Ooo, travel. Just saying the word gets me all giddy. If you know me you know that I absolutely love, love, LOVE to travel, and that passionate love has taken me all over the world.
The problem is traveling isn’t cheap… or is it?
A few years ago I applied for the now discontinued STA World Traveler Internship (and I made the top 50!). The biggest part of the application process was putting together a 3 minute video describing why you were the best person for the job. That video was then posted on a profile page where people could vote and comment. Every morning, because I was so overcome with excitement at the prospect of receiving a free trip around the world I would wake up, check my votes and read the comments. One morning I came across a comment from a woman who obviously didn’t agree with me. Her comment went something along the lines of ” “Traveling isn’t so hard after all?” Wake up sweetie some of us have debt and kids we can’t just pick up and travel.” I was steamed. Really? So you’re assuming I’m some spoiled “kid” traveling the world because of my endless supply of money. If only she could have seen the mountains of debt I had hiding back home in America.
The fact is I’m able to travel because it’s something I love, so I make it a priority. But at the same time I don’t ever empty my bank account to do it. If you know where to look and where to go traveling doesn’t have to be an overwhelming, expensive burden. It will take a little digging, and a lot of work but I want to show everyone that they can travel, even the frugal and debt ridden.
First stop? Thailand of course! Stay tuned for my post on why Thailand is a great option for frugal travelers.
Did I say I love to travel? Because I do.