A while back I discussed the finer points about How to Save Money on Airfare. I recently got my ticket and thought it would be worthwhile to readdress some of those thoughts, but also continue on with the general talk of finances, as this seems to be what everyone is asking me about. Flying on a budget airline is a trade off, but only in some very small ways as these days all airlines seem to be budget comfort without a budget fare. Saving an initial sum of money by enduring slightly more discomfort on one single day can translate into being abroad much longer. In the wise words of Louis C.K. “Just shut up... you’re FLYING! You're sitting in a chair in the sky.... You're like a Greek myth right now!”
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When people ask me what my plans are, whether it’s out of genuine interest or the sameness of friendly greetings, it seems that a myth is rampant throughout our society. The myth being that traveling requires a lot of money, and that those people who travel either won the lotto or have a wealthy board of financiers. I at least have never met anyone who fits into those descriptions, but those who have never traveled in this way perpetuate it as fact. In one encounter, a coworker, asked me, simply and as blatantly as it seems, “Who died?” assuming I had acquired a large inheritance.
Instead, we adopt travel as a lifestyle the same way my peers might adopt being a student, a young professional, an outdoorsy Coloradan, or a host of other labels. The important part being that the intention is there, with all the challenges and benefits, as well as the idealism and actuality that entails.
Funded largely by working odd low paying jobs, we scrape together pennies, pence, or cents in a short period to travel at length. We supplement our savings by trading farm labor, work exchanges, being an au pair and teaching English, for what could have been a relaxing carefree vacation. In this way we are able to prolong our stay abroad. What most would spend on a two-week holiday, we make last six months. We are seasoned travelers, and we do what’s necessary in order to be out in the world longer and to do what we enjoy more, all with the lofty goal of describing our travels as indefinite.