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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You're Broke
 
 
November 2nd, 2012
 
 
Think you don’t have enough money to travel? Think again. Travel guru Matt 
 Kepnes puts that myth to rest with this guide to traveling on little (or no)money.
 I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that
 
holds them back from traveling. The near universal answer?
 Money
 This is something I hear from everyone I talk to.
―Matt, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.‖
 
 
This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question.I answer this question in a plethora of posts, e-mails, tweets, and Facebook posts.Long-term readers might even be getting sick of me discussing this subject because it is one I talk about so much. One of the questions on my recent
 
 was about how someone who doesn’t work in travel can actually afford to
 
travel. ―What can they do?‖ they asked me.
 Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of thisfact: You do not need to be rich to travel.
Let’s repeat that.
 
 You do not need to be rich to travel.
 
I sure wasn’t. I had an administrative job making $30,000 a year before I left formy first trip. That’s a pretty average entry wage for Boston.
  Yet I managed to save enough to travel the world. How? I made it a priority. If travel is not a priority for you, you will always find some other things to spend
money on and you’ll never have ―enough‖ money to travel. I never have enough
money to go shopping or buy a new electronic gadget because I spend my money 
on travel, so there isn’t much left over for non
-priority expenses. Everything I dois focused on having more money for travel (and other things I love like sushi,movies, and nice dinners)! What is your savings priority? Is it travel? If it
is
travel, what is keeping you fromsaving money? What are you spending it on? A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of writing out your expenses andthen cutting them to save money for your trip. I offered 20 tips on how to do so
 
the same tips I used before I went away .At the time, I was still paying college
 
debt and yet using those tips managed to save over $20,000 dollars for my initialtrip around the world.
 
―But Matt, I w 
ork a minimum wage job/am a student/live on social security/amhomeless/
insert other excuse here
 
and no matter what I can do, I’ll never be ableto do it. I can’t even pay back my student loans.
 
 What do I do?
 
 Work Overseas
 
Not making enough money at your job? Why not get a job
overseas? There are plenty of opportunities in the world as long as you aren’t
picky 
 
and after all, this isn’t a career you are starting, it’s just a way to earn
money for travel. Here are some jobs you can get to pay the bills and fund yourtravels: Au pairBartenderHostel worker Waitress/WaiterFarm worker (Very popular in Australia and New Zealand)Dive instructor (Some certification required)Tour guideCruise ship workerCasino workerSeasonal worker at ski resorts Working overseas often gets discounted as an option because it seems hard to do.
 
It’s not. Just be open. These jobs don’t require advanced degrees or a lot of work 
experience either. Are you going to get some high-paying office job? No. Will youget a shitty, low-
 wage job that will pay all your travel bills? Yes! I’ve met people
from all walks of life, both from Western and non-Western countries, fundingtheir travels this way.Here are three websites that can help you find work overseas:Council on International Educational Exchange Work Abroad Program 
 
Teach English Overseas
 
One of the best ways to make money for travel is toteach English overseas. You can make a lot of money teaching
I replenished my travel funds while working in Thailand, and I have had friends leave South Korea with tens of thousands of dollars in the bank. All you need is the ability to speak 

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