Three weeks ago, I quit my job, sold all of my belongings and moved out of my apartment in the city. I also bought a one way ticket to Asia which I embarked on March 1st. Many of my friends and family were very supportive while some questioned my sanity. Why would I quit my stable job? There were many reasons why I decided to make this huge life change. The best answer I can give you is that it seemed crazier to me to sit at my desk everyday for the rest of my life doing the same thing that didn’t inspire me. Especially when there was something else calling my heart and spirit, travel. I don’t mean the kind of travel where you veg out on a beach all day but to experience a new culture, language, food, people and being outside of your comfort zone.
I believe a lot of our problems today stem from fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of what we don’t understand and fear of differences. Travel is the best tool in tolerance because it forces you to open your eyes to what is really going on in this world and in my belief, it fosters gratitude for one’s life.
The question that I get asked frequently is how are you going to afford this trip? I will explain more in depth of how I saved and budgeted for this trip but for now, my approach to travel is luxe for less. I’m somewhere in the middle between backpacker and luxury traveler. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a gal who does love a great hotel every once in a while but for 90% of the time, I stay in flashpacker hostels and hotels. I like to stay at boutique places but on a dime. My theory is why spend a lot of money on accommodations when you can spend that money on experiences? I also like staying at these types of places because you end up meeting really cool people who have the same mindset about travel.
I hope the following posts about my journey inspire you to finally quit that job, to take a chance on something you really love and to take more risks because if it doesn’t work out, you can always go back to the same life you’ve already been living. Follow along on my journey through Asia and I will show you that traveling abroad in style is possible on a luxe for less budget.