We all experience periods in our life that range from flush to broke, happy to malcontent, and manic to depressive. I have just finished my first leg of travel for the end of this year, and will be moving on to the next phase. Having returned home to Denver on Tuesday, I rejoin the civilized world. I personally find the world of luxury to be unhealthy for me. Rich food, a shower every day, and drinking almost every day can lull you into the very habits that had to shed when going on he road in the first place. Landing at home, I knew that I was going to spend some dough. 10 hours of tattoo, dinner out with friends, beers and whatever else adds up pretty fast. It’s always refreshing to cut loose and not have to be so frugal, but it can lead to a major hurdle in your financial planning.
I am now at the point where I am going to have to work a bit more in the places that I go so that I can maintain my bank balance and continue saving on the side. Simply because you are traveling does not mean that you should ever cut your long-term investments short and blow your load globetrotting. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. I have my traveling pants back on again. I have new motivation to be frugal, work with my more restricted budget, and get more out of less. Being outside of the city always helps. Going to the grocery store always helps. Making your own food, turning down the appeal of snacks and uneccessary spending helps. All of these things add up to your trip’s longevity – and when an unexpected expense rears it’s ugly head (like replacing a stolen camera, for example) you will be better able to handle it.
Overall, the trip has been very affordable and super rewarding so far. Work has been plentiful, exercise abundant, and goals fulfilled. I have traveled thus far by hitchhiking, flying, driving, ferries, canoe, bicycles and more. I continue to practice photography, learning slowly more challenging techniques. I look forward to getting back on the move, switching it up a bit, and continuing forward. We are on our way to Montreal now, and heading for San Jose, Costa Rica, followed by Panama, Belize and Nicaragua next.
The photo below was taken on the road outside of Lake Watson, British Columbia.