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How do you afford all of this traveling?

I don’t have a trust fund. I didn’t win the lottery. I’m not sponsored by some big company. I’m just a girl who decided that I want to travel more than anything else in the world. I decided to make travel my priority, and to make the sacrifices necessary to make that happen.

To read about all of the ways I afford a life of constant travel, read my post How I Afford a Life of Constant Travel, and You Can Too! 

 

I don’t have any money, can I still travel?

Absolutely! I have traveled all over the world on less than $1000 a month, and it’s possible to even travel entirely for free. Read my post How to Travel the World When You’ve Got Absolutely No Money, for more advice on how to do it.

 

I want to travel the world, but I feel stuck. How did you do it? How can I get started?

There’s no easy answer and there’s no magic solution. I worked hard, took a lot of risks, and above all else, I believed in myself. And the work isn’t done. I keep practicing this every single day. Here are some tools to help you get started:

5 Simple Ways to Save Money for Travel… Fast

How to Travel and Work From Anywhere

10 Ways to Get Unstuck and Create Change Now 

How to Manifest Miracles to Create the Life of Your Dreams

How to Figure Out What the F&*K You Should be Doing With Your Life

7 Steps to Creating a Life of Freedom

 

What about health insurance, visas, debt, pets, retirement, etc.?

There’s all kinds of logistics that can cause us to think that we can’t pack up and travel the world. But most are totally workable. I’ve written a whole post about it here: Yes, It’s Practical to Quit Your Job and Travel, and Here is Why.

 

Isn’t it easier for you, because you’re a cute, young white girl?

Maybe yes, maybe no. I can only speak from my experience. That’s why I got together a group of travel bloggers from developing countries, with physical disabilities, representing different genders, countries, and colors. Read it here: You Don’t Have to be a Privileged White Girl to Travel, Here’s Proof.

 

Isn’t it dangerous to travel as a woman alone?

I’ve traveled all over the world on my own, in countries like Morocco, Cambodia, and Colombia, and most of the time, I feel safe. You can read more about that in these posts:

Why I Feel Safe Traveling the World Alone

How to Feel Safe Traveling as a Woman Alone

The Best (and Worst) Things That Ever Happened to me Traveling

 

How do you stay healthy while traveling?

Traveling can be hard on your body, which is why I take extra care to eat clean, consume probiotics, use essential oils, get lots of exercise, and practice yoga regularly. For more on my health practices, read:

My Travel Wellness Kit

How to Travel the World and Never Get Food Poisoning

How I Cured Myself of Mosquito Bites Forever

 

What do you pack when you go off to travel?

I try to pack as little and as light as possible. Check out my full packing list here: What Every Girl Should Bring Beach Backpacking.

 

For questions on Costa Rica specifically, consult my eBook The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica.

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  1. I am 23, do not go to school, and work at a hotel. I do not have a career going for me and feel lost. I plan to sell all of my stuff besides what I can fit into a backpack, quit my job, and go. I don’t know what place to choose. There are so many options. Any advice on where my first spot should be? I only make $15,000 a year so I wont have much to save up.

    Also, I won’t have a job when I get back so do you have advice on what I should do once I’m back? I want to be gone for at least a month. I don’t want to go back to my job now. I’m unhappy. I’m hoping this trip will help me discover where I should go in life.

    Any help would be appreciated very much :)

  2. Thanks for all of your wonderful, heartfelt, inspiring & informative posts, Camille. It seems you touch many lives with what you do :)

    My question is this – based on your experience, after traveling around the world for a year, and running out of money, where is the best spot to settle for 3-6 months to write my book, based on quality of life as well as cost of living? I’m considering going back to Thailand, Chang Mai, where one can easily live on less than $20 a day. Bali is another consideration, although I haven’t been there for 7 years, or Mexico, although I’ve never been there. Costa Rica is high on my list, although I haven’t been there since 1976 (I’m the much older version of your nomad!) and I’m almost afraid to see what’s happened to it – it was so beautiful & unspoiled, and the words Eco-tourism hadn’t been coined yet. If it’s Costa Rica, I will definitely be buying your book, but I’m currently in Ireland, headed to Scotland & England for a couple of house sitting jobs, so am finding it hard to read a ton about all of the possibilities right now. Is it possible to live in Costa Rica these days for around $20 a day? Obviously it must still be beautiful, or you wouldn’t love it so much. And how is it in terms of living there as an older expat? Thanks!

