Paid to Travel
September 16, 2012 10:20pm CST
Lately, I've been visiting travel blogs. And the everytime I read them, I literally hyperventilate. I think I, too, have been bitten by the travel blog. I've been to places this year and it has already done some damage on my funds. But, I really love to travel and so I read up on how these travel bloggers fund their wanderlust. And then it hits me that some of them don't have full time jobs but commit their time to traveling and blogging! (Of course most of them have other passive sources of income like investments, but that's another discussion, I think). And so here I am envying them. Who would not want to get paid while traveling? Oh my. I wonder if anyone here would actually give up their stable jobs and join those who fulfill their dreams of traveling. Or, give up their professions and all and make a career out of traveling and tourism. I know it would be next to impossible for me. Do you like to travel? How do you fund your travel? Would you give up things just so you could sate your wanderlust? Where is your next destination? Where was your last?
17 Sep 12
Oh, yes. It's what my married friends tell me. That I should make the most of it. Because once I get married and have kids, the priorities will shift. So, what I am thinking now is that I wish to marry a traveler as well. So that traveling is part of our lifestyle, and even introduce our kids to it. As to how we are going to fund our travels, I have to figure out that yet.
24 Sep 12
When I was young I travelled a lot and I lived and worked in 4 different European countries. At that time I wanted to live like that for the rest of my life, but today I live in my own country and I plan on staying here. I still travel as much as I can, but I don't travel for many months or work abroad. My last trip was an interrail trip in 2010 where I visited Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Germany and my next trip is in November and December this year where I am going to visit Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. In order to save up the money for the trip I had two jobs for several months. I had one job from Monday to Friday and another job in the weekends.
25 Sep 12
Wow!You're so well-travelled! I love going with people who travel a lot, because they know the high that I feel when I travel. I haven't gone to many places abroad yet because I am still exploring my country, yep and with 7,107++ islands to boast, that's many places to see! So I travel locally at least thrice a year, and outside at least once. I would also like to go to the 4 Southeast Asian countries you mentioned. They're our neighbors, actually, and my friend and I have been planning to backpack them. Maybe next year. I also have two full time jobs so I could fund my wanderlust. I don't make much, so I need a second job.
• United States
19 Sep 12
I love to travel, but I have to admit that it has been far too long since we've had the opportunity to travel. The reason that we haven't been able to travel in the last several years because of the health and financial difficulties that we've been through. The last place that we travelled to was Columbus, Ohio and that was in May of 2008. However, we are hoping that sometime next spring or summer we are going to be able to take our children to the beach for the first time in their lives.
19 Sep 12
I hope things get better for you. It would be a good thing for kids to experience travel. I think it's one life's lessons that one can't learn in school - the things you learn while traveling. And, I do hope you bring them to the beach. I live in an archipelago, hence there are a gazillion beaches here. It's a good experience for kids to go to the beach.
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
17 Sep 12
No, because travel like that is 'addictive' ... not in a bad way, so it's good for you if you're committed to 'being single'; but there are lots of 'temptations to adultery' out there (other women-or-men), so I wouldn't travel like that until I were married ... and then not without my wife to guard me from 'temptation.' (Maybe that's what Jesus Christ meant with the "And lead us not into temptation" in His "Our Father"-prayer---'And give us good wives-or-husbands to keep us from gettin` in too much trouble.') Even if you don't fall into that particular temptation, traveling too much (without your spouse) convinces your subconscious that the wide world has more to offer you than you can find at home; and you risk being depressed at home if you do not consciously remind yourself of the things you can only find at home that you give up to go abroad.
19 Sep 12
That's right, traveling is addictive. I'm not really committed to being single. It's just that I would travel as much now because priorities change with married people. But, even so, I still would like to travel when I'm married. I don't think I fall easily into that kind of temptation. Right now, I don't even flirt when traveling.
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 12
My last trip was in March and April 2012 to Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. I traveled there with my five year old son and my three year old daughter. A large proportion of my money goes to my traveling and it always has in my adult years. I am following the story of a man from Liverpool which visited the most countries in the world in one year by land and sea. He carried on visiting every single country in the world. Recently he got back home and I very much hope he will publish a book detailing is adventure. He is called Graham Hughes. Another man is currently on his trip around the world over land and sea only. He is intending for the trip to last around four years. Recently he left Nepal and is continuing with his journey. He does some website start ups and gets donations from subscribers. He is called Niall. I did a working holiday and let out my cottage at age 20 years old to afford to travel around the world. I worked as a children's nanny in Finland at age 18 years old. Now I am in my 40s I still travel and do it with my kids. I have a bungalow to live in. I have mortgage payments to keep up. I am hoping to visit Eastern Europe by train next year and go to Ukraine by rail.
19 Sep 12
Wow, you're well traveled. I am just starting mine. And, most of my travels are in my country. I want to visit as much because being in the tropics, I think my country is beautiful. My next travel out is South Korea this November. Wow, talk about journeying the world! I hope I could do that one day. But, travel costs. My friends and I do backpacking and budget traveling, but it still costs some money.