One thing a lot of people want to know is how to pay to travel. There are some really great ways you can budget and save money on monthly expenses, but I love to find ways to make extra money specifically for traveling. Whether you’re saving to pay off bills or for your next trip, we all can use ways to make some extra money.

Bring all the things or forget the one thing you really needed. This is how it used to happen every time I tried to pack the perfect carryon. I’ve flown enough over the last four years that I think I have figured out all of my normal must-haves plus some tips that make flights a bit easier and definitely less stressful. There are certain things I bring on every flight (long or short) and a certain way I like to pack it to ensure I’m not digging in my bag while elbowing the passengers next to me trying to find something.

I love adventure travel. If there’s hiking, biking, rafting, boating, camping, horseback riding – whatever it is – I’m in! A little bit of adventure in my day goes a long way. Early in my 20’s I was actually diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and had 2 bulging discs (L4 & L5) but was definitely NOT going to let back aches stop me from adventuring. I quickly learned some great ways to support my back through exercise and how to recover quickly (and really before any aches set in) from adventure travel.