I’m a single mum & spent $6k a MONTH on bills… I took my son out of school to go travelling & live off £7 a day

I’m a single mum & spent $6k a MONTH on bills… I took my son out of school to go travelling & live off £7 a day


A single mum has revealed how she quit her job and decided to travel the world with her son.

Crissy Whalin, 42, and her son Zephyr, 13, have explored 40 countries and an impressive 123 cities.

The radio producer, originally from Los Angeles, decided to quit the rat race when she was made redundant in 2018.

She took Zephyr out of school and the pair began to travel around the globe on a budget.

Crissy said: “Before I lost my job, I was earning £80k [$100k] per year across three jobs; I had a full time and two part time jobs.

“But I was miserable, I couldn’t keep up with the Los Angeles rat race.

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“So when I lost my main income in January 2018, I decided to reevaluate life and figure out what is most important for me and my son.

“Zephyr fell in love with Paris when we went in 2016 and at the time, he suggested travelling the world together.

“Losing my job enabled me to make his dream our reality as I still had a part time remote job as a radio producer and another at a photography studio.”

Crissy used to fork out a whopping £6,380 per month on rent, car expenses and Zephyr’s school fees alone.

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She decided to pack up and purchase a one way ticket back to Paris in April 2018 with £16,000 savings [$20K].

She said: “As soon as I mentally decided we were going, things started happening.

“I had very little savings but then I was lucky enough to get a one off job working on a film festival which added a chunk to my savings.

“I left with $20,000 which was enough to fund flights, travel insurance, storage for our belongings and a Euro rail pass.”

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The duo country-hopped around Europe from France, Italy, the Czech Republic, England and many more countries before heading to Asia, Africa and South America.

Their daily budget was £7-£15 [$10-20] but some days less depending on the volume of work Crissy had.

She adds: “I never wanted to spend more than $80 per night on accommodation.

“I aimed for $30-45 per night for hotels which was totally doable to find.

“We tried to stick to $10-20 a day for food and activities, there’s so much free stuff to do with kids.

“You don’t have to do loads of wild and expensive things to have fun.

“I was desperately broke in the UK as I was running out of savings and there was a payroll error for 12 weeks.

“I remember eating Greggs sausage rolls for breakfast to fill up and walking around London.

“Some of the best times were when we were broke.

“We stayed in Peru for a month with a strict budget of $5 a day to go to Machu Picchu at the end of our trip.

“We had a great time with and without money, Zephyr saw budgeting as a challenge and a game.

“He never once asked to go to Disneyland on this adventure as everything was amazing and different for him.”

Some of the most memorable moments for Crissy include Paris winning during the World Cup, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, visiting an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Malaysia and a safari in Kenya, Africa.

She said: "We were in France when Paris won the world cup, I’m not a football fan but nothing will beat that experience.

"It was phenomenally special and unplanned.

"We have never seen a country run into the street and celebrating."

More recently, the travelling pair helped Ukrainian refugees whilst in Gdansk, Poland.

She said: "Whilst in Europe, we couldn't not help!

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"I feel so incredibly proud that we got involved with raising money for donations and distributing them to the refugees left with nothing.

"It was heartbreaking and a real eye opener – especially for my son."

Throughout their journey, Zephyr was home-schooled and still is to this day meaning the pair, who are currently in New Orleans, can jet off whenever they like.

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