What’s that one thing that curbs people from travelling? The near-universal answer…
I mean, why anyone would want to spend their life sitting in a cubicle or attending boring corporate meetings when they can rather travel, hopping places, seeing the beauty of this world. It is because of money!
Though it’s a different thing that some people don’t realise it and end up saying, or perhaps believing, that they have responsibilities. And what responsibilities you ask, “Of earning money”; or “of taking care of their family, by earning money”. So believe it or not, it all comes down to money. Because most of us are not aware of the fact that it does not take an overwhelming amount of money to travel. No, travelling is not expensive!
Though of course, travelling is not something that can be done for free, if you have travelled a little you know how to bring your travel costs down. And rest assured, as a full-time nomad, I can promise you that you don’t need to be rich to travel. Just be a little aware of your position, plan things ahead, and understand where you can travel.
Understand Where You
Want To Can Travel
Before I left for my first trip, after quitting my job to travel, I had some savings. But the amount of money was definitely not enough to sustain my long-term travel fantasy and my travel goals. Moreover, I think it was the fact that I quit my job, and I knew there’s no way going back, I put some extra effort into planning things ahead.
Since my budget was definitely not enough to travel Europe or any other place far off from my home country, India, I started by travelling India, Nepal and Bhutan – for two reasons. One, I was looking for more cultural and local experiences and these were three perfect countries to start with; and second, I didn’t want to spend money in flying – something that always consumes a lot of money and eats up most of the budget.
I gave a proper consideration to where all I wanted to go, keeping my budget in mind, and because I wanted to keep travelling for all my life, it became even crucial that you saved every little buck possible.
It’s almost like going ahead in your career. You don’t start as the director of a company right after finishing the college. Moreover, you do not apply for such a position. You start by being an intern to a supervisor, to a manager, and so on. And that’s how you should go about with your mission Travel-The-World.
If you have a limited budget, start with comparatively cheaper places. Plan countries like Thailand or Cambodia or someplace else that is equally cheaper.
Also remember, cheaper doesn’t always mean bad. I haven’t been to any European country since I am travelling. They are expensive. I remember spending around 50 thousand Rupees (around £500) a month when I was studying in the UK. This was when I had a permanent place to dwell when I mostly ate home-cooked meals and I was always mindful of spending less. But when you travel, you can’t afford that. You can only expect what the total cost of your trip is going to be.
[Update October 2017: I’ve been to 8 countries in Europe now thanks to Travel Blogging and Sponsorships]
Set Your Priorities Right
I worked full time for just a couple of years after completing my studies. Yet I managed to save enough money to travel for a long period of time. And guess what, after travelling for almost a year, I’m still left with more than half of my savings.
How? One, I kept looking for freelance projects (try websites like Upwork and Toptal and Freelancer) and two, I made travelling a priority.
If you have a passion for travelling, but you don’t make travelling a priority, you will always spend money on other things. And if you do that, you’ll never have enough money to travel. I hardly spend money on other things. If I tell you about my a few expensive things that I’ve bought, in the last one year, they will be my camera, its lenses, a pair of trekking boots and a mini laptop. You see the pattern here? This was everything I needed for travelling. And since I spend almost all my money on it, there isn’t much left over for other things.
Similarly, understand what’s your priority. Is it travelling? If it is travelling, then there should be no stopping you from saving money to travel.
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