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Today's Topic? Entertainment on a Budget while Traveling

Obviously, we travel to see the beautiful sights of various places and to experience different cultures. We like to explore historical sites, cities, castles and churches. Luckily, the world is full of easy to find ancient and historical sites, we have heard of in our history and humanity classes. 

Today's topic? Eating on a budget while traveling.

Most people seem to think that traveling or long-term traveling for that matter has to be expensive. If you look at the glamorous vacation-ads on TV or at travel agencies, it really seems to support that thought. We however, would like to point out, that eating on a budget while traveling is absolutely possible and enjoyable.
Like most people we dreamed about taking a year and see the world, but the hardest part is trying to figure out how to save enough money to travel. We would read stories and articles of other travelers and ask, “How did they do that?” and like most people, we figured they probably came from money, won the lottery, or had a ton of help. We even met Rick Steves in Rothenburg o.d. Tauber during our 2002 vacation to Germany and my first question to him was, “How do I do
[caption id="attachment_3936" align="alignleft" width="216"] Riding our bikes to Clearwater Beach[/caption] While going for a nice relaxing bike tour along the Pinellas trail, we stopped for a quick bite to eat at a local family business, we met a couple people who showed some interest in our new bikes. After a lot of bike-tech-talk, our plan to travel the world came up, and shortly after that the much dreaded question: "how can you afford such an adventure?" and the so common statement : "you are so lucky, we wish we could do that!" For some reason most people that we encounter seem to believe that we either won the lottery, are independently rich, very lucky, or just plain insane, to undergo such an adventure.
Where is all this "stuff" coming from? Have we become hoarders without noticing? Is somebody secretly using our house as a storage place without telling us? [caption id="attachment_3835" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The bare necessities"][/caption] Seriously, 15 years ago we moved across the big ocean and arrived here with 2 young girls, 2 pieces of antique furniture our German family gave us, one guitar, a few boxes of things that we just could not replace such as pictures, a set of  4 plates, 4 cups, 4 knives, 4 spoons, 4 forks which were engraved with our names…a good bye present from good old germany, and of course clothes and our girls' favorite toys.
No car, no cable, no gym membership?? So what do you do all day? [caption id="attachment_3576" align="alignright" width="300"] Ron getting chlorine[/caption] Those are some of the questions--usually accompanied with some puzzled looks-- that I encounter at work. Well, we do quite a few things: since we cycle to/from work every day we don't really miss the gym membership. Actually it is a nice way to wind down after work and I find it quite relaxing getting my "workout" in right after work. To be
[caption id="attachment_3064" align="alignleft" width="225"] Final Fill-up. Notice the "trip" mileage! That is on 14ish Gallons![/caption] We sold our beloved VW TDI last week and she will be sorely missed. However, it just seemed like the right time to make it happen and it is one more domino down and one step closer to making our "Bike Around the World" trip possible.  

Well it appears the small changes we made around the house regarding our electricity usage is holding. Despite having a huge rate increase earlier this year, this month's bill is $63 less than it was last year during this same period. Sure it doesn't sound...

Ok, we now have the results for our electric bill after a full month of changes we made to our power consumption. We mentioned some changes in an earlier posting called, "Tightening The Belt", that we had made in order to help us save money...

Saving Money for Long Term Travel

Many of you already know that our ultimate plan is to take an extended vacation and travel as far as we can around the globe by bike!  Well, before doing so we have to get our monthly bills down and save as much money as we can.  At first we thought this was going to be a little difficult and/or nearly impossible, but once we sat down and looked at our bills, we realized that it might not be as hard as we thought.  We had to decide what was more