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!
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.
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.
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.
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