Living Holistically in the Way we Travel

Christine Garvin in Death Valley

Today we’d like to share a wonderful new review of our book by Christine Garvin, a travel and health writer who pens the blog Living Holistically…with a Sense of Humor. Christine’s review of How To Travel For Free introduced her new Hand-Crafted Series.

In the review Christine, who is a big traveler herself, relates to our experience with people who say, “How can you afford to do that? How can you just pick up and go?” In fact, it was exactly the repeated questions along this theme that motivated us to write this book in the first place, in order to let people know in detail exactly how we do it.

Christine advises to take time to get to know people around the world

Christine says that for her, it’s a matter of making travel a priority. Because she wants to do so much of it, and be able to afford to, she is willing to spend the time researching and being creative about how she travels – and appreciates the fact that we state in the book, right up front, that if you want to travel for free or extremely cheap, you will have to sacrifice the time to do so. But as Christine points out:

That’s actually part of what makes this kind of travel more worthwhile – and memorable.

Shelley and her partner Keith Hajovsky, who co-wrote the book, talks about the idea of “slow travel” – yep, akin to the “slow food” “slow money” and “slow art” movements. Instead of getting in and out of a place in a week (if you’re lucky), take months (or years) to get to know a place or two.

With a section on creative ways to travel – such as bartering (or bartending) your way around the world, lots of great little worksheets, and tons of resources, I’m definitely referencing this book when I start to plan my next big adventure. Which knowing me, is probably soon.”

Thanks, Christine, for featuring our book – and for getting it!

You can read the entire review here.

Travel Well,
Shelley and Keith


About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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