“Mystery” Revealed: How I afford to Travel

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The question I get asked the most is:

Why ?

Why I left my job to go travelling?

It is usually accompanied by wide-open eyes and incredulous disbelief.

I actually never seriously thought about the answer up to when I really had to think about it for an interview I was giving. It was the right time to stop the automated answering-machine of the “I needed a change / I wanted to see the world”.

It was time to be honest with others and mostly myself and I finally put it out there and you can read the latest version here.

The second thing I get asked more frequently is How? Or better:

How do you afford to travel?

This question is  also normally accompanied with wide-open eyes and huge curiousity, suspicion, envy and/or a good degree of hope.

Well, let me tell you now once and forever. I’ve answered this question many, many times individually, but I’ve limited free time now so I don’t want to do it anymore. I will be replying to all the future messages with a link to this post and as I’ve been working on it for weeks I believe I’ve created something really honest, comprehensive and clear. So, I’m pretty sure the below -with some percentage variations- will be valid throughout 2016. Unless, something major will change in my income flow (like I win the lottery! Hurrah!), in which case I will promptly update this post. 🙂

I hope I’ll be able to answer all your questions and curiosity, but if, after reading through, you still have doubts or need advice, please feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll try to answer and help you the best way possible.

Like my very good friend and inspiring travel blogger Gloria said in an Huffington Post article that went viral last year: “People think there’s this magic formula out there. This one-size-fits-all-encompassing route that gives everyone an equal chance of seeing the world.”

There is not such a formula!

You are alone and you need to find your own formula and make it work for you and only you know which one is it. I won’t tell you what to do, not will I say that my path is the one you need to follow. This is my experience and it can work for you or cannot.

So, let’s set things straight right away.

 [This is a long, honest post, so if you wish to read the juice, short answer, you can jump to a few paragraphs below to the first numbered  list]

I am not a millionaire and my family isn’t either. In fact, my family probably sits in the lower end of the Italian middle-class AND I’ve been independent since I was 14.

Yup, at that age I got my first job, waitressing in restaurants, cafes and pubs. That year I received one of the “worst news ever” for a girl that age: I suddenly had to wear spectacles and, as I was competing at regional and national level in gymnast tournaments, I surely did not want to do that: I had to buy contact lenses and my  parents would never approve such an superfluous  expense.  week after the diagnosis, I got my first job. I was 14 and I never took a break up to last May (2015), when I left my 8-year corporate job.

I’m 31 years old now.

That means that I’ve worked 16 years straight in my life.

NON – STOP.

You probably already know where this is going, but let’s do some melancholic and nostalgic fast-rewind first that will help you to have a clearer picture of how I afford to travel.
At the age of 17, bored of my low-paid waitressing job, I decided to spend a summer entertaining German and French  kids in a resort in Sicily, Italy. The same year, as I had to pay for my driving license, my income wasn’t enough so I managed to get a leafleting job in the afternoon in the freezing winters in northern Italy, and another one at a bakery on Sundays where I had to start at 6am, get changed in the car around 12pm to go to my other restaurant job for another 8-10 hour shift.

Later on, when I was at uni, I had four jobs at the same time AND attended lessons.

Yes, I was tired. Actually I was exhausted most of the time. I wasn’t great at uni and I often fell asleep in class or missed  lessons because I was too tired to drag my poor body and mind out of bed, or I had to take extra shifts but I was saving money.

So, what happened after?

Well, after my shining 8-year career in the hospitality industry – while I saw and experienced very little of what people my age where doing – it was time to move on and hope for a new, more-rewarding, less tiring job and I happened to find a (paid) internship in London.

Most people would say that I was lucky (but I don’t believe in luck, so call me that if you wish, but I know I worked my a** to be at the right place at the right moment. So, Mrs Luck has very little to do with this story (or my life in general; but this is another article I’m writing at the moment).

