What Is “Slow Travel?”

Hi Billy and Akaisha,

You used the term below this week and yet you did not give an explanation of what it was. What exactly is “slow travel”????

We know a man who does some “slow travel” and he lives on $12k a year and seems to be able to manage that fairly well. It’s definitely doable and not impossible.


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Hi Neal!

“Slow travel” just means that a person doesn’t spend 2-3 days in one place, then spends money on transport to go to another place and spend 5 days and then goes to another place and spends 3 days and then goes to another…

When a person travels slow, perhaps spending months in one location, they are able to get deals on lodging (discount for longer stays) and are able to find where the locals eat (spending less on food) and can find the markets for fresh food instead of eating out all the time. Slow travel is cheaper all the way around than going quickly from place to place.

Housing and Transportation are two major costs in anyone’s budget, and if you can pare those expenses down, then you can live more inexpensively and on a limited budget. This style of travel becomes a lifestyle, not a vacation mindset.

Hope this helps!



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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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