Good morning, Believe Nation, I’m Evan Carmichael, my One Word is Believe, and I believe that entrepreneurs are going to solve all of the world’s major problems.
I started the Believe Life Series to try to step outside just the world of entrepreneurship, and learn from different areas to try to help us become better, more well rounded individuals who can go out and have a big impact. So in today’s episode, we’re going to learn how you can travel the world.
Rule number one is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best. And always guys, as you’re watching, if someone says something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired. And when you write it down for yourself, it’s much more likely to stick for you as well, enjoy.
Secret HACKS to Travel the WORLD
What is it about new places that attracts us to them? We thirst to wander, explore, and discover. What drives us to fly around the world to touch a wall? To find our likes, and our dislikes? It’s in our veins, it’s human nature, that drives us farther, that pushes us higher, that shows us who we are and breaks us free. Once you’ve touched the world, you’ve changed yours forever. It’s a craving that exists in all of us which leaves you with only one option, pick a place… Wow, that looks amazing. You buy a ticket…
Can I book a one way ticket to Thailand please?
Kristen: You pack a bag, make a plan, and you go again.
If you have a dream, if you have this crazy idea, you must believe in it even if no one else does. So when I had the idea to go to every country in the world, that’s kind of what it felt like, it felt like this crazy idea. It was like, this just sounds like totally ridiculous and absurd, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
And I realized that if I didn’t pursue it, I would always regret it. And that knowledge, that fear of regret, kind of drove me to say yes. And I talked to lots of other people who used very similar language, there’s a guy from Portland, Maine whose crazy idea was to walk across America, and he wasn’t even sure how does that work? How much time does it take? Has anyone ever done this before? It was this crazy idea that wouldn’t leave him alone.
And so one morning, he left his home in Maine, and he started walking, and seven and a half months later he arrived in San Francisco. And I talked to him throughout the whole journey, I talked to him at the beginning, and the middle and the end, and I asked him what were the challenges like? How did it go, and he said, he said something that stayed with me for the rest of my journey, he said, you know, there are lots of external challenges.
It was hard on the body to get used to walking that much, lots of things went wrong. There were some emotional challenges as well, he just had a breakup, and he was kind of processing all of this. He said what I realized about two weeks in, once I stopped complaining and grumbling about the whole thing, he said I realized that my task was pretty simple.
All I had to do was walk, essentially, and if I did nothing else, if I got up every morning and I made a little bit of progress, then eventually I would reach the goal. Eventually I would arrive in San Francisco, and achieve that goal, reach that destination. And it sounded really simple. But it’s kind of stayed with me for the final two years of my quest because that’s how I felt it was for me too. All I had to do was get to 193 countries, and I had my list of countries.
And I was making progress, and if I got stuck somewhere, eventually I’d have to overcome that challenge but I could go and do some others first. And I liked the logical, analytical progress of it. It’s something that related to me so, just keep going, you have to believe in your dream even if no one else does.
Caty: Let me give you the basics of what I personally did to travel for nearly three months, financially speaking. First I picked my destination and bought my plane tickets. In this particular case, it was actually cheaper for me to buy a one way ticket to New York City and then a one way ticket from New York to Berlin with a stopover in Oslo than it was for me to buy a one way ticket directly from Las Vegas to Berlin with any stopovers. So although it added a little bit of time to my itinerary, I saved a couple hundred dollars.
My favorite website for buying tickets is Google.com/flights because it shows you both on a map and in calendar format the specific days as well as the airports it would be cheapest to fly into. If you’re somebody who always goes for the cheapest flights, this is the best tool that I have personally found. And if you’re the more adventurous type with no specific destination in mind, skyscanner.com is a fantastic option simply because they literally have the option to search for anywhere on the globe.
So for example, let’s say that you are available at some point during the month of March, but you don’t know when yet, and you’re available to go anywhere but you don’t know where you want to go. On Skyscanner, you can literally select an entire month that you would want to travel at some point during, and you can actually select the Everywhere option when you’re searching for a destination. So doing it this way will show you the cheapest place to fly on the planet during the entire month of March to travel to from your specific destination.
