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The Three Major Keys To Travelling The World

The Three Major Keys To Travelling The World

Machu Picchu, Peru (2014)
“How do you do it?” This question keeps popping from e-mails, facebook comments and other social media outlets. To tell you honestly, I don’t know. I have no idea. I’ve been wanting to respond to all your e-mails but I don’t know where to start. Looking back from the day I left home, I am trying to trace the steps I made in order to fulfill this dream of travelling the world.
I guess the first thing I learned to get rid of is fear. Would you jump on a cliff if you don’t know where you’re gonna fall or what will be waiting for you down there? Of course, you wouldn’t! That’s the thing — we always need to know. It’s human nature. We, humans, despite of everything we have, we want more. We want to know what kind of people we’re gonna be after 10 years; we want to know who are we going to be with 5 years from now; we keep counting our savings everyday and keep wondering how much it will be after 2 years; and the list goes on. We always want to know in advance. Humans can never live in the present (although I know a lot of people who does) because we are hungry for the future — and that’s when fear comes in.
Bangkok, Thailand (2011)

Yeah, yeah, we always post on Facebook things like “I’m not afraid,” “I will be an adventurer” “I will live the life I always imagined” “I want to dive in the fear of the unknown” and so on. But where are you now? What are you doing now? You’re still on the same job for 5 years doing the same things everyday. You can’t even spend your weekend for travelling because you are too tired for the workload of the week and of course, you’re thinking about the future called Monday.

Since I quit my job, I honestly forgot how Monday feels.
Travelling makes you feel like everyday is a Saturday. It’s my 11th month on the road and everyday, I make sure that I am living in the present.
Budapest, Hungary (2012)
It feels great and never in my wildest dreams have I thought I will survive. Wow, 11 months. That’s a long time. As of today, I have no plans of stopping until I reach Mexico. I mean, hello, I wouldn’t know and I will cross the bridge when I get there. For now, I will tell you a secret on how you will pursue on travelling the world.
Can you imagine yourself living in different cities every month?Β 
Tasting different food? Witnessing the diverse culture of the world? Learning a language you never thought you can speak? Does that sound fun? Is it something you can do?
Hear ye, hear ye. You only need to do three things (technically) if you want to travel the world and this list does not involve MONEY. At some point it does but not totally. For now, while reading this, I want you to remove the financial aspect of travelling and indulge on the other side.
Phuket, Thailand (2012)

1. VOLUNTEER

Yep, here we go again. I don’t know if you understand the concept of volunteering but believe me when I say that it’s not only for charitable work. Back home, the word volunteering is associated with charity, home for the aged, orphanage, permaculture etc but it’s not limited to that. Out here, you can work in a bar, be a receptionist, a kitchen assistant, and all the jobs you can think of. In exchange, you will have free food and accommodation. This saves you money and you will get to understand a culture of a country better.
Volunteering is like living the life you have back home but with flavor. You still have to work 4-6 hours a day and at the same time, have the chance to go around the city and make it yours. During weekends, you can go to the popular landmarks of the country, take pictures, be on your own or smile like a crazy person because there’s something to smile about. Everyday will be an adventure. After a month, when you’re sick of the volunteering job you’re doing, you can move on to another city and find your way from there. Once you’ve started, it’s going to be a domino effect and you will always end up volunteering in a city. You volunteer for a year or five, if you want. As long as everything fits, it will work.
How did I find my volunteering job(s)?
GOOGLE. As simple as that. I don’t get why people still ask this when there’s this search engine smart enough to give you all the information you need. Even my little nieces know how to use this.
WARNING: Volunteering is addictive but it’s good for your health. Click here to have a glimpse of my volunteering experience(s) in South America!
Venice, Italy (2011)

2. WORK REMOTELY

You can be a writer, a translator, a data encoder, a social media manager, anything you want is out there! After volunteering for 6 hours, you can do a part-time 4-hour online job however, please do not expect to find a job that is in line with your career (yep, sorry). For example, I have a degree in Fashion but I never had any online jobs in fashion. The general career for travellers is called “freelancing.” Think of something you can do that doesn’t need office appearance: are you creative enough to be a graphic designer? How about a web designer? A travel photographer perhaps? There are a lot of options, really. I only learned this when I started travelling (when I was already out here) so maybe you’ll find your way too!
Online jobs salary ranges from $200 – $800, depending on the job. Since you won’t be paying for food or accommodation, you can use this money to indulge — transportation, clubbing, shopping (please buy what you only need) and other extra expenses.
The flexibility of this option is amazing. Imagine, if you’re a part-timer, you can work 4 hours a day infront of a beach in Rio de Janeiro, while on a cruise to Belize or waiting for your flight at Heathrow. I must warn you though: it’s tougher than you think. Online jobs require 100% consistency and having no internet connection is not an excuse. Hello, it’s 2014! Even the busses have wifi.

