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1. Posted by Retiredtraveler (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I’m new here and I’m looking for advice on traveling around the world. By using a world cruise itinerary as a guide both for locations and timing (weather) and looking into the One World program, I’m curious to know how I can pull this off. I’m a 62 year old single female (going on 45) and would be traveling solo. I’m thinking to start traveling in March 2020.

My issue is, after I put my household things in storage and move out of my apartment, my budget will be 4K a month. I just don’t have the lump sum of money upfront.

Can I pull this off? Has anyone heard of a pay-as-you-go type of travel?

I’m thinking of flying from DFW to New Zealand and then just keep going. Being retired, I have all the time “in the world “.

I’m not against having a travel companion either.

Thanks in advance for your help!


2. Posted by katieshevlin62 (Full Member 21 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Holly, sounds great! What is 4K a month? What country are you from? Anyway it sounds a lot and plenty for you to travel for quite a while. Will you be staying at big hotels and doing it in style? Or are you planning to budget your money? I know more about the latter way, using airbnb's, meeting local people and taking part in local events. Airbnb is a great way to have a sound base, with someone looking out for you and is a lot cheaper and more interesting than a hotel. If you are interested you can check out the website.

I think you could do this totally on your own but if you prefer to travel with a group that's fine, but you will probably pay for this. I wouldn't both with the cruise for ideas, you could spend some time in Asia (avoiding rainy season) and be guaranteed weather and sun!

So a lot depends on what way you want to travel and what you want to get out of it. But good for you for doing it!!!

3. Posted by Retiredtraveler (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Katie and thanks for the quick response! 4K means I will have $4000 a month to spend traveling. By March 2020, I should have $20,000 saved up also. I’m an AAadvantage member with over 95,000 miles saved to date.

I’m an American traveling from Dallas.

I’m not opposed to Airbnb. However, selecting one is intimidating as I don’t know my way around new cities. Lots of research needed I guess.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Mar-2019, at 04:22 by Retiredtraveler ]

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2553 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Katie - if you look at Holly's profile you'll see she's in the USA, so it's $4000 per month.

Holly, welcome to the forum. :) Yes $4000 is very doable in some places and for some travel styles. It depends on the things you like to do and your standard of accommodation. NZ is on the pricey side (but very worthwhile) while time spent in cheaper countries like south east asia and eastern Europe will be cheaper and offset the expensive countries.

Drinking and paid activities tend to be the budget killers. And if you can cope with a non en suite single room in a hostel it's a lot cheaper than hotels plus you get to meet other travellers. Without all the snorers of a dorm.

Where do you hope to visit?

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

There are many people that travel entirely financed from renting their homes whilst they travel.
As long as you mix countries/area then your budget is a very good one provided you aren't looking for a 5star lifestyle everywhere.
Places like S.E.Asia are easily travelled for well below your budget, whilst the excess should cover you in the more expensive places in Asia like Japan.
IMO the important thing is to research the countries/places well (Research rather than plan).
There's lots of info available online and printed such as;
and books like 'Rough Guide' and 'Lonely Planet'.

You mention 'cruise' but I'm guessing you aren't referring to ships, as they can be a rather expensive option (Not always … I'm told). Yes lots of travellers go where their mood takes them.

6. Posted by Retiredtraveler (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I’d like to hit NZ Nd Australia. Then head north to Southeast Asia. ( Cherry blossoms in Tokyo.) Thailand Singapore, maybe Bali and Kuala Lumpur. Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Shoot up to Athens. Move around Europe, Budapest and Prague a must. Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm. Ireland, Nova Scotia and back to the US.

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

One point. I'm sure you've already looked into this, but I'll mention it 'just in case'.
Get Travel Insurance.
Do some research on what it covers and read the terms to make sure it covers you.
There are too many people with 'go fund me' pages who didn't get the right cover (or any cover) and are now desperately trying to raise funds...

8. Posted by Retiredtraveler (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Good idea. Thanks Andy. 👍

9. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1111 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

Hello Retiredtraveler and welcome to TP.

I'd like to suggest to you something that is helping us on our travels - house-sitting. It may come in handy for you as well.

Online housesitting services exist and provide prospects with loads of gigs all throughout the world - cottages in France; high-rise condos in Tokyo; luxury villas in Spain.

Owners who use the online service list their property along with the details - length of sit, photos of the house, a bit about the area, your responsibilities - and you apply if it sounds good. You are not paid to sit. At times you are in charge of pets, but often not.

With the service we use all persons (sitters, homeowners) are required to submit a background check. Any "pre sit" communication between the owner and the potential sitter is done through the message system on the services website. We cannot stress enough what a great resource this is if you have time and freedom on your side.

We are currently on our 12th sit, so we can vouch for the service we use. In fact, many retired couples and individuals travel this way - they follow their next gig, wherever in the world that may be. Or you could use the service every once in a while.

What is important to know is the amount of sits and the variety of locations throughout the world - very impressive. This is a great way to save money and stay in very comfortable accommodations along the way.

We've done sits for 3 days to 5 months, so you are always bound to find something to suit you. With the exception of your budget, you sound like you will be traveling like we do, so looking into house-sitting will work really good if you have time and can flex it.

10. Posted by Retiredtraveler (Budding Member 8 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey, that might be something worth looking into! Can you point me in the right direction? Do you have a link or name?