YOU! Yes YOU can travel the world for much cheaper than you think, and I (Marc Angelo) want to explain to you why all it really takes is a mindset shift.
To explain this further, let me tell you a short story and dive into a few mindset shifts that will radically change your outlook and get you on the road sooner rather than later.
The other day I was having a conversation with a very good friend of mine — Lynan Saperstein, the amazing entrepreneur behind The Big Factor and Trailblazers Retreat — about our upcoming journey to Costa Rica, and I brought up that I was super jealous she gets to hit the road and travel to different countries seemingly every month.
It truly feels like every single time I talk to her or catch a glimpse of one of her Facebook statuses she is enjoying the scenery in Bali, sipping on some coffee and enjoying a sunset in Turkey, or cruising the streets of Austin, Texas.
Her next stop? Costa Rica, and it turns out her free spirited attitude has me joining her (apply to join us) and many others really soon too – but I’m not here to share my travel plans so much as to share what clicked in my mind!
In our last conversation Lynan said a few words that are still resonating with me long after the sound waves disappeared into obscurity…
“It’s not nearly as expensive as you think! Anyone can do it and definitely you could too…”
For a second I completely discounted it, saying things like “no no I can’t,” but then the reality hit me…
Wait, yes I can, and better yet, YOU can too!
I had to overcome some limiting beliefs that inadvertently crept into my psyche and might be in yours too!
Rather than this being a blog about the specifics and costs of being a digital nomad from the travel perspective — I’d rather focus on the 3 crucial elements I feel any entrepreneur or “wantrepreneur” should consider in order to live a life on the road.
False Commonly Held Limiting Belief: “Traveling the world is expensive.”
Having been an entrepreneur now for close to a decade I must say I took on the role because I always dreamed of having my own ideal lifestyle.
Like most, this first came out of understanding what I didn’t want!
I didn’t want a boss.
I didn’t want to drive in traffic.
I didn’t want a cubicle or a 9 to 5.
I didn’t want to have to do anything I didn’t personally choose to do.
The truth is that figuring out what you don’t want to do is half the battle to discovering what you do. And then this hit me…
I had an amazing revelation one day while on my first ever solo backpacking journey, traveling the Great Wall of China. I wrote out an impossible list…
That day I fell ass backwards into what I would now term lifestyle design.
I had made a list of things I DID want to do and have been chipping away at this list of challenges ever since.
Surely you have felt this way before and, depending on your choices, have walked down this same path or plan on doing such “one day.“
Perhaps your dreams, like mine, include starting a charity, climbing to the top of Everest, or traveling to every continent on the planet. The truth is, these are ALL possible.
The lifestyle we choose dictates our means. The truth when it comes to travelling is that you can hop around the world for likely no more expense than you currently pay in rent, groceries, utility bills, entertainment expenses, car payments, and gas — all the bills you “have” to pay because you need them all to get to and from “work.”
This, however, is your CHOICE — not your duty.
Don’t believe me? Calculate it. I dare you!
Consider the average cost of living in your hometown and compare it to a one-way flight to the destination of your choice and a month of living there…
Not all that different, huh?
I did this exercise recently and totalled my monthly expenses here in Montreal to be close to $2,500 (not including my businesses expenses, but just the cost of living).
#TruthBomb: Well, the truth is, I could buy a plane ticket to Thailand, rent an entire home on AirBNB for a month with food, internet, AC, and everything I need, and be able to live steps from the beach, for pretty much the same price!
DID YOU HEAR ME?
YOU COULD DO THIS EVERY MONTH IN A NEW LOCATION AND LIVE FOR AS LITTLE AS YOU DO RIGHT NOW!
Now you’re surely thinking: Okay, it may be as affordable as my current lifestyle, but how do I get paid on the road?
Quick tip: Google “Travel Hacking”! You’re welcome.
Offer Value – Stop Consuming It
False Commonly Held Limiting Belief: “It’s hard to get paid while on the road.”
As someone who has helped countless students via coaching and online classes, as well as answered more questions than I care to remember at Valhalla, what I can say is that people have HUGE limiting beliefs in terms of the way they perceive or “consume” the world.
To be a successful digital nomad, you must be sustainable in all senses of the word!
Sustainability is a lifestyle — not a product. A focus on “getting paid” or collecting rewards is the first mistake.
The mentality of the truly wealthy follows the lines of “how can I help you?” versus the-ever-so common “how can you help me?” mindset. Wealth is found — exchanged really — from those who provide value and those who receive it.
Our consumeristic mindset always has us thinking about taking first and this is exactly the wrong way to go about adopting the digital nomad lifestyle.
Beyond the endless list of skills that can be jobs that you do on the road with nothing more than a laptop, camera, or internet connection, we must take an honest look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we truly want to serve others.
There are SO many organizations, farms, start-ups, companies (including one of my own), and people looking for talent and help all around the planet, and if you are humble enough to lead with your value versus trying to make your way around the world purely as a commodity then you will find yourself in many gift scenarios.
I personally have traveled way more due to having taken a moment to find someone who needed my help and was willing to reward me for my troubles than I ever have just saving up cash to hit the road and pay full price out of my pocket for everything.
Your New Digital Nomad Lifestyle Belief: Offer value and create win-win scenarios, and recognize that money isn’t the only value you can use to EARN — not just pay — your way around the world.
Quick Tip #2: Hostels are always looking for workers — so are hotels, cruise ships, and all travel related industries, not to mention work exchange programs like WOOFing. New emerging platforms like NuMundo could be a great place to look as well.
Quick Tip #3: Many flight attendants are willing to sell their standby passes. I traveled from Montreal to Australia for less than 200 dollars and Montreal to Argentina for about the same price, too… BE CREATIVE!
Less Is More
False Commonly Held Limiting Belief: “I gotta see everything while I’m in the country!”
As someone who travels 3 or 4 months out of every year (Montreal and Valhalla keep me at home, otherwise I’d be on the road), what I can tell you is that LESS IS MORE!
Traveling is not about seeing every single landmark, nor truly about getting to any one particular spot or place, compared to what you shall learn on the journey getting there.
A bucket list item being checked off is one thing, but there is truly nothing more expensive while travelling than doing the most touristic things in the most touristic places!
You can save a bunch of money if you avoid the touristic hotspots and get yourself onto the less travelled path… Become a trailblazer and you will find life’s many riches, and they won’t be material in nature…
#TruthBomb: Meeting locals, reading that book you have been meaning to read while in transit, trying new foods, having light bulbs go off internally, and moving around less while truly exploring a town location more is 1000 times more fulfilling!
Sometimes our travel dreams are affordable and it’s just a matter of changing our itinerary a little and recognizing the destination lies within.
Quick Tip: Participate in group trips or travel with friends! Power is found in numbers and there are many ways to stay in amazing places and live amazing experiences you couldn’t afford alone.
Shameless plug for Trailblazers Retreat: If you’re ready to blaze your own trail and want to learn more about the trip to Costa Rica, check it out here! Thanks for the inspiration Lynan, and to you, dear readers — I’d be SUPER happy to meet you there!
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