So, you’ve finally decided to take a much-needed break and go on that trip around the world.
Maybe, it’s been on your bucket list for a while and you realized that it was time; time to see the world as much as possible, take a break from life and work as you know it and try something new.
After all, time doesn’t stand still for anyone, right?
The pull of something new is always exciting. You know those great new year resolutions, that fall apart a few weeks into it? Travel is a lot like that – it’s fun and exciting to think of, but without proper planning, the risk of it never coming to fruition is strong.
But there’s good news; just like new year’s resolutions, traveling as a lifestyle is very much possible. You just need to do it the right way and plan in advance. We know what we are talking about, as we’ve cracked the code ourselves! As women entrepreneurs and digital nomads, we’re well aware of what needs to be done to make travel a regular part of your life.
So, grab a cup of nice herbal tea, sit back, and let us guide you through it!
How much does it actually cost to travel the world?
We have been living nomadically for five years, generally, we estimate it costs us around $20,000-30,000 USD depending on which countries we are living in that year. Generally, we are in a new country for a month. But, since everything on the internet is targeted towards a large group of people, the figure may not be accurate for you. It may be applicable to some but is greatly dependent on your lifestyle, goals, possible list of destinations, etc. But the average costs by continents we frequently visit:
Europe costs: $114 a night
SE Asia: $75 a night
Africa: $73 a night
Latin America $70 a night
with discounts when you stay longer than a week.
Some of the main variables that the final cost will depend on are – whether you’re traveling on your own or with a travel buddy, the time of the year and around holidays, and the activities that you’re planning to do.
As nomadic entrepreneurs and coaches, we consider it our responsibility to empower women to follow their dreams no matter how big it may seem. So if you truly aspire to travel the world, we’ve got a list of some of our top tips to travel the world that you can use to make your travel dreams a reality.
P.S. you don’t need to win the lottery to be able to travel the world. We’ll show you how to do it on a modest income!
So, let’s dive into it!
Plan well in advance
You need to figure out your next destination as early as possible. It has got two main benefits –
- You’ll have the chance to lock in the best/cheapest prices
- You’ll have plenty of time to write and re-write your itinerary in case something changes.
An added benefit is, you’ll likely have flexible dates if you start planning early, and we know how much flight fares can vary between days of the week.
Once you’re certain of your destination, or at least have a narrowed list of possible destinations, it’s time to start looking at flights. Google has a nifty alert system that will notify you in case prices drop. So, be sure to set it up and allow yourself a buffer of a few weeks to make sure you’ve got the best deal.
Use Google Flights to look for the best options
This is a continuation of the above point. Instead of searching for flights on individual websites, run a comparative check on all the different flights available. Google will also show you if there are different promotional offers available on a certain website, or routes.
Book your flights at least 3 months before your trip is scheduled. Make sure to double check important things like baggage allowance, layovers etc.
Select accommodations carefully
We always try to book an Airbnb that comes with its own kitchen. There are a few reasons why this is helpful.
- Firstly, it keeps us healthy. Having our own kitchen means one less thing to worry about, and we’re not dependent on outside food all the time. Sure, we do eat outside from time to time, but we’re sure to balance it out by making certain our next few meals are all freshly cooked, healthy, and self-made.
- It saves us a lot of money that we’d have otherwise spent on eating out every day. Trust us, food bills have a chance of running really high when you’re traveling, and it also promotes mindless eating. It can be tempting to choose a cheaper accommodation that doesn’t have a kitchenette, but if you were to calculate all the money you’ll spend on restaurant food, you’ll see how much better it is to have your own space to cook instead!
So, it’s a win-win, really!