I’ve seen the articles. We all have. I see pins saying ‘Travel the World for Less than $50 per day’, ‘How to Travel for Free’ or ‘I Woke Up One Day, Packed My Dog in my Backpack and Never Came Home’ and think “Wow. That would be great. If I could travel for $50 per day I’d never stop travelling.”
Every time I have a weak moment and click through wanting to emulate the freedom I see in the picture I quickly realise I am so *NOT* that person. Now don’t get me wrong, if you’ve read them and thought “Hells yeah, that’s the thing for me,” that’s great. Pack your backpack and off you go. Live and love that marvelous adventure. But while you’re off waiting in airports for cheap last second fares, stuffing toilet paper in your backpack and relying on the kindness of strangers I will be earning the money to be able to sun myself on cruise ships and hand over fistfulls of cash for exciting, interesting or relaxing experiences.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for making budget friendly choices and getting as much as I can for my money. Heck, I can spot a free thing at 50 paces, – but a budget of $50 per day just isn’t going to happen.