Tips to get money for travelling

I have met many long-term western travellers  and they could travel for at least 6 months or up to 1 year
Some people might think this is insane, how could they do so?

One of the advantages is because of their stronger currency, and they do not commit themselves for loans like buying car/ house once started to work… I assumed one of the reasons it was also too expensive to buy the house in their country and the majority of them prefer to have a good lifestyle and enjoying life instead?

While in Asia culture, we just tend to be “kiasu” which means a person very anxious not to miss an opportunity/ grasping.Including myself. We want to own everything in hand, for example, business, car, house and family etc. We do not want to be left out of the normal norm. For example, when you are approaching the age of 30, and if you still do not have a good career, do not own a car and house yet, hence majority might categorise you as an unsuccessful person.

Perhaps this might not only happen in Asia unfortunately mostly this is the case for Asian.There is no right or wrong, it is the just different style of living.

Anyway, If you want to take a break just like me and get to travel for a while.These are the few things and tips I have done:

a) WORK

There is no other shortcut.Work and save it to get travel fund.
If you are a student now, and you know you want to go for overseas travelling
Hence you should have started to do part-time while you are studying.
If you know and clear about your goal earlier, you would plan it earlier.

Alternatively, you could find out those programs such as

b) Sales Field Got Me Money
I worked as Sales in order for me to get more funds.Sales is the channel that allows me to get more cash but of course, pressure would be there.

However, when you managed to get the 5 figures income, everything is worth it.And there are many types of Sales, you do not necessarily sell it to end users.

You could also do in a professional and corporate way.

c) Saving
Make sure you have some savings every month.Set a goal when you will be going to get enough money to travel.

For my case, If I have overspent that month, I will save up some money on next month or figure out various ways to invest in something else.

c) Investment

I diversified my money to various investments – mutual funds, share etc.(depends on your ability, do not put all eggs in one basket)

These are the ways how you could make more money, increase your cash flow.

d) Part-time job

Besides full-time job, find a job that you think you are good at. Or even though if you are not good at it but you are willing to try, still go ahead.

You will never know what would be the outcome. For me, I like writing despite I am not good at grammar. For me, by writing could I express myself better.

Hence I do write articles for other companies, at the same time building up my new blog, coming up post: why should you have your own blog

e) Assets
Ok, I am also a typical Asian. Buying houses so that I feel secure and I am implementing Airbnb concept and rent it out for extra money.

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Besides this, renting out the car park at my condominium is also another money source for me.

f) Car rental
I rented out my old car to my ex-colleague when I was away for the past few months.  Of course, you have to be careful and have a mutual agreement before renting out your car to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

g) Carousell

I sold out all my unnecessary kinds of stuff , when I was planning to buy a new laptop (easier to carry during travel ) I sold out my old laptop. Same case for my phone.

As you could see, I tried many ways to increase my money and it seems these things everyone knows about it.And it is pretty common ways, isn’t it?

However, just how many people willing to try it out? We are just too comfortable with our current comfort zone, again, there is no right or wrong. This is your life.We do not need to tell you what you should you do in your life, you should already know what is your game plan in life.

Cheers.

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Why should you travel alone at least once?

  • Because solo traveling is fun (if you know how to plan and enjoy it)
  • No pressure from others
  • You can do whatever and go wherever you like
  • Literally, you could control everything
  • Freedom is the key
  • Get to know more friends easily
  • Dare to venture out something new
  • You could heal yourself
  • Overcome Loneliness feeling
  • To know more about yourself

Sharing my own story here:

It is always my goal to staying long term in overseas.
It is not because I do not like my homeland, somehow I just tend to see, explore and experience new and different stuff in overseas.

Ever since young, I used to have this passion (even till today) and I always shared with my close friends that I want to find a job in overseas, even just going to the neighbouring country Singapore is also Ok for me… you could see how  desperate I am to stay abroad for a long term.

I thought a lot of ways to do make it happen.I tried to apply working holidays to New Zealand on 2017 and it failed. I was upset a while and decided instead of continuing to wait for another opportunity, why not I try to find out other ways to achieve my dream.

Hence it started my research where should I go…where can I travel cheap? I did a lot of online research and consult my friends who have done that before. After everything getting ready, I just tendered my resignation letter to my previous employer without any hesitation.
There how it started my almost 4 months solo trip to Indo-China aka Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand in 2017.

Travelling alone indeed brought me a lot of interesting stories.I still remember Doha, Qatar was the first solo trip that I have ever done. I will share it more in my next new post for “Qatar“ about what happened over there and what had I done with Arabs. Another story about my solo “Japan” trip where I have met a crazy couchsurfer and what crazy stuff I have done over there. Stay tuned for my new posts!

To be frank,traveling alone is not as scary as what you thought.If you are not confident enough to go abroad alone at the moment, try to test yourself in your own country first. Then slowly to those countries which are safe to travel alone.  I could say that I could go anywhere and wherever I like now.(by proper preparation) If I could make it, why not you?

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Asian’s life…are you willing to travel long term?

Many Asians like travelling, however, it is mainly for short-term travelling. Because for us we cannot (aka not willing) to put down all our commitments. We used to follow the social norms, follow whatever it supposed to do in our entire life. When you are reaching the age of mid-20, many people including your family members (parents, uncle, aunties) rushing you to get married and to settle down. Even though the pressure might not come from your family, however, you will start noticing that your bff, your friends are going into another stage. At one point, you wonder am I the awkward one?
Well, sad to be true that there are a lot of people did not know what exactly they want in their life…
Despite they knew, there are many reasons (excuses) to pull them back .. “I do not think I could do that..I wish I could do this but let’s see.”
I would not tell you how enjoyed I was for last long trip in Indo China. By the way, I was there for almost four months (only). However, I would say this is pretty normal kind of culture for westerners. They choose to have a gap year either from university or working life. I have met some travellers where they have even been travelling for a couple of years.
Asians and Westerners are totally different kind of mentality.
These are some questions and doubts from most of the Asian friends:
a) How dare you just quit your job and started to travel?
b) You must be very rich..you must come from the rich family…you must have a SUGAR DADDY
c) Don’t you scare that you could not find any job later on?
d) Is it very dangerous to travel alone?
e) Is it safe to go these countries?
f) Do you get money by doing volunteering?
Sometimes it is hard for me to explain in details to people. Some people just would not understand why you chose this way. A lot of jealousy, doubts, negativity from different people. Of course, I am glad that there are still many people and friends that supported and encouraged me throughout the whole journey.
Especially my family members, my parents. When my relative was asking my mum, didn’t she worry me since I travelled alone plus I am a girl…well, my mum replied her steadily: “She used to do that way.” which means she trusted me and of course one thing she knew that she couldn’t stop me. Thanks to mum and dad!
If you are reading my post now and you are an Asian, I would encourage you to try solo travel once in your lifetime (no matter you are a guy or a girl). Of course, before going you must do some homework and preparation.
Feel free to message me if you need some clarification and details. I am willing to answer all above-listed questions 🙂
Cheers,
The Traveller Su
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