How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World

How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World


Hey guys Tessa here with another budget
travel video. Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed about quitting your job,
selling all your stuff and just traveling the world. Okay, you’re hand is
probably raised because you did click on this video to watch it. But dreaming
about and actually doing it are two very different things.
Planning a long trip or trip without an end date can be a daunting task. It’s
easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning, especially if you’ve never done anything
like this before. First off you can do it. Face your fears and all those other
cliches. Logistics isn’t gonna be the hardest part.
Neither is saving. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone and there’s a million
reasons why you shouldn’t go, but do realize a couple things. We are living in
the safest and most peaceful time in human history.
You’re also not the first person to do this. You are just as smart and as
capable as all the people who did it before you. You will make friends and no
you aren’t too old. You don’t have to and most likely you won’t leave forever. Okay,
now that I’ve given you the pep talk let’s get into the nitty-gritty details.
Research, research, research. Talk to people who have done it. They’re going to be your most important resource. Check out Facebook groups for long-term travelers
for digital nomads. Also reach out on Instagram to people you may follow. You’d be surprised how many will write back. Start to make a list of everywhere you
want to go, take that list and find out everything you can about each
destination. How much a bed costs, how much activities cost there, how much food is there – anything you can possibly find. Then take that list that you thoroughly
researched and categorize it into as many categories as you can. Budget, ultra
budgets, super expensive, luxury expensive. It doesn’t matter how many categories
you, have it’s gonna come in handy later. Next, you’re going to want to figure out how much you can actually live on. First off, the notion that travel is expensive is
so stupid. There are so many countries in the world that you can live at and
travel through for only $50 a day. And $50 a day is only 18,000 a year. Yes, that
seems like a lot, but how much are you paying right now? How much is your rent?
Divide that by 30 – that’s how much you’re paying each day to live where you’re
living. But the truth is that some of us can live on fifty dollars a day
and some of us can’t. Figure out what’s best for you. Take a look at that list
again, figure out which countries you can live with and which ones you can live
without and which ones you have to see. While you’re gone, this will give you a
good starting point. Next of course you’re gonna want to start saving. Take a
look at your expenses and see where you can cut the fat. I talked about this
extensively in other videos and articles, so make sure you check out the article
below for links so that you can read up on it. You’re going to want to think long
and hard about banking, credit cards and bills. Of course technology these days
makes it so much easier but when you’re looking at a bank, make sure you find one
that charges no ATM fees. When you’re looking for travel credit cards, you’re
definitely going to want one that has no foreign transaction fees. Thankfully that
comes standard on those travel credit cards. When it comes to your bills, the
good news is that most of them are going to be eliminated. For anything else, it’s
pretty rare that you can’t pay them online. Try and set as many as you can to
auto bill pay when you’re looking up airline tickets. I suggest just looking
at that list of countries you’re going to and finding the cheapest ticket you
can find. From there, you can figure out a route. You may also want to consider
around the world tickets. These are actually airline alliance passes. These
kind of tickets are kind of confusing and way too long to explain, so I’ve
linked a really good article that explains it super thoroughly in the
article below. A big question you’ll probably think
about is backpack or suitcase. Honestly it’s a personal choice but a lot of it
is going to depend on your itinerary. If you’re trekking through jungles you
don’t want to roll the suitcase, bring a backpack. But if you’re going to a lot of
cities, don’t worry about it too much. When it comes to luggage though I do
suggest only bringing carry-on sizes. Remember when you’re traveling for long
term, everything in that bag is everything you own in the world.
And since you’ll be taking so many flights, trains, cars, buses and who knows
what else, you want to make sure that you can keep your bags with you as often as
possible. When you begin to think about packing, you’re definitely gonna get
overwhelmed. My biggest tip is get used to wearing the same clothes over and
over again. When I pack for long trips, I usually stick to one color gradient so
that everything will match everything. You’re also going to want to look for
clothes that serve multiple functions. So for example I love maxi skirt
dresses. You can wear these when it’s super hot outside and just tie the side
up you can wear it when it’s cold outside with leggings underneath and a
jacket on top. If you’re spending the day exploring, it’s easy to hide
sneakers underneath your skirt. Or if you’re going somewhere a little more
upscale you can put a nice necklace on and feel a little bit fancier. Big thing
to remember though is that anything you need can be found on the road. This
includes toiletries, cosmetics, over-the-counter medication and honestly
the same goes for clothing. H&M, Forever 21 those huge brands are everywhere in
the world. If you’re planning a trip where the first three months is spent in 70 to
90 degree weather, there’s no need to pack a parka right now. While you travel,
buy things as climate changes get closer. Plus an added benefit is you always get
to remember. “I bought this coat while I was in this country!” Now this is a huge
one: do not forget to get travel insurance. I can’t stress this enough. But
when you’re traveling long-term, something is bound to happen. First check with your credit cards to see what is covered. Make sure that before you leave
you know the rules and stipulations for all of your cards and especially how to
submit a claim. After you know what it’s already covered start researching other
insurance policies travel. Insurance is a huge umbrella and includes much more
than just medical insurance. I suggest you have a policy that at least covers
$100,000 in medical expenses. Once you commit to leaving, you really begin to
notice just how much stuff you own. It’s hard to let go of personal possessions
and what I’m willing to throw out is probably not the same for you. Let go of
what you can. Though if you have friends or family that can store some things for
you, great. But if you don’t and you have to have a storage unit, really think about
what you’re saving and if it’s worth the cost. While storage units may seem cheap, only 50 to 100 dollars a month,
over the course of the year that’s a lot of money that you could be spending on
your travels instead. The last thing you’re going to do is probably plan it
out. Long-term travel does necessitate a loser itinerary. You may be tempted
to plan everything down to the last detail, but I urge you not to. Instead I
suggest just planning a tentative route. Don’t be afraid to deviate from it,
though also slow down enjoy each city. If you want to stay longer, then stay longer.
That’s the whole point about long-term travel. I will point out though that some
entries to countries require you to have an outgoing ticket. They need to
know when you’re leaving their country. And once you get here, the last things to
do are pack, say goodbye and get on the plane. I know that was a ton of
information and I really hope that helped. Make sure you check out the
article below I’ve linked so many resources to help you plan your trip and
good luck!

8 thoughts on “How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World

  1. This would be 100 percent better if you had a mic on instead of one on the camera. Too much reverb.
    Also, maybe not WHITE couch. Your lighting will look better. Great presentation but fire your video gal..or guy.

  2. I really liked the way you explain, objective, timely and complete, thanks. I will try to keep in touch with your vblogs. Oscar

  3. How do you make income while all the traveling is being done – that’s my problem I want to travel but that means I’m not working so the money will be gone before I know it

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