See also: Travel the World While Working: 8 Must Have Job Skills

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012)

3. Put up a blog

“What? Why?!” Because one day, you will learn how to earn money from it. When I started my blog, my sole purpose was to share my travel experiences (not guides), my genuine feeling and some information about my life as a long-term traveller. Then, one day, a random blogger contacted me to join their blogger group. There’s no harm in trying so I did. From joining that blogger support group, I learned a lot from marketing my content, selling my brand and photos, etc. Today, I am being contacted by hostel owners to stay for free in exchange of a review on my website. The messages are overwhelming and I said, “free stay?” Why not, right? I think our goal when travelling the world is spending less so grab every opportunity!
Aside from reviews, this blog also earns from advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts and link sharing. I never even know this thing existed not until I travelled!
Again, how do you do it?
What do you mean how do I do it? Writing? Ah yeah, not all of us have the enthusiasm to write about our experiences. I met a lot of people on the road who has a wider vocabulary list than I do and have been travelling for years but never did they put up a blog nor write about their travels.
Now this, is up to you.
Just try it. You’ll be surprised of the things you’ll learn along the way: writing, HTML coding, web/graphic design, editing etc. It will be fantastic! I never studied (academically) all these website design shebang but look, I can design my own blog now! Just try it!
Sahara Desert, Morocco (2013)

Whatever I write, say or do, I am pretty sure you won’t do it. We’ve been talking, talking and talking and what? You are still sitting on your office desk because you’re scared. I swear, I didn’t know what to do when I left! Like you, I was really scared too. Imagine just selling all your stuff and quitting your job: who in the right mind will do that?

However, I know you have the heart to do it.
Your mind is just getting in the way. Do something for me, please? After reading this, breathe deeply and ask yourself: “Am I willing to leave the life I am accustomed with to live the life I imagined? Am I ready to travel the world? To be a vagabond, an adventurer?” Focus on your heart first but do not ignore the thoughts on your head. “Am I fit to volunteer? To sleep anywhere? To eat whatever? To work online? To write about what I am going to experience when I travel the world?”
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Remember, no matter what I say, we are different people and we will have different experiences. I can tell you endless stories about how I am travelling but our ways will never be the same. We don’t eat the same food, we don’t sleep on the same bed, we don’t have the same type of friends — our interests are way too different to have the same travel experiences.
As for me, I am only sharing how I am travelling the world at the moment. It’s up to you if you can execute it.

Set yourself free. Come out here and see the world.

“I urge you to travel as far and widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live, eat and cook.”Β 

— Anthony Bourdain

 

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha also loves extremely spicy food, pineapples, plants and symmetry. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram - @psimonmyway

  1. Great inspirational post Trisha! I’m wanting to expand my blog with a domain name and hoping to get a little advertising on it, but a bit nervous and not sure how to go about it – would love to know more about the blogger group you talked about! Thanks for sharing!

    • Andrew, I am not the admin of that blog but if you can send me an e-mail address, I can link you with the admins! πŸ™‚

  2. Volunteering is such a great way to get to know a location, the people and really experience a place. I am always surprised that so many people just don’t ‘go do it’. I have lived on five continents and each and every place had many different type of volunteer positions. Great article.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Julia! Like what I said, I guess not everyone is fit to eat whatever and sleep anywhere. I mean in a way, volunteering is fun but it’s a tough life too. πŸ™‚

  3. Very inspiring! I love the way you write your blog.. always with the message that “you too can do this!” Thumbs up! πŸ™‚

  4. you make some really great points, Trisha! however, I MUST EMPHASIZE that people should GET RID OF DEBT or at least have a game plan on how to deal with it even while abroad.

    Why?

    Having THAT burden, plus the accumulated interest, after coming back is NO FUN — especially when one is dealing with the reverse culture shock and other challenges!

    Just something to think about: tackle that debt before hitting the road as it will really make your travel funds — and sanity — go a long way πŸ˜‰

  5. Inspiring Pat! #3 is interesting although I’m not expecting it to happen soon.
    I might not travel like you do, but I’m doing it the other way.
    Looking forward for more entries. Its exciting! Na-aaddict nako mag basa ng blogs.

  6. Very inspiring! Three really good options for how to do it as well without just saving up a heap of cash beforehand and blowing it all in one swoop (though that is also great if you have the means to do it! haha).

  7. kim cataquiz

    9 November

    Since my Pre-service teaching in Vietnam for three months last year, I’ve always had the thought of travelling the world.
    Your blog is really inspiring and encouraging. Maybe one day, I could also start my own adventure. I love to write as well, for I figured out during my stay in that foreign country that there are so many stories to tell about the people, the places, the foods and the culture.
    I’m like, WOW πŸ˜€

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