Hey, Travel Bloggers. “How can you afford to do all that traveling??”

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March 1st marks the first year Blogiversary of “Globetrotting Grandpa.” To celebrate this milestone, I am rerunning some of the most popular posts of the last year based on your likes, comments, and views. I hope you enjoy them. GG

Actually, I’m not asking you that question. I figure you probably get asked that enough already I know I get asked that question a lot myself, and I know it can be a frustrating question to answer. So how do you explain it? What other question do your less or non-traveling family and friends ask you?  My answer is below.

Sorry about the blurriness. This was taken on a non-digital camera, and that was then uploaded. This is me in Thetford, England visiting my uncle who lived there at the time. Visiting family and friends is a great way to save money while traveling and makes the trip so much more enjoyable as well.

So how do I afford to do “all that traveling”? Well, actually I don’t feel like I travel that much at all.  At least, not near as much as I’d like to go. It would be interesting to see how often I would get asked the question if I actually traveled to the degree I dream of doing.  But really the best answer I can give is the pictures you see when I visit are only the end result.  You don’t see the careful planning, work, time, (and most often overtime) I put in to be able to do this.  I usually have some money on my credit card. I have to work off after the trip as well. (Although I try to avoid that because it can really wreak some serious havoc on your life)

Mostly, it is just meticulous planning. Figuring out a budget. Reading a lot of travel books and some of the absolutely amazing blogs I have been blessed by coming across.  The community is wonderfully supportive. The more you travel, the less expensive it can become. You build a network of friends who are invaluable. Also, there are things like work/volunteer opportunities, home stays, hosteling, and little known discounts to help as well.  Seriously, if you want to find a way to travel, the method will locate you if look hard enough.

Probably the most frustrating comment I hear is probably  a variation on “Boy, I wish I could travel that much but, …..”  I don’t want to presumptuously speak for all travelers, but I think many of us would say  ” You could if you really want to do it.”  Besides, everyone doesn’t have to go to Timbuktu to be a traveler. Travel starts in the heart. It’s a spirit, what W.B. Yeats called “The pilgrim soul.” There are amazing things to discover in your own city and your own country.  Going to the other side of town can be traveling if you approach it from a spirit of adventure.

So what say you? What questions do people ask you about travel? How do you answer them?  Let’s start a conversation.

10 Replies to “Hey, Travel Bloggers. “How can you afford to do all that traveling??””

  1. It’s a sad thing ( I think) when you tell someone you’e going somewhere new and instead of them being interested, curious or excited for you, they simply ask ‘why’. Why not??? The world is full of beauty to be enjoyed and explored, but not everyone sees it like that I guess!

  2. I can afford to travel because I rented out my house. Most travelers are paying for their permanent homes in addition to the places they stay when they travel.

    Why do I travel? I dunno….What started out as a six month RTW trip has become a four-year lifestyle. I can’t seem to stop….every day is a miracle of one kind or another.

    Here are a couple of my postings relevant to yours….



  3. I completely agree with you when it comes to the meticulous planning involved prior to traveling. Finding the best transport deals, the best places to stay on a budget that fits us well and the works – it’s what helps us travel a little bit more without breaking our bank balances.

    The question I get asked the most is – “How do you hold a full time job and still travel?” To me, I think it’s fairly easy to travel if you plan well and plan in advance. There’s no right answer to most of the questions I guess. If one really wants to travel or do anything for that matter, that individual will find a way to do it. 🙂

    This was such a great post. Thank you for bringing this up. =)

  4. I fund my travel by going home every 6 months to re-charge the bank account. Its easy to pick up some temporary work in the UK and has the advantage of keeping ones mother happy.

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