Time flies when we are having fun! This quote has never been so true! We are celebrating 6 months of traveling around the world. Our Love and Road Travel Project turned into a life-changing experience. 183 days of happiness, fears, smiles and tears.
Half of a year is gone and after the celebration (October 24th) we decided to put some numbers together and make our first traveling around the world spreadsheet. Prepare to be amazed by some figures, scared about some details, and laugh at our misadventures.
It´s time to reveal our secrets! Keep reading because at the end we share our costs of traveling and how it was cheap to see the world for 6 months then live in Brasil.
Traveling the world kick-off
On April 24th we left Brazil for an open plan long-term trip. Just one-way ticket, savings, some secrets to budget backpacking, and lots of dreams. The idea to start a travel blog was born a couple of months before and that´s how Love and Road began.
Love and Road 6 months journey
(during this trip just 8 countries, but in total, we already visited 29 countries since 2006)
Cities – 57
Different Languages – 7 (Arabic and Croatian are damn difficult)
How we traveled during these 6 months?
To cross all the 8 countries we traveled by different modals.
By Boat – 2 times
By Bus – 14 times
By Car – 2 times
By Flight – 6 times (we use Skyscanner to check the best fares)
Hitchhiking – 8 times
By Train – 6 times (EURAIL Pass is awesome!!! BOOK HERE!!!)
Where did we stay during these 6 months around the world?
We are big fans of Comfy + Clean + Well Located & Cheap Accommodation. Following these features we stayed in:
Campervan -1 time
Car – 1 time
Flat/Studio – 2 times
Friend’s house – 3 times
Hostels – 2 times
House sitting – 2 times
Shared House/Apt – 13 times
What did we buy during this period?
Apart from accommodation, transportation and food, there were some essentials (and non-essentials) that we must buy, and here are they:
Rob – 1 T-Shirts + 2 pair of jeans + underwear + socks + 1 jumper
Nat – 2 tops + 1 pair of flat sandals + 1 skirt + 1 pair of jeans + 1 legging
As usual, we had to buy soap, shampoo, body lotion, toothbrush, and all the stuff we need to be clean and beautiful. Talking about beauty, I will make a confession: we bought anti-aging for the first time!! We are not getting any younger so we invested in a Day & Night Clinique Face Care! I loved it and Rob… He doesn’t want to talk about it!
1 small Backpack
2 Dry Fast Kingcham Towels
We are traveling around the world with a big backpack and a small front bag. That´s what fashion calls a minimalist style! So everything we bought was to replace some old items. What did we do with our used stuff? We donated. We made some bags and give them to homeless people in Istanbul.
Getting sick! More painkillers, please!
Rob says that is the weather, but I keep annoying him that he´s getting old and weak. Botton line, we got sick and hurt ourselves a couple of times in these 6 months traveling around the world. Nothing major, but bad enough to make us homesick and meh.
Rob – 5 (2 times flu, cold sore crises, diarrhea, and a twisted ankle)
Nat – 6 (I win!!! Back pain, mosquito bites allergy, urinary infection, keen injury, flu, and diarrhea)
All the problems were sorted out with medicines we bought at the local pharmacy. We do have travel insurance but didn’t need to use it. To avoid getting sick we are trying to eat healthily, drink lots of water and do some exercise.
Talking about travel insurance, here is a guide about long-term travel insurance. We listed the companies we use and recommend, plus what you need to know before buying insurance and using it.
What did we LOVE during this worldwide trip?
Food – Italian (we both agree that Italians are masters in cooking and eating)
City – Barcelona and Izmir. We couldn’t decide between these two sunny cities.
Beach – For me is Cala San Pedro, Rob chose Playa dos Muertos, both are located at the Cabo de Gata Park, Spain.
Best Party – Hard to pick just one party, but definitely was the week we spent in Barcelona. The summer parties were better than the Sonus Festival we attended in Croatia.
To see all the pictures about these places check our Instagram!
Beautiful Strangers and the amazing people we met!
We met awesome people in these 6 months of traveling around the world. Old friends, former work colleagues, new friends, and a bunch of nice strangers crossed our way. Each one made a special contribution to our story. The moments we spent together are recorded in our hearts and souls.
Thank you guys! You are amazing! After meeting all these new people we can say:
Most handsome Men – Turkish, especially from Istanbul. (Believe me, girls, they are stylish and good-looking)
Most beautiful Women – French (Rob wanted to include the Russians and Polish, but they are out of this trip.lol)
Friendly People – Italians
People that talk to themselves – Porto, Portugal
Party Animal People – Spanish (I love them!!)
Worst moment of long-term traveling
For us, the worst moment was when we got the news that my cat had passed out. That was our first loss while traveling, the first moment we talked about going back home.
Best moment of our 6 months traveling
So far the highlight of our trip is the Moroccan Desert. Such a unique experience, a dream that came true!
It´s not a regret, but we would organize our Moroccan Tour in a different way. Would spend more money to get a private tour around the countryside and desert.
Also, I regret we didn’t start the Love and Road blog before traveling. It´s hard to manage time between travel, work and study.
We are Proud of
We are proud and happy of catching up with old friends. During these 6 months of traveling around the world, some of the meetings were meant to happen others were by destiny.
It was awesome to see you guys: Dariia Makarova (4 times we ran into each other), Hudson, Paulinho, Belem & Haiko, Captain Dario, Paolo, Senem, Saoro and Mehmet.
You can live a simple life because at the end of the day you will miss the people you love not the things you bought.
Relationship vs Traveling
Not easy to live together 24 hours, seven days per week… I think we didn’t kill each other because Rob is super patient and I am great fun! 😉
Work Hard, Play Hard
The Love and Road blog is part of our life project, however, we didn’t imagine that it would be so time-consuming and tiring. We are doing it with love and I´m really enjoying it, but it´s hard work. Actually, blogging is a full-time job and if you want to know more, our friends Nick & Dariece put together great tips on how to start a travel blog, click here to read it.
We know there are lots of details that we have to improve on the website, however for four months (the blog was launched in July) I think it´s going pretty well!
What do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments! 😉
How much does it cost to travel for 6 months?
With a tight budget and expensive tastes, we are courageously traveling around the world. Not easy but totally possible. After checking our spreadsheet and here are our expenses figures:
Accommodation – USD 3.902,00
Attractions – USD 1.201,49
Eating out – USD 3.329,57
Groceries – USD 1.856,21
Party – USD 1.231,46
Pharmacy – USD 390,87
Purchases – USD 651,13
Souvenirs\Post – USD 122,75
Transport – USD 2.901,00
WC – USD 13,55
Average per person / per day: USD 53,95 (that´s less than we used to spend per person per day in our daily life in Brazil).
If read until here you might want to have a look at our travel budget for 1 year and 2 years traveling the world. Right?
In the beginning, I thought it would be boring to write this article, but actually was an amazing way to remember our story. Six months traveling around the world doesn’t sound like too much, but if you start thinking about moments, feelings, memories it becomes an eternity.
Crazy Lovely Life. At this same time last year, I was at our home in Brazil, maybe working or organizing the house, dreaming about travels. Today I’m writing this post inside a night bus, leaving Pamukkale and heading to Cappadocia in Turkey.
Rob is already sleeping beside me, outside pouring rain and darkness. No big plans for the future just some booked destinations, and I never been so happy. I’m so grateful for these 6 months of traveling around the world, and hope our journey won’t finish soon!
Lots of LOVE from the ROAD!