Smart Shopper’s Guide to Renting a Car @SmartyCents

Americans spend $24 billion on rental cars every year, and about $7 billion of that is spent on airport car rentals during vacation travel. It’s no wonder competition for rental cars can get stiff surrounding busy holidays. To minimize the amount of your hard-earned money that goes into the rental car industry’s coffers, it’s important to be […]

Rich Traveler Interview: How Mar’s Work Took Her to 80 Countries

Making the most of business travel

A bit of housekeeping news: I’ve always featured traveler interviews on Nomad Wallet and I thought it would be nice to finally give the series a name. I decided on “Rich Traveler” because although the travelers I interview may not be rich in the conventional sense, they manage to travel the world. Most people assume world […]

33 Free Hotel Items to Take Home


Who doesn’t love little bottles of hotel toiletries? I don’t usually collect stuff, but I turn into a kleptomaniac when it comes to these bottles. They’re the perfect size for travel and they’re practically free souvenirs. There’s nothing wrong with taking these bottles home, despite how illicit it may feel. (It’s common for people to call […]

The Ultimate Packing List for Savvy Travelers @SmartyCents

Packing isn’t the most glamorous part of traveling. But if you do some careful advanced planning, it can make your life on the road a lot easier, saving you time, money and frustration in the long run. Consider this list of often-overlooked—and infinitely valuable—items to pack before your next major trip.   Portable Chargers These babies always […]

The Finances Behind Gunther Holtorf’s 26-Year RTW Road Trip


If you have some time to kill, brew yourself a hot beverage and sit down to read a long-form travel article on BBC. Read it on your desktop or laptop if possible; the page design is impressive and it just doesn’t look as good on a mobile device. Here’s the link: Gunther, Christine and Otto — How a man […]

Travel Forever With Volunteer / Work Exchange Gigs

Free travel accommodation with work exchange

If you want to travel but you’re broke and all you have is your body, what do you do? Work that body, that’s what. I’m talking about work exchange, of course. (What did you have in mind?) Work exchange is an arrangement whereby a traveler provides labor to get a free bed and some free food. […]

How to Avoid Foreign ATM Fees When You Travel Abroad

Avoid foreign ATM withdrawal fees

Do you know how much your ATM withdrawals abroad are costing you? They tend to be pretty small charges so you probably don’t notice them much, but ATM fees can seriously add up, especially if you’re a long-term traveler. For each foreign withdrawal, your home bank may charge about $5 per transaction. If you limit your withdrawal to […]

How to Spot the Cheapest Travel Days During the Holidays

For most people, holiday travel means domestic trips over Thanksgiving weekend and within the two-week window between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Using this knowledge, you can score some great travel deals—all you have to do is take the exact opposite approach to the way you choose to travel during the holiday season.   Timing […]

How to Find Deals on Hotel Booking Sites: A Case Study

How to find deals on hotel booking sites

One Tuesday night, Cheesy and I decided to visit Victoria (the one in BC, Canada) over the weekend. It was three days before the trip and I made the booking the next night, so the whole thing was pretty last minute. I thought this would be a good time to document the (long, long) process of how […]

Easy Ways to Save Big on Holiday Travel Expenses @SmartyCents

On average, Americans take 54 percent more long-distance trips during the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday than any other time of the year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Dates surrounding Thanksgiving aren’t far behind, with 23 percent more long-distance trips than the average. It’s no wonder it can feel like the entire nation congregates […]