The Wanderblogger is a frugal family travel blog, written by Sarah Shumate, featuring comprehensive travel guides, budget travel tips, and destination inspiration around the globe.
We travel as a family of three, seeking out scenic landscapes to hike and the most fun (and usually free) things to do in cities around the world.
We travel as frugally as possible, without sacrificing things like comfort and our sanity, so that we can take several trips every year instead of just one or two extravagant ones.
Most of the things you’ll see recommended in our travel guides are either free or very affordable for families traveling on a budget. We aim to help you travel for less so you can travel more often, too!
Our emphasis is on short, affordable breaks for the everyday traveler. If that’s you, you’ll fit in around here just fine.
Learn more about us and how we travel here.
How The Wanderblogger Began
Having been the journaling type since Lisa Frank lock-and-key diaries were all the rage (aka the 1980’s for you youngsters), blogging was a natural progression.
I had been blogging for a couple of years on a semi-private basis when an incredible opportunity came our way in early 2013 – we were moving to London!
Figuring we might experience a fair amount of culture shock going from our rural life in Tennessee to a city as vast and populated as London, I decided to change my current farm/family blog into more of an expat blog and make it public.
And so, The Wanderblogger was born in March of 2013.
For several years, I blogged nearly three times a week about the ups and downs of expat life (of which there were many) and our personal travel stories (of which there were, gratefully, also many).
As we became more accustomed to expat life (5+ years abroad will do that to you), the focus of The Wanderblogger shifted from expat life and personal stories to more helpful travel-related content.
But don’t worry, you’ll still find plenty of personal tidbits about us and our own experiences in every article on The Wanderblogger. I like to talk about myself way too much to give that up entirely.
What You Will Find on The Wanderblogger
So, just what can you read about on The Wanderblogger? As it turns out, quite a lot, actually.
In six years of blogging, I’ve published over 400 articles on this site. That’s a ridiculous amount of content, in case you were wondering.
A few of our main topics are:
- Travel Guides
- Travel Tips
- City Breaks
- Hiking Trails
- Travel For Kids
- UNESCO Sites
- Adventure Travel
- Expat Life
For every trip written about on The Wanderblogger, I try to share how we got to our destination (particularly if we managed to do it extra cheap), where we stayed (our accommodations are always under $100/night), how we filled our time, and any other travel tips/tricks we learned through research and experience.
If you ever have any travel questions that haven’t been answered in a post, feel free to send me an email through my Contact page. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.
How This Site Makes Money
When it began, this blog was just a hobby, a simple way to preserve our travel memories in digital form for years to come and meet other like-minded travelers in the process.
Over time, however, as the site grew and the cost to keep it running increased, we needed to find a way to make it profitable. Currently, The Wanderblogger earns an income through serving ads to visitors and through affiliate sales.
I know most people have grown accustomed to seeing ads on websites these days, but for those of you who dislike them, I do apologize. I try to keep ads on the site to a minimum so that the content you came for is still, first and foremost, easy to read. If you ever experience a problem or see something extra distracting, please feel free to send me an email about it.
In several articles on this site, you’ll see a disclaimer mentioning affiliate links. This just means that some of the links in that article lead to a site where, if you make a purchase, The Wanderblogger will receive a small commission. There is never any extra cost to you for using these links.
As textbook Type-A travelers (aka control freaks), we prefer to plan and pay for everything on our trips ourselves. As such, you can trust that our recommendations and opinions of the destinations we visit, the places we stay, and the things we do are completely objective. We share the things we like, simple as that.
That about covers it, I think. If you’d like to become a regular reader, the best way to receive updates about new posts is to follow The Wanderblogger on Facebook and Twitter. (I’m also on Instagram!) Or you can sign up to receive our newsletter with the latest news and new post updates in your inbox once a month. (Or whenever I remember to send it…)