How do we travel cheaper but still see the full breathtaking beauty of other countries?
It’s actually possible to spend less money traveling the world than you would be living in your own city. So yes, you can indulge in your wanderlust while being economically savvy.
And the greatest news? Traveling cheaper can make adventures richer.
You can meet the locals, enjoy unique experiences, live sustainably and give back to the community in a way that you couldn’t if you were the typical tourist.
In this 18-minute TED Talk, Tomislav Perko shares how he was able to travel to over 40 countries, hitchhiking over 30,000 miles all on a $10 budget.
- (2:27) — Why you don’t need to be rich or brave to travel, and how to minimize the expenses you can’t avoid;
- (9:56) — How to earn money while traveling;
- (15:26) — How to bring back the adventure and intensity of travel with you to your home country and daily life.
4 Truths You Learn From Traveling
1. Countries Are Not One-Dimensional
Don’t rip your ideas about an entire nation from a few clickbait headlines. The media doesn’t represent countries or cultures accurately. Unfortunately, the images they portray are usually biased and one-dimensional.
But people are never one-dimensional. The truth is, we can learn something from every
2. We Should Preserve Our Earth
When you see jungles of Southeast Asia, the safaris of Africa, or the mountain ranges across Europe, you realize how wondrous this world really is. We’ve only got one. To paraphrase Carl Sagan, this pale blue dot contains everything and everyone we’ve ever loved.
And unfortunately, climate change, deforestation, and reckless overuse of our resources threaten to destroy what makes this earth so very previous. Scientists estimate that if we continue at the rate we’re going, we’ll hit a point of no return by 2030.
Once you’ve seen the majesty of nature firsthand, you understand what you’re preserving by doubling your efforts to reduce your waste and minimizing your ecological footprint.
3. How To Tear Down Your Prejudices
There’s a reason Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
When your image of a country or culture comes only from what the media shows you, it’s easy enough to develop prejudices — even ones you might not have known existed. Because like we said earlier, the media oversimplifies and exaggerates certain differences to suit their own narrative.
But when you travel, you meet people who come from different backgrounds from you. Your prejudices begin to melt away as you meet real-life human beings.
4. Our Similarities Vastly Outweigh Our Differences
And here’s another fact that you learn when traveling: we might come from varying backgrounds, but these differences are largely superficial.
Yes, they’re interesting to talk about. But the truth is, no matter where we live in the world, no matter what culture we come from, we are all human beings.
Did you ever travel (really, really) cheap?
And what’s your best tip for richer adventures in life?
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