I had a wonderful and dear friend of mine ask me the other day – “how do you get to travel so much?” – and it started me thinking… I’m not rich, far from it! In fact, I grew up as the daughter of an (amazing!) single mother in an expensive city and have been working since I was 12. My first job was making little origami earrings and selling them at the preschool where my mum worked. So needless to say, nothing was ever handed to me in a blank cheque or on a silver platter.
Nevertheless, I have managed to see quite a bit of this beautiful planet including far off islands, big cities, snowy mountains and sweaty jungles.
But how did I afford it? My friend’s question is still incredibly valid.
Thus a 9-part series of tips from a travel-addicted wanderer is yours to read. Starting with the most important piece of advice I can give…
Here is an expanded version of what I told my friend, and hopefully it might help you too if you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram with a sigh and said, “but I want to travel too..”.
#1 Make Travel a Priority
The heart of it is that I prioritize traveling over any other thing normal people like to buy. I don’t care about eating out, fancy clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, getting my nails done, etc. I just simply don’t do it and that saves a lot of cash.
I also have a mindset of “ok, I can’t be here any more or I’ll go nuts” and so I just buy tickets to go places. I’ll often look for good deals or places I have friends that I can stay with. If the deal is good enough you can justify pretty much anything and if you have a friend in a particular destination it makes it psychologically more “valuable” to go and reconnect with them while also kickstarting your travel.
Having a friend to visit is also advantageous because you get the chance to rekindle a relationship (and usually that means just pick up where you left off), have someone to explore with, and sometimes even avoid paying for accommodation.
If you are reading this and thinking “but I’ve never been anywhere and all my friends live locally” then no worries, pick a place to go and I can almost 100% promise you’ll make worldly friends along the way.
Print out the sign above, stick it up in your room, above your desk, or even in your school locker and tell yourself it’s time to prioritise your own inner nomad.
Check back soon for How to Start Travelling #2: Find a Flexible or Digital Work Situation