Spending your life travelling

Tom (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago

Is this feasible? I know some people have done it, however has anyone on here ever done it? If my parents would allow me I would love to ditch everything and spend the rest of my life travelling. Is this a good idea?

February 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm
Kayla (68) (@kayla147258) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m sure it’s possible and I want to do the same thing myself. I would absolutely LOVE to do it. But, I need health insurance so it’s not likely I can. It’s a good idea if you think it is.

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Anonymous (364) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600,

If my parents would allow me

ERRR….errrr….mmmmm….. what the hell do you mean if your parents let you? Just fucking do it. Don’t fall further into the general schema of life, the sooner you get rid of it the better.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, If you want to, you will. If you don’t want to, you wont. I recommend thanking your parents for their time, and rolling the fuck out.

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Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@piptherational, The thing is though my parents are very over protective and are always negative and will think I am taking a lazy approach to life. They will definitely do all they can to stop me from doing this. I am also currently in 1st year of uni costing £13k a year so they will think I have wasted £13k if I drop out.

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Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@kayla147258, Its unfortunate you need health insurance, hopefully in a years time you might be in a better position. However I know how if feels, you want the experience now, I don’t want to wait to do something.

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Anonymous (364) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, Alright why not start by taking small breaks instead of jacking it all in. your In Loughbrough, Get a Train to Hull, and get a Ferry to Amsterdam for a couple of days, minimal cost and minimal time….to start with, then grow from there.You can do your course, travel and then after graduating incorporate them both, and with sounding disingenuous telling your parents where to get off.

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Tons of people have surely done it. I have considered doing something like that. I was going to go about it by being a travel agent. Or possibly incorporating cooking into traveling. Most or all people love traveling and it would of course be great to travel. It’s the ones that follow their dreams, figure out how to travel forever while still getting by or being well off.

Good luck

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Anonymous (14) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

There are countless blogs out there that will teach you how to do this. These are just two of my favorites, the first being probably the best known in the world, the second being my personal favorite:

http://chrisguillebeau.com/

http://www.wanderingearl.com/

You don’t necessarily have to be a travel blogger, what you need is a passive income that does not require you to show up to a specific location to make money. This is what I’m currently working on (as well as probably tens of thousands of other people).

I think this is the reason most people don’t end up giving it their best shot, because the market of people trying to make an online passive income seems saturated. But it’s not. We’re talking about the internet here. I honestly think anyone can figure out how to make a livable wage online if they apply themselves. You just have to be willing to give up the trappings of everyday life. I’ve calculated my personal cost of living (while traveling full time) at well under $20,000/year. Meaning I need a passive income of that amount to be rid of employment for the rest of my life.

I hope this helps. The most important thing to know is that you can do it, you just have to keep going where others stop.

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Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@piptherational, You make a good point, I was sort of thinking of this. Doing low budget short trips every so often while still at university.

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Kayla (68) (@kayla147258) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, unfortunately I have a defibrillator that needs to be changed every 9/10 years or so. If I were you I would take the opportunity and run with it.

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Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@msantani, Thanks for the links. It interesting what you say about making money anywhere using the internet, however I was thinking of getting jobs in whatever location I was in. That way I would also do a range of jobs over a period of time which could be fun however they would likely be jobs no-one else wants to do?

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I have found that the best way to explain extreme plans to parents like that is to condition them slowly and not randomly drop a bomb on them. You could start emphasizing that your dreams have changed and the direction you see for yourself is taking a new turn, then when you believe the time is right, offer a solution to these things you’ve been feeling and experiencing (your goal of traveling).

This will lead your parents to the same page as you in terms of what you want for yourself. But naturally you can do whatever you please regardless of the opinions of others, this way will just make sure your parents understand why and be on your team, instead of against you

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Gabryn Lark (0) (@insomniapersonified) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m planning on traveling around the world as soon as I’m done with my degree (that way, I have something to fall back on in case I change my mind). It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I want to do it for as long as possible. I’ve already dropped the bomb on my mother, and while she doesn’t think it’s possible, she didn’t dispute it much. I say, go for it! Of course it won’t be pleasant if your parents don’t approve, but they can’t control you forever.

Best of luck to you~

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brent (446) (@brentman) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Well, of course it’s feasible!
Check out nomadicmatt.com or location180.com for some insight on people literally doing just that.
I can relate to the “if my parents will let me.” It sounds bogus at first but I know a lot of parents are very overprotective when it comes to things like that. Seriously, though, you only live once–if you have a desire, then do it!!
I’m currently planning to spend time abroad for the first time in Australia with my gf for 6 months. I’m in my first year of university with straight A’s, I hate it: probably won’t return after this year. Let me know if you’re interested in any resources that can help you travel cheap. best of luck!

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Matt (16) (@irvzilla) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Go to college for something you like. Become a salesmen for a company that is involved in whatever it is you like. now you can travel the nation or international if your lucky and now youll always have money to do things in your spare time where you may be.

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Fernando (42) (@fpalazuelos1) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

My friends project: make the world a better place to live in by traveling and change your life by traveling: http://www.nomadrepublic.net/index.php/about-us

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Anonymous (14) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600 No problem man. And that is totally doable too. I am from the USA, but am currently living in Taiwan teaching English. So trust me, your idea about working jobs while traveling is totally feasible!

And if you’re wondering, yes it’s super fun! And I know you can do it as well! All you need is a little bit of commitment to your idea. And I think the best part is, the more commitment you show to the idea the more your parents will get behind you in helping you make it happen.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, Im right there with you man. I realized that traditional schooling is probably not my thing. Everything is so monotonous and tedious. Id rather be out there, being a student of the world and being a well rounded, cultured person instead of whatever it is I am now

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@justinr, This is exactly what Im doing now. I love tattoos and what they can represent and the artistry involved in them; my parents however hate them. Instead of telling them at once everything I want to get done, i just told them the first, small script i want. They didnt seem too thrilled, I explained that I thought about it and that tit was meaningful to me and they are starting to come around.

Back on topic, I pretty much told my parents that when Im done with school I want to travel to Europe and leave the midwest, where I live. They werent too thrilled, but I know that those feelings will subside and once they see how truely happy I am theyll be cool with it.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I can honestly say I am living proof that this is possible. I don’t know how to say this without sounding like I’m bragging, so I hope you don’t interpret this that way, but I am 26 years old and have been traveling since I was 16. I won’t go into the places I’ve been, but suffice it to say that it IS possible to spend your life traveling. I’ve done it and continue to do it. I feel it’s my life calling right now, and whatever you’re passionate about, you can do it.

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Tom (187) (@scott3600) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@chodebalm, Awesome, how have you financed it? And have you find money a problem? That is a worry of mine.

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Timm (12) (@tdowling) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Getting certified to teach English abroad is a good way to fund it..

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@scott3600, I’ve been fortunate enough to not have loans to pay off, and so I am able to save a lot of money, and my job allows for as much time off as I want. Not everyone has those circumstances, so again, I’ve been fortunate. But just as certain people save their money for a car, a house, a motorcycle, etc., some people save for traveling. I’m one of those people. We all have our passions, and traveling is mine, so I work for it.

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