Stop Making Excuses
Let me give you some revolutionary news. You don’t need savings the equivalent of a new Mazda 3 to travel around the world. When I tell people about my upcoming travel plans, their undoubted response is to wistfully sigh and reply, “Yeah, I wish I could afford to travel.” But! You can! You don’t need to be rolling in dough to travel. So I’m gonna tell you how you can make this happen.
For starters, you might want to cut back on the $10 vodka sodas in the club. Then, spend a couple of months working on your weekends. Australia has one of the highest minimum wages in the world. I can tell you from experience (working nine-hour shifts in a bakery) it doesn’t take that long to save up some funds. Now, once you’ve got your hands on a minor bundle o’ cash, you’re options are a plenty. You can pour beers in a pub in the UK. You can au pair in Italy. You can teach English in Guatemala. You can work the ski fields in Canada. You can make a living all around the world. If travel is as important to you as you say it is, you’ll find a way to make it happen.
I’ve met travellers who’ve lived off nothing but home brand pasta and adopted the “banging for bed” technique when times got tough. And if you ask me, your experience will be significantly more authentic when you’re not dropping dollars like the next Kanye. Some of your best memories will be from when you’re slumming it due to minimal finances.
So, as a fellow young and privileged Australian, don’t tell me I’m lucky because I can afford to travel. Especially after you just posted a pic of your new Michael Kors watch on Instagram. As Australians, we’re all freaking lucky. If I can manage to bum my way around the world, so can you. Stop making excuses. Save some moolah, book a flight, and go. Of course, it gets tough sometimes. But let me tell you, it’s worth it.
Cover by Ian Schneider