Why You Should Travel Long Term

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Long term travel is different to everyone. Some think 6 months is long-term when others think years. Have a read about our personal preference and why we think we have found the best way.

Long term travel is different to everyone. Some think 6 months is long term when others think years. Have a read about our personal preference and why we think we have found the best way.

Our entire goal is to see the world and by the end of it have enough money to put a deposit on a house. It sounds too good to be true really but there are some crazy good opportunities out there with endless possibilities.

Monkey on my shoulder

We started in China teaching English. Whilst we were in China we used it as a hub to travel South East Asia; China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bali. At the same time paying off all of our combined debt we accumulated at university, a car and saved roughly £10,000.

Now we are in Australia looking to accomplish a similar feat.

two bouncing critters in a field

Firstly I have to advise that this is not a quick travel solution. Many of you out there want to go away for a month or two and cram as much travel in as possible. Whilst this is a very popular way of seeing the world, we don’t think it’s the most effective.

For example, you’ll have to save money whilst working in your home country. The majority of our readers come from ‘western’ countries so you all know how difficult it is to save whilst paying high rent and high bills.

Jade washing an elephant in the river

So let’s say you save for a year to go on a month-long travel of South East Asia, a cliché among us with a travelling spirit. You’ll definitely have a good time. No doubt about it. You’ll all go back home with some of the most valuable memories of your entire lives along with some beaded necklaces and some big elephant pattern linen trousers. But you won’t go back with any money.

So wherever we go we get a job.

Long term travel.

We migrate.

Kev getting hit by a wave

Those three sentences are enough to put most of you off. I understand why. We are going to be travelling for around 9-10 years if we see and do everything we want to do.

For some of you the reasons are instant and understandable, children being the most prevalent. Taking young children around with you hopping from country to country is going to make it significantly harder.

Jade's sillouette on the beach

Jade’s brother has just had his first baby. Beautiful little bastard. Jade knows she will miss him growing into a child.

All of my siblings have now left home and all of us live far away from our mum. I worry constantly about my mum being lonely and sometimes have a sense of guilt associated with that. Even though she would be the first to tell me to shut up.

The list goes on and I’m sure everybody has their own reasons. I’m not here to tell you that they are wrong. I’m writing this to try to persuade you to push through it.

Jade and Kev on Moped's

We are currently in Australia working in a hotel/restaurant in the outback, getting paid a weekly wage each and all food, bills, drink and accommodation are included. We don’t spend a penny. Honestly we have been lucky as our employer is very generous. But there are plenty of jobs that offer a similar deal. I haven’t put our particular wage on here out of respect for our current employer but have a quick look online and you’ll get an idea.

Making Fire in Koh Panghan

We are working in the outback experiencing a completely new style of living and constantly meeting new people and characters, especially in the bar.

We plan to do that for 6 months. Then buy a camper van and travel for 6 months. Say we spend $2000 a month and we sell the camper at the end for slightly less. I foresee we still have AU$10,000 left.

Food prepping in Sri Lanka

So we will see more of Australia than any person with a job back home could possibly see. We experience the culture and the people first hand. And we come back with more money than we started.

It happened in China and it’ll happen again.

Drum Tower Drums

This is our idea of travel. This way of thinking is what we try to explain to so many people we meet along the way. The majority of the time people look impressed by the idea but you know the time committed to travelling scares nearly all of them.

I’m not here to judge, I’m not even here to motivate, you won’t get a video of me on the top of a mountain preaching on how to change your life.

I would only suggest doing it for one year to see how much more you see working in a foreign country.

You might just get hooked.

Trekking through the wilderness


What do you think of our plan? Do you do a similar thing? Do you totally disagree? Let us know in the comments below!


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Long term travel is different to everyone. Some think 6 months is long term when others think years. Have a read about our personal preference and why we think we have found the best way. Long term travel is different to everyone. Some think 6 months is long term when others think years. Have a read about our personal preference and why we think we have found the best way. Long term travel is different to everyone. Some think 6 months is long term when others think years. Have a read about our personal preference and why we think we have found the best way.


 

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About Kev Shepherd

Hi, I’m Kev. I am currently in Australia working in a hotel in the outback! I have a degree in Sports ands Exercise Science which aids me in no way when faced with the challenges of exploring new cultures and places.

6 comments on “Why You Should Travel Long Term

  1. I think this is awesome! But you’re right, it’s a big decision! All of the “what ifs” start to run through your mind, but you have to weigh your options and do what is best for you. Can’t wait to see what your journey unfolds!

  2. Fellow slow traveler here Kev. We do 1 month stays minimum, up to 6 months in some spots. No better way to experience a place, versus checking it off of a bucket list, which is not traveling but ego-induced silliness LOL.

    Me and my wife are full time, pro bloggers so we take our mobile sources of income with us and enjoy the trips. We also do long term house sits to save while we earn. Cool combo. House sitting in NYC as I write these words from the Upper West Side in a posh neighborhood.

    Love your take guys!

    Ryan

    • It’s amazing you can take your work with you, we are still coming through so are not at your level just yet. I do think ticking things off a bucket list doesn’t truly allow you to experience a country however I do think some people either don’t have the luxury we do or they simply don’t have the desire. I love it though and it’s good to know other people are doing the same thing!

  3. I love this article! You make a great point about how to leave with more money than you got there with. And you definitely get more of a feel for what life is really like where you are! I used to do this around my home country, the United States, and loved it! I moved to different states for a year at a time and really got to know where I lived and see lots of other places on weekends and vacations. Now I work full time with loads of vacation time and do a couple week long trips and a long summer trip each year. I still get to travel, but also have a ‘normal’ life. I am planning to take a year off very soon and am excited to travel the world full time! Maybe I will incorporate some work like you guys do. Like you said, maybe I will become hooked!

    • That sounds amazing! How long did you state hop for? Eventually we will stop and go back home but not for some time yet. However I am worried we will do exactly what you are doing and decide to leave again haha. I suppose there are worse things to worry about 🙂

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