Happy Monday everyone. Quick update on my weekend before getting to the point of this post. I was so proud of myself Friday and Saturday – I was super productive and learned so much in regards to my new business. I spent some time outside, and even got some writing done too! But then Sunday came. A few friends wanted to come over for a fish dinner. Great I thought, we can grill the fish and have a side of steamed broccoli or something to go with it. They were all down for that, but of course only until they got here.
Grilled fish turned into deep fried fish and broccoli turned into macaroni salad and garlic bread. Oh – and of course water turned into wine (not in the biblical sense ha ha).
Plus waking up with the DADS (Day After Drinking Shits) wasn’t fun. At least I have a little more time before summer to reach my goals. My stomach needs to see daylight, but not scare people off…
Anyway – we were sitting around chatting about life and how we end up where we are – and we were all baffled. Not a one of us was doing what we really want in life. I told them I started blogging and obviously that I’m working on writing books and opening my new business. Even though I’m working on creating a better self and going after my dreams, I’m still not able to do my main one – Traveling.
I want to see the world and explore every inch of it’s beauty before wars and people ruin it. I want to visit the places that people forgot about. I want to travel to countries where I could help people and learn about their culture at the same time. I want to ride a gondola in Venice and speak Spanish in Spain while watching the bullfights. I want to dangle my feet off a dock in Polynesia. I’m not married, I don’t have kids, and I do not have a career – so now is the perfect time!
But I’m broke. Beyond broke. Half of me just wants to pack up and go for it – try to survive off the kindness of people and my skills. But there’s a few problems with that thinking. I have student loans and other debts that won’t wait for me until I get back. They’ll go into default and then it will just spiral out of control. I need to make money while traveling. Sure, I can write wherever I am, but I’m not an established author (yet) and make exactly zero dollars doing what I love. My new business isn’t off the ground yet so I can’t hand it over to someone while reaping the income benefits to travel. Actually, I’m paying out right now for start-up costs. I can try to get jobs where I go – but there’s no way I can make enough to survive, have fun, and still send money back home for bills. And I’m not opening up any more credit cards.
People have said to couch surf to save money on hotel stays. I love the idea of that, but it also scares me to death. I’m a short little blonde girl, and although chubby right now, could easily be snatched up! I’m a paranoid person.
So the only thing I can think of to do right now is wait. Keep going with my debt payoff plan, hustle and work as hard as I can to get as much money as I can – save up and then go. Maybe do a few domestic trips to take the wanderlust-ing edge off. I just hope it doesn’t take years and years and years.
For all you travelers out there – any tips? How did you make money? Where did you stay? How did you delve into the culture without breaking the bank? Anything is appreciated!