Everything comes down to money: whether you have it, you don’t, you think of it as a means to an end, or an end in itself (hint: don’t do this). Throughout university, I saw money as the goal. Coming from a rural town where big money was a rarity, I was taught to pursue a stable life of financial security.
My first long-term experience abroad came when I moved to South Korea following graduation. For the first time, I had a regular income that allowed me to actually save money. After saving over $15,000 in a year, I was both hesitant in spending and completely unprepared (too disorganized to keep a strict budget). I found myself eating into my savings in Australia and New Zealand, and becoming saddened by the fact that I would come home with very little after working hard for that money for a year.
Today, I find myself saving to travel long term again. I’m not a pro-saver, but I manage to live frugally. That sadness of coming home with nothing turned into depression that I could have lived happily on the road for a couple more months if I’d been a little more practical. To that end, here is my guide for constructing and sticking to your own travel budget.