Tomislav Perko is one of the people who inspired the idea for us to start our travels now rather than later. We want to share this video with you to address the question of how to travel full time.
“It can be cheaper to travel than to live in your own city.”
HERE ARE MY TOP 8 TIPS ON HOW TO TRAVEL FULL TIME
1. FREE ACCOMMODATION
If you haven’t heard of it check out Couch Surfing. It is an excellent way to travel and meet new friends, to experience a country and its new culture by living like a local. It’s not for everyone, but definitely a fabulous option
Click the link – Couch Surfing Website
2. TRAVEL BY LAND
Flying saves time but it can be expensive if you intend to travel full time. By taking a bus, a train or your own vehicle you will not only save money but you will have a more interesting on ground experience. Meeting people along the way will often lead you to new adventures you might have missed if you fly.
Hitch hike for transport. This is something I have yet to try because of the many movies I watched as a child about hitchhikers but it is an option if you are brave do it! (just maybe for now cut down on watching movies about kidnapping.) 🙂
If you love motorbikes then that too can be a choice – here is a video of a British guy who rode his old Honda C90 from Malaysia to UK. You can follow the episodes of his travel as he embarks upon this long, exciting and challenging journey. (the video isn’t well shot as he isn’t a film maker but I love the rawness of his storytelling style)
If a road trip isn’t your thing then check out this young Singaporean woman travelled from Singapore to UK on her own by land. It only cost her usd 3000.
Click the link – Singapore to UK in 7 Weeks By Train
3. STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
If you are a student, you can find a host family or organisations who are looking for interns. This is a great way to take a gap year off and travel without spending a fortune.
Click the link – Work Away for Students
4. WORK and HOLIDAY VISAS
If you are below 35, get a work & holiday visa – so you can earn some money and travel. WWOOF is a website that help you find work on farms –
Click the link – WWOOF – Volunteer Work on Organic Farms Worldwide
5. BACKPACKING and VOLUNTEER WORK
If you are above 35, volunteer work for accommodation and/or food. Sign up on websites that offer food and accommodation in exchange for you to help out on farms or in non profit organisations.
Click the link – BACKPACKERBOARD NEW ZEALAND
6. DOCUMENT YOUR TRAVEL
You can write a book about your travel and publish it via crowdfunding.
Click the link – MyStartr CrowdFunding Website (Malaysia)
If writing a book is not your style then perhaps try starting a Blog, or a Facebook Page or even an Instagram about your travel and provide useful tips consistently.
Check out this guy who calls his website Nomadic Matt, he has become the New York Times best selling author by providing useful information about how to budget travel long term.
Click the link – Nomadic Matt
7. CREATE A YOU TUBE CHANNEL
Everyone can shoot a video in this day and age. Videos with the most views now a days are not always the ones shot professionally. Starting somewhere with a story to tell and then and practice can make you the next You Tube star!!
If you don’t know how to create simple You Tube Videos then check out James Wedmore, he provides FREE Video Marketing Training Tutorials on his website.
Click the link – James Wedmore
8. EATING WISELY
If you’re travelling across Asia, street food is cheap but not always “clean”. I usually always check out for the vendor’s source of water and if there is any at all for washing hands, dishes etc.
Choose street vendors that are able to cook your meal once you order it so the heat from the fire kills germs. Don’t take the risk of eating food that has been sitting on display all day. Fresh is best.
If you eat in a Food Court be sure to look for signs of rats. I know from experience that some high end malls in Kuala Lumpur have rats running in the aircon vents above vendors. Am pretty sure the rats come down and cross surfaces during the night so do be extra careful, it isn’t necessarily street vendors who are the dirtiest.
“If you are in a country where the locals speak English, like Singapore or Malaysia ask them where their favorite food is. Go there!” tip founder of blog Rooftop Antics.
Click the link – 20 Tips Eating Street Food In Asia without Getting Sick
Having grown up in Malaysia, I love street food and already know where the safest ones are, I will write another post to share my favourites.