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How much does it cost to travel full time? Here’s what one couple pays

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Ernestas Tyminas felt “stuck” in his role as a marketing manager at a newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

So he requested two months off to backpack through Asia, he said, landing in Beijing in January 2019.

“On the primary day … I meet this one,” he said, gesturing to Darina Karpitskaya, sitting by his side.

The couple, talking to CNBC via video from Dubai, said they met via the travel app Couchsurfing, which links solo travelers together. Karpitskaya, 31, and a flight attendant on the time, had been grounded in Beijing for 2 days due to mechanical problems together with her return flight.

Though more solo travelers agreed to satisfy that day, Tyminas and Karpitskaya were the one two who showed up.

After in the future together, they planned to satisfy again in Asia one month later.

A monthlong second date

Karpitskaya returned to Asia, and the couple’s second date was a “crazy one-month adventure” to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, said Tyminas, 29.

It was within the Philippines, he said, that he decided he wasn’t going back to his old life.  

“We were … laying on the beach under the celebs,” he said. “We were sort of beginning to dream about this lifestyle.”

After returning to Colorado, Tyminas quit his job, sold his belongings and moved to Europe, he said.

Karpitskaya wasn’t quite there yet, saying, “At first it gave the impression of: Oh my God, you are quitting your job. You are moving from America. Possibly it’s too soon. But at the identical time, after I got here back from that trip I felt like I’m living a life that I’m not having fun with.”

A dog in tow

Tyminas flew from Denver to Paris together with his dog — an 82-pound Borzoi, once referred to as the “Russian Wolfhound,” named Cosmo, who’s over 6 feet tall on his hind legs.   

“They gave me three rows of seats, and the dog was just laying on the ground,” he said.

From there, the couple traveled often — to places like Italy and Iceland — but not yet full time, they said.

Ernestas Tyminas and Darina Karpitskaya have taken his dog, Cosmo, to 26 of the greater than 40 countries that they’ve visited together, said Tyminas. Cosmo is an excellent networking tool, added Karpitskaya: “We meet lots of people walking the dog.”

Source: Dream Team Travels

Then Karpitskaya got what she called her “dream job” — a position with Emirates airline. She moved to Dubai, however the couple continued to satisfy and travel together.

Then Covid hit, and Karpitskaya accepted 4 months of unpaid leave from her job.

“We said: We now have 4 months — we are able to go explore whatever is open,” said Tyminas.

The trio — including Cosmo, who traveled in an enormous bed at the back of their SUV — traveled first to Croatia, then slowly across much of Europe, including many former Soviet states, said Karpitskaya.

She never returned to her job, and couple have been traveling ever since, she said.

What it costs to travel the world

To start with, they spent between $1,000 and $2,000 a month — all from savings — by staying in low-cost accommodations, cooking at home and searching for out free activities, said Tyminas.

As money began to dry up, Tyminas took several online jobs, which netted between $2,000 and $3,000 a month, which wasn’t removed from his salary of $3,300 in Colorado, he said.

Tyminas said the couple stayed longer in Romania because “we saw how the persons are nice … how they how much they should offer. Sometimes you Google and you are like: ‘There’s nothing to do here,’ and then you definately get there and [realize] that is only because no person travels here.”

Source: Dream Team Travels

However the work was cumbersome, and it “felt like I still had a job,” he said.

So the couple decided to open a marketing and graphic design company, despite the proven fact that “we didn’t know lots,” said Tyminas.

They reached out to hundreds of individuals, they said, often working late into the night. Potential customers would ask, “Are you able to design book covers?” “Are you able to promote music?” Tyminas said his response was all the time the identical, “In fact I can.”

In point of fact, he was learning on the job, he said, counting on YouTube, Google and online research. But clients were very joyful, he said.  

“They paid me half of what they might pay other marketing agencies and the outcomes, they said, were higher than they’d before,” said Tyminas.

In the primary month, the couple made $6,000, he said. Now, sometimes they earn several thousand dollars in a day working with real estate firms and music labels, he added.

“We write blogs for people — we do every thing,” said Tyminas. Plus “we do not have to report back to anybody. We’re our own bosses.”

Prior to now six months, the couple said they spent a mean of $4,000 a month. Greater than half goes to accommodations, which vary by location — from $3,100 per thirty days in Dubai to $1,500 in Lisbon, Portugal, they said. They limit stays in expensive locations, like Switzerland, to not more than per week, they said.

One strategy to get monetary savings is booking monthlong stays on Airbnb, which cuts down average nightly rates and reduces service and cleansing fees, said Tyminas. But even after they bounced from place to position to go to Europe’s Christmas markets last 12 months, they still ended up paying about $2,500 that month, he said.

Karpitskaya said she doesn’t want these costs to scare people because they spent far less to start with. On the time, they spent about 80-100% of their income, but now Tyminas said “we spend about 30% and … save the remaining.”

The couple told CNBC they still travel modestly — no five-star hotels — and so they still cook most meals at home. But they spend more on activities that they film for his or her YouTube channel Dream Team Travels — one other “completely self-taught” enterprise, they said.

Hiccups on the road

A lifetime of constant travel is not all fun and games, they said.

They encounter dirty Airbnbs and hosts who cancel reservations on the last minute. They’ve also had their camera equipment and clothing stolen twice — once in Mexico, and more recently in France — plus an attempted theft of their belongings from their automotive in Barcelona, while they were sitting in it.

They’ve also considered settling down after they discover a place they really love, reminiscent of the beaches of Portugal or the French Riviera, said Tyminas.   

“But then … we drive some place else and we’re like this place can also be just nearly as good,” he said.

When Russia invaded Ukraine, quickly occupying the Kherson region where Karpitskaya’s parents live, Tyminas emailed CNBC to say that they’d stopped traveling in the meanwhile.     

Tyminas and Karpitskaya (pictured here in Abu Dhabi) stopped traveling on the outset of the Russian-Ukraine war. Karpitskaya’s family is now out of Ukraine, except her brother, who “has signed as much as be within the military to defend his country,” said Tyminas.

Source: Dream Team Travels

“The primary few weeks we didn’t even leave our apartment,” he said. “We spent lots of time arranging transportation for civilians in addition to many dogs from shelters to be taken out of dangerous regions for adoption in Europe.”

By the summer, they’d resumed traveling, but were still helping to evacuate Karpitskaya’s family.

“Just per week ago we were in a position to finally get Darina’s parents out of Ukraine,” said Tyminas, adding that they’re currently in his family’s home in Lithuania. “We also did a visit to Romania to select up Darina’s sister and her five-month-old baby from the border and took her to live in Germany.”

The couple are actually in Malaysia, they said, and plan to explore Southeast Asia for the following two months.   

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