What you need to make your dreams of adventure come true this year

 

Daydreaming about adventure but can’t find a way to make it happen for you? The more you fantasize without taking any action, the more you’ll end up feeling drained and hopeless. You don’t need to quit your day job and get rid of all your belongings right now –strategic action planned with a holistic approach and executed wholeheartedly will give you results you can love. This is what I call the 3S system for traveling: savings, skillset, and service.

Savings

If you’re a regular grown-up, you probably get paid for doing something. Whatever your income is, there are two things you can always do to save money: cut expenses and work more.

Every dollar counts

Take a look at your monthly expenses and notice all the little things -a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, a few beers in the local bar, another pair of shoes- and see how much it adds up to. Let’s say you spend 50$ a month in indulging yourself. If you cut those expenses, in 3 months you’ll have enough money to buy a plane ticket to Mexico.

Work, work, work

There’s always something you can do for extra money if you’re open to it. Tell your friends and family about your plans, let them know you’re available so when they need a service you can provide, they’ll think of you. There are websites such as task rabbit where people pay you for help with a variety of tasks, and if you’re more of a digital type, you can promote your services in freelancer. If you need to get up earlier, work on Sundays -do that. Time is this primary resource we all have to accomplish whatever we want in life, squeeze it as much as you can.

 

Skillset

The first thing you need to ask yourself is what kind of traveling do you want to experience, what are you already good at and what are you willing to do.

Backpacker

This is the best way to travel if you:

  • want to get to know a lot of places and people
  • have a talent that gets people’s attention right away: music, portraits, dancing, living statue, fortune-telling, etc.
  • can go minimalistic –bare necessities
  • adapt easily to different situations
  • don’t mind some uncertainty

Backpacking is about spontaneity and intuition, but it doesn’t mean you don’t need to plan. Wherever you’re going, you need to know the prices in advance. And talent is not enough: even if you’re a great musician or a gifted tarot interpreter, there has to be a setup and a performance component. The more you practice, the more natural and compelling it will turn out.

Skilled traveler

People who genuinely like other people, hospitality (working on restaurants, hotels) or language teaching, can travel a lot while making a career. It doesn’t matter if you’re a masseuse, a waiter/waitress, bartender, babysitter or a cook -the advantage of this approach is that you can fulfill your thirst for adventure while gaining work experience.

A lot of hostels offer accommodation in exchange for work, maybe you won’t see a lot of places, but you’ll get a deeper experience of the place you choose, hot meals and a roof over your head. The important thing here is that wherever you go, you prove to be trustworthy, deliver amazing service and of course, enjoy yourself.

Digital nomad

If what you do for a living is something you can offer online -web development, design, coaching practice, content, etc.- with effort and organization, you can explore the world. You need to learn the skills first, but once you master it, it’s easy to travel because you have an income and you’re not attached to a specific country or city.

 

Service

Your desire to explore can get you motivated to go to places, for sure. But there’s a secret ingredient, like a scoop of magic that makes the whole process easier. Keep in mind that wherever you go and whatever you do, your goal as a citizen of this world is to be of service. 

 

You can work abroad as a volunteer for a non-profit of your preference, but just by going to a developing country you’re stimulating their economy. Teaching skills to new generations around the world, making other travelers feel welcomed, delivering your unique perspective on what you see and the feeling you get from different places.

 

It’s not about what you do, but doing it with an open heart.

 

 

 

 

The 3 keys to travel on a budget

I see many people -especially young- who want to see more of the world but don’t know exactly how to make those adventurous dreams come true. One common belief is that you need to have a lot of money to travel. But with a little bit of effort, understanding of how it works and perseverance, you can do this without selling your organs 🙂 If you have a thirst for adventure and a shoestring budget, this post is for you.

Discipline and organization

When you’re not traveling, save money

If you really want to satisfy that wanderlust, the worst thing you can do is spend your money. Save as much money as you can. Take a look at your budget and cut out some expenses -sweets, alcohol, cigarettes. Instead of going to the movies, learn how to play an instrument. Get your books from the local library, or exchange instead of buying. You probably won’t be going to a lot of parties and/or dates, but focus on the big prize and in no time you’ll be hitting the road.

Plan ahead

I know part of the fun is facing the unknown, but when it comes to traveling mistakes can cost money. The only way to avoid them is by doing some research about the process and the place you’re going. There are local traveling guides in websites like Travelicious where you can find that kind of information. This is not only helpful, but it’s also a way of falling in love with your destination before actually going there.

Mindset and skillset

Pack a skill

If you plan to stay for a while, bartender and cooking are always well-appreciated in hostels and any kind of dancing, yoga, workout routine is something you can organize in public spaces. If you have artistic talents like drawing portraits, singing or playing an instrument, they can also help you make extra money on the go. These are more appropriate if you’re not planning to stay very long. Whatever you choose, practice enough to feel confident and deliver it with respect, generosity, and joy.

Open your mind

You’re not home, and the way to solve things is different. Wherever you are, make an effort to learn from the environment and make the most of it. Being in a foreign land is a great opportunity to explore not only the world but yourself. If singing and playing an instrument on the streets is something you wouldn’t do back home because it’s embarrassing, doing it elsewhere might be a good way to explore that bohemian side of you.

 

Choose low-cost 

Destination and moving around

Some destinations are cheaper than others, this is why it’s so important to do your research before going anywhere. Even in the same country, there are huge differences. Take Colombia for example, a hotel in Cartagena can cost 300$ a night while in Santa Marta it’s just 50$ a night. Same beautiful Caribbean beaches, wildly different pricing.

Don’t forget to take into consideration the costs of transportation. Look for low-cost but without compromising your safety.

Food

One of the most pleasurable things about traveling is trying out new culinary experiences and enjoying good food. If your budget is really tight, you can still do this but maybe not every day. My suggestion is to get cereal-based foods and fruits most of the time and have a nice meal in a nice place every once in a while. This is not only pocket-friendly, but will also keep you healthy.

 

There is one thing that doesn’t make a practical difference, but in my experience, it has an impact. Even if you’re on a budget, there’s always something you can give -your knowledge, your energy, your open heart. Go with the intention of giving and sharing, and it’ll color the whole experience brighter 🙂