I’m also going of the longest blog title but I’m probably not even close. NEXT TIME! Okay, what were we talking about again? Oh right, my amazing secret sauce for affording travel every month. Can you handle the truth? You CAN’T handle the truth!

If, after reading my tips, you are not satiated, I will be linking a collection of super useful articles at the end that includes great ideas like couch surfing and etc. There are a myriad of ways to make a living while on the road; you just need to accept that you’re probably not going to get rich in the process. But, a life rich with experiences, I would argue, is much better than one rich in material things.

I’ve been asked by many, Hung, how do you afford to travel all the time? And up until now I’ve held onto this secret like a belt on a fat man’s belly – but no more! It’s time to release it and let it fly downward like his pants after the belt is liberated from his Bulbasaurus waist. Yes, it’s true: I’m a professional GOLD DIGGER.

But here’s the rub, I only dig from my soon-to-be wife’s fertile yard. And it’s so subtle, I doubt she noticed. It’s okay you guys, she probably won’t even read this. And if she did, I can claim it all on April Fool’s Day. Honey, you thought I was serious? C’mon now, April Fools! It’s the perfect plan… except that I just told her, potentially, about the plan. Well, it’s too late. I can’t press delete now – I’m too lazy. The following tips are made for guys, but ladies, you can adapt as necessary.

Tip #1: Get a phone case that doubles as a wallet

Typically, these phone cases can only fit a few cards. Mine fits 4 cards. 3 of which are my medical card, AAA, and driver license. That leaves only 1 spot for a credit card, limiting your exposure to money spending when you’re out and about. This leads perfectly to my second tip.

Tip #2: Carry the most unaccepted card everywhere

Mastercard and Visa are universally accepted – so don’t carry these with you at any cost. My card of choice is the Discover or American Express, preferably with a maximum credit less than $500. Keep the balance as high as you can to minimize buying power. If it gets rejected at the counter, just look over to your partner with fear and anxiety. She surely will step in, pat you on the back, and pay for it. Vow to call the credit card company and find out what’s up. Then follow it up by getting an equivalent card with similar credit.

Tip #3: Go grocery shopping at stores that don’t accept credit cards

Yes, these do exist. The perfect example is WinCo. It’s actually an amazing grocery chain with a great selection and incredible prices because they have abolished credit card fees. You know what they also abolished – the need for you to pay for your groceries. Obviously, you should claim that you forgot to bring your debit card; you only have room for 4 cards for goodness’ sake. And how are you supposed to remember to switch out a credit card for a debit card? How dare WinCo not accept credit cards?! should be your primary argument when confronted.

Tip #4: Only carry enough cash for 2 McChicken sandwiches

This is about $2. Here’s the trick though: carry $22 but tuck the $20 away for extreme emergencies only like when you’re super hungry and you need 3 McChicken sandwiches.

Tip #5: Claim ownership of bills you don’t have

This is critical. My technique works primarily because of this strategy. And it works extremely well in conjunction with a mortgage as you can basically claim half your salary to this one behemoth. Now start adding bills from all sources. Ask your friends what kind of bills they normally receive in the mail and claim the same.

Tip #6: Buy cheap wallets and lose them often

This great tip is brought to you by Frank from BBQ Boy whose article Lady, can you please shut the F*ck up? made me laugh until I cried. And his tip is awesome and works very well. Not only will your friends chip in to help you out, they’ll feel sympathetic towards your bad luck. To make this work, you’ll need to purchase a LOT of wallets like this deal for bulk 2000 wallets at 30 cents a piece. It’s a big investment, but you’ll soon never have to pay for anything again! IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not put real cards into this wallet as that would entirely destroy everything you’ve worked for. You could also “lose” your wallet and not have to buy the 2000 bulk wallets but I think if you’re going to do this, you need to really sell it and commit to it.

Well, I can provide more tips but these 6 have worked incredibly well for me thus far. If you’re a gold digger like me, what are some strategies you’ve used? Don’t be an information digger and share.


For more great tips on how to travel the world on a budget, read these great articles:

Who wants free hotel stays? Everyone! Let Dana guide you with her article on how to get free accommodation.

Janet provides an awesome first-hand account on couch surfing in How Couchsurfing Changed My Life.

In his Travel Budget Guide, Tal gives you excellent resources for an inexpensive getaway.

Kate’s Vagabonding on a Budget post will give you chills and the confidence to travel on a budget.

5 secrets to travel & dive more is Florine’s excellent practical tips for saving money so you can travel and dive more often.

Going to Japan? Read Amie’s 10 budget hacks: Japan before you do.

Again, who wants free hotel stays? I DON’T don’t want that. Anne comes to the rescue: how to earn free hotel nights.

Sick of money saving tips? How about some useful tips to make your China trip awesome? Here it is: 10 useful tips for traveling in China; thanks Svet.

