更新： 02/03/20 | 2020年2月3日（最初发布于2012年6月20日。已更新链接和内容）
那’s ok. 在这里了解她和then come back.
OK, now that 您’re back, I’d like 您 to meet someone similar to her.
They’re different people, but they’re two sides of the same coin. Whereas Jessica won’t travel because she is held back by the travel industry’s marketing, 鲍勃 is our resident travel naysayer and held back by his own cynicism.
鲍勃 (I’ve changed his name — both here and in his 要么 iginal comment) came to my attention when he responded to my blog post about 我如何赚钱和负担得起旅行。他写了：
我喜欢这个– “Anyone 能够 do it”…然后我们发现他能够在第一次旅行之前节省20,000美元。我们大多数人在还房租的同时还清学生贷款。看到了，伙计们？总是有更多的东西–以前的高薪工作或与父母住在一起可以省下来，父母送来的金钱礼物，在国外教英语，被解雇或解雇，在正确的时间，正确的地方去旅行& got hospitality job 要么 teaching 要么 gardening job. It’s all very individual. 那里 is no formula that’s why no one comes out and says. They want 您 to buy something. This site doesn’t seem that big/popular enough to generate enough money to fly 25 times/year. 我的 niece has a bigger blog than this. [马特的评论：哎呀！]
Like I said, everyone wants to seem lucky. 那里’s always more to it than anyone will let on. I’ve been to 20 countries, but that’s because I’ve had rich friends/lovers & affluent parents. I once had a job that took me places, too. See? I said it. 那’s honest. No expensive books w/some 秘密. I’m not 尝试ing to sound lucky 要么 like I know something because I’m not selling anything.
I don’t know 鲍勃 personally. He’s probably a nice guy, and I’m not here to pick on him; I simply want to discuss his line of thinking because 我认为它 is shared by 远 too many. People like 鲍勃 assume that someone must first have some sort of helping hand, that saving money in 要么 der to travel 能够’t be as simple as I make it seem — and that I, and others like me, are just here to make a quick buck by selling a pipe dream!
Why 鲍勃 is a Nice Guy But Completely Wrong
Jessica will never go to Ireland — not because she doesn’t think she 能够, but because she will never 打破 out of the mold the travel industry puts her in. On the other hand, folks like 鲍勃 might travel 远 and wide but will never believe it is possible to do so without a lot of money. I call this the Sarah Palin Syndrome, which I’ve defined as:
“I’m not one of those who came from a background of, 您 know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and go off and travel the world. No, I’ve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of that culture.”
This is a pessimistic mentality. It is one that blames the outside world for 您r ills and then creates a “no” mentality so 您 never 尝试 找到旅行的方式。
鲍勃 assumed that I could only afford my 要么 iginal trip with the help of my parents. This goes to the heart of Sarah Palin Syndrome: the assumption that 您 need a lot of money (either through a good job 要么 helpful parents) to get going and that if 您 don’t start out with a fair amount of savings, 您 能够’t travel. In his follow up 电子邮件, 鲍勃 told me:
I’我住在南端。在波士顿这样的城市中，30,000美元的薪水，尤其是没有学校贷款的情况，’在三年内节省了20,000美元。那数学不’t exist, mate…unless 您’与父母同住。
但是，正如我之前指出的， 能够 用那种薪水工作。我几个月前写了一份清单 一个可以大幅度削减开支的20种方法. These are the exact 20 tips I used before I went traveling. It becomes pretty easy to save 33% of 您r salary when 您 are fully committed to 您r goal. (And, in the name of transparency, for the last 6 months I was home, I did live with my parents.)
I think folks like 鲍勃 don’t think that it’s possible to save money in such a hyper-consumption world. But it is. Because when 您 stop buying crap, 您r bank account goes WAY up. When 您 能够cel 您r subscription services, the bills they generate disappear. I lived like a pauper and made my salary work. And I have always said that I lived with my parents for the last six months before my first trip.
