This is a 6-part short series is about how to plan, enjoy, benefit from and finance a road trip across 5 continents in 5 months, for less than US$10,000.
This is a resource packed 6-part short series on tips, hacks, lessons learned and reflections on my journey around the world. Years after years, I have seen lots of very well thought online travel guides while planning my trips, telling you where to go, what to see and do when you’re there, and for how much.
In the following chapters, I share something different, more specialized, based on knowledge acquired over the past 6 years. This is more about “how to travel” than it is about “where to travel”.
If you’re interested in the latter, Trevellers Country Guides are more specific to a country.
“5 Months, 5 Continents, US$10,000” series allow a deeper understanding of the theory behind travelling frequently. It shares about how you can embrace this lifestyle if you chose to do so, along with other travel tips. It also teaches how you can become a Treveller, aka someone who travels at least 12 times a year.
1. All about Your Mindset
Travelling is not about “where” and “when” but rather about “how” and “with who”.
This saying applies all the times, whether you decide to go for a short weekend trip, a cross-countries road trip, an exchange program or even moving abroad permanently.
Nowadays, we observe a twist in society mindset. Travelling the world, discovering it, growing with it, are becoming more valued, including in the corporate world. This is especially true in Western Europe. And why wouldn’t it be? It has never been so easy, safe, and cheap, to travel.
I believe this is a profound change in people’s mindset. I believe the millennials are emancipating themselves from a rather archaic society model left by our parent: Moving from an era with too many traditions to a world more open, global, sustainable and reflective. Technology, both on a communication and transportation perspectives, is revolutionizing the way we interact with each other.
The world is getting smaller. Codes are being broken, norms and mentalities are changing, and others are being created. My biggest wish is to contribute to these changes, to foster interaction between people from all over the world. In a word, to help people turning into “world citizens”.
2. Why wouldn’t you travel as much as I do?
How many times have I heard these? “I have never done it”, “I cannot afford it”, “I am afraid”, “I am alone” or “it’s so easy for you because you do it all the time”. Indeed, when you think about it, you need three parameters to be successful while travelling: time, skills & money. The good news is that it’s far from impossible to achieve.
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Don’t forget that, no matter how trevellers lives look attractive and inaccessible, no matter how exotic and crazy their Instagram pictures look, trevellers are first and foremost people who made different choices than the vast majority. They are choosing to be different.
3. Your Choice is Key
People say travelling is a chance. Actually, it is a matter of choice.
Let me get this straight, I am not a rich spoiled kid. I didn’t fly entire months across the world at daddy’s expenses, didn’t get a fancy car for my 18th birthday, and I didn’t start my adult life with a dozen of thousands of dollars on my saving account.
I end up being a Treveller because I made choices. In my case, I have worked with a dream of travelling the world since I was a teenager. I planned things carefully, knowing every choice has an opportunity cost.
For example, a year abroad = a year away from your life.
That means that you won’t be there if your family needs you. Your relationship will very likely not survive. You will definitely change. You will be making choices for yourself, that your loved ones will probably don’t understand.
On the other hand, you will teach, learn and share. It has been a life-changing experience and so far, this is very much a positive sum game. What’s your cost of opportunity? How to ensure you get a positive sum game out of your travelling life?
Travelling expensively has changed me, even shaped me in a way. I am very keen to share this experience with people, from all backgrounds: people willing to start travelling, or doing it even more often, wiser or in a more sustainable way. I have received more help, friendships and kindness that I would have expected. For me, this is a way for me to give back, to help people in return, to inspire beginners.