“How do you travel so much?”
“How do you afford to travel and live abroad?”
“How can I live like you do?”
So I get asked these questions a lot… I think anyone doing something unconventional, like living abroad and traveling for years on end, would get questioned.
Many people have seriously asked/said to me –
“Who supports you?”
“Are you rich?”
“Oh, your boyfriend must pay for everything” (hilarious because I’ve been traveling solo for over four years before him)
and the best one yet….Someone actually asked me if I was an heiress!
It’s not that easy, but at the same time, it’s really not that hard. I’m not rich, my parents don’t funnel money into my accounts, and I don’t have a sugar daddy.
^^ TheTravelHuman, Garrett, my bf, non-sugar daddy.^^
I feel like people actually want it to sound like this:
1. Find a fairy and negotiate a good deal on some of her fairy dust. – THE BEST KIND SHE HAS!
2. Sprinkle it on top of your head. Make sure to avoid the eyes.
3. Think about the place you want to go to. REALLY imagine it!
4. Poof! Done! You should be at the destination you thought of with your pockets full of money!
Sorry, I enjoy sarcasm.
So for real though…
How do I really afford to travel and live abroad? I fucking work for it!
I have numerous posts on how to save money, make money, and prolong your travels so I’ll make this pretty short and sweet, and point you into the direction of further information. (hint: click on the links I just mentioned / the ones I’m about to mention!)
How I got started:
I saved. I worked my ass off for two years working two-three jobs. ( A 9-5, a bar job, and promos.)
When I left with my one-way ticket to Bangkok: I had $6k in the bank, I had paid off my credit card debt, and prepaid my student loans for eight months. This wasn’t easy, trust me! Lot’s of cooking at home, not going out, and well, lots of doing nothing but working.
What I figured out to do for money abroad:
I figured out that teaching English was the easiest and most popular way to make money abroad. I got my TEFL certification online. I finished, then bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. There are other ways to make money abroad.
***Discount for my readers wanting to get a TEFL Certification: Nina35!***
READ MORE: Here’s the ULTIMATE teach English abroad guide.
UPDATE from Australia (Aug 2016)
Something else you can do to make money is to take advantage of the working holiday visas countries offer. Right now, I’m saving THOUSANDS of dollars living in Australia. More info on that here…
ANDDDDD the post everyone has been waiting for (OK, maybe just me?)…
How I saved over $17,000 USD in ten months working in Australia!
A major part of how I did this, was I lived in Australia for under $750 USD per month.
PS – Australia is still considered to be one of the most expensive countries in the world! Yeah… I did good, if I may say so myself.
Related: Why does nobody talk about these amazing travel and live abroad opportunities?! Well, I am and you should too.
Living Abroad and Making Money:
In Thailand, I got hired at a school four days after landing and actually had to turn some jobs away. (keep in mind I had zero experience!)
I lived simply. Didn’t spend the money I saved, and worked.
I realized how easy it is to live abroad (if you really want to do it). My one year plan turned into an “I’m doing whatever the hell I want” plan.
I found work online. Teaching in a school is great, but if I can work from home, I’m going to do it. Teaching online was actually my first job online.
Working is a way to prolong your travels, but there are other opportunities that aren’t “too real” of a job. Those opportunities are for a much wider market and are a fulfilling experience. I loved my HelpX opportunity in Pai. I didn’t spend a dime on rent for about two months in exchange for a bit of work. How about even more opportunities to work and study abroad, especially for Americans? They exist!
Seriously… that’s it. Is it easy in the beginning? No. Is it a bit scary because it’s new? Totally. Will things go wrong? Yep, it’s called life, people! Will it be worth it? – More than you can even imagine.
How to travel and live abroad the smart way:
There isn’t necessarily a WRONG way to do things, there are just ways that are smarter than others. Which can result in less problems abroad, cheaper findings, and overall a more seamless life on the road. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard many times, I still make mistakes. I’m human after all! But here are some things that will hopefully make your life easier:
This is how I book my cheap flights to everywhere.
This is how all the solo females can stay safe abroad. (Hey, men too, why not?)
These are some of the best flight hacks out there. I bet you haven’t seen some of these elsewhere! Oh, and no worries having to master 100 stupid credit cards either!
Here are opportunities you can take advantage of while abroad. This will help keep some cash flowing into your bank account.
RELATED: Resources for traveling can be found here!
What about the blog?
I do make some money from this blog, BUT the majority of the travels (over five years at the time of this update 8/2016) were all paid with my blood, sweat and tears working hard at jobs abroad/online. If you want more info on starting a blog and all that goes into it, there are a million posts on it out there, I won’t bore you or Google with another submission on how to start a blog. But, the one thing I’ll recommend all day and night is the Travel Blog Success course. Some of the best bloggers out there use it and heck, the best bloggers out there are the ones who MADE it. If you don’t know where to start, TBS is the answer! Promise. The Facebook group alone (only accessible by members of the course) is worth it alone. I learn something new every day in that group and again, some of the biggest names out there are a part of the tribe and they help answer so many of your questions. Mentors and models are built in when you get the TBS course, sweet!
The best news is, I’ll let you know when it’s on sale. Ain’t nobody want to pay full price when their trying to travel the world, right? Just sign up for my newsletter and I’ll email you when it’s on special. It will be the best investment if travel blogging is something you desire.
READ MORE: On how you can live in Australia, work legally, and save boat loads of cash.
You’ve Been Lied to. MANY People Live and Work Abroad…
Just go with it! I’ve met a ridiculous amount of people who have very little money and have poor English skills and they still get jobs, volunteer exchanges, and find ways to prolong their travels.
I’ve met many people who live and work in Australia, an expensive country, and because they lived simply, they SAVED money (I did this! And I also happen to save over $17,000 doing it!). Some teachers in South Korea and Japan pay their student loan debt off in a matter of 2-3 years with the money they save. A French man I met last year spent around $1000 for nearly a year of traversing Asia and Australia. Yes, you read that right, $1000 for a year. He couchsurfed, hitchhiked, worked, and ate the cheapest local food available.
This is how I get to travel so much… I live abroad, I work abroad, and I live simply. It’s not just me. Many people from all walks of life can afford to travel and live abroad, but you have to work for it. No fairy dust involved.
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