The 4 Questions I Answer the Most About Traveling

A lot of people have asked me how I have managed to travel as much as I have. They have dreams of backpacking across Europe, sailing the Mediterranean, or drinking Guinness in a pub in Ireland. My response always is — you should do it.

Often I am countered with “how?” or “I can’t afford it”. People are usually too worried to leave their comfort zone for wild adventures abroad. So here are my answers to how you, regardless of your current situation, can travel and adventure the way you want to.

1. “How do you afford it?”

I understand that most of us don’t just have that money in our wallet just ready to spend. But anyone that has relative sense and a basic strategy can budget that money. Think about how often you buy lunch. Think of how many drinks you buy when you go out, and how many ‘things’ you buy on any given month. A cutback on these things can save you hundreds of dollars a week. By saving only $100 a week you’re just 5 months away from a month long life changing experience.

2. “How do you take the time off of work?”

Luckily for me, I was interviewing for jobs when I was also planning that same trip to SE Asia. I told my future employer right there in my first interview that I was going to travel for the entire month of June. They asked what for and when I told them about my travel plans they were as excited for my trip as I was. I’m willing to bet that my desire to travel made my resume stand out. My adventures may have actually been a factor in me landing my job.

Another benefit of traveling is that it’s a life experience that looks good on a resume. These expeditions will even make you a better person. But that is a blog post for another time.

3. “Do you travel alone? Does it get lonely?”

Two benefits of being alone in a country: you have complete freedom of your actions, and it’s easy to make friends. Just get to where you are going and book a bed at a hostel. People traveling are all in the same boat. Everyone wants to have a great experience and everyone wants to meet great people. I’ve found the hardest part while traveling isn’t making friends, it’s leaving those friends behind.

My female friends sometimes say that they worry for their safety if they were to travel alone. Obviously, I can’t relate to their fear but I will say that I have met quite a few girls traveling by themselves and they have all been glad they were.

4. “Do you have to speak the language?”

While you do not need to speak the language, I find it is important to learn a few phrases/words before I go. I always learn:

  • “Hello.”
  • “Please.”
  • “Thank you.”
  • “Where is ____?”
  • “Beer.”
  • “Bathroom.”

Learn say these six things in any language and you’ll be set in most of your endeavors.

Programmer — Writer. @andyhartnett12

Programmer — Writer. @andyhartnett12