Waking up in beautiful islands, and climbing up waterfalls sounds like something out of a dream. People save money all year hoping that they can score two weeks making that dream a reality. What if I told you that you could do it for longer than two weeks? What if every single day you woke up doing something incredible, and loving your life? Something we get asked a lot is how we can afford to travel full-time, and a lot of people don’t like the answer. We are here to shed some light on how to be a backpacker and travel full-time on a budget.
I’m going, to be honest, when I sold all of our stuff to travel full-time in 2017, I had NO IDEA what I was doing. All I knew was that the 9-5 was killing us inside, and I was desperate to be happy. With nothing but a dream and will-power, I finally made it happen in June of 2018! I did it scared and have no regrets!
Okay, I get it! You are living the dream… good for you! But how do you afford to travel the world full-time on a budget?
10. To Be a Digital Nomad and travel full-time on a budget, You Have to Put in the Work
You know that nothing worth it in this life comes easy, friend. That’s why you read what I post! You’re not looking for the easy way out, you’re looking for the RIGHT way to do it. Before I left was major hustle time. I was working our little butts off trying to save up as much money as possible. I saved up $15,000 knowing that I was going to try to live as cheaply as possible with the plan of that swinging us for the first year of travel while I figured out how to make an online business.
Before you travel, pick up extra jobs, sell your stuff, and find ways to make your current living situation cheap. I shared a car for 10 months to save money on car insurance and gas and I moved into his parent’s house to save money on rent! If this is something you want to do, it is possible to do it no matter how impossible it seems. Pick up extra jobs on the side, and get to work!
9. If you want to travel full-time, Do it Scared
I know selling all of your stuff to travel may be scary, but it is SO worth it. I have found that travelers make up a community abroad and now I have dozens of friends all around the world. As a matter of fact, if traveling solo or not making friends is what scares you, just check out our YouTube channel so you can see all of the amazing best friends I’ve made! I even got to stay with one of them in England!
I wish I could tell you it becomes less scary after you buy your tickets, but the fear doesn’t subside until you get on the plane! My suggestion to you: Buy your plane ticket first and give yourself a pep talk daily.
8. Sell All of Your Stuff
I’ve got to be honest, this was one of the hardest things for us to do. To sell our stuff quickly, I did an estate sale to get rid of our furniture and random stuff and sold the rest through Facebook groups, apps like offer up, and consignment shops. Although the selling part itself isn’t particularly hard, it was parting with all of our stuff that I wasn’t ready for. I didn’t realize how emotionally attached I was to totally random stuff. Not to mention my hardcore meltdown when someone bought all of my bedroom furniture!
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