Hey guys! Welcome to my channel! In today's video I'm gonna share with you how I've been able to travel since 2009 And almost full time since 2015 And how I've handled topics like Money, work, transportation, food, accomodation During all these years Those are the things you'll spend the most money on and if you find a way to lower your expenses then I swear your money will go A LONG WAY.
So, if that's something that interests you then keep on watching.
So, the first thing that comes to people's mind is money and work How do I find the money to travel for so long? How much did I have in my bank acount when I left? What kind of jobs do I find on the road? Well, don't worry, I've got this covered Before starting, I just want to get something clear: I'm not a sugar daddy Absolutely no one pays for my travels nor do I have sponsors Now that I've got this out of the way The first thing that allowed me to travel and live abroad was a Working Holiday Visa If you've never heard about it a Working Holiday Visa is a visa that allows people to spend between a year or 2 in a country wheter it's for vacation or to work Depending on your age and where you're from you might or might not be eligible for this kind of visa Anyway, to go back to my personnal story I left when I was 20 barely spoke english and had only 3000 euros in my bank account Of course, I was scared to run out of money But my dream to see the world was way stronger I found a job as a waitress after only a week learnt english within 6 months and made enough money to travel around the whole country So, now you might think what if I'm not eligible for this kind of visa? Well, don't worry because I got this covered Well, if that makes you feel better I've only used this visa once The reason why I've never reapplied for one is because over the years I've learnt to travel without a plan and experienced first hand how wonderful things are when you just decide to trust the universe But if you are the kind of person who loves the idea of settling down somewhere for a whole year and learn a new language and a new culture then definitely go for it! Now for those who aren't eligible Then don't worry because this won't stop you from traveling! If I don't have a visa that allows me to work I always find ways to make money on the road A very common one for me is to work in hospitality Whether it's being a waitress or working behind a bar I always find work in this area But, depending on what you're good at If you have a special talent there are millions of options out there Except for being a waitress I also sang and played guitar on the street bars and restaurants earnt money while taking care of a house and 2 dogs and also as a freelance translator online By the way if you're interested in becoming a digital nomad Andrea from @itsatravelod explains it all in this video right here Also, check out her IG, it's a real mine gold.
Every friday she post on her IG stories new remote jobs opportunities to help her followers become digital nomads and so many of them have landed jobs already! However, if you aren't that interested in becoming a digital nomad then there are other options out there For example, I even worked in a surfing school! Which leads me to an other great way to save money while traveling: It's Exchange work Most of the time, you'll work a couple of hours per day in exchange for food and accomodation.
I know some of you might not be thrilled by the fact that you won't make any money but this has allowed me to spend only 150 euros per months while visiting new places and meeting tons of new people Plus when I visit a place I try to do as many free activities as I can Like hiking for example And if there aren't any options Then I always look for the cheapest way to do it In some places it is very cheap to do some activities even if you go through an agency For example I visited the incredible marble caves doing a tour for only 12 euros or visited these pre Inca ruins for only 2 euros However, always make sure it's responsible tourism and that you are helping local communities and having a positive impact on the places you visit These are all the places I've been able to see for free! Anyway to go back to the exchange work topic there are tons of websites where you can find places that do these kind of deals like Workaway or HelpX but I can't really give you my opinion about it since I've never really used them myself I've always ended up randomly in those places like the surfing school for example The owner of the school was actually the guy who picked me up while I was hitchhiking in Chile Now, if you've also managed to grow your following on social media you can also exchange a stay or some food in a restaurant for some advertisement or some content like photos and videos Just make sure you actually like the food or the places you are advertising Be authentic! Whatever your skills are, there is always a way! But, if you don't feel like working and still want to get to know locals while taking care of your budget you can use an app called Couchsurfing.
