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Good news: you don't have to be rich to travel!

Travel and adventure are two of our biggest passions, so we decided to design our life in a way that prioritizes both. From bougie vacations, weekend getaways to small-time destinations, long-term and rugged backpacking, road trip and wilderness camping, to cruising on a sailboat, we've dabbled in it all and intend to continue doing so for the rest of our lives.

Our biggest trip was the one that inspired the beginning of The Wander Blobs. From October 6, 2018 to October 23, 2019, a year and 17 days, we traveled around the United States, Europe, Ecuador, Mexico, and back. We car camped, Workaway-ed, backpacked, hosteled, couch surfed, and even sailed. This "Year of Travel" was an adventure we'd been building up to since we got together in 2014.

You can find the full story in our blog archive (see sidebar menu), or just start here.

The day we left on our year of travel, Oct. 6, 2018 in the trusty "Buddy Bus."

You don't have to be rich to have an amazing travel experience--we certainly weren't. Our Year of Travel budget was scraped together from extra hours at work + a second job, selling our vehicles, and wedding gifts from family and friends. It's possible to put together a meaningful itinerary with almost any budget if you're willing to be creative and flexible to make it happen! We are proud of the adventures we've pulled off on a tight budget, and are now in the business of helping others learn how to budget travel, too. 

Below we've organized some blog posts based on destinations, budget travel tips, and more.

Places We've Been


Our first married Christmas, in Paris

Our Travel Style

Our "summer look," August, 2019

Travel Tips

Horseback riding in Italy (for free!) through Workaway.


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