When I was six years old I took my first trip abroad to Spain with my family. Ever since then, the travel bug has not let me rest. From that first trip, I knew I loved traveling and it was something that I wanted to do my whole life. I continued traveling to Spain to visit my family, we also made stops in England and Denmark along the way. Throughout college I worked and traveled whenever I could. Luckily for me, I knew people wherever I traveled that let me stay with them (family/friends) so that cut the majority of my costs down.
With my recent move to Guam and the vacations I’ve taken, I knew that I had a choice to make. Spend my money freely on material things like ipads and clothing or save, save, save. Thanks to my parents, I was always very good at saving and so I continued, knowing that one day it would pay off and it did! When it was time for me to move to Guam, I was able to afford the ridiculously expensive plane ticket and shipping costs. If you’re really serious about traveling and living in different countries, you need to make this decision immediately. I may not have tons of STUFF but I wake up every morning to the most incredible view of the ocean, palm trees, warm weather 24/7 and sun kissed skin. For me, this is a dream come true. I’m not sure how much longer I can maintain this dream, but I’m going to try my hardest.
Letting go of the comfy life you’re currently living might be the hardest thing for most people. If travel is really important to you, that’s not a hard sacrifice to make.
I also suggest getting involved in AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps type of organizations that allow you to travel whilst doing some good. Try not to think in money terms when planning your adventure because you will be discouraged quickly.
Tips on Shipping: Buy giant rubber or plastic bins with a metal clasp and duct tape. Then use USPS Parcel Post and Media Mail services for best shipping prices. Might take a month to receive, but it’s inexpensive.
Start saving NOW and do some research. Good luck 🙂