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The upside of renting is having more money to travel

Tu Lan jungle and cave system.

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The 30-something blogger Kristy Shen may be familiar to you thanks to her views on how millennials should rent homes, not buy. She and her partner were able to build a seven-figure investment portfolio doing this, and now they're retired and travelling the world.

The cost of one year's travels was $40,143 including travel insurance. Costs were averaged down by spending time in both expensive places like Europe and Japan and inexpensive countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Ms. Shen estimates she and her partner saved at least $10,000 by using Airbnb instead of staying in expensive hotels in Europe.

If you're looking for inspiration about where to vacation in 2017, check out this gorgeous spread from the New York Times (in which Canada gets top billing) and this list of destinations that people are searching for most using an online booking service. Here's a look at what might be the cheapest dates to fly in 2017, from a U.S. perspective.

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