Hello, money nerds, and welcome to another beautiful day. My name is J.D. Roth, and I’ll be your host this week. Actually, as you read this I am beginning a long trek from my home in Corvallis, Oregon to a cruise terminal in Southampton, England. On Wednesday, I’ll board a ship that’ll be my home for the next 23 days as it sails to Scotland, Norway, and Iceland.
My girlfriend can’t get time off, so I’m using this as an opportunity for introspection and personal renewal. But have no fear! I’ve prepared my Apex installments for you in advance.
Today, let’s look at some stories about travel.
What does the phrase “slow travel” actually mean? [Condé Nast Traveler] — “Slow travel is a mindset: you don’t need three weeks of vacation to slow down. A day spent strolling through an unfamiliar neighborhood without a crammed to-do list or exploring a state park with nothing but a route map and a bag of snacks could fall under the umbrella of slow travel. It comes down to how you engage with the world as you move through it.”
How to afford travel in times of high inflation. [A Journey We Love] — “The first thing to do when you have decided to have travel as a priority in your life is to have a separate savings account for travel. We usually have this on auto-pilot. Having full-time jobs means that we have a set amount of money coming in every month as paychecks. From there, here’s our automation strategy.”
A digital nomad’s guide to thriving and surviving while living abroad. [The Female Professional] — “Contrary to the common notion, not all countries have a warm reception to digital nomads or foreign tourists because of several conflicting factors. There’s the issue of gentrification that kills local businesses to create upscale establishments to accommodate tourists, increases in local housing costs, and other harmful cultural and environmental impacts due to the sudden tourism boom.”
Favorite airport tricks. [The Art of Non-Conformity] — “Uber and Lyft (and taxis, if anyone still uses those) often charge more for airport pickups, but hotel shuttles are free. When prices are insane, hop on a shuttle to a nearby hotel, then have the rideshare driver pick you up there.”
That’s everything I have for you today. Although I’ll be on the road until the end of June, my intention is to carve out time to collect stories for Apex Money. And, of course, my partner Jim will be handling things every other week. So, stay tuned as we share all of the great stuff we find!