So if you’re the adventurous type, I highly recommend, it’s fantastic. Once I bought my plane tickets, I researched a little bit of what I wanted to do in the specific countries I was going to. For me, I personally love museums, learning about history, and the occasional nice meal. I also knew that I would be traveling by train between countries, and I would be staying primarily in hostels, so I pretty much just Googled a little bit of what I wanted to do in each country, got a price range for those specific activities, added it up and multiplied it by the number of days I would be traveling.
This was my basic budget. Due to the fact that I’d be traveling through Europe during the high season, it can get expensive. So just to be safe, I upped my daily budget to $100 a day. Yes, this is a lot of money, no you don’t need to do this. I ended up spending, on average, way under $100 a day.
But it was comforting knowing that I had a little extra wiggle room in my budget in case anything came up. I highly recommend giving yourself a daily budget, no matter what it is, during the entire time that you’re traveling. A daily budget, in my personal opinion is a lot easier to keep in the back of your head, than an overarching budget that spans for weeks and weeks and weeks on end.
Pack Light & Smart
For water when we went to Central America or Asia, we used to buy a lot of bottled water, and we felt really bad about it, it was a lot of plastic, and it was actually really expensive. So now we got ourselves a really small portable water purifier, this one’s a Steripen. You can charge it with USB and it works really well. It’s just an ultraviolet light that kills the bacteria. And we basically just fill up our water bottle with water, you turn it on, put it in here and stir it for about a minute, and your water’s clean and ready to drink.
For food and snacks, we usually tried to bring our own stuff because food at the airport and the train station, and basically any touristy area is usually overpriced and really expensive. So we’ll usually pack a bag of our own snacks so that we can save money, and also make sure that we have the food that we actually like to eat. It’s important to check out the different guidelines for where you’re going because they’re always changing and often you can’t bring things like produce, liquids, raw nuts and things like that. Packing our food is also a great way to make sure that we’re eating healthy food which we can’t always find when we’re on the move.
For staying clean we have a few really simple things that we use and that work really well for us. One of our favorite things is this laundry soap bar. We use this to wash our clothes by hand. It is nice to be independent and be able to do that almost wherever you are. And it saves us a lot of money ’cause we don’t have to go to laundromats. Another thing we carry around with us is dry shampoo.
I was very skeptical of this when Danielle first talked about it but it actually works really, really well. It’s just a little powder that you put in your hand, you mix it around in your hair, and it’s like you washed your hair, you kind of get a little refresher in between showers. You can buy this, but you can also look it up and make your own using pretty simple ingredients like corn starch.
And another thing that we bring with us almost all the time and it helps us deal with those days in between showers are wet wipes. We obviously don’t bring a big container like this. But wet wipes combined with the dry shampoo are a really great simple, portable way to stay clean on long travel days and between showers. And last, we always bring our trusty Dr Bronners soap.
This can be used for anything, it’s natural, it’s unscented, so we can wash dishes, we can shower with this. So it’s really, really handy. If you’re traveling outside the country, you’re obviously going to need your passport, and you’re going to need to take really good care of it. We got ours stolen once and we just had one that was ruined by water damage. And if there’s just a bit of water that smudges the picture, it’s invalid.
So you got to take really good care of it because if something happens when you’re in another country, then it’s really expensive to get a new one and it’s a lot of trouble. So what we do now is that we always carry it in a traveling pouch, sometimes in a pouch that we can hide on our selves, and in that pouch we also keep the passport in a Ziploc bag. It’s really simple, it costs nothing. And it’ll save it from getting water damage.
