Small Budget, Big Potential: Is the Nomadic Lifestyle For You?

Amsterdam AirportIf you’re thinking of adopting a travelling lifestyle – and I mean lifestyle, not just extended holiday – the biggest thing you’ll have to take into consideration is how you will find the funds. From basic transportation costs to food and accommodation, the scary prospect of running out of money can stop even the most enthusiastic travellers in their tracks.

However, there are success stories which demonstrate it can be done. Not from a trust fund, or by living off bread and water, but by a lot of hard work and a hell of a lot of money saving savvy. If you’re debating whether or not the nomadic life is for you, answer the following questions to see if you’ll be able to cut the mustard!

Can you budget?

The most difficult aspect of living off your means is sticking to a budget. It can be a real struggle, and instead of the usual assumption that a life of travel is one of spontaneity, you will actually be required to pay more attention to the immediate future than ever before. If you fail to budget accordingly you’ll be stuck fast!  The best way to decide whether or not you’ll be able to see it through is to do a test run at home; set yourself a budget for the week and try to beat it. But from finding cheap deals on travel to learning how to barter – it won’t take long to learn the tricks of the trade.

Can you do your job remotely?

If you’ve been wracking your brains to think of jobs you can do abroad, consider your current occupation. Depending on what you do now, would it be possible to work remotely or even on a freelance basis? There’s a lot to be said for this; offering you the freedom to move around, your workload can be staggered to fit your lifestyle. With writing and teaching being the two of the most flexible jobs, it’s never too late to change your career path…

Can you turn your hand to anything?

If you’re a little dubious about managing your own workload, the alternative would be to find work as you go – and this is where you certainly can’t afford to be fussy. From farm labour to bartending, handing out leaflets to house sitting; there’s a variety of jobs which might appeal, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to pick and choose. In fact, your choice of work will have to be based on whatever comes your way. A good tip is to consider hiring a car for a day solely for the purpose of looking for work; with their current offer for £10 a day car hire, it’ll certainly be worth the small expense if you’ve got a job come sundown!

Can you live without luxuries?

If you struggle to pack for a two week holiday, chances are you might have to work on your organisational skills before heading off indefinitely. When it comes to living nomadically, you can’t afford to hold onto a lot of possessions! From sacrificing personal clutter like clothes and toiletries, to going without larger items of technology – it’s all about scaling down and living a life without the need for material possessions.

If you answered most of the above questions with an emphatic “yes”, you might just have what it takes to make the ultimate travel dream a reality. So what are you waiting for? Get saving and start planning!

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My name is John Bardos. My wife and I gave up our business, house and possessions in Japan to search for more meaning and fulfillment in our lives. We've discovered that a satisfying life is about rich experiences, quality relationships and meaningful contribution, NOT consumption.

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