The internship which was meant to last only two and half months, ended up lasting 6 months (insert here: I worked 12 hours, went the extra mile on every single project, took on more projects than expected and beaten the competition) and again, as money were not enough as an intern, I got an evening job in a pub too. Bear in mind that at that time I didn’t finish uni yet. I was still writing my thesis while working two jobs and trying to enjoy London too!

After I graduated, I got hired on a permanent basis by the company where I was interning and there you go, I was on the corporate ladder in no time.

From here, I don’t want to bother you with the details of all my achievements, frustrations, fights, tears, FOMOs, promotions, loneliness and injustice I went through to get where I was last year. Let’s just say I spent 8 years working extremely hard  in corporate, less-corporate, non-corporate companies in London and Milan to arrive where I wanted to be by the age of 30.

Throughout my first 30 years on this planet I also made a lot of sacrifices – not going out drinking, clubbing, dining or spending money on stupid things (even though I have done that a few times!) while consciously keeping my greater goal in mind.

When I did entered the forth decade of my life and I had to change the number 2 with the number 3 in front of my age, I was, in fact, proud, satisfied and accomplished in all my career goals and it was time to do something new. It was time to open that mental drawer where I secretly herded all my sheepish dreams and take them out and see what would happen.unknown.gif

Saving is my lucky pot at the end of the rainbow, a pot I’ve built for myself through the years and where nobody ever chipped anything on my behalf. Nope, my parents never gave me any financial support, if we exclude the time I had to change tires of my car and I had not enough savings.

earned  every cent that now represents the fuel I’m currently and slowly burning to explore this wonderful planet of ours.

What else am I doing?

I’ve decided to be completely honest with you as I think there is already so much bulls*** online about bloggers who show off their full-time blogging career when daddy is actually paying all their expensive stays and first-class flights around the world. Or where in fact bloggers and instagrammers are sent off to wonderful locations (Yes, I’ve done it too!), but for free, so they are not actually earning a living, they are simply having a great holiday in a fantastic place and the price tag for that is a blog post or a few insta-pictures. Well, a little advice here: don’t get fooled by those who say you can make a living out of blogging. They can’t. You can’t. I can’t. 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999% can’t live J U S T off of blogging (and I’m including Instagram here). I saw and know too many people who left their solid job to pursue a career as blogger or Instagramer and the majority of them failed miserably. I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m saying it’s truly hard and uber competitive. For a million users who are dreaming to travel the world on press trips and a suitcase pack filled with sponsored gears, there is one or two who actually do. For a 10000 who receive gifts and props there are a handful who (ask to) get paid. And no, I don’t get paid to *just* travel and sit by a pool drinking cocktails after a Swedish message at a spa. I wish! 🙂

unknown.gifKeeping this truth in mind, I knew that once I left my safe job, I had to re-invent myself and possibly create a new me.

So, let’s fast-forward to last Summer when I actually left my prestigious job to pursue my passions and my desire to travel.

What did I do exactly? I decided to become a portfolio worker, or a creative freelancer or a jack of all trades, call it what you like: I’m somebody who’s left behind the idea of sitting in an office for 40 years, but is realistic about her needs and will work hard to make ends meet.

Wrapping up the answer now, mystery is finally solved! Here is how I afford to travel. It doesn’t mean it is how you can afford to travel, it doesn’t mean you need to copy and paste the below to your life.

As I said above, you need to find your own magic formula!

Here is how I diversified my income  (as you can read in more details under my Contact page):

