I always encourage people to get out and travel because I truly believe travelling is the greatest way to become more consciously aware, to discover yourself, and to create more peace, understanding, and unity in the world.
So far, I’ve been to 38 countries (39 if you include Scotland), and a lot of people assume I am really rich because I travel all the time, which isn’t true!!
First of all, I am not any more financially wealthier than the average Canadian person working a full time job, so no, I am not rich!
Secondly, unless you want to travel lavishly and show off, you definitely don’t need to be rich to travel, you just need to be smart with how you plan your trips.
Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not here saying you don’t need any money at all to travel! Of course you will need some money to travel, but not nearly as much as you may think! Besides, you also need money to live at home, and depending on where you live that itself could be very costly! I’ve been able to not only travel without having to spend a great deal of money while still doing the things I love, but at times I’ve saved money by travelling instead of staying at home.
First of all, stop and take a look at your expenses in life. Do you really need everything you are paying for? Do you really need a car? Do you need a big house/apartment? Do you need all those things you’re spending on? Just look at your monthly expenses, what are you spending on that you need for a comfortable normal life, and what are you spending on that’s extra? Ask yourself these questions, most people have way too many useless expenses that they can easily cut out.
For myself, well, first of all, I sold my car several years ago, which prior to selling I needed because I worked in a small town which was really spread out and had no public transport. It wasn’t even a fancy car, it was just enough to get me around and to work. I don’t actually think I’ll ever own a vehicle again but then again I don’t like to say never, I may need to again.
Secondly, I am currently renting out the apartment I bought in Toronto so that pays for itself. With the help of the internet today, you could do the same. You can put up your place for short term rentals. Let’s say you leave for 2 months, why not rent your place out for 2 months? I am just using that as an example.
Now as far as regular expenses, I hardly have any. I just don’t have the desire to “possess things”. I don’t have any unnecessary expenses. In fact, in many cases I’ve given away money to someone who needs it than to go out and buy a luxury item for myself.
So think about your expenses and get rid of all the unnecessary stuff!
Now that you’ve scrapped a whole bunch of useless expenses, you have some money in hand to travel with. You want to travel, but it seems like it costs a lot to get to your destination. Well, where do you live and where are you trying to go? If you’re in a major city, or can get to one easily, then chances are you can find some excellent deals to travel. I want to see the whole world, so when I find a good deal I jump on it. Again, this varies depending on where you live. For instance, people are often unaware that they can travel between several major North American cities for as low as $1 with the Megabus. That’s just one example, there are many similar ones!
Once you get to your destination, well, if you left Canada, the U.S or most Western countries, chances are you’ve landed in a place that’s much cheaper. I am not sure what people are after when they travel, but for me, personally, I am out for the experience, I am out to meet and interact with new people, make friends with those who the media would paint as my “enemy”, to make friends with people as we use fun, entertainment, and partying to combat all the pathetic nonsense that our governments feed us, I travel to experience different cultures, to bridge gaps between people, to bring a peaceful message to others, to show people what they may not know about people of Iranian descent, to tell them all the great things about Canada despite our pathetic warmongering Prime Minister Harper, to create more unity and understanding where unity is non-existent. I don’t travel to “show off”, I don’t travel for “luxury”, I don’t even like luxury hotels, I actually feel uncomfortable in luxury knowing so many people cannot even have their most basic needs. Luxury to me is as meaningless as anything out there. For this reason, I don’t stay at hotels, I either couchsurf or I stay at hostels. This way I am able to interact and meet people. Hotels to me are a waste of time and money for a traveller who is out for an adventure (Sorry to those in the hotel industry but you make enough money from lavish travellers and those on business). Couchsurfing is actually very well organized allowing people to really immerse themselves in the culture and meet great people, not only that but it doesn’t cost you anything! I’ve met some of the greatest people on my travels thanks to couchsurfing.
Click here for my couchsurfing profile
Considering how the cost of living in the overwhelming majority of the world is well below that of Canada and the Western world, I don’t see how it can get that expensive once you’re already at your destination. As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I actually end up saving money by travelling.
With that said, all I can do is encourage more of you to travel. There is no better way to expand your mind and become more educated and understanding of the world than to travel and see it all for yourself! Travel for the experience, for the adventure, and travel to promote peace, unity, and love amongst all your fellow human beings! I know I will, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop!
Click here to see one of my travel albums on facebook, showing some of the trips I’ve been on