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Get a Charles Schwab Checking Account. This is a HUGE money saver. So, they don't charge for exchange rates (which is rare), they reimburse you for ATM withdrawals worldwide, and it's an interest earning account. This is the card I use exclusively when I travel. Not only do they not charge me to spend my money anywhere in the world, but their customer service is awesome. I had an issue with my card in New Zealand and no way to call them (not their fault). I emailed customer service, and within 12 hours the issue was resolved, no questions asked. Seriously, I don't know why everyone doesn't have an account with them. Most credit cards that have similar benefits charge you an annual fee for the privileged. Instead, Charles Schwab pays me (in the form of interest and reimbursement of fees issued by other banks). That's where it's at!
Also be prepared for unexpected expenses. The US is home of the free wifi. That's not the case everywhere. Be sure you budget for those types of expenses as well.
Don't forget to take in account the exchange rate. This can work in your favor or against you in a big way. Picking your destination while taking in account how far your dollar is going to go is important. If it's going to cost you $1.20 for every Euro you spend, your money is going to go a lot faster then you might think.
If you're an American it can be a bit more difficult to get working visas around the world, but it's not impossible. If you do want to work while your gone to help you travel longer, look into a Working Holiday Visa. There are five countries where you can get one: Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and Ireland. These will be your easiest bets. If you're from an EU Country, New Zealand, Australia etc, you have a TON more options. It makes me super jealous for sure. It's really the U.S' fault since we don't offer them to very many people. Teaching English abroad is also a popular option.
Have a great time
Don't be so miserly with your budget that you don't let yourself have any fun. Make sure to have enough to go out for drinks with new friends you make or to take tours of places you want to see. Nothing would be worse then taking a year off and spending it too poor to do anything. Everywhere you go there's usually a free/cheap things to do that are a lot of fun. Don't forget about those! Planning a long term trip, let us know in the comments!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz