August 24, 2009, 2:40 PM — Technology can free us to travel and still make a living while we do it, but travel is expensive.
One of the biggest wallet-emptiers is shelter. A barely acceptable hotel room in the United States can run anywhere from $50 per night in rural areas to $200 in New York. Internationally, hotels tend toward the higher end of that, even in countries where locals pay far less for everything. For example, I've seen $160 per night fares for hotels in El Salvador, a country where you can buy lunch for $2.
[ See also: What kind of digital nomad are you? ]