Today we are going to talk about how would I travel around the world for the rest of my life. My dreams may be stupid and some of them impossible but I’m just not person who can stand in one place for too long. (Be prepared for long and boring writings by me. For those who don’t have the patience to read check out the bold sentences.)
Two weeks ago I talked about my plans for the future and how I would like to travel the world rather than live the life others call normal. ‘Hasan asked on that post:
I have a question though, you mentioned about deciding to take university or not cause it might get stuck in the way of your travels, how do you manage everything? Like I think if I start going around the world I will HAVE TO abandon the work and everything and if I do that, there is no way I can earn enough to be able to travel around the world or at least some places which I intend to.
I will love to get your thoughts and suggestions about it, thanks.
After I started to think how to respond I realized one life changing fault in my own travel dreams. I have never written down what is my plan and how would I keep traveling full time. It is quite funny because I am usually the person who scribbles her every though in whatever paper she finds.
So today I am going to tell you my plan. (I am making this up right now so let’s see how it goes…) Maybe this will help someone else reading, maybe not. I think everyone have their own path of coming nomad and this is just how I have planned to do it. There is no wrong way of coming traveler or so I hope…
1. Save Money
The harsh reality is that you can’t start traveling if you don’t have money. For me this is the easy part. I don’t drink alcohol (no offense to those who do but it just tastes terrible for me) so I can save the money I would hypothetically spend to drinks.
I don’t pay for movie tickets but get them other ways. I spend time to panels that reward you with movie tickets. Earlier this year I started to do mystery shopping which rewards me also with present cards. So basically try to spend as less money as you can to the not essential things.
2. Make Money If You Don’t Have Any
I have of course though possibilities to start traveling even if I don’t have any savings in the moment when I decide to go. I have many plans but my favorite ones are these two…
Working Holiday. Growing your amount of money to spend traveling seems so boring to do in home, right? So why not do it in Australia or New Zealand? I can’t come up any negative answers for that. So one year working and experiencing new country with the benefits of being able to start your life long travels afterwards. Not so bad deal.
Work on cruise ship. Who wouldn’t love waking up every morning in new place? Even if cruise workers life sounds dream it is hard work and long hours with not so good pay. However you get free housing, food, etc. and get to see the world. For me this sounds perfect way to raise my travel savings.
Funny fact: Both of those are on my bucketlist.
3. Save in Travel Expenses
I don’t need business class flights or fast trains. It’s okay to take cheap night bus or walk around cities. Planning your route from city to city so it will be cheap is important.
For example flying from Finland to London would cost me over 80 euros but is there way to do it cheaper? I can start by taking 20 euros flight to Gdansk, Poland. From there it only costs 10 euros to get in Berlin by bus and from Berlin pay 8 euros to get Cologne from where it would take 8 euros to get in Brussels. And in the end from Brussels to London 14 euros. You still with me? After counting everything together it would take 60 euros from Finland to London and I can stop in many places on my way!
4. Save in Living Expenses
Work to get free accommodation. After working in hostel I found from Helpx I have totally hooked to this way of traveling. If you are not familiar with the site let me introduce the idea for you shortly. You work for the place (usually hostel) for 3-5 hours day and they give you free place to stay.
Last year I stayed two months in Kyoto Japan and didn’t pay anything for the hostel I was staying. Living would have cost me one thousand euros if I had rented a place or stayed in hostels. For addition to the free stay I got some food, tickets to museums/events and inside tips to the city.
I however didn’t fall in love with this way of traveling because all the money I will save. I met every night new people in the hostel’s common room. Listening to their stories was one of the best things that have ever happened to me. And their reaction when they heart I was working in the hostel made me realize I was doing the thing I was always hoped to do. The cool person who works and lives in the hostel and knows all the secrets floating around the city.
5. Find Your Thing
Now when I have theoretically cut down my travel expenses and saved some money I need to find the job I can do while adventuring in far away places.
How do I want to spend the rest of my life? What things do I want to do to get money? What am I good at or better than others? Let’s make that your job. As list lover my way to approach this question is write all my skills. Here is part of the list:
-Writing. I attended many years to creative writing course.
-Solving other people’s problems.
-Making travel plans, finding interesting places from internet
-Doing web searches and finding answer to any question
-Reading tarot cards (btw anyone needing their future predicted? :D)
-Taking decent photographs
6. Work, work, work
Time to make my list sound more like real working opportunities. There is two ways for that: what I hope I can do in future and what I am ready to do. You see, I have always had two dreams. If you have read my blog, you know the first one is adventure around the world. And you can guess the second dream is make living by writing.
Writing is something I am going to do even if no one would read my writings. There however is almost no change for that to come my income. So what is the real plan?
In best case I would be able to get some money from this blog, maybe start youtube channel and review products/holidays/travels from brands I love. In addition that little money I will get from there freelancer writing is my key word. Translating from English to Finnish (after I master my language skills also from Finnish to English). Writing articles, blog posts and whatever.
Making my own writing course is also in planning stage. I know millions of writing practices and prompts. Maybe selling my problem solving skills or tarot card readings in Fiverr? People sell crazy stuff there so I would come up with more. Every cent counts.
Writing to Finnish travel magazines is also big dream with no guarantee to never happen. But girl can hope and dream as much as she likes… Someone please hire me? (I’m not desperate but millionaire husband would be also a good idea?)
7. Just Travel and Believe in Yourself
Sounds stupid but if I don’t leave because being scared of not succeeding there is no way of living the life making me happy. I may return back home crying but it’s not stopping me from trying. This is the way I want to spend rest of my life.
EXTRA… Survey Sites
Did I already mention these? Oh, yes in the first point. Before you call me stupid or something I will reveal to you that I am totally hooked to survey sites. And if you pick right ones you will (slowly) collect points towards travel gift cards! So good way to get some extra spending for your adventures.
Just as example I have been on this site (sorry everyone I think it is only in Finland) starting from the year I turned eighteen. So soon three years. I have had long periods when I haven’t done any surveys so maybe approximately one in month in that three years. Guess how many 20 euros gift cards have I received? Six. So if I had used those to travel gift card I would have gone to 120 euros holiday.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and hearing about my “dream” plan”. And like always I would be more than happy to hear your opinions. Do you have any tips for me? Or what kind of plans do you have?
I am now leaving towards Helsinki (Finland’s capital) and boarding there cruise towards Sweden. I will see you soon with more travel stories!
With adventurous mind,