Every single Facebook/Tinder/Myspace/Instagram profile mentions travel as an interest. Everyone that we know happens to be interested in traveling. These people have also likely never been anywhere. The most they have done is get wasted in Cancun for a week. There’s so much going in at the world that it’s an absolute shame to waste your time complaining on social media or to spend money on crap that you don’t need. You need to get out there to see the world. You don’t need to post another useless quote about travelling. You need to apply one of these strategies so that you can travel the world for cheap before it’s too late.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber
There’s a huge difference between what we want to do and what we actually do. We all want to travel and see what the world has to offer. We just don’t know where to start. So we post motivational quotes about travel. We put off that big trip because the timing isn’t right. We keep on waiting. We don’t get serious about our finances because we figure that one day everything will work out. I know firsthand all about this. I didn’t travel much in 2015. I kept on putting off a big trip because there was always something to do. I always had something to do. I got caught up in my training. The thing is, that your life at home won’t go away anywhere. It’s all still going to be there. I want you to travel before it’s too late. You don’t want to live with regret. If you don’t get your money right, you can’t really do anything. You can’t travel, quit that job, save up for a new car, or do anything fun. Studenomics is all about financial freedom without missing a party. How can you travel in your 20s before it’s too late? That’s a picture of me in Lima, Peru, from a few weeks ago. For more pictures, you should follow me on Instagram.
Strategy #1: Go on a big trip before you settle down.
Most of the people that I’ve met on trips are doing this. You don’t have to wait for everything to be right to go on a trip. You don’t have to be loaded with your debt paid off and money saved up in the bank. It’s highly unlikely that you’re going to settle down and then travel. Your best bet is to go on that huge trip before you settle down. I’ve seen people pull this off on trips before. One dude I met had taken a job in another country. Instead of flying there, he was backpacking his way there. You can also scrape some money together and travel before you settle down with your first real job. I know that this isn’t the most responsible financial advice, but I want you to see the world and to open your mind up. No matter how cool you might think you are right now, everyone eventually settles down and gets married. Please don’t think that you’re any different. You’re going to settle down, find a safe job, get married, move into a home, and buy a minivan. Find a way to travel before it’s too late. You have no idea how many folks told me that they wish they could’ve done what I’m doing.
Strategy #2: Find a job that gives you vacation time.
You don’t have to sell all of your stuff and move into a trailer. You don’t have to live out of one bag for the rest of your life. It’s okay if you want to settle down and have a stable income. You’re going to sleep a lot easier at night. You can find a job that pays you a decent salary and gives you vacation time. You can use this vacation time to figure out what you really want to do with your life. The best option is to save up your vacation time so that you can travel for multiple weeks at a time.
Strategy #3: Go somewhere to learn a skill.
One thing that I want to do in the near future is to travel somewhere to pick up a skill. I know that this isn’t cheap. The good news is that you can make your money back if you pickup a skill that can be marketed back home as a freelancing service. For example, I’ve met guys that went to Brazil or other places to sharpen their BJJ skills. They returned and became instructors. Pretty simple formula. Another buddy went to Thailand to get a license in scuba diving to help with a future career. Is there anything that you want to learn? Go somewhere and pick up a skill. You don’t have to travel for the sole purpose of getting wasted and posting on Instagram about it.
Strategy #4: Find a job overseas.
Not happy with your job? Are you looking for a change of scenery? You can easily find work abroad. These jobs might not always pay the best, but you’ll get a free place to stay. I’ve covered folks on here that traveled to work overseas. You can follow these five tips to land a teaching gig. Everyone reading this can go teach English abroad. If you want to travel and are bored of your current life, then what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose. You need to move out and see the world instead of whining about the same problems repeatedly. You’re going to make money and gain real world experience. You’ll also have cool stories to tell for the rest of your life.
Strategy #5: Find a way to make money off your laptop/tablet/phone.
I’ve stressed this point so many times on here. You need to read my post on starting an online business and take it from there. When you figure out how to make money on your own, you can live anywhere in the world. This is the beauty of technology and the web. You can make a living from writing on your laptop. How amazing is that? Figure out how you can make money from your mobile device/laptop and then go travel. Warning: it’s easy to get distracted when traveling and trying to work on your business!
Strategy #6: Go on an absolute shoestring budget.
Your last option is to simply go without waiting to save money. You can actually travel with very little money in the bank. You don’t need money to travel. I’ve experienced this firsthand. I’ve watched new friends at hostels survive on absolutely nothing. How’s this even possible?
- You can work at hostels in exchange for a free stay.
- You can find odd jobs wherever you travel.
- It’s cheaper when you’re wiling to cook.
- You don’t have to stay in five star hotels.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to travel. I’ve met vagabonds who are running on a budget of nothing make it through countries. There’s no better time than your 20s to try working at a hostel while you try to figure out where you’re going next. What happens when it’s too late? It’s never too late. There are families out there that travel with their kids. It’s not impossible. It’s just that chances are that you have a better chance of getting away when you’re young and free. It gets more difficult to carelessly go backpacking as you get older. If you really do think it’s too late then I don’t know what to tell you. You’re not going to get any younger. You’re still alive. Studenomics has grown with me. I’m going to be 30 in two years. Sometimes I feel too old to be doing certain things. Then I speak to someone in their 50s and they wish that they were as young as me. There’s someone out there wishing to be your age. What other advice can you give me, Martin? I get asked about travel all the time from friends. I’m far from an expert because I prefer going on many small trips. I’ve never taken off for six months straight like some of the people that I’ve met on my travels. If you want to make it happen, then right now is the BEST time. If you’re still stuck on the finances then I have two more general tips left:
- Automate your savings.
- Learn to live with less.
Find a way to put your savings on auto-pilot and cut out the useless crap. I’m not saying that you can’t have hobbies or buy cool things. I just want you to set priorities. If you really want to travel then you’re going to have to cut back on the crap. You have to make a decision right now. You’re either going to hold yourself accountable for everything right now or you’re going to keep on making excuses. I want to hear about your next trip. I don’t care about your excuses. Cheers to your next adventure!