Welcome!

I’m Adi from Toronto, Canada and my number one passion in life has always been to travel. Another interest of mine is personal finance. So I decided to combine the two and this is how The Sum of Travel was created! I wanted to make a blog more focused on the finances of travel. I want to show everyone that travel does not have to be expensive. Also, I will share my personal experiences, useful tips and budget breakdowns of each trip. I hope by doing so, I can help you save money and influence you to travel more!

First, here is a little about me and my travels.

Growing up, my family could only afford short trips within Canada and the United States. I got first taste of travelling with my own money in 2012, when I went to Dominican Republic with my friends!

Dominican trip 2012

After graduating university, I got my first experience of long term travelling by backpacking Europe. My closest friends and I got the EU Rail Pass and went around for a month and a half!

Adi Leo Jordan in YYZ Airport
Adi Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

After the backpacking trip, I did the “normal” thing and got a job. I majored in accounting in university, so it made sense I worked as a financial analyst at a large corporation. My first couple of years working, my travels was only limited to a cruise to The Bahamas as I had to use most of my vacation days to study for the CPA designation. 

The Atlantis Bahamas

After completing all the exams for the CPA designation, I was able to use my vacation days for actual travelling!

For the next couple of years, I used up whatever vacation day I had (only 3 weeks per year 🙁 ) on my travels. I was able to go on my first solo(ish) trip to Costa Rica with G Adventures, visit to Japan and South Korea, watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and explore around Yucatan, Mexico. 

I would also take advantage of long weekends, by going to cities such as New York, Chicago, Montreal, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Boston.  

This is also when I started “travel hacking” by aggressively collecting airline points (more on this). It was also this time, where I fell in love with travelling and it became my number one passion. 

In September 2018, I made a huge decision and quit my cushy corporate job. I was fed up with the mundane tasks of working in a large organization. This was probably my quarter life crisis, and instead of buying a fancy sports, car, I went travelling! 

At the time, I didn’t know how long I was going to be travelling or the places I would go. I knew that my family was heading to Indonesia for family weddings and I used that as a jumping point in my travels. I would then explore the rest of Southeast Asia. 

Adi at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Lighting up a lantern Overnight bus How to Spend $40 Per Day in Thailand

With five months in Southeast Asia coming to a close, I saw an opportunity to extend my travels. I redeemed 110,000 Aeroplan points and turned my Southeast Asia trip to a round the world trip!

Redeeming more airline points, I was able to get on my first business class flight, flying from Bogota to Sao Paulo on LATAM. 

group-shots-at-Uyuni-Salt-Flats-Budget-Breakdown-The-Cost-of-Travelling-Bolivia
Adi in front of Great Pyramids of Giza

Having to get back to reality, my year of travel came to an end. However, I haven’t decided to come home just yet. Wanting to live out my dream to work abroad, Shelly and I moved to Sydney, Australia on a Working Holiday Visa!

Adi Sydney Harbour Bridge
Shelly and Adi Sydney Opera House

This is a neverending journey, so make sure you stay tuned by subscribing below!

STATS

COUNTRIES VISITED

The Sum of Travel Countries I've Been to

Canada & USA 

Europe

  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Hungary 
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Sweden
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Greece

Africa

Oceania

  • Australia
42 COUNTRIES VISITED
96 FLIGHTS FLOWN
34 AIRLINES FLOWN
55 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES VISITED
$47,587 CAD SPENT
3 PAIRS OF GLASSES BROKEN/LOST
The Sum of Travel Historical spend