[Ep. 4] Travelling on an Extreme Budget with Stephanie Williams

As I mentioned in the show notes for episode 3 with Cait Flanders, when I was in Vancouver back in March to visit my family, I took the opportunity to do a few podcast interviews while I was there.
Luckily, my good friend Stephanie Williams — who is not a personal finance blogger but rather an uber frugal traveller — so graciously agreed to be on my podcast when I was in town.

So, off I went with my backpack full of equipment in tow and we recorded this episode in her apartment in Kitsilano (probably my favourite Vancouver neighbourhood fyi). When I started making a list of people I wanted to interview for my podcast, I knew I needed to have Stephanie on it because her story is seriously amazing. Now, me and Stephanie go way back. All the way back to our university days (she was even instrumental in me getting together with my now husband!).

While I was studying film and dreaming of becoming an Oscar-winning director, she was studying geography and making plans to travel Europe after she finished her degree. And she did. She travelled around Europe, and of course got bit by the travel bug big time. Ever since, she’s done these major backpacking trips every year. Seriously, you name the country and she’s probably been there — twice.

You may be wondering if she’s an heiress or something, because how could anyone afford to take off half the year every year to travel? No, she’s no heiress (that I know of?), so you’ll just have to listen to the episode to find out how she does it.

We mentioned a few links on the show that you may want to check out, and I’m also going to include some links to the blog series I did when I was travelling around Thailand which I mentioned a few times on the show as well.

Stephanie’s Travel Blog & Non-Profit Work

Blog Posts I Mentioned

Travel Blog Series

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  • Ali @ Anything You Want

    Love the previous episodes so I’m very excited to listen to the new podcast! Also, frugal travel is a subject near and dear to my heart.

  • Pauline

    I walked the Camino de Santiago in November last year for 26 days – definitely the longest I have ever been away on a trip. Yes, I would absolutely live minimalistically (is that even a word?) if it means I get to travel for half the year!!
    Like Stephanie, travel is my priority, so I am happy to give up other things (i.e. branded clothes, a car, etc.) if it gives me the freedom and funds to travel! I wouldn’t say her budget is “extreme” though, I think travel is misunderstood because people think you have to be a millionaire in order to see the world. This is not the case at all. If you know how to look for deals (especially concerning flights and transportation) and are savvy with your money, I think travel can be extremely affordable.
    I’m a new reader of your blog and I’m loving these podcasts! Well done!

  • NZ Muse

    Having done a 6 month trip I think I can say I woudln’t want to do anymore than about 3 months at a time if I ever did extended travel again! 3/4 of the year working and 1/4 travel would be ideal.

    • Jessica Moorhouse

      The longest I’ve done is 2 months and the last trip I did to Thailand was only a month. I think I’d like to try to do a 6 month trip around Asia and Europe though.

  • Anum

    I just listened to all 4 of your podcasts. I think it’s safe to say that I’m hooked. I’m looking forward to the next episodes!

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