Month: August 2017

How to Save Money with Airbnb

Airbnb has exploded in popularity over the past few years. You can now find a place to rent in almost every corner of the globe ranging from small bedrooms in a basic homes to luxurious mansions. We have had great success using Airbnb to save on our travel costs over the years. You can generally find a clean, well-located Airbnb for prices much lower than a hotel in a similar neighborhood. We’ve found this to be especially true in expensive cities such as London, as well as resort towns like Crested Butte. Airbnbs can offer several distinct advantages over a traditional hotel. If you haven’t stayed in an Airbnb before you can use this link to get $40 off your first stay.

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Backpacking Gear on a Budget

So, you want to take that first big backpacking trip. You’ve gotten your body into decent shape, you’ve saved up your vacation days, and maybe you’ve even used some of our strategies to book your travel for free. Way to go! You’re ready! Except, you just need a backpack…and maybe some trekking poles….and most of the other items on our packing list. If you’re like us, you enjoy spending your hard-earned money on experiences, not stuff. Before we embarked on the Tour of Mont Blanc, I didn’t have much gear to my name.  As a Chicago native, I had acquired hiking boots at some point during my decade of living in Colorado, and I had running clothes, but little else. I’d previously gotten by borrowing Ian’s way-too-big, broken-frame backpack for shorter trips, but I knew that wouldn’t cut it for an 11-day trek. Believe it or not, I was able to procure all of the high-quality gear I needed for the trip without stretching my uber-tight budget even a little bit. Here’s how I did it:

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New TMB art prints available!

Check out our new Tour du Mont Blanc art prints, available here! The print was inspired by the incredible views on our final day hiking the TMB. The print is available in many different sizes and is also available as a beautiful wood print (our favorite!)

Check out the beautiful wood print!

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Aspen to Crested Butte Packing List

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is a Colorado classic. These two iconic mountain towns are linked by a spectacular trail that takes you over West Maroon Pass. You can read our Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte here.

Below you’ll find our packing list for this adventure!

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Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List

We hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc in July 2017, camping most nights. If you’ve read our Guide to Camping on the Tour of Mont Blanc you may be wondering what our packing list looked like. Well, here it is!

Below you’ll find a detailed packing list that will provide you with great, trail-tested gear that won’t weigh down your backpack too much. This list reflects our personal packing list which will vary for each individual’s specific needs. However, this should serve as a great starting point for planning your own TMB adventure!

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Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte

If you’ve lived in Colorado for a year or thirty, you’ve likely heard of the hike between Aspen and Crested Butte.  While it’s a nearly 200-mile drive between posh Aspen and laid-back Crested Butte, the two mountain towns are actually only a couple dozen miles apart as the crow flies (if you’ve lived in Colorado awhile, you’ve probably heard this expression a bunch too).  Not only can you hike between Aspen and Crested Butte in one day, but the hike itself is one for the ages. Be sure to check out our other Aspen to Crested Butte resources below:

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Welcome to the Travel for Free Series!

Welcome to the Travel for Free series on! If you are anything like us, one of your biggest hurdles to traveling more is the cost of the trip. Flights, hotels, dining out, and all the other expenses that come with a big trip add up fast and can quickly make that dream vacation seem unattainable. We had always dreamed of hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc and camping along the way, but when we would add up the cost of two round-trip flights from the U.S., lodging, food, and transportation it seemed like a price tag that was out of reach. This all changed when we discovered the world of travel hacking, which ultimately let us make our TMB dream a reality for under $500 per person, including round-trip international airfare!

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