Marko And Alex Ayling
Work & Travel
Number four, work remotely. These days certain jobs can be done from anywhere. Whether it’s programming to graphic design, or freelance writing and photography. Websites like Upwork can help you find work as a freelancer or hire other freelancers to help you take your show on the road. The key is geo arbitrage, earning money in a strong currency and spending it where life’s a little bit cheaper, think Southeast Asia. A good resource to learn more is Timothy Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek, seriously, read the book.
High On Life
Make sure you can make money remotely. If you can’t make money remotely, if that’s just not really within your reach, or your grasp, the other very obvious option is get a job somewhere else. Whatever you’re doing at home, somebody else in the world somewhere else will have a use for it. It doesn’t really matter, you can do that job somewhere else, granted you might get paid less. You could work in a hostel where you get room and board and some spending money, and get to hang out with people and do cool activities, as an example, right?
Some examples of people that we met who are doing this lifestyle, living indefinitely were workers at hostels. In Nicaragua we met a handful of friends that had been there for years, like literally, two, three, four, five years, and that’s all they do, they live on the beach, they have this beautiful lifestyle in paradise. Granted, they don’t have a lot of luxuries, as you can call it that we would have back home.
They have usually a simpler lifestyle. You have somewhat OK wifi, you have a room that’s nothing grandiose. You might not have a house or a car that you own. You have a bungalow on the beach and you have a little scooter to rip around in. You’ve got coconuts in front and you’ve got hammocks on the ocean. But that’s some people’s vacation. Some people work year round to get two weeks of that. Why don’t you just flip the switch a little bit, right?
I met a girl in Thailand who essentially had been to 15 countries, and all she did was would go, work at the hostel for a month or so, she’d make a few hundred dollars, that would be enough to take her to the next city, next country, she’d work there, she’d work at a bar.
It’s not difficult is what we’re saying. A lot of people do it, a lot of very young people do it. Some people just don’t want to go to university, they do that, they figure out, oh a lot of people are doing this, and it’s pretty simple. And I met a lot of new friends and just kind of go with it.
Hopefully it’s inspired you in some way. What we really want to get out of this is to teach you and to help you guys understand that travel is for everyone. You don’t have to be rich to travel.
No, no, no.
You just have to be smart, you need to understand the world of travel because you can do it with a small amount of money. You can do it in a huge way with a small amount of money. And do it forever if you do it right.
You don’t have to be rich to travel. Actually, all expenses while you’re traveling fall into three major categories. First is transportation to get from point A to point B. The other thing is accommodation, and the last is everything else, food, drinks and so on. If you minimize those three expenses to some minimum, it can be actually cheaper to travel than live in your own city.
For the next five years I’ve been traveling around the world with almost no money. And this is how I did it. First thing, I hitchhiked. Apart from being free, apart from being really fast, it allowed me one amazing thing, to have an adventure between point A and point B. How many of you guys have ever hitchhiked? Maybe, OK, oh quite a lot.
Why, what are you doing? OK. I’m going to play you a short video called Hitchhiking Guide just to tell you a few unwritten rules about hitchhiking and some of my experiences. When it comes to hitchhiking, everything is about using common sense.
First, to start, you have to get out of the cities or villages or wherever you live and so you have to be on the right road, going in the right direction and it’s really basic things. Lesson number two, stick up your thumb. Probably most of you have it so just do this. ♫ I have been searching Hitchhiking lesson number 36, Look decent like, shave and stuff. And try to wear some clean clothes whatever, or hide behind your backpack, so nobody sees what you look like.
Lesson number 54, do not hitchhike during night. Be in a good mood. It’s your choice, you’re hitchhiking, you chose this so don’t be grumpy, don’t be like . Lesson number 58, eye contract with the drivers. See, this one nearly stopped. Yeah, don’t hitchhike alone. I have a friend that I hitchhike with.
Meet Maria Juana, this is sheep. Lesson number 21, talk with the drivers when you’re in the car ’cause that’s the only way you can repay them. They would like to hear some interesting stories if you have one, yeah? If not, just listen to their story, that’s sometimes enough.
