Hi! I’m Amanda. It’s great to “meet” you!

Amanda Round the Globe

I quit my full time job in the wine industry of Northern California in the fall of 2015 to become a full time world traveler. Not a bad gig!

When I decided that I wanted to travel full time, I knew I’d need money, supplies, and a lot of spunk. I made a savings plan, worked my butt off, researched everything I possibly could about budget travel, and bought a backpack.

My parents thought I was having a quarter life crisis. They dropped me off at SFO all nonchalantly, and I proceeded to have a massive freak out while going through security. I pulled myself together and told myself that it will be alright. I know I’ll always be able to go home when and if I want to.

I’ve never wanted to go home since (to stay, anyway).

I first set off for a three month escapade around Europe, then hopped over to Central and South America for another three months. After that, I spent four months living in Thailand, then continued on to do a working holiday in Australia. I took a month long holiday to visit Bali, and then continued traveling around Australia. After a few weeks in Hawaii and a visit home to San Francisco, I adventured my way through New Zealand, climbing mountains and chasing waterfalls.

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After almost six months in New Zealand, I hopped over to Australia to create a base to travel from and apply for the partner visa so that I can stay with my other half – this crazy Australian!

I have a bucket list of countries I’d like to go to, and I hope to make it to over 100 countries as soon as I can.

I travel so much by using travel hacking – it sounds scammy, but I promise it’s not. I simply optimize the rewards programs of my credit card, and referral programs of companies that I use and love, so that I can score free or discounted flights and cheap accommodation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you afford to travel so much? 

I saved a ton of money to begin with – that lasted me a year of traveling through cheap countries (and being super frugal through Europe – I couchsurfed everywhere and took the Flixbus constantly). I lived off less money while traveling than I did to live in California. In Europe, I was averaging $1-$1.5k per month, and in South America and South East Asia, I was living on less than $1k per month. When you travel slower, you’ll spend less – transportation costs can add up quickly!


  • How did you start your blog? How did you make this website, what did you use, what hosting do you use, how did you learn to make this?

All of your answers to anything about this blog are on my blogging resources page.

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  • How do you make money? 

I have been doing working visas – meaning I get granted a visa to work in the country that I am applying to. As an American citizen that’s finished school, my options were limited to the Australian working holiday visa and the New Zealand working holiday visa. I decided to do both 🙂

I go to these countries, work, and save as much as I can. I live a minimalist lifestyle which helps me keep my priorities straight and save a ton of money for things I care about (travel, and… more travel). I get loads of flights for free using my Chase Sapphire card for everyday expenses, and I refer lots of people to Airbnb in exchange for credits.

Most of the time, I’m paying rent, making my own food at home (check out my vegan recipes), and exploring places local to where I’m currently living.

Amanda Round the Globe 

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  1. Josh
    January 31, 2017 / 1:30 am

    Hi Amanda,

    I’m inspired by your story. Like you, I am also a minimalist too. I’m sure you get this question quite a bit, but before you started doing some major traveling, did you save your money up to be able to take off that kind of time? and/or do you pick up small odd jobs or generate income via the internet as you go around?

    I think it is always interesting to hear how people get by with/without money being the primary concern. I’d like to hear your take on it!


    • February 6, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Hi Josh, thanks for your question! Yes, I saved about $15k before I started traveling, and that lasted me about a year. When I started running low on money, I applied for the working visa in Australia and got a job there to start saving again. 🙂

  2. Vinnie
    May 14, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Hi Amanda, how hard/easy was it to get a working Visa in Australia? Is it a matter of time or cost or is it available to anyone that applies for one! I’d love to do what you’re doing but would be concerned with running out of money and being somewhere that I can’t find or not possible to get a job. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!

  3. March 22, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Hi Amanda…

    I follow you and I think you are living the dream…I know you are smart and work hard. good for you! I have never travelled solo and really want to but I am really nervous about it..Don’t know why, I have travelled the world but always with a friend. Can u do a vlog on getting over your fears or give me any advice on taking the plunge?
    Ps..I still think u should start a small travel group to take on trips. I would go!
    pps..I am going to start a wordpress.org blog using your advice. I am a photographer and love to write and travel..what the hell I am I waiting for?

    • March 24, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Hi Deb! Thank you so much for the sweet comment. I’ll definitely add that post to my list 🙂 Thanks so much!

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