How I am Funding my Never Ending Adventure
I'm getting more people finding my blog. It's not easy but still encouraging. Big thanks to Annabel for asking so many of her friends to hit me up. One of the things they have been asking her is how I am affording this seemingly never ending adventure. 3 years 6 months and counting is sure way longer than the average RTW trip.
You want the numbers? House loves numbers and so do I. Numbers don't lie he would say.
I started out with 17,512GBP. and I still have some left. Not much but am not in the black just yet.
You can't Travel for Free as some idiots like to tell you. But you can travel whilst breaking even.
So lets assume you are travelling and not earning a regular wage as you go, as I am.
I travel cheaply. I travel slowly. It's definitely NOT always comfortable and as I get older, this ain't always fun. But hey!
There are countless ways to make money on the road. But this is how I have managed to save my self from drowning (reducing costs) since December 3, 2013.
• I volunteered at a hostel in Seoul, Korea saving myself the $10 and later $18 nightly fee but this was offset by the high cost of living and beer consumption. Given a $200 bonus for my efforts.
• I couched surfed 13 nights in Taiwan, and China before an extended couch surfing stay in HK where I stayed for 2 months but paid towards rent and food. Cheap by HK living standards but on par with my then daily budget.
• I volunteered in Mestia, Georgia for 4 weeks in 2015. I spent just $20 during that time, on beer and chocolate.
• I volunteered in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan for 108 days. Here I spent probably just $50. $20 of that was on hospital fees. The rest on beer! As a volunteer I was sending people to certain hostels and could get a free bed when I had to go back to Bishkek though I used this perk just 1, I am sure I will need it again.
• Volunteered again in Mestia, Georgia. This time for 44 days. Doctors fees were paid for in kind after dog bite. Pay received was $68. Tips earned, $121 from nice and drunk Polish!
• Volunteering again in Karakol. 29 days and counting. Out goings, very little. Income, am waiting for hikers to arrive and then I will be selling camping gas canisters.
• Proof reading work for my friend in HK. $XX per job. I've done about 10 pieces in 2 years. She sorts out any flights I need in lieu of direct payment.
• Been treated no end when visiting friends in their come country for meals.
• Friends from the road, over night stays, 3 in Leverkussen, 2 in Berlin, 5 in HatYai, 1 in Pietermaritzberg.
• Treated many times by fellow travels who were in a better financial situation than me. I have never forgotten their kindness and helped when possible others, giving to those in need on the streets of the places I visit, except druggies and anyone who is possibly part of organised begging.
These are the ways I have reduced major out goings. But what about day to day expenses?
• I don't eat in fancy restaurants. In Asia, cheap food is everywhere but in more expensive countries I eat at markets or buy from super markets and cook if possible at the hostels.
• Reduce coffee intake, reduce beer intake. Notice I did not say eliminate!
• I pack lightly so I don't have to take taxis upon arrival in town though this system did 1 time bite me in the ass when I was attacked at knife point walking the streets of Cape Town, from bus station to hostel.
• I don't do museums as I have seen enough in the past and am careful about which tours I take. Africa was a major example here. Wild Life Safaris cost an arm and a leg and without a source of income I was forced to miss many things.