Travel, Adventure, Exploration

CL3PO (@Smooth13) 8 years, 7 months ago

I am currently stuck in a rut. For the last 8 months of my life I have played victim to myself and loathed in self pity. It all started with a divorce then a heavy drinking problem, which led to two dwi’s. I was completely loosing control. As of lately I have begun to pull myself out of said slump and love myself again. I have done this through healthy diet and excercise. The constant problem that is nagging like a thorn in my side is dealing with the reprecussions of the dwi’s and not being able to follow my dreams and bliss. I want to travel adventure and record my experiences from around the world. The main issue I see with this is in order to make enough money to pay for these extra burdens I have created for myself and barley survive a 9-5 type job almost feels mandatory. Is there anything out there that someone knows that I don’t? Hope, ideas, thoughts, suggestions, or even personal experiences of picking of from nothing and creating the life you have always imagined. Where do I begin? Where do we begin?

February 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm
Emily (12) (@ekich) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

Start living frugally now so that you can save–make travel your absolute priority, if this really is what you want to do. You don’t need much to travel…at all. I went a year off of $3000, and many go for far less. And honestly, living off of so little is SO freeing! When you’re only worries are your basic needs, your health, and your happiness, much is there to be gained and learned.

Make food pretty much your only expense outside of rent and paying off your DWI’s right now. And all I can say for food is: rice and beans, rice and beans, rice and beans, rice and beans!! Those two things are your best friends and your main staple right now–they keep for a long time too. Add kale to that, and you’ve got everything you need. And for the beans–buy them in bags, not in cans (every dollar counts right now, and depending on how long you need to save, they can really add up). All you have to do is cook them for an hour and let them soak overnight. Change the water in the morning (a lot of gas releases into the water) and cook for another hour. Wash them off, and enjoy! Or use lentils if you don’t want to spend that much time cooking–they only take about an hour to cook. If you get creative with the spices, the simple foods can taste really good.

But those foods are for when you have a stove. When I traveled by car, I got my meals down to a science by the end. I could even afford to buy fresh veggies and make salads. But for times of emergency, I kept apples and bananas with me (fruits that are cheap and don’t go bad easily) and ate those for breakfast with peanut butter. I also kept boxed mashed potatoes (which can use unheated water and salt and pepper to be made into something edible), canned beans (chickpeas contain less chemicals than other beans, so I recommend those), canned vegetables, water, and spices. And rice and beans, for those occasions that a kitchen was available. You’ll have other food along the way, of course, but you can never expect to be fed or have a place to sleep (if you’re really flying by the seat of your pants), so always be prepared with food that both lasts a long time and gives you the basic nutrients you need while still being frugal. And be prepared with a sleeping bag and plenty of layers. If you’re traveling in the U.S., get a National Forrest pass ($80), and camping will be a lot cheaper along the way–the pass pays for itself pretty quickly. Use,, and (warmshowers only if you’re cycling). Highway rest stops and Walmart (it still hurts to say) are generally safe places to sleep in your car. Also, try a Vipassana retreat or Buddhist monasteries in general. They are great places to clear your head, and they are donation/work-trade based. Volunteer with Food Not Bombs along the way, and you can help feed the homeless while getting a free meal yourself. There are infinite options here, and I could go on for a long time. But I think this is a good place to stop.

If you have more questions, feel free to ask! :)
Best of luck to you.

krkrich (148) (@krkrich) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

Great response. I really had nothing to add to what you said. I have a question though. How did you travel for a year with $3000? You are my hero for that. Lol.

Emily (12) (@ekich) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

Thinking back on it now, I kind of relate traveling like that to crowd surfing. When you just go for it, there is nothing for anyone to do but lift you and guide you along. Hell, people are even EAGER to help out sometimes! The only difference was being able to give back and help out those who I stayed with. The more I just helped with dishes or cooking or any of the little things–just listening or being completely present for someone too–the more I received in return. The less I expected to receive, the more I received too. I guess I traveled more on karmic payment than anything else. Even if you offer to cook someone rice and beans for dinner–when that’s all you have, and when you’re offering it with genuine gratitude for a place to sleep for the night–you’d be surprised at what can come your way. My boyfriend (who traveled with me) and I budgeted $250 a month each, so that helped us track our spending.

FilmStar (6) (@FilmStar) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

I think it’s good that you have recognized that you did have problems. I mean, DWIs are very irresponsible and endanger lives. Since now you realized you need to better your life, the best thing to do now is to let go of your unstable past and tell yourself that all of the trouble you got into will stay in the past. You have control of the future. I think if you want to have adventures and document them, go for it. Life is too short to have a “what if” life. Still be practical and make money but still document footage as well. Hopefully your footage will be so popular you will never have to work again. Read about this guy: I spoke to him on the phone once. He’s very outspoken and was really screwed up for a time but he eventually turned his life around. That could be you too:)

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