Lesson number nine! Fasten your seat belt if you have one. Hitchhiking lesson number 62, when driver is asleep, take over. Be always happy, you know like, you’re hitchhiking, it’s your choice. Sometimes you have to wait. Be patient and don’t expect people will stop ’cause you’ll be wrong at 99.74% of cases.
But, no matter how long you wait, the right driver will come, so, that’s the ultimate hitchhiking rule, and that’s all you have to know, man. There are no rules actually, all the rules. So… Yeah go out there, enjoy your life and challenge yourself, eh? ♫ Feels all right ♫ Now even breathing feels all right ♫ Yes even breathing ♫ Feels all right When it comes to accommodation most of the time I use Couchsurfing because I had a lot of experience, I had a lot of these positive references on the website and so on, and what I like about Couchsurfing the most is not only because it’s free, it allows you to have a different perspective of the destination.
You’re not destined to stay in your hotel room or take the tourist tours, you just hang out with your host, he takes you on places that you would probably never visit by yourself. In rich cities, in rich countries, I usually buy food in supermarkets which is the cheapest way and just eat on the street.
You can also cook with your host which can be pretty unique experience to say the least. These are Germans actually. Sorry! It was pretty delicious to say the least. And one of the cheapest. One other thing when it comes to traveling is that you can earn money while you’re traveling.
How to do that? I did it couple of times. One of them is busking, playing the guitar on the street. I’m not a musician, I know like probably four, five chords and four songs. So it’s like repeat all, people are passing by so they don’t really know. But the most important thing is to have a story. I always had my small card board which I wrote, actually somebody else wrote in the local language where I’m from, what I’m doing there, what’s my story.
And I think that’s why people donated a little bit of money, some sandwiches, sodas, and so on. You won’t earn a lot of money by doing this, but it can get you through the day. One other way is to write. You can write a blog, open up a Facebook page, after a while you can maybe write a book, and so on.
Is it for everyone, this type of traveling? I don’t think so. With all the amazing things that this kind of traveling can bring to you, there are also downsides. It’s a big chance that you will be lonely, that you will be hungry, that you will be sick, that you will be homesick.
But, it all comes down to your gut feeling. If, after all these ideas and all these knowledge, you still have that, wow, I wish I could travel like this, then you should definitely do it. Then you should forget about your fears, disregard the fact that you’re broke, and just leave, head to the road. Because, like that famous quote says, in 20 years from now on, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.
Thank you guys so much for watching. I’d love to know what did you think of this video? What was the biggest takeaway that you’re going to immediately apply somehow in your life? Or maybe your business, let me know, leave it down in the comments below, really curious to find out.
I also wanted to give a quick shout out to Wesley Lavinder from fullyoptimized.org, Wesley thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word, and offering to do a review on it, I really appreciate the support man, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the read.
So thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you have an amazing day, I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself, and whatever Your One Word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
Woman: We all have these great ideas, right? And at the same time we have responsibilities and mortgages and whatever. So I guess I’m just wondering what your advice is to people who want to go out and pursue certain things but there’re also certain limitations I guess that we have to exist within. I guess we don’t, but I can’t walk away from my condo tomorrow and walk across the country, it probably wouldn’t work out well for me.
That’s a great question, but do you want to walk across the country? Is that your aspiration? I’m a big fan of defining our aspirations and then crafting our life around them essentially. And so like the quest to visit every country in the world for example, I was thinking about this the other day ’cause people ask how much it cost, right?
And the first 100 countries cost about $30,000. So 30,000, at least I would argue is not a huge amount of money for going to 100 countries and all the life experience that I got through that. And also I didn’t have to pay it all right away. You pay as you go, essentially in something like that.
So… These limitations as you said, maybe let’s not call them limitations, they’re responsibilities. Especially people with families like you don’t just leave your family and walk across the country. But, again there are ways to cultivate the value of adventure, that’s why I like the story of Sasha and what she did at home.
