How to Travel Hack Without Using Credit Card Points.

People in the FIRE community love to travel.  For many who become Financially Independent and Retire Early, that’s the whole point.  Give up the cubicle and explore the world!  Learning to travel hack will get you started.

Travel Hack your way to Machu Picchu. Woman overlooking Machu Picchu.
I’d rather be in Machu Picchu!

Travel Hack = Save Money on Travel Expenses and/or Travel for Free.

Whether independently wealthy, or still working towards Financial Independence, no one wants to pay more than they have to when traveling.  In this post, I’m going to share some ways to travel hack your way to savings without playing the credit card points game.

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Stuff Your Retirement Account with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme!

Are you passionate about herbs?

Ever thought about turning your love of herbs into a little side business to save more money for retirement?

Making and selling herbal soap can be a fun, easy way to help you catch up your retirement savings.

I started down the herbal path years ago, when I surprised my husband by signing us both up for a local herb class.

He had commented that our meals tasted so much more flavorful  and looked more vibrant when we used fresh herbs from our garden.

The class we took was a lot of fun as it included a little about the folklore and history of herbs, gardening tips, recipes, and lots of great herbal treats to eat!

The classroom smelled amazing, and I was hooked!

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What Is F-You Money, and What Does It Have To Do With Herbs?

If you can grow a garden, learn how to forage for wild food, become your own chef, and get to know just 10 herbs to spice up your meals and keep you out of restaurants, then you may be able to save even more F-You money!

I learned about F-You money from a talented group of people at UK Chautauqua, where we met five amazing speakers/bloggers who shared their ideas about financial independence (FI), side hustles, and early retirement.

One of the best parts of Chautauqua was being with a group of people who get it, who understand there is more to life than working at a job (when you’d rather just spend your time puttering in the garden or playing with herbs).

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You Should Experience Chautauqua at Least Once in Your Lifetime and Here’s Why.

Do I want to send you on a mountain man retreat? Not exactly.

You may be wondering, like I was, what is Chautauqua?

At first, I thought it was like a living history gathering I attended once in Wyoming, which was also called Chautauqua.  That one featured talks, music, entertaining exhibits and friendly competitions.

Sort of like a Renaissance Fair, but more of a Mountain Man Rendezvous where people dress up in buckskin clothing and wear knives and carry powder horns for their rifles.

Not what I expected to be reading about on personal finance blogs.

So just what is this other Chautauqua spoken of by personal finance bloggers and members of the Financially Independent Retire Early (FIRE) community?

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