A GLOBE-TROTTING couple who quit their jobs to travel the world with their young child are now earning £6,000 a month – advising others on their dream adventures.
Ex-doctor Jenna Carr, 33, and Joao Paias, 34, met on Tinder in 2017 while she was on holiday in his native Portugal and fell in love over their shared passion for travel.
Before the birth of their son Leo, aged three, the couple had travelled across Portugal and the UK, as well as France and Switzerland before jetting over to Asia and visiting the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bali.
Since they had Leo, the family has travelled to Portugal, Spain, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, the US and the Bahamas.
Jenna, from Sheffield, said: "Our intention was to have a happier life and spend more time together, we were doing what everyone does and spending our life working.
"We thought this is not how we would envision our life going – now we are winging it and are happy with how things are going at the moment.
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"There is no guidebook or something to look to for advice."
Jenna and Joao launched their website thetravelmum in February 2022 and are now focused on growing the site.
Jenna said: "I quit my job in February 2022 and Joao continued to work and we got to the point where he could quit his job too.
"Since May we have both been unemployed and trying to make money through social media, a lot of our focus has been on that.
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Jenna’s top 5 tips for travelling on a budget
- Pack light by using a rucksack as your free personal item so you don't have to pay extra for checked-in luggage.
- Travel mid-week when flights are less in demand and therefore cheaper.
- Travel off-season – April to May and September to October usually still have great weather with massively reduced prices compared to summer months.
- Use flight and hotel comparison sites to look for the best deals – package deals are often more expensive than doing it yourself.
- Look for rooms with a kitchenette and a nearby supermarket – a bit of effort making a meal or two can save you a lot of money.
"Every month we need to make sure we have a brand deal in place or make sure the website memberships are sustainable.
"It is fun, we don't know how long it is going to last but we can make it our full-time thing, we are just going with the flow."
For now, Jenna, Joao and Leo are back in the UK, before jetting off to Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Jenna said that Leo loves travelling but is settling into life at nursery.
She added: "We have been travelling with him since he was a baby, he loves travelling, he is much more content travelling.
"He is a lot easier when we are travelling and we are busy doing things. He is not used to being somewhere for a certain time or getting up at a certain time so we have had some nightmares.
"Ultimately we want to do what is right for him, he is currently at nursery three days a week, we are trying to have the balance between stability and travel."
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