When telling people about my 9 months of travel abroad, I’m often greeted with the same expression- bewilderment. Very rarely do I describe my trip without recieving a ton of questions and shocked faces on the opposite end, from both my family/friends and my followers alike.
In the midst of all the researching, planning, and booking, I think the entire idea of my long-term travel plans became normalized in my head. I became desensitized to just how “crazy” and confusing it must appear from an outside perspective!!
That being said, I wanted to write a post answering all the questions I’ve been getting recently about my travel lifestyle. I may end up surprising you with some of my answers…
1. How do you have the freedom to travel for so long?
The answer to this question really comes down to 2 things: priorities and the stage of life I’ve entered! I just graduated from college and could of jumped into my career as a special education teacher, but instead, I saw this as the perfect time to travel.
I’m in my 20s with very few ties (no set job, no apartment, no pets or kids, etc.) and saved enough money from my college jobs to feel comfortable spending my money on travel (about $5,000 in total). I wouldn’t feel ready or happy about settling down in the “real world” until I experience the things I want with the freedom I currently have.
2. How do you have the money to afford traveling?
This question’s probably the one I receive most frequently. Even when I’m not asked this question, I feel like it’s the big elephant in the room. But, regardless of the points I already mentioned above, budget travel is actually WAY easier than you’d think!
The biggest factor it comes down to is the destination. For instance, I’m spending over half of my travels in Southeast Asia, where the dollar is EXTREMELY strong. I go into more depth about cost of living in SE Asia in other posts, but just to give you an idea: my apartment in Koh Samui, Thailand was $11.50/night, transportation tends to be roughly $1-$4 (and even cheaper when splitting the cost with travel buddies!), dining out costs typically 2-6$ with 2 weeks of groceries being only $15, and drinks ranging from $1-$5.
When comparing my cost of living here to what it would be if I was living in LA, I’m actually SAVING money. Inflated apartment rent, water and electric bills, and WiFi are all costs that cancel out when using AirBnB since it’s all included and the food/nightlife/and other costs like clothes, toiletries, etc. are 1/3 of the price compared to LA. People usually don’t believe me when I explain how travel is helping me save, but it’s true!!
3. How do you book everything?
I’m an Expedia member, so I love booking with them and racking up my points. Right now I have enough points to stay 4 nights free in countless hotels, anywhere I please, and I’ll have even more by the end of this trip! Even though Expedia tends to provide me with the cheapest flights, I always use SkyScanner to search first because it doesn’t exclude budget airlines and local airlines like Expedia does, and it compares flight prices from all over the web. However, if the prices are the same as Expedia, I’ll book it on Expedia to get the points!
As for AirBnB, there is NOTHING better!! Especially when traveling for a long time like I am. The prices are SO much cheaper than a hotel, plus they usually come with amenities that make long-term travel cheap and comfortable: free WiFi, a kitchen, etc. No matter where you want to go, even in remote locations, you can usually always find a home for rent on this site.
4. Is it scary?
To be honest, I would be lying if I said I had no fear going into this. But it was always good fear- the kind that excites you and even fuels you in a positive way!
Long-term travel is something I believe fits my personality really well. I like to float and wander, I’m rarely anxious in unfamiliar environments (and rather thrive in them!), and I steer clear of anything in life that weighs me down-hence the name of my blog ☺️
Traveling the world may be scary and new, but that’s what makes it so thrilling to me! New people, new cultures, new customs & traditions, new scenery- I love being put out of my comfort zone!!
So, that answers all the most common questions!! If you still have some questions lingering, feel free to comment them or email me personally! Thanks for taking the time to read ❤️❤️❤️