I took a long trip last year with multiple facets, and I cannot figure out if any of them are tax deductible. I took a seven month trip that started in August and ended in February of this year. The trip had multiple points as listed below:
1) Walk el Camino de Santiago (I met a big player in the German startup scene on this walk who I followed up with in Germany)
2) Tour Germany to meet startup organizations and study German to help me improve chances of getting funded by a German organization
3) Follow a treasure map to a motorcycle hidden in the mountains in northern India (pure pleasure
4) Tour Colombia to meet the startup scene there and also to learn Spanish to help my chances of interacting with the startup scene there for the purpose of searing funding.
I have school fees for German and Spanish classes as well as airline tickets. I am also writing stories on my trips that will hopefully be published this year. Is there any way that I can write off last year's travel and school costs on my 2013 taxes even though I had no personal income outside of my job (which I quite in August) and renting my apartment out on AirBNB while I was traveling?
I also bought a motorcycle in Colombia to tour the country for my travel-writing stories, which was a $3000 outlay. I was not able to sell it when I left, so I recovered no money on it yet.