Around this time last year, I posted my very first blog post, (which you can find HERE) about how to quit your life and travel the world instead. It was essentially about how to just X-Out everything in your life to travel, or do whatever it is you may be passionate.
I figured now that I’m in a better spot in my life, and I’m still traveling and exploring the world around me. So, here’s how I do it while still working a full time job and doing sort of adult-like things.
The biggest obstacle for people when it comes to traveling is never having enough money, or never having enough time to go. This is how I’ve managed to have both money AND time to spend traveling and seeing the magnificence of the world.
- Saving. Every. Single. Penny. You think those .99 cent Arizonas are cheap until you’re trying to buy a plane ticket and realize that those few cents every day add up quickly. This is always my biggest issue. I love spending money, until it’s completely gone. Then, when the time comes for me to start planning a trip, I have little to no money. So, every cent really does count. Find ways to save money. Bring a lunch to work instead of eating out everyday, etc. If it’s important to you, you’ll find ways to crunch your numbers. A little really goes a long way.
- I’ve been pretty lucky to have quite a few money-making gigs come my way. I do a bit of freelancing on the side every year, which is a huge contributor to my travel funds. Find something you’re good at, and don’t do it for free. Talent is always in demand.
- I also have had a great opportunity in my young years to be able to save a lot of my money. That is all fine and great, until I start spending my paycheck on menial things like clothes and stuff like that. As much as I love a good new top, I certainly love going to Europe a lot more.
- Please note that when I say this is my biggest tip, I mean it. You should ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS be able to take time off of work to spend time for yourself. Your health, sanity, and life is more important than any job you could ever have. We are taught that we have to live to work, when that takes so much time away from the importance of having a life, and having real, genuine experiences outside of work. In fact, many studies have shown that taking vacation time actually increases productivity in employees. So, if all else fails, do it for your work productivity.
Essentially, saving your money, and JUST DOING IT are my only tips. Like I said, if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. You only have one life, so live it to your absolute fullest, and without regret. Life is too short to not eat amazing pizza in Italy, or enjoy some seafood on the beach.
I leave for Australia in a little over the month, which helped spur this post. It’s not easy to work in my field and find time to take off. Luckily, I have pretty great bosses that encourage my love for travel.
My final tip is to Just Do It! It’s worth it- I promise.