I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve been asked some variation of how I manage to live my life the way I do – in other words, travel a lot. I think people assume that it’s all glamorous because I post pretty pictures around the world.
I’ve been asked whether I’m part of a travel club (aka multilevel marketing….or a pyramid scheme). I’m not. I have ethical disagreements with those.
I’ve been asked whether I have a sugar daddy. I don’t. While it would certainly be nice to have someone financing my trips around the world in luxurious 5 star hotels, nothing in this world is free…and I’m not interested in that form of payment.
I’ve been asked whether I’m a trust fund baby. I’m not. Don’t get me wrong – my parents are extremely generous and do take my sister and I on a couple of family vacations a year.
However, the majority of travel I do is funded by me. With money I earn. Myself. People need to realize that while yes, I do cool things and yes, I go on amazing trips. But…I also work. A lot. In fact, I currently have 3 jobs…and I’m in my final year of law school.
I’ve been to 30-some odd countries but I’ve also worked more than my fair share of 18 hour days (which, by the way, I do at least twice a week). When most of you are at home in bed at 4:45am, hours before your alarm goes off, I’m working. When most people are out on a Friday or Saturday night, I may be at a bar…but I’m working a promotion. I literally work 6-7 days a week. Every week.
I also spend all of my money on travel. You’ll never see me at a mall. I would so much rather have an experience than something material. I know what I want for my life and I set my priorities accordingly.
And that is how I afford to travel. I’m sorry that’s probably not what you wanted to hear, and I’m sorry that it’s not easy. But it is doable. And like anything else in life, if you want it badly enough, you’ll work for it. Just like I do 🙂 I promise – it’s worth it.