(Thanks to The National Student, I had the opportunity to interview amazing travel expert and blogger Stephanie Yoder from the wonderful ‘Why Wait to See the World?’ You can read the original here.)
You could definitely say that Stephanie Yoder has done her fair share of travelling. More than enough, in fact, to earn her the title of ‘travel expert’. I mean, she’s only the flipping co-founder of the most amazing travel blog for millennials, Why Wait to See the World! She has been travelling and writing for almost a decade now, having visited and lived in a diverse variety of places, including Alaska, China, Ecuador, Japan, and Sri Lanka.
Jealous? Don’t worry, we don’t just want to rub her adventures in your face. Stephanie has kindly agreed to share some of her infinite travel expert wisdom with us, discussing how to find a travel style to suit you, how to get over the fear of ‘just going for it’, and last (but definitely not least) how to finance your global adventures!
Finding your travel style
One thing that Stephanie has found over time is that there are many different ways to see the world. As she explains, some people go the traditional backpacking route, whereas others choose to work and live in one place abroad (as an expat). Some people travel while working from their laptop (digital nomadism), whereas other people have a steady job and just make the most of their vacation time. Why Wait covers all of these different travel styles, but the most important thing to remember is that one is no ‘better’ than the other.
“There’s no right or wrong way to travel. It’s all about making the most of the resources you have available to you. You just have to experiment with different travel styles and see what is right for you at any given time”
Stephanie herself has done a little bit of everything. She was a budget backpacker for several years, and a digital nomad working on her blog. She lived abroad in the UK, Mexico, Argentina and China, and has travelled solo too (still one of her favourite things!) but now likes to travel with her husband and their baby. Right now she lives in Seattle and only travels occasionally – but she expect’s that will change soon.
Fighting the fear
Want to drop your life, buy that one way ticket, and travel the world without looking back? What’s holding you back? Is it the fear of leaving behind a secure, ‘normal’, 9-5 life? Well, my friend, you’re overlooking one thing: you can always come back!
“Often, these decisions feel very do or die,” says Stephanie, “but in reality, most people who take off to go travel do eventually return to normal life in some shape or form.”
And anyway, you have the entire rest of your life to work a 9-5 job, but this might be your only opportunity to have an adventure!
Stephanie thinks there is something to be said for trading security for freedom at least once in your life. The whole point of Why Wait is to encourage people to travel while they’re young. No matter what happens next the memories you make and the lessons you learn will be with you for the rest of your life. Finally, remember that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can work full time and travel the world too, and Why Wait has tools for that as well.
Financing your adventures
It’s all well and good to talk about travelling the world and how to do it, but the biggest worry on most people’s minds (especially us students) is a financial one: “can I really afford to do that?”
However, Stephanie suggests that many people overestimate how much money you need to travel. “If you’re willing to stay in hostels, travel slowly, and make sacrifices, you can easily backpack the world for as low as $10K a year.”
That might not sound too appealing to you though, and that’s okay, because there are plentiful opportunities to work abroad – either though working-holiday visas or by teaching English.
Plus, if you have computer skills you can try to get a remote job and work on the road. Basically, being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to give up on the travel dream; there are a lot of options to explore before you throw in the towel.
Now you aspiring adventurers are equipped with the knowledge you need to get going, go forth, and enjoy exploring the world!
(Let’s not forget to give special thanks to Stephanie for sharing her great advice with us. If you would like to read more about her, and her exciting, travel-filled life, you can do so in our interview with Why Wait to See the World here.)