  1. Savings (as mentioned above and there is a whole chapter about minimalism and saving I’m going to write about soon…
  2. Management consulting/Project Management: the same job I did before but for my own clients and on a freelance basis now;
  3. Writing
    • Magazines: The Guardian, Il Sole 24 Ore, Mission and others
    • Blog posts, guest posts and reviews
    • Ghost writing (you would be shocked to know the amount of famous bloggers who actually don’t blog at all!!!)
  4. Photography:
    • photographic assignments: travel, lifestyle editorial and commercial (since February 2016, I’m represented by Townsend/London
    • Instagram coverage
    • prints – check my shop now! My first photographic memoir about India is available in pre-order now with 20% discount till end of February, Shipping worldwide from September 2016
    • photography workshop (you can book your ticket for the next one on my shop)
    • photographic content for my clients’ channels
  5. Social media:
    • Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat strategies and campaigns, competitions, brand ambassadorships, takeovers for small, medium, large clients in travel, leisure and lifestyle. You might have seen some on my channels but others are handled completely behind the scene (anonymously) by me
  6. Affiliation: you might have noticed that in the last few posts I’ve added some affiliated links. I’ve only used these for products I LOVE and brands I TRUST. It’s an incredibly tiny income (0.12$ in December! YAY!), but every little helps, right? By the way, it doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it gives me a micro percentage of your purchase.

So it’s H A R D and you might be thinking that I’m suggesting to give up your dreams, but I’m not. I’m actually giving your some

Practical Tips:

  1. Jump like Tarzan.
    Yes, don’t leave your current liana before you safely caught the next on: If you have one, keep your safe, permanent job as long as necessary before you start your gardening, photography, writing, knitting, painting or whatever business you want to get in. Keep your focus and goal, but don’t get fooled by the people bragging about how easy it is. It is not easy. And it requires loads of work, day and night, weekends included.
  2. Keep doing what you love on the side, until you are 80% sure that your new creative lifestyle can be sustainable.  Keep doing it  because you love it not because you seek success or you think you deserve success.You don’t.
    I don’t.Nobody was born with the granted amount of success. Or money.Maybe your art will be successful or maybe mine will. But I know for a fact that what people appreciate the most (even in terms of Instagram likes if you want), is when I put my heart our there when I share my creativity and not when I think I got a good shot or I’m aiming for thousands of likes.
  3. Ask yourself this simple question:
    Are you willing to try without the success or without the guarantee of success (and I’m not talking just about financial success), or not?Because if you are not, then perhaps you shouldn’t pursue a creative life. Maybe this isn’t the right path for you. Perhaps you should get your head around the fact that if you mainly want money and fame, there are plenty of jobs that pay extremely well (I just left one behind) and the path to get those is tough but not as tough as in the art / creative world.But, on the other hand, if you are really committed to your dream and your art, well then forget the money, stick to your job and keep creating on the side (at sunrise or at night if necessary!)
  4. Save. Save. Save.
    Yes, I hear you, your answer is: “Well, you *did* leave your job!”Yeah, I did, but before doing that I spent years saving up for this big jump. I carefully decided exactly my moves and crafted a budget that  allowed me to take the risk without becoming homeless but actually travelling in the meantime. As I said, I’m a realistic dreamer: 2016 is the year of my leap of faith, the plan is to eliminate the use of #1 and #2 from my revenue stream above while increasing the others. Is it possible? I don’t know yet, what I do know is that I’m working super hard to get there, I will work extra-time and constantly pushing the boundaries of my creativity, inspiration and comfort zone.And unless you are willing to do the same (or have very rich parents/partner), don’t jump. The cliff is extremely deep, wide and dangerous. If you jump without a working parachute, you are mad. No, you are stupid.
    And stupid people don’t succeed. They normally just smash on the ground and then bother others to pick them up. Well, I’m not going to pick anybody up because… Well, because I told you not to jump in the first place 😉
  5. Don’t set yourself  an irrational monetary target, if you do, you are going to fail. When you try to create anything under that pressure, you won’t be able to to put your heart in it and your work will be s***, your art will pay the consequences and ultimately you will too.So. Just. Don’t.So, my ultimate honest and heartfelt advice?
  6. Get a job that pays well, start saving from your very first check. Expand your knowledge and become a portfolio worker rather than a specialist. Or, at the opposite, become the best expert of a niche where you can indeed expect to be paid extraordinarily well. Stick to the job until you are ready. Then, and only then, set off for your trip/start-up/restaurant/art studio whatever you have in mind.

Is it hard? Immensely.

Is it fun? Absolutely.

Is the best choice I have ever made? No doubt.

