No, we’re not talking about bumming money whilst over in south-east Asia on a quest to connect with your inner spirituality (HERE).
You do that by hashtagging your yoga photos on Instagram with #zen and #namaste – duh.
Oh, and #blessed.
Also, #wanderlust is so hot right now.
So Travel and Leisure have written a piece titled “How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It“, and we’re going to pick a few nugs of advice that might set you on your way.
Fine, off you go:
Use cash back rewards and loyalty programs.
Dean and Julie Couchey quit their jobs after saying their vows and have traveled to 20 countries together before their first wedding anniversary.
They do have a blog – “Two Fat Americans” – but they don’t yet sell advertising on it or get paid for sponsored posts on Instagram. Instead, they lean on loyalty programs, Ebates, and credit cards that give cash back as you spend.
Save your vacation days.
If you have a job that pays out for unused vacation days, sticking around long enough to accrue a bunch before you give notice could be well worth it.
Cut back before you go.
At 27 years old, Cassie De Pecol became the fastest person to visit every country in the world earlier this year. The adventurer visited almost 200 countries in 18 months and 10 days.
Lots of planning – and even more saving – went into making it happen: “I pretty much had to give up my social life, no going out,” she said. She spent lots of time babysitting and saved $10,000 before she left.
Stay with locals.
As Melissa Roy’s 30th birthday approached, the avid traveler set a new goal for herself: get to 100 countries by the end of her 20s…
Roy accomplished her goal, ringing in her 30th in Antarctica — her 100th country and seventh continent — using her own money. And her favorite [sic] way to save was Couchsurfing.
The online network connects millions of people in over 230 countries around the world with hosts who are willing to have them stay in their homes for free. In addition to saving money, Roy valued the service for allowing her to see her destinations through locals’ eyes.
Use Instagram to your advantage.
We’ll be the first to admit gorgeous travel bloggers Jack Morris, 26, and Lauren Bullen, 24, who met in Fiji and have been involved in a jet-setting romance ever since, are tough to emulate.
But Morris, who started out as a broke backpacker…now makes up to $9,000 for one sponsored Instagram post.
Take your home on the road.
Instead of keeping their office jobs and missing out on watching their baby grow, Terry and Jennifer Constant decided to sell their house, pack up their son, and buy a motorhome.
Since then, the family has journeyed through Spain and set their sights on Portugal, more of Europe, and Africa…
“I had to pay for someone else to look after my son, while I continued to stare out of the window at work wishing the day away until I could pick up my little boy, in order to basically just put him to bed on a daily basis,” Jennifer told T+L.
Let yourself let go.
Michelle Phan has 9 million YouTube subscribers, more than 2 million Instagram followers, and two cosmetics businesses. But one day, she finally let herself unplug.
…Phan bought a one-way ticket to Switzerland and went totally off the grid. “I even had contracts where my team still needed me,” she said. “But I had to go.”
Nothing screams off the grid like Switzerland, right?
She avoided Wi-Fi and spent uninterrupted time in nature, truly connecting with herself.
Have wealthy parents who indulge your whims or smuggle contraband
Oops, I added that myself.
Good luck out there budding world travellers.
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