Female traveler reveals the best tips to save and spend while traveling with her husband

Elise Cook, 27, and her husband Domenic Palumbo, 30, have been traveling through Australia in their VW Kombi Scout for more than a year, and have revealed how they can afford it.

When you scroll through all the travel photos of & # 39; van life & # 39; that flood Instagram, you can not help but dream about your own exotic adventure.

But behind all the glamorous photos is the reality of discovering how to pay for life on the road.

Elise Cook, 27, and her husband, Domenic Palumbo, 30, have been traveling through Australia in their VW Kombi Scout for more than a year, and now they have revealed how they have made it financially viable.

"The fact that we move constantly and in new places, and we constantly want to explore and experience each new place, has meant that we have had to devise ways to manage our expenses," Elise wrote in a blog post.

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Elise Cook, 27, and her husband Domenic Palumbo, 30, have been traveling through Australia in their VW Kombi Scout for more than a year, and have revealed how they can afford it.

Elise Cook, 27, and her husband Domenic Palumbo, 30, have been traveling through Australia in their VW Kombi Scout for more than a year, and have revealed how they can afford it.

"The fact that we are moving constantly and in new places has meant that we have had to come up with ways to manage our expenses," Elise said.

WHILE YOU ARE ON THE ROAD IN AUSTRALIA

Do not underestimate fuel costs and car maintenance

Elise said that if you drive in any country, fuel and car maintenance will be your number one expense.

"Avoid having to fill the tank in small cities, since the cost of fuel is always a little higher," he said.

Use small cities for recharges only if possible and take fuel with you when you travel in remote parts of Australia & # 39;

The travel blogger also recommended getting assistance at the top of the deck, since they will be your "best friends" if something goes wrong, which will surely happen if you are traveling for a long period of time.

Elise said that if you drive in any country, fuel and automobile maintenance will be your number one expense

Elise said that if you drive in any country, fuel and automobile maintenance will be your number one expense

Elise said that if you drive in any country, fuel and automobile maintenance will be your number one expense

Chat with locals and other travelers on the road

Elise said it is important for people to make sure they are friendly and open to talking with people they know while they stop in the cities of the countryside.

She explained that she and her husband have discovered some of their favorite places due to a local notice.

They have also been pointed to beautiful camps and warned or warned of other travelers.

The travel blogger also recommended getting premium roadside assistance, as they will be your "best friends" if something goes wrong

The travel blogger also recommended getting premium roadside assistance, as they will be your "best friends" if something goes wrong

The travel blogger also recommended getting premium roadside assistance, as they will be your "best friends" if something goes wrong

Elise said it is important for people to make sure they are friendly and open to talking with people they know while they stop in the cities of the countryside.

Elise said it is important for people to make sure they are friendly and open to talking with people they know while they stop in the cities of the countryside.

He explained that they have discovered some of their favorite places due to the advice of a local representative.

He explained that they have discovered some of their favorite places due to the advice of a local representative.

Elise said it is important for people to make sure they are friendly and open to talking with people they know while they stop in the cities of the countryside.

They have also been signaled in the direction of beautiful camps and have received warnings or precautions from other travelers

They have also been signaled in the direction of beautiful camps and have received warnings or precautions from other travelers

They have also been signaled in the direction of beautiful camps and have received warnings or precautions from other travelers

Camping as much as possible

Elise said that in addition to having the advantage of being in the middle of nature, camping is also an option for affordable accommodation when traveling.

The couple revealed that they use an application to help them find their next camp.

According to them, Australia has an "abundance" of free camps and if they are not free, they tend to be quite affordable.

Elise said that in addition to having the advantage of being in the middle of nature, camping is also an option for affordable accommodation when traveling.

Elise said that in addition to having the advantage of being in the middle of nature, camping is also an option for affordable accommodation when traveling.

Elise said that in addition to having the advantage of being in the middle of nature, camping is also an option for affordable accommodation when traveling.

WHEN YOU TRAVEL ABROAD

If people choose to use a credit card

Elise and Domenic treat their expenses abroad in the same way as if they were in Australia and make sure that they only spend what they have in their designated expense account.

The only small difference is that they choose to erase the credit card at the end of the month, instead of doing it weekly, since she says she keeps them responsible for a certain amount of travel.

We choose to use a credit card primarily to benefit from reward points and travel insurance

She said that traveling with a credit card also means that you do not have to withdraw cash in another country or go to a currency exchange location and have to deal with high commission rates.

Elise recommends that people investigate what is the best deal and find a card that has the best rates and charges for people of destination.

