Have you glanced over a traveler’s blog wondering how they travel the world? Secretly envying their adventurous and glamorous lifestyle while clicking through one post to another?
Most of the travelers success stories starts with the same old sentence: “I quit my job and started travelling the world”. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but you will find the same cliche in the About section of my blog too. In reality there is more to the “quit my job and started traveling” that travel bloggers say. I guess its just not going to sound adventurous if we say “I worked my ass to save some money, then took a loan, sold everything I have, quit my job and started travelling.”
While my friends were spending money on clothes, shoes, big parties and luxurious cars I decided not to surround myself with things I don’t need (or will probably not fit in my suitcase). It was difficult at the beginning, but slowly I learnt that its not important how many pairs of jeans you have in your closet or what kind of shoes you wear, as long as you walked in these shoes along the streets of Hong Kong.
I sold most of my things, saved up few salaries and boarded the plane to my first destination.
Most people think that all travel bloggers are inheritors of large amount of money or that we have enormously rich parents that support our travels.
I have been working since I was fourteen years old. I have done all kinds of ordinary and odd jobs like selling postcards on the street, conducting marketing researches, promoting new goods in supermarkets, working as a sales assistant and merchandiser. I even worked as a “visual effects cleaner” in a studio for visual effects, where I had to clean the dist of the scanned movie frames, with the help of different software. Since I started travelling I worked as a sales assistant for a while and then pursued my career in journalism. I managed to finish few internships along the way and got hired in Singapore.
Some people prefer to find a job in a country they like, then to explore this part of the world and to save up for the next journey. Then there are the rest of the people that would travel from city to city in the search of short-term work gigs like fruit-picking, cleaning, promoting and anything that will help them to stay on the road.
For great ideas on ways you can make money and travel the world, check Wandering Earl’s Blog.
In fact, to be able to travel you don’t even need to have a blog of your own, unless you want to share your experience with your family and friends (and maybe some other people, not necessarily biologically related to you). You don’t even need to earn tons of money as you can work your way around the globe.
All you need to have is courage and love for adventure. You have to be prepared to swim for your life, to be chased by bears, to climb volcanoes and to make your way through jungles. OK, I might exaggerated a little here.
Let me know about your travel success stories in the comments below.