The most common question travelers are asked by those who don’t travel is “How do you afford it?” While the answer may vary amongst us, we believe it comes down to one simple truth… we just make it work. Whether it’s budgeting on what was saved, working entirely remotely, or picking up odd jobs in the locations we travel to, it doesn’t matter, we make it work. Rachel, in her blog Trailing Rachel, is a wonderful example of someone doing just that. Starting in 2015, she went from being a lawyer in North Carolina to traveling off her savings to her current situation; working on the road.
“I was working as a lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina before deciding to hell with it, I’m young and I want to travel, so dammit let’s do it. I’m from a small town in Eastern North Carolina, but I’ve been constantly trying to see more of the world one way or another.
I decided to make that happen, like, now.
So I saved up A LOT before I quit my lawyer life. I also travel to cheaper countries, and nowadays, I’m moving a lot slower. The idea was always to budget about $50 per day, including accommodation. And somewhere along the line, I acquired a British boyfriend and we now travel together and work from the road. (Splitting things is way cheaper! We can afford apartments!)
About those countries: I left for South America in October 2015 and spent about three months there before flying to Southeast Asia where I traveled for half of 2016. As per the original travel plan, I headed to Europe and then went home… for a brief visit. The plan took a bit of a detour here. Not wanting to stay home – hey, I had money left! – I flew to Nepal and India for a couple months. After spending more time in Thailand and Malaysia for the holidays, it was on to New Zealand in 2017 for five months of traveling in a station wagon with a tent and housesitting gigs, making it shockingly affordable.
Then, oh, you know, Thailand, Portugal, England, home to North Carolina for a hot minute, and back out to Europe… where I am now. What’s next? Mexico, South America, maybe back to Southeast Asia – who knows?!
…I budget, I’m cheap, and I slowed down a lot. I also started working (gasp! I know!) before I ran my savings dry. I’m currently writing, editing, consulting, and copywriting as I travel. Location independence is the dream and the end goal. And hey, it’s fun living in a different country each month.”