Think about these points and make your own decision and ask yourself: am I still willing to sacrifice my savings, my free time with an extra job and maybe sell my beloved possessions?

Well, if you are, get ready and go. If you are not then, maybe you can try with the lottery or wait for that third-degree auntie to leave you a million $ inheritance.I’m going to leave you with  two examples of success that I’ve recently came across.

One is Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the world phenomenon Eat, Love and Pray, who kept her three jobs while and after publishing that book. Now, here we are talking about millions and millions of dollars, but still she kept waitressing during the day and writing at night. What does tell you? If you really love your art, you will find the time to dedicate some time and maybe, just maybe it could become your full-time job.

The second is an insightful podcast interview to Lauren P. Bath one of my ever favourite and most inspirational instagramers and one of the earliest “influencer” (probably when that profession didn’t even exist!) She worked super hard both in her career as a chef and later as an Instagramer/marketing strategist. She never took anything for granted. So, why should you? Listen to the podcast here.

And, remember…

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Start Somewhere.

Make it Remarkable. 

[And about books, if you wish to join our bookclub and discuss about her latest best seller Big Magic , register your attendance here.]

The moment you stop expecting success and money from your art,
you will finally be free to create and dedicate your heart and soul solely to the purpose of art.
Nothing else.

 

  • Thanks for sharing your story! It looks like all fun and sunset cocktails, but sometimes we need to hear the truth. Best of luck to you on your journey!

    • Thank you so much.. Yes, it is so easy to fall in the trap of the glossy travel blogger that take happy selfies by the pool.. But I believe in honesty and here it’s mine! Thank you so much for taking the time to read through and comment! ☺️

  • Lots of great advice and thanks for sharing the cold, hard, truth about blogging. I left my corporate job 5 years ago and will never work for anyone but myself, again. Where there is a will…there is a way!

  • Great post. It is true. Saving is how it all works. Everyone assumes you’ve won the lottery…nope sacrifice. Further I am a substitute teacher and i have just started a business in social media management…thats how i plan to have my freedom lifestyle and travel whenever I like. It isn’t hard to have a great life. But you do have to work for it.

  • THANK you Sabrina for writing this post. Honestly I get this a lot too and I don’t even travel full-time and I often find myself having to shoot people’s dreams down of ‘traveling for free’ just because they opened a blog. I don’t know anyone who blogs full-time and just makes money that way except for a Dutch blogger (ciao tutti) who has made her business (and she works her ass off).

    I too have been independent at a young age and you just save your money, and pay for your own flights etc. I totally support bloggers making money off of what they do (write-take photos) I just think transparency is key and being honest and open, like you are right now, about the reality of day to day life.

    The key is to take your passion and bringing it to the real world to create career for yourself Consulting, working on projects, social media management, there is so much someone can do inspired by blogging.

    • Exactly! That’s the things that get my eyes balls rolling.. People who tell me, I’ve opened a blog last week, how can I travel for free? Is this a thing of the millennium generation or something? Where is the concept of hard work gone??

      I’m also a big supporter and advocate for those who make it and in fact I admire and follow them along, not with envy, but with the curiosity of someone who wants to learn for the “masters”. But truly: the ones who make a living just off of blogging are really, really a few!

      I also believe in the idea of diversify our skills, it is time we make the most of all our skills rather than mastering only one!

      Thank you so much for reading this VERY long blog and for your comment, truly appreciated! x

  • Thank you for such an interesting post. It’s great to have such a honest post and show how hard it really can be. Good luck with the rest of your work and keep travelling!

  • Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂 your pics and work are amazing and insipirational. I wish you the best for what is going to come and I’m excited to see pictures of your next trips 🙂

  • I love how genuine your narration is. The privilege of travel also takes a lotttt of effort, just like other dreams. 🙂

    • Yes! Exactly! I probably focused a lot on my passion for travels, but of course, that relates to every single dream/mission/goal that one has. Thank you so much for your time and comment! Take care! x

  • evaecasey

    Great post!! Very no nonsense, which is so refreshing 😉 People ask me ALL the time since I started traveling full-time “Who’s bank rolling THAT?” and I respond with a very pointed “ME!” (While probably muttering bitch under my breath :P) I still have a long way to go to make this whole travel lifestyle really work FOR me instead of me working for it, but I am willing to put in the work. I, too, love Big Magic, and was very inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert saying that she kept her day job even after making it “big.”

