How I am Going to Live in Italy for 2 Months on $200 USD (and you can too!)

Written by Chelsea Dinsmore May 29, 2017

“Chelsea, how do you travel so much?”

It’s the question I am asked more than any other. I think I answer that question more than I answer “How are you?”

If you scroll my instagram, you will see that I am able to traverse timezones as often as some go out for a meal. I am very fortunate to have trotted the globe as much as I have, no doubt. But this is not because I am insanely wealthy, in fact, I am not.

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What many don’t know is that I have not paid for a flight longer than 6 hours in nearly 7 years. In that time, I have visited over 30 countries and I’ve paid no actual dollar value aside from airline taxes, which can be anywhere from $20-$400.

It is simply because I decided to make some very intentional decisions (more on that soon!) and not limit myself to only one option – that travel has to be expensive.

I used to live within those beliefs as well, and would travel one time per year, spending more than I needed to. But by opening my eyes to alternative opportunities, I have proved myself and those limiting beliefs wrong.

  • In 2015, I spent 8 months straight traveling South America, Europe and Africa and spent 15-20% less on average per month than I would have spent in my previous hometown of San Francisco.
  • I just returned from almost a month in Bali living on what I would spend in a week (or a night!) in New York City.
  • Next week I will board a flight to Italy (that cost me $150.00) to live for two months with absolutely zero overhead as I’m doing a work/trade so food and accommodations are covered so the only additional cost will be any extra food or travel that I personally choose to do.

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While travel is not for everyone, I am here to share the experiences that have shaped me. And, for me, travel is my greatest teacher.

The perspective I have gained by witnessing the myriad ways there are to exist in this world is something I couldn’t possibly learn without being in a new place. Never have I paradoxically felt more small and more powerful than when seeing the effortless majesty of Mother Nature. And nothing has taught me more about me (and what I am capable of) than when I have allowed myself to be around those different than me.

So if you want to travel more but simply don’t know how, I feel for you! Because I was there to.

Which is why I am offering a chance to learn how to travel more for less. I believe the more we expand and test the beliefs that limit us, the more we open ourselves to opportunities that cause us to grow. Do we sometimes have to do things a little different than the norm? Take chances? Think outside the box? Yes, but I am a firm believer that the more we see of the world, the more we will understand the world. And the more we understand the world, the better off we will all be.

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So, if you say you don’t travel because it is too expensive, then I challenge you. I know that I can (and sometimes do) travel luxuriously, but expensive trips or no travel at all are not your only two options. There are so many more ways… we just have to be exposed to them.

And I am not the expert here, I have learned from the experts which is why I encourage you to join my dear friend and travel hacking guru Travis Sherry and me for a webinar this Thursday, June 1 at 5:00pm PST where we will teach you how to travel more for less. Travis does this for a living and will be sharing a number of alternative ways to travel that most people haven’t thought of.

If nothing else, you’ll get to hear us jam about our favorite places in the world and how both of us managed to visit our dream destination in the past 12 months. And how your dream destination could be your reality in the next 12 months as well!

Here’s to traveling the road less traveled more often!

Chelsea Dinsmore

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