*This is intended to be a motivational blog post. I created this title to peak your interest.*
To begin straightforwardly, my main point is this: If you really want to travel, then it’s entirely possible by taking advantage of your opportunities and spending your money wisely.
The #1 question I get from people is: “How do you afford to travel so much?”
My answer is always: I don’t spend money on useless shit.
If you really want to travel, then you can do it by cutting back on buying things that you never use. How important is that extra pair of shoes, those shiny new tires for your car or that $60 steak dinner? What about that new watch that you want? Ask yourself: are these necessities for your life?
If you answer yes to these questions, then that’s great because you can absolutely choose the way that you want to live your life. But if so, then don’t send me emails and complain everyday that you can’t afford to travel (or do the things in life that you want to pursue).
I’m not rich.
I’m just a wise money spender and I take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
In college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, so I took it. And it was amazing. During that semester , I visited 20+ countries in Europe which included a 4-week backpacking trip after my program ended. I stayed in cheap hostels, lived off street food and learned how to budget myself.
Immediately after I graduated college, I took advantage of another opportunity which was teaching English in South Korea, where I’m still living today. The only requirements for this job were holding a passport from an English speaking country, having an bachelors degree from a 4-year University, and obtaining my TEFL Certificate to be eligible to teach. I did all of those things, and came to Korea with an open mind and a positive attitude. As I write this, I’ve been here for almost a year-and-a-half, and my lifestyle has been amazing. My job is very easy and I make a good salary with even better benefits.
Exactly how good is my salary & benefits?
Well, over the last year, I’ve been able to travel to 14 new Asian counties, party my ass off in Seoul every weekend, and eat out at Korean BBQ restaurants 3 nights a week. I don’t pay a penny for my rent, and I have minimal other living expenses (my gas bill is $7/month). Oh, and also save a bit of money as well 😉 Contact me if you want more info about teaching English in Korea.
But don’t worry or be discouraged if you don’t have the same opportunities as I did. In fact, you probably won’t. And I definitely won’t have the same opportunities that you have (or will have). Everyone’s life follows a different path. Not everyone’s native language is English, not everyone was able to study abroad at University, and surely not everyone has the opportunity to teach English in Asia. Everyone has their own story to tell.
However, I am 100% certain that many opportunities will come your way, so will you take advantage of them? Sometimes you have to dig up those opportunities, because not everything will come knocking on your door. Sometimes it requires you to step out of your comfort zone, be big and bold, and network with as many people as you can to find openings.
So, if your heart desires to travel the world (like mine does), but don’t know where to start, then I’ll be happy to help you start and give you as many resources as I have.
But the big question still remains, are you willing to take the risk? Are you willing to leave everything behind and book a one-way flight overseas?
The #1 thing that holds people back is FEAR.
– “I work 100 hours a week, I have no time to travel”
– “I have $50,000 college debt to pay off”
– “I just broke my left arm and I am wearing a cast”
The excuses are endless. And frankly, if you’re reading this post right now, then I can already assume a few things about yourself:
– you own a computer or a smartphone (probably both)
– you have access to the internet, which 2/3rds of the world doesn’t have
– you are obsessed with traveling (or have a strong desire to travel) like myself
– you probably have an education of a higher degree
– you own a passport
– you are making something out of your life
Do you realize how privileged we are? There should really be no excuses to do what you want when looking at the big picture.
I live a very simple life. I don’t own a car. Hence, I don’t have to pay for gas. I never go shopping because I have all the clothes I need. I rarely spend more than $10USD on any meal.
Basically, ALL of my life expenses fall under these 3 categories.
– food (daily meals)
– party (beer, liquor, taxis to clubs, cover charges, etc.)
– travel (plane tickets, train tickets, hostels, tourist attractions, etc.)
Ok, so maybe I occasionally need to buy medicine, or a new badminton racquet (yes, I frequently play badminton in Korea)… But you get the picture. I am able to travel freely because I don’t waste my money on useless shit.
Now, I will dedicate the rest of this post to how inexpensive travel can be and give you some opportunities to travel and work abroad (some of these I already mentioned above):
1. Teach English overseas
You don’t have to be from an English speaking country to teach English. Only if you are looking to sign a contract, then you need to be. If you are fluent (or nearly fluent) in English, then you can find freelance gigs all over the world. I know for a fact that you can find jobs here in Korea, and I know of some non-native English speakers teaching in South East Asian countries as well.
If you want more info about teaching English (specifically in Korea), then contact me and I will answer your questions!
2. Look for alternative jobs overseas
If you don’t want to teach English, then here are some more popular jobs that you can do overseas:
– Build skills to do freelance work online
– Start a blog and learn how to monetize it to many $$
– Work on a cruise ship
– Work at a hostel
– Become a tour guide or instructor for your passion (rock climbing, scuba diving, etc.)
– Learn how to bartend, and work at a bar or restaurant
3. Volunteer at WWOOF
WWOOF is an organization that connects people who want to live and learn on organic farms with people who are looking for volunteer help. You can volunteer at WWOOF in most countries around the world. WWOOF offers you food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. All you must pay for is your flight, and then you can live and enjoy life for free!
4. Save $ by not buying useless stuff
I talked about this for the entire first half of this blog post. Seriously, if you want to travel, then don’t buy useless shit. Save that money for plane tickets. Period.
5. See if your company has branches overseas
If you are already working a corporate job, then check if they have branches overseas! You never know, if you pitch yourself the right way to your boss, then you may be able to live in a foreign country and work the same job.
Thanks for reading! If you have something else to add, then please comment below 😀