There’s a woman in Omaha who’s knitting 10,000 hats. And her passion, the thing that she really loved was always knitting, and one Christmastime or holiday time she made 100 hats for her friends and family. And she was like, that’s really fun. I want to do 1000, but 1000 is not a big enough challenge so she took on this goal of 10,000 hats. And there’s a charity component to it.
You can connect with her on her website and eventually get a hat. So, I mean I don’t know, responsibilities and things are real, but if something matters to us, I guess I’m also a believer in figuring out how to do that, right? Like we do have to trade off things. We do have to sacrifice. And especially for all of us with so many opportunities available to us, it’s a matter of prioritization.
It’s a matter of, I can probably do anything I want but I can’t do everything. Right, so, if this thing really does matter to me whether it’s walking across the country or whatever it is in your case, then it’s something that you have to plan for and build for and for me it was worth it to do that.
I have a small story, short story about these prejudices that I encountered while I was traveling. When I was leaving Croatia and heading on my round the world trip, everybody was telling me, be careful. It’s very dangerous, you’re going to hitchhike, you’re going to sleep in other peoples’ homes, and stuff like that.
In Croatia it’s still OK to travel you know, but as soon as you cross the border, enter into Serbia, you know what Serbians are like, you know? Be very, very careful, somebody might kill you. And I’m like OK, thank you for the warning, and I crossed the border, enter into Serbia, amazing adventures, amazing people I met, people picking me up taking me out, sleeping in their homes really, really amazing experiences.
And I was leaving Serbia, heading to Bulgaria, I was driving with one driver and telling him that story like how Croatians were warning me about Serbians, and he’s like, ah brother, that’s complete nonsense, Croatians and Serbians we’re all brothers, but Bulgarians, .
When you cross the border, enter into Bulgaria you know what Bulgarians are like, lot of Gypsies man, you know? Be very careful, somebody might kill you. And I entered Bulgaria the same story all over again. Amazing experiences, people were just extremely friendly.
And then I was driving with one truck driver, going towards Turkey and I was telling him the same story, how Croatians warn me about Serbia, and Serbians about Bulgarians, and he’s like ah brother, you know, that’s complete nonsense. Croatians, Serbians, Bulgarians, we’re all Balkan brothers.
But Turkish people, oh my God! You know what Turkish people are like? Very dangerous, somebody might kill you. Turkish people warned me about Kurdish people, Kurdish people about Iranis, Iranis about Pakistanis, Pakistanis about Indians. Indians didn’t warn me about anyone. It’s like they’re the last frontier or something. Beats me. But yeah. It wasn’t only a travel lesson, but maybe a life lesson like not to trust all these horror stories people were telling.
And my last, probably most obscure tip is changing your relationship with money. I’m going to be a little bit harsh here. If the biggest problem in your life right now is saving money to travel, you are pretty damn lucky. Think about all of the other problems you could be having in your life, family problems, health problems, not having enough money to put food on the table problems.
Those are actual legitimate problems. Being bummed because you can’t travel is a pretty awesome problem to have. And once you start seeing it as a privilege to have that problem as opposed to this crippling reason of why you can’t travel, you can start simplifying money in your life and figuring out ways to get what you want.
If you want to save money to travel you have two options, spend less or make more. We talked about how to figure out what your overhead is and your take home, so start looking through things that you can cut out of your daily life so you can save more to travel.
And if you don’t want to cut out going out with your friends and drinking lattes, then that’s fine, but that just means now you need to make more money. Can you pick up another job? When I realized that I want to be able to quit my job to travel the world, I needed to save up a lot of money really quick, and I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to do that with my current job as a surf instructor, so I picked up a bartending job at night and then I picked up a job being a brand ambassador for a natural soap company on the weekends. I was working all the time.
Not only that, but then I started cutting back on all of my daily expenses. I moved into a cheaper apartment, I stopped drinking and eating out, I did absolutely everything I could to minimize my overhead and maximize my take home. If your dream is to travel, then that’s the way you can do it too.
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