I wonder what it’d be like to travel for free? Or how about almost free? Brittany shows you how to travel for (almost) free!

Anita has even more tips on how to get free accommodation and get a ridiculously cheap flight around the world.

More advice for those couch surfers from Alex and Bell: couch surfing: not just a “free” place to stay.

Still want more? Stop being so greedy! Well… if you’d like me to share your gold digging strategies or an article you wrote on this topic, please comment below with the link and I’ll add it to the list.

Travel on my friends!

 

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If you really think about it, we don’t have a lot of time on this Earth. And there’s just too much to see and do. While some people have found the courage to leave everything behind to wander the world, not all of us can do that. We need to strike a balance between having fun and being responsible; however, I think that most of us are tilted too much on the responsible side, neglecting our inner child yearning to see the world. We put having fun on the back burner: “I’ll do it later.” But before you know it, time has slipped away and there’s no way of getting it back.

I created this simple infographic to tell you to enjoy life as you go because there’s really never a perfect time. The time is now!

If you agree with my sentiment, please share then comment below to let me know your thoughts.


 

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If you agree with this message, please share and spread the joy. To inspire you even more, check out 99 epic travel quotes that will inspire you to travel.

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Stop what you’re doing and listen here. I’ll tell you the best places to go far and near. But don’t just take my words for it because I’ve compiled this list from all other lists. I even added my own top 16 for which this comprehensive destination tally consists. Using all the sources listed at the end of this post, I counted the destinations common to them all. Then the ones that got the most “votes” made it on this honorary 2016 top destinations wall. If you’re an enginerd like me, you’ll appreciate the data collections. If you hate stats, then just feast your eyes on these delectable picture selections.

Giant picture of the data that’ll hurt your eyes

data showing which source chose which destinations

data showing which source chose which destinations


An even bigger picture that shows the results

results showing the top destinations as voted by various sources

results showing the top destinations as voted by various sources


AND THE FINAL RESULTS ARE:

1. US National Parks

US National Parks top this year’s best destinations as it is the centennial of the National Parks founding – so go out there and explore these places astounding.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

2. Australia

With sunshine aplenty, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities for you to enjoy.

Beautiful Australia - by Hai Linh Truong

Beautiful Australia – by Hai Linh Truong

3. Cuba

With relations between Cuba and America opened, now’s the time to see Cuba!

4. France

Love is in the air, and so is the aroma of fresh French baguettes and wine.

France by Dennis Jarvis

France by Dennis Jarvis

5. Japan

Cherry blossoms, sushi, and everything in between – what else can you ask for?

Japan by amira_a

Japan by amira_a

6. Spain

Beautiful coastline and beautiful people.

Spain by Les Haines

Spain by Les Haines

7. China

Great Wall, Beijing, Kung-Fu, and Chinese food.

8. Hawaii

Get lei’d. ‘Nough sei’d.

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9. Brazil

2016 Olympics.

 

10. Italy

The birthplace of the gelato I hope – they have some good wine and olive oil too.

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11. England

The Queen lives there – or something like that.

England by Ian Muttoo

England by Ian Muttoo

12. Morocco

Culture, sights and sounds that’ll overwhelm your senses.

Morocco by Jamie McCaffrey

Morocco by Jamie McCaffrey

13. California

NorCal versus SoCal – let the debate begin!

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14. New York

New York is more than just the Big Apple, you jerks – there are also small apples.

New York by Henry Hemming

New York by Henry Hemming

15. South Africa

Let’s forget about the vuvuzelas okay?

South Africa by Celso Flores

South Africa by Celso Flores

16. Ecuador

Nature surrounds us all!

Simon Matzinger

Ecuador by Simon Matzinger

 

These beautiful images are provided by the talented people of Flickr, please check them out!

Travel on my friends!

Links where you can find the various media outlets’ rankings:

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/countries/1

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/your-travel-bucket-list-the-top-places-to-go-in-044732480.html

http://travel.usnews.com/gallery/Worlds-Best-Places-to-Visit-in-2015-16/

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2016/

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-12-29/the-top-16-places-to-go-in-2016

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-travel-in-2016

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/01/11/travel/52-places-to-go-in-2015.html?_r=0

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/fodors-go-list-2016

http://www.afar.com/magazine/the-top-10-destinations-on-our-2016-travel-list

http://www.frommers.com/slideshows/848069-frommer-s-best-places-to-go-in-2016

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2016/01/01/travel-trends-2016-destinations-hotels-airlines/77966862/

http://mashable.com/2015/09/04/travel-books-2016/#4QM7ZdQ1aEqE

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandratalty/2015/12/29/the-ten-best-budget-travel-destinations-for-2016/

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/best-places-visit-2016-top-10661343

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/the-16-best-places-to-go-in-2016/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseypippin/18-places-you-must-travel-in-2016#.gr4kGP7d1

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