Jun 17, 2022

The Second Half of 2022

Hello from my kitchen table in Kansas. After returning from 31 days in Europe, it's been quite an adjustment to stay still for a bit while returning to work. I enjoyed the trip tremendously and heading home was a very difficult thing for me, knowing it was time to head back to the "real world." But after five and a half weeks back home and a case of COVID I have to admit that though it's been nice seeing the dog, friends, and family we're ready to get back to doing what... more

May 15, 2022

I'm hosting a webinar! Come budget travel hack with me.

Greetings from my couch in Kansas!This past Wednesday I returned home from one of the best trips of my life. Europe for Free was one of the most energizing and encouraging experiences I've ever had. But the best part is that a trip that should have cost us upwards of $15,000 ended up costing $4,000 for literally everything. That's 31 nights in six countries, with eight plane rides and numerous five-star hotels for two people and only $4,000. Not to mention all the points and miles I... more


Apr 25, 2022

I got travel scammed.

Apr 21, 2022

Europe for Free's $100 a day budget

Hello from a train in the Hungarian countryside!Last week, my husband and I landed in Rome on the first stop of our month-long journey through south-eastern Europe. Before we left, we had already spent around $1,300 on additional hotel and airfare expenses. Europe for Free didn't end up being completely free. Though, I want to make clear it could have, and your own Europe for Free could be.But, outside of the Europe for Free hotel and airfare, we still have to eat and keep ourselves... more

Mar 17, 2022

The Hyatt sale worth considering

Today, Hyatt launched a new Private Sale for 25% off cash rates at about half their hotel portfolio around the world for stays between April 1 and May 31. And if you were fortunate enough to register for the Bonus Journeys promotion, you can earn 25% off and 2022 Hyatt points for every two nights through April 20. Here's what you should do to take full advantage of this promotionRebook all your current Hyatt reservations If you have any Hyatt stays booked between April 1 and May 31, take a... more

Mar 01, 2022

What Europe for Free means to me.

This morning I published my last Europe for Free monthly update. It's hard to believe this all started as a lofty goal that, at the time, certainly seemed unattainable. In fact, my husband laughed at me when I presented the idea. But here we are. Almost a year later and I'm getting ready to go on a trip that has been a dream of mine for many, many years.For me, the project started as something to look forward to while I was struggling with my mental health and a devastating... more

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