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Budget Fail

by Melissa
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So my mother in law was over for breakfast the other morning.  She thought it would be great fun to come over early and help us cook up a hearty meal. Fine with us – we like hearty. So we decided on homemade biscuits and gravy.  Yum.  I put the mother in law on gravy [...]

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Monetizing a Travel Blog 101

by Ryan
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Hey there.  Ryan again.  Melissa is working through the 5 stages of grief after our recent budget problems.  I’ll let her blog about it when she’s ready, but for now I’ll just say she’s on stage 3 – bargaining.  Don’t know who she thinks she’s bargaining with, but the kids and I are staying our [...]

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Yes, You Can Make Money With a Travel Blog

by Melissa
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Hi, Ryan here.  I haven’t posted to the blog much, but Melissa has enlisted my help when it comes to some of the budgetting issues.  And the first thing she wants me to write about is how FourBackpacks.com will make money. Here’s the deal – we just had to pay out about 20% of the [...]

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Halfway There!

by Melissa
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We are officially halfway to our money savings goal. This puts us a little ahead of schedule for our savings, and right on schedule for leaving next summer. So excited!

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Getting to Work on a Budget

by Melissa

Sold one of our cars, so now I’m riding my bike to work – 8 miles each way in Texas suburban traffic.  Knowing that I’ll be traveling the world next year makes it worth every pedal. Thanks to my creative, tech-savvy husband for setting up the camera to make this video.

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Money Honey! The Beginnings of Our Budget

by Melissa

How much money do you need to travel the world?  This is a question that has been plaguing me since we decided to set the date, make it public and go for it. As we’ve discussed taking this trip over the last few years, the big topic has always been budget.  Being the right brained [...]

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