    • I know! I got to a point a few weeks ago where I had 57 emails and 29 DMs on Instagram with the same question. I refused to reply individually, I’ve now sent the link to everyone to clarify the truth once for all.
      I also have a very long way to have my micro-business to work for me, but I’m excited and even if it won’t work, I’m having so much fun that it would always be one of the best experiences ever for me!
      PS: if you want, you can join me and another group of lovely ladies for a virtual book club about Big Magic on Sun.31/Monday 1st (depending on your time zone). Details here: http://on.fb.me/23wKPiD
      xx

  • I pride myself in Travel! Besides savings my money for vacations, I choose not to buy the latest greatest toys, the electronics I currently have work fine. When I book a vacation package or a hotel I choose priceline.com. express deals for hotels are around 50% off and vacation packages are at great price. If I can give anyone advice I would suggest you limit your souvenirs, the best place to buy souvenirs is at a garage sale or a flea market. Find a hotel at a reasonable price remember you are only going to take a shower and sleep.

    • Exactly Alex!! This is one of the other posts I’m currently writing. Not everybody wants/can become a real minimalist, but becoming conscious about our own expenses can make such a big difference! There are so many people going to the hairdresser every week and asking why they never have money for travel? Or others having the latest iPhone & iPad & car & designer dress & fancy dinners, wondering why they can’t travel.. well, in my world 1-1=0 sooooooo…. the answer is simple! 😉
      Thank you so much for taking the time to come to my little digital bubble and living a comment! Take care! 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this incredibly personal post. It is hard enough to answer all these questions in private, answering them here in front of everyone is so much harder! I loved reading your story and the way that led you to where you are, and wish you lots of happiness in the present and future 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Orli. It was so hard and in fact it took me over six months to find the courage to write it and be honest about it..But then I thought: “What do I have to hide?” The answer is nothing! I’m quite proud of my hard work, my commitment and failures too. I couldn’t be here if I didn’t had the story and the life I shared in this post.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read through and for your comment! x

  • Thank you! Maybe you will be the next one?! 😉 It’s hard but it’s so good to take that weight off of your chest! 🙂

  • Thank you for your direct approach on the subject. I dove into blogging and a new travel business last July. I am poor right now but I love every moment of what I do. I am 64, not 31….It’s now or never. All I want is heat and AC and a beach somewhere near me in Italy. I work 24 hrs/day but at my pace. I write, share and read. I travel and write more. I would love to have money as I did before in the corporate world. However, I wasn’t happy then. I am now.

    Thank you for sharing your story. I need to follow YOU!!!!!

    • Wow! Marilyn! Hats off to you! Congratulations on taking the leap and believing in yourself and give it all in! Well done you! What type of business have you started? And yes, you are right? I never worked this hard in my life, I’m on 24/7 but I don’t feel tired, stressed or frustrated.. It’s all good for now that I can rely on my savings, it might change later on.. But hey, if we don’t try, we might never find out what amazing things could happen to us! Best of luck with your venture and take care, you are amazing! ☺️

  • What a nicely written post! I found you through a http://girlinflorence.com/ link. I spent a month in Florence last fall and the comment I got a lot from tourists and locals was, “What are you, a rich American?” Someone actually asked me that. My response was always, “No, I save my money”. It’s pretty simple. I chronicled most of my adventures here: https://rmmauro01.wordpress.com/
    I spent 3 weeks taking refresher classes in drawing while there. It truely livens ones soul to travel and create, especially in that city. My goal is to make an annual trip for at least a month somewhere.
    Your advice is incite-full as well as common sense for most of us. Your numbered advice is a basis for a running column for the masses that want to be free and explore the world and follow their heart (and make money at it). I enjoyed your personal story which is a version of my own and many like us. Most people are stuck in their bubble and can find no way out. It is amazing how many people in the world have the dream to what you and many others are attempting. Very few know that it’s a business. It looks like you’ve planned well and are executing. Many good wishes to you.

