3 Steps to Create a Life of Constant Travel
To be able to create a life of constant travel is not hard. Like everything in life that you have gotten you only have to go out and get it. In this post I outline 3 steps to create a life of constant travel.
Actually, to say it’s three steps is a bit misleading. It’s three major steps. Like most things, each step has more steps within.
How to Create a Life of Constant Travel
Step One – Get in the Right Mindset
Having the wrong mindset is what stops most people from achieving any goal in life. You need to change the way you think as well as what you do.
Reference: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Know that it is Possible
Many people think that being able to create a life of constant travel is not possible. I rarely say this to people, but you are wrong! It is most definitely possible and not even that hard. I am living proof, and I am not anything special. There are thousands of people that have created a life of constant travel for themselves.
You Are not Really Creating a Life of Constant Travel
To create a life of constant travel doesn’t mean you have to always be on the move. It only means that you have the ability to come and go as you please. You can stay in one spot for months if you want. I often do this, but I have the ability to go at any time if I want because I have no obligations. It is the creating that gives the option of implementation, which is where the joy lies – at least that is true for me.
Perhaps I should have named the post “How to Create a Life of No Obligations”, but that wouldn’t be 100% true either. Obligation lies within. You are only obligated to things because you dictate that you are. I have no boss to answer to so I have no obligation of work, but if I make no money then I will starve. It means I do have an obligation to myself to create income.
Another example is that I do not have a wife or children so I have no obligation to provide for them. But if a relative or close friend needed my help then I would feel obligated to do so, but that is my choice.
As a side note, having a family is not an obligation that stops the creation of a life of constant travel. In fact, it is more of a reason to do so. If you create a life of constant travel it only means you are creating time. You don’t need to use that time for travel. You can use it to spend time with your family instead. This is one of the big “secrets” in creating a life of travel, but more on that in step two.
The wanting to “hold on” to things in your current life allows for many excuses.
“What about my car, my house, my job, my phone plan?” etc. If you want a life of constant travel then you must let go of these things.
Well, this isn’t exactly true. You can have all the stuff you want, assuming you can afford it. But will you be o.k. to leave it behind when you go to your next destination?
2. Fund Your Travels
I’m not going to lie, traveling costs money. Even if you do it as cheap as possible and never pay for accommodation or other expenses, you still need to eat.
So at the very least (unless you steal or eat out of the garbage), you need to pay for food.
Traveling is Not as Expensive as You Think
You could sleep for free with couch-surfing, hitchhike, and skip with entry fees. Personally, I am not that sociable and like having a private bathroom. I tend not to hitchhike unless I have to, and sometimes I want to see the tourist attractions. Even with all these expenses, I still spend less than I would if I was living in Australia. This is because I am not trying to “keep up with the Jones’s”. Also, I do not drink alcohol that much and likes to eat local food as opposed to dining in “nice” restaurants all the time.
Set A Budget
This does not have to be hard. No matter where I go, my budget is $50/day (USD). I rarely spend this much. Sometimes if I go to an expensive tourist attraction or buy a plane ticket it goes way over. But it evens out over the other days. Yes, I can still get accommodation with a private bathroom, but I travel in cheap countries. If I was in the States, UK, Australia, etc. I would use dorms, couch-surfing, or more likely, stay with friends.
Another thing I do sometimes is to stay in a cheap country until I “save up” enough to go to the more expensive ones.
Anyway, the point is to set a budget and stick to it as an average. I track my spending once a week and adjust as necessary.
Usually, people will have their funds and then set a budget. It makes sense.
There are many ways you can fund your life of constant travel. Here are some (not all) of them.
Make Lots of Money and then Travel
Most people work, save money, go on vacation, go back to work. You could do this on a bigger scale. Work and save heaps of money and then travel for as long as you can. The problem with this is that unless you save up a lot, you will have to work again. It is a part-life of constant travel. Like a gap year but it may last a while depending on how much you save.
By this I mean you go abroad and get a job. For example, summer camp, bar work, etc. I have put this in here to say that this is not an option. You will not be creating a life of constant travel. You are working in another location. You do not have the ability to come and go as you please. You still have to show up to work, assuming you want to keep the job.
I’m not saying it is not a good way to travel. I did it for years and really enjoyed it, but it is not creating a life of constant travel. It is working abroad.
This includes any job you can do online such as writing, teaching, web design, photography, etc.
Any job where you are an employee, whether you are working online or not, means you have deadlines. You have things you HAVE to do to keep the job.
Also, you will be internet reliant to make money. Maybe not all the time. You can write off-line, but they call it an online job for a reason.
Create a Residual Income
Now, this is where it is at. If you can create an income that keeps giving then you can truly live a life of constant travel.
There are many ways to create a residual income. They all revolve around building a business of some kind. Even if you residual income investing, then investing is your business.
You have two choices.
- Build a residual income and then travel, thus living off the residual income.
- Build a residual income whilst traveling.
Both have the same end result.
Number one means it will take longer for you to actually start traveling. But your residual income will grow faster.
Number two means you need something to sustain your travels while you build the income.
Step Three – Go Do It.
Once you have your plan of how to create a residual income then you have to implement it. But don’t just implement it, you have to continue to do it. Persistence is the key.
More on Building a Residual Income
Create Time, Not Money
This is only my opinion but I find that many travelers feel the same way. It is not about creating a huge income, although it definitely has that potential. It is more about creating time.
If you create a residual income it means you do not have to work to get the income. You may have to work to increase the income or even to sustain a certain level. But, if you are happy for it to stay the same or even drop a little then you could stop working and still be okay.
Creating a residual income is also the way to create a massive income. You only need to compound the residual income streams. This means you will need to work harder to create those streams. You should find the happy medium for yourself.
This doesn’t only apply to a life of constant travel. You can do this and then live in any way you want. It gives you freedom. You are your own boss.
The Option I Took – Travel Blogging
I figured that since I am traveling I should take photos and write about my experiences. Actually, it is not that simple. I also need to maintain the website, do SEO, create income from advertisements, etc. Still, not a bad way to go.
Well that’s it for this post on how to create a life of constant travel. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.