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.
This isn’t another one of those posts that is going to tell you to sell all of your stuff, quit your job and book a one-way ticket. We realise that travel is not accessible for everyone, and it’s also not everyone’s preferred choice either.
Some people would rather go to work at a job they enjoy, come home to a cosy house and and eat a home cooked meal accompanied by some good wine, than sleep in a creaky hostel bed, get bitten all night and get food poisoning from local street food. I get how a different life appeals!
However, if you are in a position to travel and you’re able to leave your current life behind, we recommend travelling long term!
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 we were 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.
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.
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 – a safari in Sri Lanka, camping with locals in Thailand, cooking and trying new foods in Bali or even learning a new language in China – 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you think of our plan? Do you do a similar thing? Do you totally disagree? Let us know in the comments below!