Our goal for our nine-month round-the-world vacation was to spend less than $20,000 of personal money, which is far cheaper than our normal living expenses in the USA. The actual cost of our trip would have been well over $100,000, but thanks to millions of frequent flier miles and hotel points we did not have to pay a single penny for our 25 international flights (including a few in business class) or our 180 nights of accommodation (including 90 nights in luxury hotels).
Below are a list of links to help understand how we used “travel hacking” to make this happen. But feel free to comment or shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions!
Travel Hacking 101: How we earned 2.5 million miles
This can’t be legal or good for my credit right? Read this
Managing points, miles and credit cards: Our Master Excel Spreadsheet
How we saved nearly $30,000 specifically for travel: Tips for saving money and making money off of promotions
Using flexible bank points to offset travel costs: In the links to the Excel sheets below with our full category spend you’ll notice the last column is ‘Arrival points,’ meaning this travel was paid in full by us then reimbursed in full thanks to our Barclaycard Arrival points.
Expenses per country: Click on the name of the country for our full budget recap post and the link at the end to see all itemized expenses.
Uganda: $5,000 donation to Come Let’s Dance, plus $1,076 spent for the two months, including $200 on our visas and $280 on rafting the Nile.
Peru was a budget travelers paradise!Other Helpful Links for RTW Travel: