Welcome to Travel School. We're Brian and Kim and back in 2012 we sold our possessions and left our jobs in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling the world. Since then we've traveled to 20+ countries on 5 continents and we're still traveling today.
We've learned to navigate the often complicated road of living abroad long-term and we understand the barriers that keep many people from traveling in the first place. We created Travel School to teach future travelers everything they need to know to embark on their big trip with confidence. Travel has been a transforming and life affirming experience for us and it's our goal to help others reach their travel dreams.
About Travel School
Travel School is an online e-course designed for anyone who wants to travel long-term. Whether your plans include a career break, a gap year, travel in retirement or living on the road as a digital nomad, Travel School will walk you step-by-step through the process of planning and executing long-term travel.
We know that preparing for lengthy travel can be a daunting task. You likely have big questions, like how much money you'll need, and practical questions, like how you'll file taxes abroad. And you have a hundred smaller questions: where to find affordable accommodations on the road, how to find volunteer opportunities and how to keep in touch with family and friends while you're gone.
During the 4 Modules of the e-course, we'll teach you everything you need to know to prepare for long-term travel. If you're ready to see the world, this program will get you out the door and on the road with confidence.
What You'll Learn in Travel School
The video based e-course will walk you through the process of turning your goal of long-term travel into reality. From the moment you make the decision to travel to the moment you get on the plane, we'll walk you through the steps you'll need to take to make your long-term travel goals happen. At the end of the course you'll be prepared to travel the world long-term.
The e-course is divided into four modules: Saving & Managing Your Money, Pre-Trip Preparation, The Heart Part, and Life on the Road.
And as a Travel School member you'll have lifetime access to the Travel School website, module workbooks, and the private Travel School Facebook group.
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Module 1 focuses on preparing your financials before you hit the road and choosing banks and credit cards that work best for long-term travelers.
- What banks are best for long-term travelers?
- What credit cards are best for long-term travelers?
- How do I pay bills on the road?
- How do I file taxes abroad?
- How much money do I need to travel long-term?
- The 7 principles of saving money
- Tips and tricks to save money
- How to reduce your bills and save more each year
- How to supplement your savings / Prepare for unexpected expenses
- How RTW (round-the-world) plane tickets work
- Choosing your backpack/ travel pack
- What to pack
- How to choose where to go
- Developing your route
- Where and how to sell your stuff
- Should I sell it or keep it?
- 6 steps to get rid of everything in 6 months
- Choosing travel insurance and international health insurance
- What you need to know about travel vaccinations
- Dealing with the fear of a major life change
- When one partner wants to travel more than the other
- Traveling with your partner
- Preparing to leave work
- Leaving family, friends and pets
- Dealing with travel burnout
- How to avoid decision fatigue
- Planning your return home
- Working through reverse culture shock
- Making money while traveling
- Maximizing your travel budget
- Finding rooms abroad
- Volunteering and housesitting
- Staying in touch with friends and families
- What you need to know about VISAs
- Safety on the road
- Diet and exercise while traveling
- Tipping étiquette around the world
- 19 essential travel gadgets
- 20 great travel apps
- Supplemental course-based workbooks
- Lifetime access to the Travel School website including future resources as they are added
- Lifetime membership to the Travel School Facebook group
Find Out What People Are Saying About Travel School
This course provides so much great information. It eliminated the amount of research I needed to do into subjects like the cost of long term travel, what to look for in banks and credit cards, preparing to file taxes from outside the U.S. and tips for getting rid of stuff. All of this comes to you in bite size unit videos that average about 10 minutes each. -Jen M.
I wish this course existed before my RTW trip! I would heartily endorse the Travel e-course to anyone considering taking an extended trip. Full of detailed information, it’s evident that Kim and Brian have spent hours doing the research so that you don’t have to. With examples from their own planning, it’s easy to see the big picture on how to prepare and embark on the trip of a lifetime. -Rhonda D.
I just retired with the hope of many travels ahead. Brian has a gift of taking many ideas and pulling them together in a simple and manageable way. He answered questions I had not yet asked. The most interesting information for me was the Round-The-World air ticket. I was not familiar with such a program and Brian has taken complex information and put it into a short, easy-to-follow video. -Laura C.
How Travel School Works
Travel school is a self-paced e-course broken down into 4 modules. Each module covers a different aspect of planning for long-term travel, allowing you to prepare on your timeline. In each Module, you'll receive access to videos and supplemental course workbooks. Because all Travel School members have lifetime access to the videos and the workbooks, you can complete each module as time allows or go back and revisit modules at a later date.
Upon registration you'll also receive access to the Travel School Facebook group where you can connect with the course instructors and a community of travelers in various stages of the saving, planning and traveling process. This forum is great for asking questions, finding additional resources, and connecting with fellow travelers.
Here's What's Included in Travel School:
4 weeks of self-paced video tutorials
Supplemental course-based workbooks
Access to the Travel School Facebook group
A community of fellow travelers
Travel School members have lifetime access to all Travel School resources
Travel School Is Perfect For You If...
You've been dreaming of seeing the world but you need encouragement to put the wheels in motion. Long-term travel is a goal and you need a step-by-step plan to make it happen.
You've begun to plan for long-term travel but wading through the hundreds of decisions you need to make is daunting. You have questions and you want to talk to expert travelers who have been through the process. The task at hand feels overwhelming and you want support.
You want the mystery of long-term travel unlocked. You want to learn from dedicated instructors who have been through it all firsthand. You want to save time, energy and 100's of hours of research by taking a course that will provide you with everything you need to know about long-term travel.
More About The Instructors
Brian is the course instructor you'll see in the Travel School videos. He has a degree in political science and history and loves to learn about the political structures of the countries he's visiting. His first big travel goal was to visit the U.S. National Parks of the west, a dream that was accomplished after an epic 7-month, 47-state road trip. Brian is a microbrew beer aficionado, a baseball fan, and an animal and nature lover. His travel highlights include walking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, riding the rails through Europe and hiking in Patagonia. The country he's dreaming of visiting next is New Zealand.
Kim is a former Sustainability Coordinator turned writer who dreamed of long-term travel for years before finding the courage to make it happen. She's happiest outside on long hikes or runs and loves to travel to countries that have a wealth of natural beauty. Her travel highlights include walking the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage route through Spain, and driving a 3-wheeled rickshaw through India. The country she dreams of traveling to next is Iceland. You can learn more about Brian and Kim's life and travels on Kim's blog So Many Places.
Why Travel School?
You will save hundreds of hours of research
The tips and advice in the course will save you money and extend your travel budget
You'll learn from experts who will coach you through the process
You'll connect with other travelers
Begin your trip with confidence and receive ongoing support on the road
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