My budget travel life requires moving slowly and spending lots of time with locals – my dream come true!
That means most of the people I meet do not travel the world and know nothing about budget travel. Which also means 90% of my first-meeting conversations involve a discussion of my finances. They go much like this:
Me: Hi there! Great shoes! Where’d you get them?
Other party-goer: Oh, hi. Thanks! They were a present from my boyfriend.
Me: Cool! I’m Jema, what’s your name?
Other party-goer: I’m _______.
Me: Nice to meet you! How do you know the party hosts?
Other party goer: (________Story _____________).
Me: Awesome. And what do you do around here?
Other party goer: I’m a _________.
Me: Wow – sounds like a fun job. Do you like it?
Other party goer: Yes/No.
Me:: What else do you like to do?
Other party goer: (___Stuff_____). How about you? What do you do?
Me: Oh, I’m a nomad. Right now I’m _______. I’ve been here for ____ weeks.
Other party goer: [cue the now predictable question]:
Really?! How do you afford to do that?!
Not so, my friend!
Most citizens of the developed world can afford a normal, budget-travel trip around the world. This is not the way I travel, but I think it’s what most people have in mind when they long to take off on a world travel adventure. For them, I finished this article two weeks ago:
However, another reason people think my life must be crazy-expensive is because they imagine me doing full-time what they do on their annual ten-day vacation. Yes, that would be ridiculously unaffordable. More importantly, those who don’t travel the world are surprised to hear it would also suck.
The great news: avoiding the pitfalls of “normal travel” requires strategies that make it possible to travel the world endlessly! For people willing to make the lifestyle change, I just finished this article:
There you have it!
Happy Traveling! â™£
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