What is ItchyFeetOnTheCheap.com?
It’s a website, dummy. Geez.
Besides that and sarcastic writing, it’s also: money saving travel tips, a real look at the world and its amazing places, video adventures that will surely entertain your eye holes, complete backpacking guides to the world’s coolest places, information on living abroad, reviews in which I try and get you to buy something you don’t need so I can make like 20 cents.
There are a lot of sites that can provide good travel information, but a lot of them are a mix of fluff and bullshit. You won’t find that here. We won’t go on about the amazing spiritual adventures in India. We like to bitch about things that we don’t like. We rarely rave about popular tourist attractions, but we do find amazing places — just not where the other guys tell you they will be. Yes, Machu Picchu is fantastic, you don’t need me to tell you that, but do you know how to get there for less and with tons more adventure?
The plan to create Itchy Feet on the Cheap came about while organizing a backpacking trip to South America. We had access to all the regular resources – Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Virtual Tourist (are they still even a thing?) – and while the information they provide is extremely useful for general planning, we found most of the locations they suggest to be shadows of their former selves. By the time you get to a Frommers recommended restaurant, it’s a tourist haven. Sadly, our value is in the fact that no one pays any attention to us. We’re like that cool hipster bar that you made those bad decisions in last weekend.
Itchy Feet on the Cheap are, in no specific order, Sara and Ryan. A longtime couple, who may-or-may-not be married, and have been traveling together for almost 10 years. They are currently living in Ecuador, but have lived in China, Vietnam and Slovakia. Why am I talking about them like I’m not one of them?
Sara is a nerd/science teacher. She’s taught students from all over the world. She’s vomited on a bus in the Andes, and on a boat in Cambodia. Her hunger for travel is matched only by her hunger for trying new and interesting food. Her indifference while on camera is incredible.
Ryan basically does all the work on this, so he controls the narrative. He’s awesome. His likes are motorcycles, filmmaking, and brewing both beer and coffee for self-consumption.
We want to make millions and millions of dollars and eventually take over a large chunk of the world.
Until that happens, we’ll settle with helping out a community of like-minded, travel-obsessed people. We hope that you will be able to use the information we have gathered, mistakes we have made, and the secrets we have uncovered while traveling to make your own adventure easier, more affordable, and just like better and shit.
We would also like to encourage people to get out there, see the world, try something new – dress like the opposite sex, do some weird sex stuff, drink your own pee (but not someone else’s) – whatever sounds like fun to you but doesn’t hurt anyone but your parents. At the end of it all, when you’re on your deathbed, you probably won’t be thinking about that great juicer you bought. Memories will be cherished most, so get out there and make some good ones.