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The day I quit my job and moved to Germany

This blog has been a long time coming, and it all started the day I quit my job and moved to Germany. For the past 10 years, I have been both a budget traveler and a writer – but have never put the two together until this year.

Buildings in the town of Esslingen – about 20 minutes outside of Stuttgart, Germany.
Buildings in the town of Esslingen – about 20 minutes outside of Stuttgart, Germany.

On January 27, 2012, I quit my well-paying full-time job, locked up my recently purchased townhouse, and left my home in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada with a 12-month German work visa in hand. Our destination was Stuttgart, Germany.

My boyfriend – a master’s student taking a year off from his studies – landed a job as an intern at an architect firm, and I began my career as a freelance writer and blogger.

Neither of us had been to Europe before, so our goal was to travel. A couple of planned trips quickly morphed into a few more trips, and before you knew it, our calendar had filled up so fast that by the end of 2012, we will have explored over 20 different countries.

But in order to keep up with our adventurous side, I knew we would have to create a travel budget. Yes, I said the dreaded B-word. Wait! Don’t leave. Budgeting doesn’t have to be scary (really!), and it doesn’t have to be about missed opportunities either. Budgeting is all about empowerment and knowing what you want out of life – not about deprivation. And if you follow along, you’ll see how we were able to stick to a budget while riding a gondola in Venice, relaxing on a private beach in Greece, and drinking beer after beer in Munich’s most famous beer hall. You can have it all – and on a budget. :)

Krystal Yee

Krystal Yee is a travel blogger and personal finance expert with substantial media credits to her name. Lover of off-beat travel, hiking, French macarons, barefoot shoes, and her iPhone. Excel spreadsheet addict. She is currently living in Vancouver, plotting her next adventure.



Ms. Yee,
Congratulations. I hope you had a wonderful year in Germany. I totally agree with your comments about living frugally; I believe living frugally is a lifestyle choice. Living frugally gives you the opportunity to make choices. As as you say, you can splurg on things that important to you and desist on things that are not so important.
I am fortunate to live near Konstanz, in Germany. Your posting on it was accurate, pictures lovely. R.C. P.S. I was actually looking on tips for Stuttgart. Did I miss it? R