No more “budget backpacking” please.
Stop “saving money” and budget backpacking.
That’s not the right way to think of it. When travel bloggers send me emails teaching me how to travel cheaply, it’s fine… I mean, they can send whatever emails they want. Most of the time I like their shit; that’s why I subscribe. But I don’t want to travel cheaply and I don’t think it’s a good message at all for the travel community. I want to travel adventurously with money—not broke.
Another perspective: Why not strive for more abundance rather than shrinking into fear and trying to “travel on a budget” when it doesn’t satisfy your travel or financial thirst?
I mean, if you want to travel on no money for other reasons other than the reason that you simply don’t have it right now, by all means, travel broke. Be Siddhartha. Seek with nothing. No problems there. The only problem is when you believe it’s the only way to venture to see life.
Isn’t it better to build a travel lifestyle that supports your true desire to travel without worrying about money all the time? I don’t spend much because I don’t want much. That doesn’t mean I don’t want money; I do, a lot of it. Why not? Money is great. I can eat out and donate and help others and take friends out to the movies with money… Why would I try to avoid it?
The danger of “traveling on a budget”
It’s a mind-fuck. You’re telling yourself you need to travel on a budget. I’m not messiah here; of course I do not have all the answers. This is simply a different way to think of it. Generally, the cheaper I try to travel, the less money I end up making cause in my head I’m not worth it; I’m not worth the money. Avoid money. It’s evil. Just get enough to keep going. I’ll worry about it when that client fires me. I need to find a way to be a broke backpacker if I want to accomplish my dream of traveling the world. No, that’s such a shitty way to live.
Don’t plan your adventures around your money; plan your money around your adventures. Travel boldly and attack the money problem right away. There’s no reason to not do both simultaneously.
Point of this post is to encourage you to stop thinking that a budget is what you need to travel. When I pivot my thinking to making more money so I can travel bigger and more flush than ever before, I get excited about earning more and I don’t miss out on opportunities when they arise. I’m more aware of them since I’m always on the lookout for wealth.
That’s a better way to think of it (for me, and maybe you).
Stop with the travel credit card hacks…
And no credit card hacks—please, no. The amount of debt you’ll accidentally incur, not to mention the pressure and time and effort it takes to maintain all those idiotic “travel hacks,” will offset the money you save and end up digging you into situations you never thought were going to happen.
Credit card companies didn’t miss a glaring oversight.
They know people will try and hack their point system, and they will—in the end—lose. They’re the casino. Casinos never lose. I may do well for a year or so, but somewhere within the decade I have that card, I will at some point fuck up–unintentionally of course–and pay an interest charge that is more than the tiny amount of money I saved.
The “free” thousand-dollar flight I get from signing up for a new credit card to get those “bonus points,” not to mention spending the extra five grand in the first three months to get the rest of the points I need for the trip, is far more difficult than just saving it, or earning it.
Travel credit cards are necessary, but not for “the points”
Having a travel credit card is required to avoid the international fees that rack up if you don’t have the proper card… but that is the reason, not the points. Credit cards can also nudge me into spending more money on things I don’t truly want because my subconscious says: the more you spend, the more flights you get! No, not true. In the end, the credit card company will get more of my money than I’m saving.
But yes, they are a necessity, but not for the “rewards.” A good card is needed to avoid international fees that debit cards usually won’t give you.
By the way, all these emails promoting credit card recommendations are affiliate links. I sign up, and whomever sent me that email or wrote that post is profiting off my debt. It’s some silly shit.
GET PUMPED ABOUT AN ADVENTURE AND IT WILL COME TRUE.
If I constantly think about where I want to go and what I want to do when I’m there and why it’s so important… it’s 10X more likely to come into existence. When I think to myself: how can I travel on a budget, I get scared simply by the thought of spending money I don’t have.