The BOLT motto is that we travel fearlessly, serendipitously and pennilessly. We know the penniless thing is an exaggeration but we are committed to traveling as inexpensively as comfortably possible. Our monthly budget is actually less than it would be to continue living in Los Angeles. If we want to continue our home free, world traveling life style we really have to spend wisely and carefully.
There are several websites and apps that help us stay within our means. The one I most appreciate is Monefy. Every evening we sit down together and enter all that we spent during the day. It really helps to see how much we have left for the month and where are money is going. This is a great app even when not traveling.
We also search the Internet, a lot, for free and inexpensive things to in whatever city we are in. Wiki Travel is a great help with this.
Another great app is Travel Calc. Figuring out various currencies and how they compare to the U.S. dollar is very challenging for me. This app does it in seconds. Of course, it’s free!
As two mature women we are not willing to travel as cheaply as say a 20 year old backpacker can. We want a private room and bathroom for instance. But we are willing to make other sacrifices to stay within our limited budget. Walking a lot or using public transportation is another way to save. Google Maps is pretty reliable for walking, bus and local train directions.
These are some of apps and sites that help us. I personally find the world wide web amazing and love finding new, free ways to improve our lives and our travel adventures.