What is this blog?
We have been full-time travelers for around 4 years now. Instead of having a home, we have hotel points and frequent flyer miles.
The premise of this blog is to document our full-time travel as we set out to show that it can cost the same, if not less than stationary life. Instead of paying rent, we pay for hotels. Instead of a car or car insurance, we have other transit costs. We use miles and points strategies to bring that cost down as low as possible, setting our goal budget around $20,000 a year. Around what it would have been with our fairly simple stationary life, only now we travel all over the world instead. All the while, we use the stats page to document exactly what we spend as we travel.
(Read more about the rules of the stats page below.)
Meet the Staff
Writer: Caroline Macomber
Before I wrote about travel, I wrote about being the only person in Amish Country, Ohio with dreadlocks. I suffered from a severe case of ennui and treated it with large amounts of artwork and daydreaming.
That was before I married Drew.
Now, I travel.
Drew, my husband, has the blog “Travel is Free“, a travel blog for advanced miles and points collectors that helps folks learn how to earn miles and points for free, then use them for some incredible flights.
I learned about miles and points by helping him haul gold coins to the bank back when you could buy them from the mint with no shipping costs to rack up spends on your miles-earning credit cards and falling asleep to the sound of United’s hold music when he booked crazy routes with those miles.
Technological janitor: Caroline Macomber
If you see me tweeting that I have a technical issue and I need help making sure our sites don’t crash, please respond.
Resident Instagram Observation and Implementation Mis-manager: Caroline Macomber
If you find the Travelisfree instagram page looking awfully full of cute puppies or pictures of my nephews, it’s because I’m mostly in charge of our Instagram.
For better or worse.
(Does that count as using my art degree?)
Master Platinum Ambassador Creative Director Muse: Pug in costume
Some people run triathalons.
I google pug memes.
The Rules of the Stats
- If we buy points or something, we’ll try to list this on the day we purchase, that way you can know what deals we are jumping on.
- If we pay (cash or points) for a hotel (or mattress run), we’ll list the expense for the night we stay, not the day we booked it or paid for it.
- If we pay with points that we bought or mattress ran for, we will just list the number of points. (Trying to divide the expenses of the points and trace the origins could be impossible at times. So most of the time it will just list the points. The expenses will already be accounted for anyways.)
- If we specifically transferred from Ultimate rewards or something else just for that stay we will reference it.
- If we transfer points from one program to another, we will try to list it in real time.
- If we pay for a flight in cash or points we will list it on the day we fly. We cancel too many flights to do this any other way.
- We don’t post points earned from credit card spends on regular purchases. If we buy anything else, from food to toiletries, we’ll list it as we spend the money.
- All living expenses except charitable donations will be listed as accurately as we can manage.