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment and taking the time to read through. I’m glad your found me through GirlinFlorence, she’s such a great girl!
      I thought my post was nothing new and really a bunch of common sense advice – as you said- but the response I got has been extraordinary. The thing is people often think that travelling is expensive (which in fact can be!), and therefore they have the assumption that you must be rich to do so.. We need to change that idea and that’s exactly why I wrote this post. Of course I don’t often share the behind the scene and I don’t snapchat while I’m working, the end result is that I only show/share the cool stuff I’m doing.. But now might be the moment to show more of what it means travelling/working full time.. Thank you so much again for your words and I wish you luck with your plan to travel one month every year.. And yes, you are right, since I’ve been on the road I had an impressive flow of creativity.. Something that only happened when I was little (and free). All the best to you dear, xx

  • Thanks for sharing this, as a new-ish blogger it’s really interesting to get a view into how other people make it work! You’ve got an absolutely killer worth ethic and it’s to be applauded, plus there’s some great tips in their to takeaway 🙂 Congrats on the book!

  • I love your reply to a comment further up, ‘where has the concept of hard work gone?” It’s so true, why do people seem to presume that as a travel blogger you’re not working hard (or shouldn’t have to work hard)? It’s like any other job but with different responsibilities and tasks; it is still hard work and requires you to have another job (or 3) too.

    • Haha! That’s so true! I guess it’s also our own fault as travel bloggers/photographers. Too often we display the beauty of travel and completely dismiss the “behind the scene” part. It’s easy the for people to think that is all shining and easy and I used to think the same.. But it’s important that we now start to tell the truth and that’s why I wrote this post (as well as because I was tired of this question!!!). And yes, I’m glad my dad thought me the concept of “hard working takes you anywhere you want to be” when I was little.. I have to say that so far it’s been infallible: I’ve always reached my goals and I’m hoping it will be the same with this new phase of freelancing. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this (super long) post and sharing your thoughts! ☺️take care !

  • Petia

    Really inspiring post, definitely something to consider for the future. I was wondering about the Instagram blogging? How do people get into that?

    • Hey Petia! Thanks a lot for your comment! One of my next blog post is just about that.. I’m writing it now and should be up in February! Stay tuned! 🙂

  • miber

    Grande Sabrina!
    Always nice to read you from the office! Going to Thailand next week, buy a flight and come to say hello 🙂

    • Hey Miberino! Fantastico! Thanks for reading ☺️I’d love to come to Thailand.. But maybe not this time! Come to OZ next time! xx

  • I started following your Instagram account when you visited India. You showed (and I hope experienced) India in beautiful colours. I started reading your blog around the same time and what I love most about your posts is the honesty with which you write them other than the fresh perspective you present. This post was a great read. I wish you lots of success on the path you have chosen as I have some idea of the courage needed to make one’s choices. You are an inspiring person, keep it up 🙂

  • Well said.

    I think the travel bloggers who make the money are the ones selling the courses to tell other bloggers how to make money. Of course, you have to have a huge following before you can do that.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for taking time to share your experiences and feelings about how to find ourselves the best way. I think you are right, as human being, we should always keep in mind that what matters is to follow our dreams of course but never doing it without being conscious of reality and how passionate and at the same time self-disciplined we should remain. Life is an adventure extremely beautiful, precious and fragile so we should protect it carefully. I wish you the best in your travelling experiences, hope they will always be rich in adventures, in meeting new cultures and people!

  • This came during a really frustrating time with my blog so I cannot tell how much I needed to read this! Thanks for laying it all out honestly, there’s way too much bs out there!

