So, you are interested in travelling and you want becoming a backpacker? You want a taste of this life. And, you can have it too. But, I know that thought process; because I have been in your shoes before. You start by dreaming of a topical island. You see palm trees and white sand. You see paradise. You hear the sound of the waves breaking and you feel the heat of the sun. You see a cocktail on a table next to a sunbed. You see a kindle and you get that feeling of peace.
But getting there in real life can be tricky because the first problem you will have is “Time”. See, time is very hard to come by. And saying “Yeah, I’m going go for a 1 or 3 months” turns into how? So, you will have to figure out a way to leave the country for a long enough time to enjoy paradise, but you will still need to pay your bills; now that’s two problems. And if you have children, school becomes a third problem. And what with the money to live on while you travel, now that’s a forth problem. So, with all of these problems we now have. We now put our dreams of backpacking to the back of our minds and go about our "normal" thoughts". However, there must be a way because people go back packing every day. You have watched them go since you were 19. You want your turn.
How do they do it? How do they get to live out a dream while we do a nine to five? And, the answer is this;
They wanted it bad enough that they actually did what was needed to be done to make it happen. Everyone has a different story as to how that got the opportunity to travel. But, on talking to a lot of backpackers while travelling find that if the truth be told "where there is a will, there’s is a way".
Here is how some Backpackers fund their adventure.
1. The Average Backpacker
Some backpackers pack in their JOB. Yes, that is right. They kiss their job and income goodbye. They sell their valuables (like cars). They let go of their rent agreements. And, using the money they have risen alongside their savings (if they have any), they buy a ticket and jump on a plane. They may have enough money to last 1 month or 6 but they go with the flow, and see what happens.
They're willing to work their way around their chosen countries; to support their outgoing needs while backpacking. They often board and eat for free as part of their working contract; and they only normally make enough money for beer & basic's. And, most seem to be able to see what happens for about a year before they need to return home.
2. The Funded Backpacker
Some backpackers get to travel without throwing in the mortgage. And, they also have the security of travelling knowing they have funded coming into their bank each month to support their stay; so they do not have to work.
I met one couple from the UK (alongside their 15 year old son) who were travelling for 4.5 months without working. When I asked them how they afforded to travel for so long without working and hold down a house in the UK. They told me they worked for Tesco, and that Tesco offers a “lifestyle break” to its employees. This couple informed us that they both got full pay for the whole time of their trip and had a job to go home to. And, when we asked them if they took their son out of school, they informed us that you can legally take children out as they made their son be a “part time” student, and all work was forwarded via email.
3. The Entrepreneur Backpacker
Some backpackers own internet businesses. They have the ability to travel while they work. And, even they even have the potential to become “Rich” as their companies grow. And, what most internet business owner has in common is that need two thing to do their job. The first is a laptop. And, the second is “Wifi”. And, with most hotel lobbies, restaurants and bars around the world offering free wifi for guest. And they can go on to Off The Grid as they please having the freedom to roam with a dongle; as far as our wifi can take them.
They do have a different mind to the normal backpackers because they will have a Smartphone near them at all times. And, they will be networking/talking business. Plus, they will also need a couple hours every day to “work”. I say “work” like that because unlike the average backpackers who has to sweat to make a wage. The EutrePackers can sit and enjoy the surrounding while they do their emails. However, they will be ready to go back to their hometowns should the business require.