Saving for Long-Term Travel, Part Two

Continued from Part One

Goals Schmoals!

I’ve never been a goal-focused person—whenever a teacher or seminar leader or manager inflicts SMART goals on me, a part of my soul dies. Consequently, I did not institute an aggressive or disciplined savings plan. People don’t believe me when I tell them this, but the proof is that in 2011, I took four vacations and had elective eye surgery! Not really things you do when you’re trying to save as much money as you can.

Saving for Long-Term Travel, Part One

Now that I’m back in North America, I get a lot of questions, both from close friends and random folks like the girl at the AT&T store, about how I afforded the last 10 months of travel. Did I earn enough money from my freelance work to support myself? I did work ,and I did earn more money than I expected I would in the third and fourth quarters of 2012, but I also spent a lot more than I earned. I earned next to nothing in the first quarter of 2013 and I’m earning slightly more than next to nothing in the ongoing second quarter. (It’s been a relaxing few months!)