Earlier this year, after my last job as a Product Manager at a small drone startup, I decided it was time for a mini retirement. I had been reading Timothy Ferris’ book, the 4-hour workweek, where he talks about taking mini retirements throughout one’s lifetime. A common misconception about these short retirements is that you would need to save up … Continue readingHow to Take a Mini Retirement – And How I Saved Money Doing It
So you’re about to book your first solo trip. You have a thousand questions and anxieties running through your body. What will I do? How will I meet people? What if there’s an emergency? What will I eat? Where will I go? First! Take a step back. Breathe, it’ll be ok! My first real solo trip was my study abroad … Continue readingSo You’re About To Book Your First Solo Trip?
Every year, Americans spend thousands of dollars on travel, whether they are jetting off to a far-away land or making an excursion closer to home. Many of these trips require plenty of advance planning (unless you’re a last minute traveler). Oftentimes, advance planning means putting a considerable sum of money down. For instance, an international vacation may require the purchase … Continue readingIs It Worth Protecting Your Trips with Travel Insurance?
Unlike most other travel bloggers, my weapon of choice is the nascent, but light drone. I’ve always been fascinated with drones, their immense potential, and unique perspectives that they can capture. Over the years, I’ve flown, tinkered, and crashed just about every drone you’ve ever seen. I’ve taken them all around the world, from Old Town Stockholm to Interlaken Switzerland, … Continue readingHow To Pick The Best Travel Drone
A few months ago, I went backpacking through SouthEast Asia, starting in Bangkok and working my way around to Vietnam, India, and Singapore. I had packed a 38 liter backpacking with only the necessities, and set off on a 2 month adventure. I needed something new, an escape, a moment to experience something I’ve never experienced before, and backpacking was … Continue readingWhat is the Spirit of Backpacking?
I take a LOT of impulse, last minute trips. I booked my flight to Bangkok just 3 days prior to flying out with nothing but a backpack, booked my ticket to Mexico City the morning of my flight, and I booked tickets for my entire family within 24 hours of finding a great deal to Cologne for our European road … Continue readingHow To Find Cheap Last Minute Flights
I first started solo traveling when I started consulting with Accenture. I absolutely loved traveling since I’d studied abroad in Spain and France, and being a traveling consultant allowed me to take more trips and save money for my solo trips. One week, while I was staffed in St. Louis, I had the option to head back to San Francisco … Continue reading9 Lessons Learned From Solo Travel
It’s no surprise rent in San Francisco has reached all time highs. A simple Craiglist search shows studios now ranging from $1,595 to $3,050, with the vast majority of units asking $2,100-$2,500 a month. And according to a new study performed by WalletWyse, San Francisco is THE most expensive city to live in the world. In order to save money, … Continue readingHow to Hack San Francisco Housing (I Saved $9600/yr)
Traveling, in general, can be expensive when you add up the hotels, restaurants, and activities. Sometimes it can be cheaper when you’re travelling with a group and can split hotel costs or transportation expenses, but just because you’re solo traveling doesn’t mean you need to break your wallet. After 300,000 miles, 24 countries, and hundreds of trips, I’ve learned ways to … Continue reading3 Money Saving Tricks To Budget Travel
A few months ago, after leaving my last company, I was in search of experiencing something new. I’ve always been a fan of solo trips in the past. My first solo trip was to Mexico City, where I stayed in a hostel while I worked remote. That was quickly followed by trips to Cancun to go scuba-diving, Stockholm and Helsinki … Continue readingJay’s Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist