we have visited.  Prices are stated in US dollars to avoid the confusion of fluctuating currency exchange rates.  Please remember that we traveled on a shoe string and constantly asked ourselves if we needed what we were buying and stayed on our daily budget.  These numbers may not work for your style of travel or prices can change drastically in foreign countries.

Read the entire story of how we got this trip off the ground.



Book, Video, and Software Store

Bicycling !
- World Bicycle Travel Books and Videos
- Famous Bike Movies
- Bike Racing
- Cycling History and Bike Culture
- Bicycle Mechanics

Around the World Budget Travel
-Dangerous Places
-Work Your Way Around the World

- General Information for Arizona
Apache Indians
Ghost Towns in Arizona
The Lost Dutchman Mine
Hiking, Backpacking, and Trekking in Arizona
- Biking in Arizona
- Prescott Arizona

- General Information About Mexico
- Mexico City Information
- Mexican Archaeological Sites and Ruins
Maps of Mexico and Mexican States
Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Indians
- Learning Spanish
- Miscellaneous

Central America
- Guatemala
- El Salvador
- Honduras
- Nicaragua
- Costa Rica
- Panama

South America
- General Information
- Inca Archeological Sites, Ruins, and Culture
- Ecuador
- Peru
- Bolivia
- Chile
- Argentina

Southeast Asia / China
- General Information
- Thailand
- Cambodia and Angkor Wat
- Vietnam
- China

- Hong Kong
- Silk Road
- Malaysia
- Singapore
- Indonesia

- Learning Spanish
Learning English

Computer and Software
Shortwave Radio

- Mp3

How to Save Money
How to Invest
Newspapers and Magazines

Future Destinations

Book and Photo Picture Publishing / Selling
- Book Publishing / Selling
- Photo and Picture Publishing and Selling

- Birding
Books We Read For Pleasure
DVDs that We Carry
How to Make Movies

- Herbs, Massage and the Natural Healing Arts
RV Repair and Service


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Tips & Advice 
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Touring Bicycles

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Camp Stove
Water Filter
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First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
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Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
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