I often get asked how the hell I afford to travel so much. If I have a job, if my family is wealthy, and so on. Long story short: I’m a workaholic, my parents are bankrupt, and I created this life all on my own. I don’t earn an amazing salary, no one’s helping me out, and I’m not an investing guru – I’m just really, really obsessed with budgeting.
I’ve learned how to maximize the money I earn, and it’s given me the flexibility to travel the world how I want, when I want. The good news is that budgeting is really easy to do once you commit to it! A few simple lifestyle changes can cut out a ton of unnecessary expenses.
If you find yourself hemorrhaging money every month with literally no clue where it all goes, this article’s for you! I used to be just like that – my spending was so out of control I was actually losing money every month, despite working full-time. Read on to find out how I got my finances under control and started traveling the world 100% debt-free!
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I’ve been living in Australia for a year, and I think it’s the best country on Earth. It’s BEAUTIFUL. The coastlines are beautiful, the men are beautiful, the food is beautiful. The entire culture is super laid-back, work-life balance is high-priority, and everyone just seems a lot happier and more relaxed than back home in the US.
But moving there was not the smooth transition that I expected. I assumed, since it was an English-speaking, similarly-developed country, that I would just fit right in. I was wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.
Pretty much every day when I first moved, I encountered something that totally baffled me. Random animals kept falling from trees or flying at me. Someone would say a word I didn’t understand, I’d try to order something and receive something completely different, or I’d wildly misinterpret some local custom. Australia is the best, but it’s also a unique and weird place that takes some getting used to! Here are the 20 things that surprised me most.
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Traveling solo is the actual best decision ever. It’s way more fun, spontaneous, and adventurous than traveling with other people. You can plan the perfect trip for yourself, doing whatever you want, whenever you want. You challenge yourself, become more independent, and everyone you know will (correctly) assume that you are the coolest person ever.
Solo traveling really does change your life, and as cheesy as it sounds, the person that comes back from the trip won’t be the same person that left. I know, because I returned from my solo trip as an insufferable Enlightened Traveler, and my friends are sick of hearing about it, which is why I have a blog now.
I am always late af to the party, so I had my first solo adventure at 27. So I can vouch for the fact that it’s never too late to change your life! Especially for women, there’s never been a better time to travel alone – more and more women are realizing that not only is it possible to see the world on your own time, it’s better too. By the end of your trip, you’ll wish you’d been doing this all along.
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Have you ever climbed a mountain during 40+ mph winds in zero visibility, pretty confident you were about to die? I have, and it turns out that it’s… kind of fun? I never would have guessed I was the kind of girl who enjoyed battling the elements, but it turns out I loved adventure way before I realized I loved adventure.
New Zealand’s Tongariro Crossing is an alpine hike, which means that conditions can be extreme. The weather turned from calm to terrifying in just over an hour. Not only was the wind strong enough to literally blow me off the path, I could barely see through the fog. The scenery I could see was amazing, but I was too focused on surviving to enjoy it for long.
When all the tour groups gathered at the trailhead after the hike, EVERYONE had a crazy story to share. Some people who went further up had to crawl back down on all fours, and one person actually fell and rolled down part of the descent. At one point I legitimately thought I was going to blow off the mountain to my death. Needless to say, this was the best I’ve hike ever done.
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Last year I moved 8000 miles from home and found myself, for the first time ever, in a new place with no friends. I wanted everyone to instantly recognize how great I was and become my friend immediately, which was obviously a bratty and ridiculous expectation. But I hate working for things, and as a supremely lazy person, I just wanted to get making friends over with already.
So like most lazy (aka efficient) people, I wanted to find the easiest and fastest way to do it. Though it would be nice to move to a new place and magically drop into a ready-made social network, making friends requires actual work, like most things in life. But there are a few things you can do to speed the process.
Making friends in a new city doesn’t have to be hard – in fact, it boils down to a pretty simple formula. You need to meet a ton of people, you need to see them regularly, and you need to turn them from acquaintances into friends. You have to feel comfortable initiating hangouts, and be open to genuine connections with just about anyone, in just about any situation. And if my bumbling, awkward ass can learn to do it, anyone can.
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