    • Haha! Exactly! Most of the people show off and talk about things which aren’t real, that’s why I felt it was my duty to be honest… Stay strong, blogging has its ups and downs, I’m sure you will find your way soon.. Just remember why you are doing it and everything will get easier ! Good luck and take care! x

  • Great post! Thank you for the honesty! My husband and I love to travel, and we will definitely be taking your words to heart!!

  • Great post, thanks for sharing.

    I have been blogging since 2011 and even if my income is coming from blog what I do is something “kind of related” to it.

    Bloggers are mainly free-lancers or they create their own products, as I do and you, I see, are starting doing too 🙂 That’s the way it should work. I know little people paid to travel and, actually, I would not even be one of them, I have my own style and love traveling so much that making of it a “job” would just make of it a boring experience.

    There are many different ways to make money with a blog but most of the time isn’t how many people think it is. You have to “jump like Tarzan” (liked it!) among different kind of jobs and projects.

    At the beginning is hard, then by the time you build your own portfolio, readers trust you and so companies.

    I started my travel business 2 years ago, working with just 1 little, tiny place in the Pacific Ocean and today I cover all south America and many countries in Africa, that I love!.

    It takes time, passion and no obsession to make money quickly, it’s not going to work.
    For the first 3 years traveling I could spend £500 per month, that was what I was making. Today, I can treat myself better. Loving my life, loving the way I keep on traveling, loving the job I have created giving the chance to other traveler to work with me while they can live wherever they feel like (or staying at home…traveling isn’t always what make us happy, also stay still is great when you are tired of moving all the time!).

    And YES, there is no an answer working for everybody. Each of us has to follow its own path and attitude.
    I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think out the box and followed my crazy, weird idea. But it worked and I am so grateful I was confident enough to believe in myself, despite the others telling me I was a dreamer.

    Keep on writing!
    Cheers from namibia

  • Hey Sweetie! Came across this while reading your newsletter! Such a great article. It’s really great of you to spread the knowledge like that. Even though success is achieved in different manners for everyone, I think it’s great to demystify a bit the blogger allure and show that it takes constant work and various projects to sustain a creative life. Baci!

    • Awww!! thank you so much my darling! yes, it was time to tell the truth and destroy the myth that we are all glamour and free travels. It’s a hard life, but the best I’ve ever had. How are you! back xx

  • Great read, you’re right on with what you say, hard work and saving and not being afraid to jump. My only regret is that I am too old now! I’d urge everyone who wants to travel to do it when you are young and have no responsibilities (unless you are rich!) I can’t afford to give up my rubbish job because it keeps a roof over my kids’ heads, but once they are gone, I’ll be on the next plane/boat/bus somewhere! Let’s hope my knees are still able to cope with a small adventure or two then! G x

    • Hey G! It’s never too late! What I learnt in the last 10 months is that I’m really glad I decided to travel at this age (30) rather than when I was out of uni (I couldn’t afford it back then anyway haha!). I believe that kids who embark on a long trip like this when they are in your 20s, they are unable to really enjoy the pleasure of travels: they waste most of their (parents) money in alcohol, drugs and parties, they steal in supermarkets and other shops to survive and they have the wrong attitude. I’m writing a piece about this…but I believe it’s time to tell the children to grow up a bit before thinking about travelling! 😉

  • I travel a lot but I still have my full time job which funds all of my trips. My blog doesn’t earn anything and as you said, it probably never will. And I agree that people who quit their jobs thinking that they will be famous bloggers paid to sit by the pool and sip cocktails do fail miserably. There is no such thing as quit your job for a stress free full time vacation. I have people asking me the same thing, how can I afford to travel but only I know all the sacrifices made and all the hard work in order to save money.

    • Thank you Joanna for your thoughtful comment. Yes, I know exactly where are you coming from and that’s why I wrote this post and now every time someone asks me that question I send them this link. I am so tired of people thinking I’m full of family money or that I get paid to travel. I wish!!! But most people don’t know the incredible power of SAVING!! LOL!