When people ask me how I can afford to travel the world, I feel like I need to pull them up a chair, sit them down and hand them a cup of tea – they’re going to be there for quite a while. There is no short answer.
It starts with determination.
An unwavering focus.
A healthy slice of self-belief.
And a lot of hard work.
The unquenchable yearning I have to travel the world fills me with such indescribable joy. How beautiful it is to be able to say with absolute certainty that this is the life I was born to lead. To be able to rest my head on my pillow every night and feel the entirety of my being tingle with excitement at what is to come.
Surely this kind of happiness has to come at a price?
They say that money makes the world go round… well, money makes you go round the world too.
Saving to travel the world is a huge task, and for me, has been a life changing undertaking. I spent a lot of time determining our RTW budget, and since then Lee and I have literally rebuilt our lives around our dream.
It’s kind of like having a child. Suddenly all of your priorities change, and something else takes precedent over your decision making. I’m sure there are many other ways to approach saving for travel, but for me, the only way has been to turn my whole life over to the process.
From the moment I first allowed myself to admit my dream, it’s like aliens came down and reprogrammed by brain. To say I am obsessed would not be far off the mark.
I talk about it all the time as though it were actually a person. My dream is real and enormous and I love it with a passion as strong as any other I have ever known.
Now, not everyone is going to go all psycho crazy over their RTW dream, but you definitely need to rearrange your priorities and put travel at the top of the list. For me, that meant paying off my debt, selling my stuff and increasing my income.
Anything in life worth having is worth working for.
- Andrew Carnegie
I work a lot for the sake of my dream. I’m talking 80-100 hours a week. I’m tired pretty much all of the time and have a limited social life that I literally have to schedule in my diary, but still I am the happiest I have ever been.
I am determined, focused, driven and fearless in the pursuit of my goal.
I work four jobs to be able to reach my savings target and my week is pretty hectic. Monday to Friday I work as a graphic designer, on Saturday I work in a pizza restaurant and on Sunday I work in a vintage clothing store. Oh, and I babysit 5-6 nights a week on top of all that.
It’s not glamorous work and it’s not exactly well paid either, but every penny counts.
I am also midway through the process of selling everything I own. At first I thought it would be difficult to part with all my precious belongings, but the truth is I have actually derived more pleasure from selling them (at a fraction of their original price) than I ever did from buying them.
There really is no easy way of affording to travel, or at least not in my experience. I haven’t inherited money or won the lottery and I don’t have a rich sugar daddy.
What I do have is a stubborn streak a mile long and a very supportive boyfriend, family and friendship group. I prioritise my dream and am willing and able to do what it takes to make it come true.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
- John R. Wooden
By the time I actually set off for India on 30th September I will have been working my butt off and saving for a whole year. A very long year.
No, easy is about as far from the truth as it gets.
But what it is my friends, is worth it.