Like everyone else, I was also worried about financing my travels when I left home. What if, what about, how about and but are some of the words frequently bombing my head every night. If you have been following my adventures, you’d know that I didn’t have a choice when I first started traveling South America. After an ugly break-up while traveling with my ex, I told myself that I will continue seeing the world on my own even if I didn’t have any idea how the hell will I fund this vice. Believe it or not, I arrived Brasil with only $80 in my pocket.
Majority of the people who e-mail me everyday have the same fear — money. I am sure you’re one of them too. But worry not: it’s normal. It’s because you don’t know what’s waiting for you on the other side of the world. The cost of living in every country in the world is different. You can research about this but believe me, when you come out here, you’ll still get confused with the things you found on the internet. Things always change. For example, in Argentina, the value of dollar changes everyday so there will never be a reliable article about the dollar situation in this country.
So you have to come here and see it for yourself.
Money is evil and it’s controlling our lives. The funny part is, we let it. South America was the first continent and the greatest travel experience I ever had because I learned that traveling is not about the money. It’s about the drive, the passion and the enthusiasm. I know someone who’s been saving to travel the world. He saved a lot of money, to be honest. It took him years to be able to come up with the amount but when the time came, he didn’t have the energy to travel anymore. What happened to the money? Down the drain to pay for rent, buy a car and food.
I can never change the way you incorporate money with travel but I can try. Here are some important points to understand that money isn’t the point when it comes to traveling.