"We chose to use a credit card primarily to benefit from reward points and travel insurance," he said.

"However, we treat our credit card expenses as if we were operating with a debit card, imagining that it is going directly from our expense account, and only spending what that account has."

Elise said that traveling with a credit card means you do not have to withdraw cash in another country

Elise said that traveling with a credit card means you do not have to withdraw cash in another country

Elise said that traveling with a credit card means you do not have to withdraw cash in another country

Elise recommends that people investigate what is the best deal and find a card that has the best rates

Elise recommends that people investigate what is the best deal and find a card that has the best rates

Elise recommends that people investigate what is the best deal and find a card that has the best rates

For those who want to use a traveler's card

Elise said the benefit of using a travel card is that it is easier to establish and maintain a budget.

These cards also usually allow people to charge the currency of the country they go to, which means that they do not have to worry about the exchange rates per purchase.

TIPS FOR ALL TRAVEL ABROAD

Use a card for all expenses and avoid using cash

"We avoid the use of cash and we do all our expenses on a single card, this is so we can look back and account for our expenses," he said.

This means that the traveling couple can track what they have spent each month on things like groceries or eating out.

This allows them to review their expenses and discover where they should cut back.

Although cash can be convenient for when people go to places that do not accept cards, it can be harder to track and can quickly disappear.

Elise said the benefit of using a travel card is that it is easier to establish and maintain a budget

Elise said the benefit of using a travel card is that it is easier to establish and maintain a budget

Elise said the benefit of using a travel card is that it is easier to establish and maintain a budget

How does Elise investigate a location?

Elise recommends that people search Google for the destination they plan to go to and read personal blogs about the location, as they will normally provide their honest opinion.

She suggested avoiding reading blogs from brands or travel companies since there is usually a hidden agenda.

Elise uses Instagram and will see the most recent photos of a location geotag, either a specific place or an entire region, to get an idea of ​​the places that attract them so they can find the hidden gems that a Google search would not do. Appear.

The couple loves to use satellite maps and observe the area where they are to find secret places.

Avoid Tours and tourist traps

The couple revealed that they like to travel spontaneously and make most of their plans one or two days in advance, no matter where they are.

"In India, we did not even plan where we were going to be beyond our first two nights before we landed, we like to feel and be open to staying longer in one place or leaving earlier if we want," Elise said. .

She said she understands that investigating travel plans can be completely overwhelming, so people often end up joining a tour or going to crowded tourist spots.

"We firmly believe that it is always better to live in a place in the most authentic way possible, which usually means not being surrounded by large groups of people," said the enthusiastic traveler.

"In most cases, a quick investigation can lead you to much more rewarding adventures and save you a lot of money."

The couple revealed that they like to travel spontaneously and do most of their plans one or two days in advance, no matter where they are.

The couple revealed that they like to travel spontaneously and do most of their plans one or two days in advance, no matter where they are.

The couple revealed that they like to travel spontaneously and do most of their plans one or two days in advance, no matter where they are.

She said she understands that investigating travel plans can be completely overwhelming, so people often end up joining a tour

She said she understands that investigating travel plans can be completely overwhelming, so people often end up joining a tour

She said she understands that investigating travel plans can be completely overwhelming, so people often end up joining a tour

"We firmly believe that it is always better to experience a place in the most authentic way possible, which usually means not being surrounded by large groups of people," said the enthusiastic traveler.

Make your own food

As the couple is very health conscious and wants to keep track of what they put in their bodies, they cook their own meals most of the time they travel.

It is also much more profitable, so they save meals on special occasions or when there is a particular cafe or restaurant they want to experience.

If people plan to spend the whole day exploring, the couple recommends taking snacks with them.

Elise likes to have a banana and a jar of natural peanut butter by hand and Domenic is a fan of carrying a carrot and a hummus.

"If you try to save, and eat out, skip the alcohol or bring yours," Elise said.

"This is especially important when we travel in a place where we have to eat a lot, we keep it once a week because alcohol usually doubles the bill."

As the couple is very health conscious and wants to keep track of what they put in their bodies, they cook their own meals most of the time they travel

As the couple is very health conscious and wants to keep track of what they put in their bodies, they cook their own meals most of the time they travel

As the couple is very health conscious and wants to keep track of what they put in their bodies, they cook their own meals most of the time they travel

If people plan on spending all day exploring, the couple recommends taking snacks with them

If people plan on spending all day exploring, the couple recommends taking snacks with them

If people plan on spending all day exploring, the couple recommends taking snacks with them

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