“How much money do you need to travel?”
This is a question I’ve asked myself many times over the years. When I was younger, I thought it was an unreachable amount. As a university student, I gave up the chance to travel in order to work for $10/hour and contribute a small amount to my education. Money means a lot when you are pouring it into a chasm of debt.
Then, I moved to South Korea and saved $15,000 in one year without really even trying. I went backpacking in four countries over the course of four months, and returned home with around $6,000. This was enough to last me through a couple of months of unemployment and a move across the country. When I started working again, I literally had less than nothing. I owed more on my visa than I had in my bank account. I still would count myself luckier than most, a few hundred dollars was the extent of my debt.
That being said, my attitude towards money was completely different back then. To go from nothing to $15,000 in a year feels like winning the lottery. I’d never seen that kind of money. And I wasn’t afraid to spend it. That’s not to say that I regret any of my experiences, but that I may have splurged on a few too many cocktails and five-dollar coffees along the way.
Let’s talk numbers