I’ve heard it all.
- “How do you pay for everything?”
- “Is somebody sponsoring you?”
- “How much does it actually cost?”
- “I wish I could be young and escape responsibilities.”
- “You must be rich.”
Here’s how I afford to travel full-time.
At the age of 15, I stumbled upon Nomadic Matt’s website. Matt was a full-time traveler who supported himself through his blog! He wrote inspirational content that made his lifestyle seem attainable and I wanted it. For the next 6 years, I would work as hard as possible to become a full-time traveler. I wanted to inspire others just like Matt inspired me.
At the age of 17, I finished high school and started attending a local community college. This was when I began building my resume for traveling. I worked towards my Bookkeeping Certificate and fell in love with Accounting. After a few years, I was able to find a job working for a web design company as their Bookkeeper. Now, I’m able to take my job wherever I travel!
I work an average of 16 hours per week. My responsibilities include monthly reconciliation, customer followup, and accounts receivable collections. As long as I’m connected to WiFi and have enough coffee, I can work anywhere!
Eventually, I want my blog to be my #1 source of income. For now, I really enjoy working for the Web Design Company! The work I’m able to do pays for my expenses and provides a comfortable lifestyle.
The second thing I do is work for my room and board. I’m able to do this by living in hostels and working a few hours a week. As a single traveler, I can’t afford my own place only working part-time and this offers everything I need.
In exchange for a few hours of work, I get to enjoy a bed to sleep in, Wifi to use, and on occasion, food to eat. Plus, I’m in the perfect environment to meet fellow travelers who are on the same journey as I am!
So, that’s it. That’s how I afford to travel. No, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to travel full-time. Sure, if I was paying for hotel rooms and eating out every night I wouldn’t be able to afford it! But because I work as I travel, cook for myself and avoid paying rent I can stay on the road longer.
Here are some good resources to help you afford to travel:
- Rover.com (yes, you can housesit and watch fluffy puppies at the same time)
- Craigslist (great for finding work and odd jobs)
Also, read books like:
The best way to save money while traveling is to research everything beforehand! Sometimes, you can find a cheaper hostel just by moving
Feel free to hit me up with any questions you have about how to afford to travel!