For those who don't know what Couchsurfing is it will, like its name says it allow you to surf from spare couch to spare couch while backpacking and all of this for free BUT, it's so much more than just getting free accomodation! This app allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people I've ever met during all those years I've been traveling Then you have hostels A great way to meet tons of other travelers and very often, find people to travel with They are generally pretty cheap but the only cons is that you don't really get to meet locals and learn about their culture Airbnb is something I use very rarely when I feel like I need a break and just want to be alone It's generally the same price as an hostel and you get to have your own room! However, an other great way to get a free accomodation is Wild Camping Not only do you get to spend time in the nature and reconnect with it but you can end up is gorgeous places where you won't even want to leave! I've had my fair share of experiences camping alone and I tell you once you get over your fears This could become your favorite accomodation! Plus, it really adds somethings adventurous to your travels! And if you really don't feel safe you can always ask people if you can put your tent in their garden! This generally works pretty well Talking about adventures if you are like me and need something a bit more adventurous well then don't make any plans and just go with the flow! Like hitchhiking for example Hitting the road without knowing where you'll end up or who you'll meet might seem like the most frightening thing for some of you guys And I know it but for me, it has definitely taken the way I travel to a whole new level.
You can't even imagine the amount of people that invited me to spend the night at their place after picking me up By the way if you want to see some of these adventures you can watch them here I've created a whole serie of my hitchhiking adventures in Patagonia and way more coming! Hitchhiking has not only allowed me to meet some amazing people but also made me save a huge amount of money on transportation! I used to travel by bus and even if I always made sure I was buying the cheapest tickets I could find out there transportation was still a huge part of my budget Like food for example Forget about traveling cheap if you can't be bothered to cook and only want to eat out Know that, wherever you go supermarkets are always gonna be more expensive than local markets Make the effort to talk to the locals find out where the cheapest place to buy food in town is and I assure you that you'll save a lot of money on food But, since we are talking about the things that made me save money While on the road I've discovered, thanks to my amazing friend Laura met in Chile what DUMPSTER DIVING is If you have no idea what I'm talking about I'll just briefly explain what Dumpster Diving is The idea is to go to supermarkets, local markets or anywhere else they sell food in large quantity and look for food that can be saved You'd be sick to see the amount of food that is thrown away on a daily basis and that is still edible You can do it either by searching directly in the containers or ask the people that work there I mean look at this pic? Can you believe that thanks to it I was able to eat for free during a whole week? What also has had a huge impact on the way I travel is simply because I've learnt how to live a more minimalistic life I stopped caring about things like going to the hairdresser going to the movies or buying new clothes every month I mean, I still do those things but on a much smaller scale Trust me, the less you have, the less you need! Now if you are new to this concept then I highly recommend reading this book The Art of the Essential by Doninique Loreau Briefly, this book will help you get rid of things you think you need and show you that clearing that will bring peace into your lives This book has had a huge impact on me and the way I live now For those who are interested in reading it Which I highly recommend The link in down below for french and english readers The reason why I also said that I travel “practically full time” is because I do go back home once in a while to see my friends and family But also to fill up my bank acount I generally stay between 2 to 3 months before going crazy And since my money goes a long way with that kind of travel I don't need that much anymore But for me, it is very important to have some backup savings I always try to keep about 2000 euros safe in case of any emergency When I go back home I work as a salesperson for luxury brands and I generally make enough money to last me a whole year All the contracts I end up having are thanks to a temporary employment agency However Some people will tell you that you need 20.
000 euros to travel a whole year While some people like me, manage to spend only 3000 a year I had about 10.
000 euros saved when I decided to leave for good in 2015 At that time, I was spending way more than I am now All the things I just told you are things I learnt and started doing along the way I didn't always travel the way I am now And you don't have to either This video is simply to show you How you can afford to travel full time Based on my personnal experience I know you guys still may have a lot of questions so make sure you hit the notification bell here Because in the next video I'm gonna give you all my tips To help you plan your next trip Step by step So that you won't forget anyhting And avoid any burnout But also I'm gonna help you figure out your budget Depending on what type of travel you're interested in I really believe this will be a huge help To those who feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start Don't forget to leave your questions in the comment section down below and I'll see you guys, in the next one! Bye guys! Thanks for watching :).