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You don’t have to be rich to see the world

August 11, 2011
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That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest. – Henry David Thoreau

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Somehow, the phrase ‘luxury to travel’ have been used as if each word reciprocates the other. Our understanding of travel has been confined to the idea that you need to have lots of money to do it. Does this mean that travel is only reserved for the rich?

NOT AT ALL.

 

Travel is a lifestyle and a mindset. It’s not money that fuels that desire, but travelling comes from the desire to live life to the fullest, to go beyond the confines of our own space and get out and see the world. Travel is a state of mind – and you don’t need to have all the money in the world to do it.

And while having the ‘luxury to travel’ is true for some people who are lucky enough, the fact is that at this time, travel is not limited to those with deep pockets anymore.

The travel industry is continuously moving towards adapting business models that fit budget travelling – with flights, accommodation and transportation prices kept low – that normal people like you and me can now afford. We are living in a time where travel has been open to everyone – and that the idea of going out to see the world has been made easier and more importantly, cheaper.

I admit that my job allows me to earn more than a peer my age earns here in Manila and it is definitely an advantage that I’m lucky that I have. But I’m not living life like a millionaire. Like you, I pay bills and debts, I work 8 hours a day, and do public transport. And I save, too.

But I can say I live a life that I want and I’m sacrificing a bit of myself in order to make this a reality. AND YOU CAN DO IT TOO! And often, I have to get rid of material ‘wants’: instead of an iPhone, I booked a flight to Vietnam; instead of buying new shirts or shoes, I saved that money to pay for Angkor Wat entrance; and I’ve taken jeeps/buses instead of a cab, so that I can pay for a boat ride on the rivers of Loboc, Philippines.

That is how I travel – I work and save. And I feel happy because I know that this is a kind of long-term investment I want for myself. I’m sure I’m not going to remember when I’m 50 that I have had the newest Blackberry or the latest shoes or jeans during my youth, but rather, I’ll look back to the places I’ve seen, friends I met and experiences I had.

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For me, it all boils down to motivation and passion. I am passionate about travel – and I work hard to keep the passion going.

When I do get on the road, I travel not with my wallet but with my eyes, ears and nose. I stay in hostels or ask for free hosting. I take public transport even if I’m scared of getting lost sometimes. I eat street food as if my mom cooked it. I’ve slept in airports, train stations, places of strangers, fast food chains and coffee shops. I’m a sucker for low-costs flights, too. I’ll take a flight that is 1000-2000 pesos cheaper even if I have to wake and leave at 2am or travel to the ends of the earth to catch it. This is the life I chose to live and I aim on getting the best out of the experience.

And there more people who are doing more with less – hitchhiking, volunteering for free accommodation, couch-surfing, walking thousands of kilometres just to see the world and live their life.  I admire them, and want to join their ranks soon.

That’s actually my aim for this blog: to let people know that there’s nothing that limits you from seeing the world, be it money, your job, your family, your phobias or your allergy to insects. There are more ways to travel, and all you need is to keep your desire and dedication to see the world.

Live your life now. Go and see the world.

Thank you to my travel heroes too for the inspiration behind this post

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply na December 28, 2013 at 11:59

    Wow. Thanks for this post. I am more motivated. I really, really want to travel but before i’ll have my ’25 countries before 25y/o’, i want to treat my parents first even just in asia. I hope i can gain support from my loved ones. I am scared of being accused ‘feeler’ or ‘buhay mayaman’ if ill travel abroad. But ill prove them wrong. I also hope i can get a fine (or more than fine) job to finance it. Sana, sana, sana i can travel someday. 🙂

  • Reply flipnomad May 3, 2012 at 18:39

    hey man just saw this post now… i definitely agree with what you’ve said..

    “Travel is a lifestyle and a mindset. It’s not money that fuels that desire, but travelling comes from the desire to live life to the fullest, to go beyond the confines of our own space and get out and see the world. Travel is a state of mind – and you don’t need to have all the money in the world to do it.”

    As days go by… the destinations are becoming more of a blur for me and it’s becoming more and more about the journey itself.. A journey of continuous learning, endless discoveries and some mini adventures.

    Safe travels Jerick
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    • Reply Jerick May 5, 2012 at 11:05

      Thanks Flip! Definitely – travel is a state of mind and destinations are more a bonus! 🙂

  • Reply Marco - 25DollarTravel August 25, 2011 at 06:19

    I couldn’t agree more with you Jerick! I always find life much more rewarding if you go for the adventure and experience rather than the material possession.

    In that spirit I hope you will travel the world one day…I just completed my round the world trip and it was worth every dollar that I spend.

    Aloha,
    Marco
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    • Reply Jerick August 26, 2011 at 17:27

      Thanks Marco, bloggers like you inspire me to work harder for my dream to travel the world and be location independent. but definitely, it’s on the pipeline!

  • Reply Caz Makepeace August 12, 2011 at 18:18

    “I’m sure I’m not going to remember when I’m 50 that I have had the newest Blackberry or the latest shoes or jeans during my youth, but rather, I’ll look back to the places I’ve seen, friends I met and experiences I had.”

    spot on! this is the message we preach. Life is all about the memories!!

    Thanks so much for including a link to our post. Glad we could help inspire you!!

    Great post!
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