Hey fellow travelaholics! If you follow us on our social media accounts, you already know that we’ve been working on a book since we returned from our 14-month trip around the world. We’re excited to announce that it’s complete and now available on Amazon!
After such an epic adventure, we knew we had to write something about it. Friends and family encouraged us to write a memoir or a cookbook filled with recipes we learned abroad, but neither appealed to us since we felt like we didn’t have the right content for either. We remembered what it was like to plan our trip and how difficult it was to make sure we had every detail figured out. There wasn’t a single all-encompassing resource available to guide us through the entire process of how to save enough money, plan extended travel, and quit our jobs while still setting ourselves up for success upon our return. We had to use a combination of books and blog posts to piece together a month-by-month framework that helped us stay on track during the pre-departure planning phase.
After gaining firsthand experience and a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully “wrap up your life” for long-term travel, we decided to create a comprehensive resource for fellow travelers. The end result – Create Your Escape: A Practical Guide for Planning Long-Term Travel – is the book we wish we had access to while we were planning our own around-the-world trip.
Create Your Escape is a comprehensive, easy-to-digest guide to planning the trip of a lifetime. We (authors Mike Shubbuck and Tara Shubbuck) will teach you how to transform your lifestyle so you can afford to globetrot unemployed and carefree (with or without a travel partner). The chapters are ordered in a chronological format and will take you through trip-specific planning, from drafting your dream route and creating a budget, to learning skills that will help you abroad, to understanding visas, power of attorney, why to freeze your credit, and the ins and outs of RTW (‘round-the-world) plane tickets. Throughout the book, we also recall our own experiences and provide honest firsthand accounts of hurdles we encountered during our trip planning and how best to work through them. Planning for long-term travel would not be complete without announcing the trip to family, friends, and your employer. These conversations are not always easy, so we provide plenty of tips for making them go as smoothly as possible.
Even if you don’t want to travel long-term, you’ll still find the contents of the book valuable. If you want to reduce your possessions, save more money, or simply plan an international trip, you’ll find plenty of tips and tricks to do all those things. We even included a bonus chapter with more than 75 creative ways to save money.
Bonus materials: As an added bonus for purchasing the book, you’ll receive instructions to download the Create Your Escape Pack, which includes the following supplemental material:
- Bucket list worksheet
- Budget and savings goal worksheet
- Exhaustive packing list
- Countdown to departure checklist
- Spreadsheet to track expenses during your trip
Stop making excuses for why “now is not the time.” Use Create Your Escape to plan your trip and make now the perfect time!