Many people consider travelling to be a huge expense, something they can only afford to do maybe once a year. Yeh, travel can definitely be expensive, but it can also be cheap… cheaper than living at home working a 9 to 5 (as is the case for me!). Once you learn how to come up with a realistic budget and how to travel on one, not only will you be able to travel more cheaply, you will be able to travel longer and more often. Knowing for certain that you don’t need to save up an impossible amount of money beforehand to travel long-term can be quite empowering, you might even consider taking a couple years break.

Back in 2014, I was living in Sydney working a job I considered myself quite lucky to have. I had gone straight from high school to uni where I spent 6 years, then college for 6 months, and from there, right into professional work. I had reached some of my biggest goals at the time but then there wasn’t much I was looking forward to or that got me excited, besides my once-a-year 2-week trips overseas. Realising there was something not quite right, I quit my job and started what became my two-year break. My first slow, solo and budget travel experience took place then, during which I learnt that the easiest and most enjoyable way for me to spend less is to go travelling!!

Plan now and within a mere couple months (it took me 2), you could be off! Just prepare to have some amazing, life-changing experiences but also, some extremely tough times… which you’ll get through!

I hope my pictures and videos will inspire you to take a long break for travel, whether it be 1 year, 2 years or indefinitely, and that my travel tips and costs breakdown will help you come up with a realistic budget for yourself, save and make money while travelling, and stick to your budget, so that you can survive financially and continue to see more of the world!

Have questions? Feel free to ask them!

Happy break!

– Julie