Everyone dreams of being able to quit their job to travel the world. Here are a few tips from people who have already done it to help you make your dream come true.
Cut back on expenses before you leave
Do you really need that $5 cup of Starbucks coffee every morning? Cutting out daily unnecessary expenses will help you save money for your trip. Eating home cooked meals instead of eating out can also go a long way in helping you save.
Cassie De Pecol, a 27 year old who set out to travel the world in the least amount of time possible visited 196 countries in 18 months and 10 days.
Lots of planning – and even more saving – went into making it happen: “I pretty much had to give up my social life, no going out,” she said. She spent lots of time babysitting and saved $10,000 before she left.
Stay for free with locals
Melissa Roy, an avid traveler, set out to travel to 100 countries by the end of her 20s. She celebrated her 30th birthday in Antarctica, her 100th country.
She accomplished her goal with her own money and her favorite way to save was Couchsurfing.
“Engaging with locals for three days is a fuller experience than staying for two weeks,” she said.
Staying with locals not only gives you a richer experience in the country you’re visiting, but also allows you to save money as many locals are willing to let you stay in their home for free.
Use public transportation
Taking buses, subways, and other public transportation methods will come in handy in saving you money. Skip the taxis and jump on a bus – not only will you save money, but you will get to live a more local experience.
Don’t pay bank fees
Paying $3 or $5 with every purchase or ATM withdrawal you make can add up. Opt for a no-fee credit and ATM card. Capital One’s Venture card is a no-fee credit card and Charles Schwab will never charge an ATM fee and will actually reimburse you for any fees other banks charge.
English teachers are always in high demand around the world and many countries offer good pay, flexible hours, and even work visas.
Get a working holiday visa
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and many other countries offer people under the age of 30 working holiday visas that allow you to work for one or two years in that country. Seasonal, temporary, and even office jobs can be found with this option.
Get creative along the way
It is definitely important to do some planning and saving before you quit your job to travel, but it is also essential that you just let yourself go and travel. No worrying, no over thinking, just do it. You can also get creative along the way and create a successful media brand like John Ward, who made $1 million by building a successful travel blog.
Ward had to volunteer himself for medical research to be able to afford a plane ticket in the first place, so he is living proof that anyone accomplish what he did.
John Ward shares tips to create your own successful travel blog on his website, One Step 4 Ward.
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