The “unglamorous” life of travelling

I read a lot of blogs.   My favourite are the travel blogs.  I recently read a blog that talked about “quitting your job and traveling” and was slightly surprised at the negative comments the blog received.  Comments like, you have to be an upper middle class person to be able to do. Or, if I had a relative leave me a big inheritance then I too could do that.  So much negative thinking!!

 

But what really struck me was the one comment that was made about how these blogs glamourize the idea – that the only blogs people are interested in are the ones that talk about the glamour of travel and not working.  I hope to prove that wrong.

 

Traveling is not cheap- but it doesn’t have to be expensive either.  I am NOT one of these people who inherited money, or am an upper middle class resident who can afford to be traveling and seeing everything that I am.  I am neither of these people.  I was (and still am) a very hard working person, who worked long long hours in order to save up enough to move to Europe, take a course to be a TEFL teacher, and set up home in Prague.  I was lucky to have found some great roommates along the way that helped with the expenses.  But I did it all – with absolutely NO credit cards.  I saved in Canada before I left.  When I started teaching in Prague, I worked every single day – Sunday to Saturday  – for at least the first six to seven months.  There were cancellations that enabled me to have a day off here and there –but it was hard work.  I finally managed to get a good working schedule going that I was able to take some weekends off.

 

After being in Europe for over a year, I finally managed to save enough money to actually go somewhere for a long weekend – London England.  And again – my entire trip was done with no credit.  All cash.   I followed that with trips to Berlin, Paris, back to Canada for five weeks, and then moved to China.  Was it easy? No!  Was it worth it?  Absolutely.  Every single minute of teaching so many days was worth it because of what I was able to manage to do.

 

Traveling is not always glamorous.  As I sit in my room here in Chile, writing this blog, I think about the hours of teaching I have done since getting here (when WiFi cooperates).  I get up most mornings between 5:30 and 6, teach for about 4 hours and am done at 10am. And then I can start my touristy stuff.  And I am okay with it.  Because I know that if I didn’t have the students that I do, I would NOT be able to be out here traveling through South America.

 

There are days that I would love to just shut off my phone, get up and just go – not worrying about the students and the work.  But I know that I need to do it because that’s part of my life.

 

I love my job, I love that I can teach from abroad, and I love traveling.  So long as I am able to do this, I will do this.  I have gone through a lot and will continue to go through more – life is a learning journey after all.  But I KNOW that if I can do this, then anyone can.  You simply need to have the drive.

 

So for those people with the negative comments about not being able to do this without an inheritance or a lot of savings – you are right – you won’t ever be able to do it.  Because that is what YOU have told yourself.

17 thoughts on “The “unglamorous” life of travelling

  1. dartsandmaps

    This is such a great post, and so chalk full of truth! Traveling is hard and takes a lot work, but if you want to do it, you will find a way. I completely agree that it is worth every tireless hour of hard work to be able to see the world.
    I worked hard to earn my traveling- like joining service programs where you work all day, every day and now I’m off to work on a cruise ship- again working all day every day.
    Thanks for the honest post- its great to read blogs and posts that I can empathize with!

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  2. Tara Clifford

    Great honest post. We are able to travel so much because we prioritise it and save – and work a lot!! At school I worked in a deli at least 4 days a week but after high school I was able to travel to California and then do a Europe trip. It wasn’t fun at the time but totally worth it in the end!

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  3. Mel & Suan

    Guess some folks might be referring to the blogs or instagram accounts that seem to perpetually show the travelers who are living it up, traveling in style… dropping everything to travel the world and running a business at the same time heheh.. we wrote about that too in the past, noting the mirage these might be conjuring. What do you think about those?

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    1. Travel the world with Duey Post author

      There seems to be a lot of people running a business and traveling. And thats great if you can do it! But I am sure some of their days aren’t all beachy and bikini clad photo shoots. They have to work too. It is a mirage I think. Its hard work doing this.

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  4. HogriderDookes

    Great stuff, tell it as it is.
    It’s true, the vast majority of us who travel have work to do it, or give up things to do it, or if we are very lucky get paid to do it as a job. These days, being retired I have loads of time to do the travel thing….but unfortunately not a bottomless pension to support travel as a lifestyle!
    There is the other factor too….I can’t disappear for too many weeks each year if I expect to find Mrs Dookes still waiting for me when I get back….! 😂😂😂😂😂
    Life is all about balance!!!!!
    And motorbikes! 😎🏍😎🏍😎🏍

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  5. tourismstudentadventure

    Awesome!! I agree with all You wrote. Soon going to backpack South America and it took me a year of hard work to be able to finance all. The ones who have negative comments usually spend money on new smartphones and expensive clothes and wonder how can You afford ticket to Brazil? It is simply mater of priorities…

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  6. TheRoadToSomewhere

    I really enjoyed this post. A few people thought my partner and I were crazy for giving up our jobs to travel Asia for 3 months. But we saved hard to be able to achieve what we wanted most of all, which was to travel. Then we went to England to save again for our working holiday visa. If you want something bad enough you’ll put your money to it, and whether that’s travel or a material object is really down to personal preference!

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