“Bethany, you are so spoiled.”
“You are so lucky your parents can pay for all these trips for you.”
“How irresponsible of you to travel so much. Don’t you want to save for your future?”
I get these comments (and more) a lot. I brace myself when I share that I am off to another country for an adventure. And I haven’t quite gotten past the point where they make me mad.
I moved to England after graduating school in Chicago. I packed my two bags and moved my life to another country. It was the scariest and most exhilarating things I have ever done. It was also the most difficult year of my life. Being shaped by the both the painful and the profound, I knew I needed to see the world.
Since then, I have been to over 20 countries. I have paid for almost every international trip from my own bank account or from working (yes, work trips are a plus). I have done it by living moderately and booking trips at the right time with the right deals.
People have it in their minds that traveling the globe is expensive. IT’S NOT. Knowing when to travel, and how to book your trip on a budget can make the world of difference (pun intended).
Additionally, it is living day to day spending money wisely that allows me to travel. I order my priorities so that my expenses go into my adventures around the world. Traveling might not even be your thing! It could be saving up for retirement, planning for a family, or going back to school, or all of the above. Whatever your priority is, it is a day-to-day choice to spend less here so you can save more there.
For me, traveling the world is one of my top priorities (yes, I also want to save for a house and retirement and all that good stuff). I have a goal to visit 30 countries before I am 30. I am 2/3rds of the way there, and am not slowing down any time soon. I love showing those bitten by the wanderlust bug that they too can see the world without having to spend everything in their bank account. This is for the day to day person who wants to explore and see more.
So join me as we see the world one country and one money-saving deal at a time.