Why You’re Still Wishing You Could Travel More And the things people don't tell you

After the last 14 years of modest traveling, and almost two full years of blogging, I have finally compiled my best advice and secrets into one guide. Why You’re Still Wishing You Could Travel More is a free 15 page PDF guide speaking about the struggles people face to travel regularly, and the secrets that could change the way they go about it.

All 3,000 words are 100% free. I don’t bargain with my content for email sign ups or re-tweets. I created this to genuinely help you make traveling a reality for yourself.

But, I am totally not opposed to teasing you with a few excerpts! So, here is a little sample of Why You’re Still Wishing You Could Travel More and The Things People Don’t Tell You.

Pssst, you can skip this and go straight to the real thing.


Why You’re Still Wishing You Could Travel More – Coat + Coffee

Part 1: Why You’re Still Wishing You Could Travel More

Let’s start here.

What if I told you that you were the only person holding yourself back? Or, maybe you prefer a less dramatic approach. How about, “you’re being lazy, close-minded, and lacking commitment?” Whatever the words may be, I’m not here to hold your hand or be your Pinterest inspiration. I am here to tell you the truth you’d want your best friend to tell you. You are holding yourself back.

Here are the top three things we make excuses for when it comes to traveling:

1. Work 

2. Affordability 

3. Family 

View and download the full PDF here to read about the nine reality checks in work, affordability, and family

Why You're Still Wishing You Could Travel More

Part 2: The Things People Don’t Tell You

Once you get past the psychological part, it’s time to start planning. However, you won’t be planning like any ordinary person. Instead, you’ll be planning using all the knowledge I’ve racked up over the last 14 years, and a few secrets I picked up along the way.

So grab a coffee and pay attention. Because this is for you. I want to see you all succeed and take your dream vacation, or take the trip you put out of your mind a long time ago. These tips will help you along in your journey from choosing where to go, buying your plane ticket, and that “oh shit, that didn’t go as planned” moment.

The Destination Matters (Sort of)

Where you travel to undeniably matters in terms of airfare. The one thing that people usually fail to mention is that most destinations eventually even each other out in terms of price. Quite often I blog about some of the cheapest European cities to travel to. While places like Eastern Europe tend to be dirt cheap and I will always recommend them, they also can be more pricey to physically get to.

For example, take a country like the Czech Republic which historically has one of Europe’s worst currencies. Eating out, spending money, and getting around in Prague will make you feel like a king. It’s dirt cheap to live there if you’re exchanging USD. However, flights to Prague will usually cost you. So when it’s all said and done you might not actually be saving that much.

Then, take one of the most expensive European cities, Copenhagen, Denmark. Have you ever seen prices for a flight to Copenhagen in the offseason? They’re only about $700 from the west coast (vs about $1,200 to Prague). But where you will pay is living in Copenhagen for a week. It is bloody expensive.

So, does the destination matter? Yes and no in a sense. In my experience, it’s ultimately better to save on your plane ticket if you can, because what you choose to eat and purchase is more of a controllable factor. However, it’s worth mentioning that when it’s all said and done, where you save in one area might be more expensive in another.

Recommended European countries for the cost of living: Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, and Romania.

Recommended European countries for airfare cost: Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom.


View and download the full PDF here to read about the other 7 secrets people don’t tell you


I hope you enjoyed this short teaser of the topics and content that are included in the free PDF guide. This is only about 1/10 of the information that’s included. Also included are a few of my most favorite quotes, photographs, and a little bit about myself and my mission. I’ve made this PDF as visually appealing as possible for you to enjoy!

So go view it, download it, share it on social, send it to your friends. This is my gift to all my lovely readers and followers for my two-year mark. Happy Travels!

Feedback and any personal stories can be sent to emily@coatandcoffee.com



  1. I LOVE that you put this together! Ben and I were under the impression that we couldn’t afford to travel/didn’t have time. AND, we just spent our money on dumb sh*t. If we’d had something like this when we were younger, we’d be SO much deeper into our world exploration. Thank you for opening people’s eyes to the possibility of travel. It’s absolutely do-able for everyone!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    1. Thank you Susie! I totally agree! I hear so many people say they can’t afford it, but It’s just all about priorities. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey, at least you’re aware that you want other things more! I think that’s a great start. When you’re ready, you’ll start saving! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Ah, Emily, this is brilliant – well done! There is no one else I’d rather take this advice from – you seriously know your stuff! I can’t wait to download this and hopefully it will help me as we plan our big trip to New Zealand and Australia!

    Musings & More

    1. Aw thanks Em!! That’s so nice of you to say and a huge compliment for me! I really hope you like it and I hope it helps you with your travels. I cannot wait to visit AUS someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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