Teens Traveling On A Shoestring–Thanks To Social Media

portugalIn 1988, as an 18 year old, I bought a one-way flight to Southern Portugal. 

I had been living in England. My plan was to ride my bike back to the U.K.  I had a paltry $400, clearly an inadequate sum for the trip.  But I was dumb enough to think I was loaded.

Fortunately, I met gracious people along the 1,600-mile journey.  They offered places to stay and meals to eat.  I never asked for help.  I didn’t think I needed it.

Fortunately my face must have said I was friendly, famished and foolish.  

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Hey Mr.Hallam. I was a student of yours at Tesoro. I literally just discovered you about 5 minutes ago thanks to an article on MSN’s investing page that mentioned you and your book. You have just become a new inspiration for me in my financial freedom quest. I only discovered and delved into the world of investing and finance in the last 5 or so years, well after I left Tesoro. If you can do it that quick on a teachers salary then there’s no reason I can’t do the same! Thank you again!


  2. no one has more first hand experience helping expat investors

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