It’s been a while since I covered the topic of how I afford traveling the world.
To be honest, it’s not my favorite subject, but I do get asked often how I can afford to travel so much, and how I have sustained myself for this long off of a blog.
I haven’t found a good way to skirt this topic in conversation, and I do understand the curiosity. Blogging is such a new industry that’s always evolving, and if I wasn’t in it, I’d wonder too.
So here’s how I’ve been doing it for so long, and how my budget has evolved over time:
In the Beginning
Early on, I traveled off of $20k in savings on a strict shoestring budget. I moved slowly through Southeast Asia, mostly overland on cheap buses and trains, and spent about 10k on the ground over 10 months, which I consolidated and covered in this post about what six months of traveling in Southeast Asia cost me.
I slept in shared dorm rooms that ranged from $2-$5 per night, ate mostly street food (still do when I’m in Southeast Asia), and learned to haggle like a boss.