There is a French that describes spontaneous and unplanned journeys.
As I write it is 00.36 on a Monday night, all my roomies are asleep, in the background, I listen to a song from Xavier Rudd. Tomorrow I am heading of to another adventure, and I only had a few trips in my life who were as unprepared as this one today.
At the weekend we threw a house party at our dorm and I reconnected with a friend of mine and he asked me casually if I want to join him for a 4 day Road trip to Canoe around the Seenplatte in Mecklenburg Vorpommern(German is really the most beautiful language in the world haha). It is basically a unique lake archipelago in north Germany, and some of europes finest natural reserve parks are to be found there.
In my last blog post, I reviewed the book vagabonding
, by Rolf Potts. And one of his core missions i to eliminate the mental fallacy that traveling is only reserved for the rich.
At the moment my university is eating up all my money and the only thing that stops me from regarding myself as broke is that I stopped checking my bank account. x)
However, I thought that this might be a perfect opportunity for another experiment.
Is it possible to travel so cheap that you actually save a bit of money?
Right now I spend about 15 dollars a day for food(jab those gains cost me a lot actually) and I need to buy tickets public transportation which is about 5 bucks also.
So on the next 4 days I plan to do a badass road trip, and actually save some money while doing so! Renting a canoe costs 5 euros a day, we sleep in a tent in the woods, so that’s no money, and we have to pay for gas for the car. All in all for 4 days It will be roughly around 20 for canoe and 25 for the car so 45 total. For food I am going all minimalist on you guys in the next 4 days; Kidney beans, sardines, and rice is on the menu. Jab this is going to suck a bit, but hey do you want to eat a pizza or do you want to travel.
The point I am trying to make guys is that working more is not always the answer, spending less can be just as efficient.
So my plea for you today is: reevaluate your excuses.
What is it really that is stopping you from getting or doing the things you want. People think they don’t work out because they have no time, but they watch 2 hours of Netflix in the evening, others think they can’t afford travel because they don’t have enough money, while in reality, it is that they are bad at finding where they can spend less money on bullshit they don’t really need.
Traveling does not start when you book a flight, it starts with a conscious decision in your everyday life. Evaluate your financial habits, where can you save some money? Do you have some stuff that you don’t need anymore? Fcking Sell it. You got an extra room that you don’t use? Air bnb it. Do you spend too much money on restaurants? Go vegan for a month and only eat healthy greens. U love going out with your friends? Make a party at your house so you don’t have to play club entry. I think you catch my drift guys.
Being a vagabond is not only about traveling, it is about mindset and habits. The psychology of a traveler is different than from somebody who does not know what he wants in life. And from personal experience I never regretted a shitty job that I had that enabled me to fly around the world, and I never thought back on a unspectacular meal that I had and regretted it. We are in the business of collecting moments, not things guys.
So fellow crazy people, thx for reading and write in the comments what sacrifices you make in order to travel.