Money: Things don’t always go to plan
Money, money, money. Don’t they say it’s what makes the world go round? For us it’s what’s funding our trip! Some people ask “So where will you be working?” Well we aren’t. We are trying our best to travel for 1 year on our savings. Once that money runs out its time to get our broke asses home and find a job.
In all seriousness, why am I talking about money so early in the trip? Well, because it’s disappearing a lot faster than we thought. We thought all the research and planning in the world will help keep us on track and get us to that finish line. As you know we have learnt things change.
At the moment this is what a typical day can look like for us.
Food: $20 per day for breakfast lunch and dinner (4 people)
Transport: $3-$5 per day
Activities: Cant really average this one as some days its zero and some days its $30
Which is pretty good I think. However this is what we didn’t factor into the trip. Medical supplies (think child with allergies, constipated mum and wisdom tooth coming out for dad) emergency situations (needed to book last min transport due to change in plans), extra clothes, visas, bank fees (greedy bastards), flights, train tickets, training for Gerhard and Yoga for myself. You’re probably thinking are you serious? How did you not plan for these things? Because I read too many travel blogs and got caught up in what they did and not what we needed.
Than I really started to get depressed. Well not depressed but I started to freak out. Here was the thought process.
What are we going to do?
I don’t want to go back home!
We failed already!
Wait. Which countries can we cut out?
Man I knew we shouldn’t have eaten those burgers the other day. That would have got us another night’s accommodation.
I really don’t want to go home!!
OK don’t stress. How can we make money? Well we can’t teach English. We can both barely speak or write the bloody language well enough to teach other air breathers. Ummmm maybe one of us go back, work than meet again down the road?
Don’t be stupid. What a dumb idea.
We can cut out Vietnam and Cambodia and just stay in Thailand! Oh shit that’s right our visa runs out soon.
Really that was the thought process that was going through my head. Then I started researching how to save money on the road but it were things we were already doing. Once I calmed my ass down after a few woosahs and a chat with G I started to think who said we failed? Really that’s just me thinking we failed. We are here now. It was all a dream just under two years ago and here we are with just our backpacks and experiences we never imagined would have happened.
If the trip is 3, 6, or 12 months. Neither of those makes it more successful than the other. We sold everything, left our jobs, family and friends for an experience, not for a timeline or to say look what we did in 12 months.
I’m not here to talk about money saving tips, how to spend your money or how to make money. It doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank you can always experience something great. Why do we let money hold us back? We heard that a lot before leaving “If only we had money to do what you are doing.” I get it. People have priorities, mouths to feed, roofs to keep over their heads and mortgages to pay. A friend of mine who has recently had a change in lifestyle told me it’s all about perspective. Yeah things could be shit but it can also be great.
One thing we can control is our perspective. We can CHOOSE to wake up and be happy. That’s up to you and no amount of money should dictate that.
We have a choice. We can both sit here and stress about how we will make things work or we can be grateful for each and every day we continue to spend together as a family.
Not sure where this is going but I feel like I’m standing on a stage preaching to the masses haha!!
You may go.
Since arriving in Chiang Mai Gerhard is now sponsored by Team Quest Thailand. What does that even mean? Well for the time that we’re here he gets to train as much as he wants for free! Now for the challenge of looking for fight opportunities in the Asian MMA market. Let us know if you would like to help a brother out!!