    • Camille Willemain Says: September 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Hi Lynn! I guess where I recommend depends on whether you need to be by a beach or not? When I was in Luang Prabang, Laos I felt like it was the perfect place for a writer’s retreat. Gorgeous, inexpensive, and right on the Mekong. Costa Rica is wonderful and many places are still very wild, but much much more expensive. I’m not sure how to live here on $20 per day… $1000/month is more realistic ($400/month for house near the beach, but maybe I spend a lot on organic groceries and imported quinoa lol). I think it’s a great place to live as an older expat.

  3. Hey !
    Now I tried already 3 (!) times to buy/download your CR guide …
    It always stops after entering my Paypal Password.
    Could you please check and tell me what is wrong ?
    I need it pretty soon — THANK YOU and PuraVida,
    d a n i
    x

    • Camille Willemain Says: October 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Oh my goodness I’m so sorry to hear that! I just contacted the company who handles the downloads and I’ll send you a private message now.

  4. Hi, im trying to find international volunteers for this english teaching program, is it possible for you to help me by reposting this message? (its really a great opportunity and we still need about 500 people!!)

    Great opportunity to teach english in Colombia, rolling admissions, plenty of spots available still, check it out and apply now! http://www.bentogroup.co/etf.html

    • Sounds like a great program, just wondering why you have an age limit of 50, possibly 55? What is it about people in our 50’s that we are constantly discriminated against in the job market, now even as volunteers? I’m 57 and I’ve spent the past year traveling around the world, have taught both art & writing to people of all ages and am more active than many people a decade or two younger. Just curious about your reasons for this age cut-off?

      • I completely agree with you, I had to turn down a very motivated and qualified candidate in his 50s and it makes me very sad. This is a government funded program and they set those limits, I have no idea why (in my opinion its a bit arbitrary).

  5. Hi,
    I have really enjoyed your site as we are travelling to Punta Uva in a month and have found great info on your site. You are very inspiring!
    Could you tell me what filters or lens that you use to take your pictures? I love the blurry edges and bright colours!

    Thanks,
    Rebecca

    • Camille Willemain Says: February 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much :) I use a Canon Powershot, various models throughout the years and in different posts, with the “miniature mode” setting. xx

  6. Awesome blog. I’ve been planning to travel the world for a couple of years now so I’ve come across quite a few, but yours is definitely up there. I would already be out in the world, but sometimes women can really change a guy’s mindset. Luckily, as my trip has been delayed, I’ve taken up yoga and have become slightly addicted. I’ve looked into becoming a RYT, but the timeframe to do so is extensive (~8 months usually) and I’m finally able take my trip and will be leaving in the coming months. I’m looking to get certified fairly quickly, and preferably while traveling. Do you have any advice, recommendations, connections, etc? I think I would cover the niche market for 6’5 bearded traveling yogis :). Thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: June 29, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      That’s beautiful!! I can highly recommend The Pavones Yoga Center, where I did my training, though there are many high quality programs throughout Costa Rica and the world! Most are 21-28 days :)

  7. Hi there,

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  8. Amy Cramer Says: November 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Hello! My friend the Hippie in Heels recommended your blog and ebook for my trip to Costa Rica next week. I tried to purchase it through your site but it said this merchant is unable to process the request. Is there another way I can purchase and download the guide?

    Thanks,
    Amy

  9. I was wondering if you got any immunizations before going to Thailand or Vietnam? Also, with all the Agent Orange in Vietnam, is it safe to eat? Thank you!

    • Camille Willemain Says: January 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Hey dear, no I do not do immunizations anymore. Mmmmm tough to say with the Agent Orange :( Sometimes I wondered if it was safe to eat anything grown in that soil. That said, the people who seem to be affected by agent orange are those living in rural places. I highly doubt you would get any serious illness from eating the food, but may want to do a cleanse afterwards… Enjoy your trip <3