Why Money Should Not Stand Between You and Your Travel Dreams
When I was in middle school, I had a world map taped to the wall in front of my desk. I put a sticker on each of the places I had visited and stickers of another color on places where I knew someone. It’d be such a pity if I never ventured out to visit other places and people in the world, I thought. I had wanderlust in my veins and my dream was to cover that map with stickers.
Fast forward a couple of years, I’ve been fortunate to have lived in several countries, visited many others, met lots of dear friends from different places, and married a French guy. Now we’re raising our baobei/bébés together in a multicultural household and we’ve continued to move and travel internationally with the little ones.
I’m not a military brat, my parents are not diplomats or corporate expats. I certainly don’t have a trust fund, nor have I married someone who has one. So how are we able to move and travel internationally so freely?
The answer is on that world map on the wall. Pure and simple, I had decided to prioritize travel in my life. If you want something, then you’d connect the dots to make it happen. Granted, most of us have to put in some effort to be able to travel extensively. Maybe it means working extra hours to save up, maybe it means overcoming physical or psychological barriers, or maybe it entails taking a life-changing direction in life. Along the way, I’ve met many people who have made that same decision and have been able to travel the world regardless of their backgrounds and the sizes of their bank accounts.
I was driven by a burning curiosity to learn about other people, to understand why they think and behave differently, and ultimately celebrate the things we had in common amidst the differences. Sometimes traveling can mean walking over to the next village, sometimes it means flying to the opposite end of the globe. Either way, it’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and opening your mind to other possibilities.
The more I traveled, the more I witnessed that if you have a desire to see the world, there are ways to make it happen with limited financial resources. There are countless stories of people who just decided one day to sell their belongings and start traveling the world with some basic necessities. The truth is, the world is full of friendly and generous people who will help you along the way.
I am starting a new series of blog posts on the “money” side of travel, I’m excited to share with you what I’ve learned. This series will cover how to travel for free, how to save money on travels, and how to trim down living expenses so you can dedicate more budget to travel with kids. Stay tuned for more as we dive into this topic!