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Traveling On A Budget

travel post

Live your own Eat Pray Love

Good Morning! Looking back, I’m sad to say that I didn’t make it to my 30 day challenge. Writing every day is much harder than I anticipated. However, my new goal is to keep up with posting now that school is over and I have more time!

As some of you may know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately and plan to continue to travel after my stay in Hawaii this summer. It honestly feels like a dream come true being able to explore all the places I’ve dreamed of going. The universe is truly abundant and aligns you with your deepest desires if you’re in tune with yourself. This lifestyle is one I’ve always longed for, but never felt achievable due to circumstances. However, I’m a firm believer that if you want something in life, you just need to make it a priority and make it happen.

I’m writing this post because I want you to know that if I can do it, you can too. I’ve gotten many questions from friends asking how I am able to afford these trips and how they can do something like it as well. I feel like my situation is similar to many others in the sense that I am still a student and still trying to “figure things out” All I know for certain now is that traveling is a priority and what my soul is yearning for. As long as you’re following your bliss, you will always be on the “right” path.

So if you’ve been bitten by the travel bug recently and would like to find a way to make it happen, here are my tips I have and how I made it manifest for myself. I hope these tips and resources can help you as well.

  • Do a Workaway

This is probably the biggest piece of advice I have! While I do have a decent amount of money I’ve saved up for my travels, a lot of my traveling is going to be done through work exchanges that I’ve found on https://www.workaway.info I am so thankful to my good friend for introducing me to this website. Basically, you pay 29 dollars per year and have access to different listings by hosts – kind of like a job search. Instead of these hosts paying you for your work, they provide you with a variety of accommodations so you can visit and explore your desired location. Some hosts are even generous enough to provide food as well; so essentially your basic needs of food, water, and shelter are met on your travels!

  • Sell some your belongings

Throughout the years, I have accumulated an insane amount of designer handbags, shoes, perfumes, clothes, and accessories. In order to help increase funds and afford my plane tickets to these different places, over the past few months I’ve sold every one of my designer items and more. The way I see it now is that I would much rather purchase a plane ticket for $150 than wear a purse worth $150. I’ve learned first hand that experience is so much more valuable and the joy it brings lasts much longer. Everything I own now I actually use on a daily or weekly basis, which is an amazing feeling! I recommend going through your closet and seeing what you can sell for some money, it’s so worth it. It can be painful to detach from old material possessions, but it is also extremely freeing!

  • Make connections with people from around the world

While the overuse of social media does have it’s downfalls, one of the things I love most about it is that I have met some of the most amazing and interesting people from across the world. With the internet, people now have the capability to extend their social networks much larger. I’ve gained friendships through blogging, Instagram, and all other online platforms (and through traveling.) The beauty of social media is you can connect with so many like minded individuals who have similar interests without having to be neighbors. By meeting people from across the world, you can travel to visit them and they can visit you. Staying with friends from around the world will make the experience much more fun and save you both money in the long run.

I feel like the biggest obstacle to overcome when it comes to traveling is just giving yourself permission to do it. Overcoming the fear. Taking the leap into the unknown. Stepping out of your comfort zone. Not only that, but there are so many hidden rules in society and messages saying how we can make it happen one day, but not today. We work today for our happiness tomorrow.  For me, I realized that tomorrow never comes. Only when I started giving myself permission to live whatever type of life I wanted today is when I became most happy and peaceful. There may be people who won’t understand this view or your lifestyle, but that’s okay.

I hope you found some value in these tips that you can apply next time you want to go on an adventure. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so I can connect with you 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Safe Travels,

Rachel

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