您 don’需要高薪工作来省钱旅行。 您 just need the right focus and money management skills. 您r bank balance isn’一夜之间不会翻倍。它没有’不必。踏实和稳重是赢得比赛的关键。
Second, 鲍勃 assumes that 您 能够’t do this while carrying outstanding debt. I am simply going to show 您 my student loan balance, which I have been paying off ever since I left my MBA program six years ago. Take a look at how much I still owe:
旅行ing with debt is possible if 您 are smart about 您r money. 在我离开之前，我一定要支付我的费用，并把钱放在一边以支付我的贷款。
But 鲍勃’s main thrust in his argument was this: I’m selling a lie. 鲍勃 电子邮件ed me the following after he posted his comment:
嘿，马特– This is a response to 您r 关于 Me page. Why doesn’t anyone every just say how they do it? Those backpackers in Thailand told 您 how. Why 能够’t 您 just share what they shared for free? 前夕ryone wants to keep it some mystery 要么 say, “Just decide to,”普通人可以完全了解’只是离开然后离开’t know how. Do 您 just save enough for a cheap flight, then, once 您 arrive hustle, camp, hostel, look for jobs as a gardener, network? Is that it? Once the bit 您’ve saved is gone, how do 您 generate enough to continue to eat and live? No matter how cheap it is, 您 have to do something to generate money for food and hostels and trains and planes. What is it that folks do? Did I guess it right? Teach English, hustle, take odd jobs, garden, tutor? Can 您 just be 真实, honest and upfront? 那’不仅仅是说出来，还有很多帮助，“Look what 我可以 do”.
In responding to my experience with those backpackers in Thailand, 鲍勃 demonstrated that he had looked around my site but clearly only saw what he wanted to see, because I’ve answered 他所有的问题 在以前的帖子中和have always been upfront about 该网站的实用性.
那里’s no 秘密 要么 book needed. All anyone has to say/do is exactly what I communicated very briefly. All 您 need is $2,000 for an initial trip and week stay to make connections. It will get cheaper from there. Once 您 take a trip, go for a teaching job 要么 hospitality, hustle, network. 的more 您 do, the more things unfold. 那’s the 秘密 to most things. Just start. Figure the rest out as 您 go.
鲍勃 I agree. 那里 is no 秘密 to travel. It’s exactly about what 您 just said. Save up some money. Just make the leap. Here are all the times I’ve made that point myself:
- Why 那里 is Never a Perfect Time to 旅行
- How to Overcome 您r 旅行 Fears
- 大家都说我’m Running Away
- 那里 is No Secret to Long-Term 旅行
的world is full of cynics. 的world is full of people who want to get 您 down. Anyone who has lived for more than five minutes knows that. Folks like 鲍勃 simply believe that it’s impossible to do what I do without some sort of helping hand. They sneer at the thought that travel could be easy 要么 affordable to all. pssh， 他们说， 您 must have a trust fund. 您 aren’t telling the whole truth.
鲍勃 isn’t as 远 off as others because he knows what I have long said — there is no 秘密 to travel. 您 just go do it! 您 need to make the leap. But he is wrong that in 要么 der to make that leap, 您 must be well off in advance. Hard work and dedication 能够 get 您 where 您 need to go. I worked my butt off to so I could go travel. 我教英语为我的银行帐户充值.
But cynics only see and hear what they want. I told 鲍勃 that I had loans, that the math worked out, that I wasn’t selling him an unrealistic dream, linked to all the 文章s I’ve written to share my experiences, and talked more about my past.
But I never heard back from 鲍勃
Sarah Palin Syndrome doesn’t let 您 see the truth; it only seeks to reinforce 您r beliefs. Once 鲍勃 knew my story (a story I never hide but that he didn’t take the time to learn), he went away. Cynics like to be cynics.
鲍勃 is right — there is no 秘密 to travel. 您 just need to take the leap. I’m not selling any larger dream than that. All I am doing is pushing 您 out the door and then telling 您 how to save money when 您 get outside.
那里 are bound to be 鲍勃斯 in 您r life. People will dismiss 您r goals, accomplishments, and dreams. They will 尝试 to give 您 a sense of 真实ity and tell 您 “the whole story.”
I believe people like 鲍勃 能够’t dream the impossible. Where 鲍勃 and people like him go wrong is that they believe that only those individuals who hustle 要么 have outside help 能够 go live their dream. But 您r average person? They 能够’t do it.
旅行 is possible, even with a job paying $30,000 USD per year in a major city like Boston. 的鲍勃斯 of the world will never believe that, though, because if they did, then they would have to accept that anything would be possible.
But I like the 鲍勃斯 of the world because 我可以 go out and prove them wrong. And, hopefully, 我可以 inspire many of 您 to do the same by crushing the myth that travel is expensive 要么 unattainable.
And then we 能够 all say to 鲍勃: “I know 您’re wrong. I won’t let 您 get me down. I’ll only let 您 inspire me to do better.”
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