How To Travel Full-Time

How To Travel Full-Time

Have you ever thought of leaving home and traveling full-time for a year (or so) only to think you can’t? There’s no possible way.
Well, I’m here to tell you, YES you can!

Have you ever thought of leaving home and traveling full-time for a year (or so) only to think you can’t? There’s no possible way. 
Well, I’m here to tell you, YES you can!

Many people think it’s something that is not obtainable to the everyday Jane Doe, only to the rich and famous, which is anything but the truth. With some hard work and saving, a lot of research, and a positive attitude, you can make this idea a reality. Make it a plan, not a dream. 

I am currently 5 months into my travels, have been to 14 countries, and am just about to set off on a 73-day camping trip through Africa, adding another 9 countries to my list. I worked my butt off and saved pretty hardcore to do this, and I’m here to share with you so you can do this too!

Firstly, there will never be the “right time” to go. So once you’ve decided you want to go, look up cheap flights for about the same time the following year, find the cheapest one-way flight to one of the locations you want to go and just book it! You now have a saving timeframe and no way to back out of it. Now it’s time to save, save, save!

Set yourself a goal of saving as much as you can over the next year. Depending on how much you can save will depend on how much you will need to budget throughout your year of travel. So think twice before you go to buy that new bag, lipstick, or dress because all those little things add up and could be the difference between going home or staying longer.

I can’t answer the question of “How much will it cost to travel for a year?” as I myself don’t know yet. I am keeping track, so eventually I’ll be able to answer that question and help people get a rough idea of how much they need to aim to save for a year of travel. 

There are a few ways people like to spend their year traveling. There are the go with the wind kind of travelers, book in advance travelers, book only tours kind of travelers or a bit of everything travelers. All of these come with their pros and cons, so do your research and choose what is best for you and what you’ll enjoy the most. I’ve been doing a bit of everything and found that booking in advance does save you a lot of money, but it can also restrict you with other plans.

Get ready for the mixed reactions when you tell people you are setting off for a year! I was met with a lot of negative responses but only used them to fuel my savings to prove them all wrong. And I totally am!

You can do whatever you put your mind to, so what are you waiting for! Go book that one-way ticket and explore this incredible world! 
What do you have to lose? 

1 Comment on this Post

  1. Thank you for writing is article, my husband and I want to go for a few months, summer only so far, maybe later a little longer, in 2017… we will be touring Ontario, here and there, no concrete plans, just us, a car and a trailer/camper. We own our home, so will be renting it out for those months we are “out” hopefully to someone who won’t destroy the place…
    I am excited and we have to save like crazy. Can’t depend on renting… just in case it doesn’t happen.

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