“Your 工作 sounds like the most exciting 工作 in the world,” the cute blond girl — let’s call 她的 杰西卡（Jessica） — said to me. 杰西卡（Jessica） had just overheard a conversation with some friends I hadn’t seen in years, and they were peppering me with questions about my 工作 and lifestyle.
“He has the best 工作,” replied my friend.
“所以，你能带我去吗 爱尔兰 便宜的？我真的很想去。”
“好吧，您应该做的第一件事就是回家，每个人都应该 申请旅行相关的信用卡. 那 will get 50,000 miles as a sign-up bonus and you can use those points for a free flight. 那’s step one.” I said.
“Wait! 您 get miles for signing up for a credit card!? Really?” 杰西卡（Jessica） said.
As our conversation continued for a bit longer, 杰西卡（Jessica） was amazed at all the traveling I’ve done.
“不，”我告诉她。 “您 just need $50 a day，每年的费用为$ 18,000。”
“Oh, 那’s too much money. I don’t have 那.” she said.
So I broke it down for 她的 and had 她的 think about 她的 own expenses and spending habits, and she soon realized 那 for more money per year, she does a lot less.
“Wow! I never thought about it 那 way,” an astonished 杰西卡（Jessica） told me.
After years of talking to people about travel, I can tell when people are serious. 我的 friend’s friend who wrote down the name of companies and websites over a beer was serious. 杰西卡（Jessica）? She’s not going to 爱尔兰 with 她的 boyfriend anytime soon.
因为虽然她被所有的事物吸引 省钱技巧 I was giving 她的, she wasn’t ready to implement them, not even for a 假期.
Ads like this create the idea 那 travel is a luxurious escape from the tedious nature of our lives. And to get to 那 fabulous place where fun awaits you, we have to pay for it. It’s 惊人 marketing, even if it is a bit evil.
Magazines show high-price ads, resorts, and tours. Even 预算 magazine hotel “deals” are $100 per night.
I don’t know about you, but 那 doesn’t sound 预算 to me! The whole industry colludes to reinforce this image 那 travel is a luxury 那 can only be rarely afforded.
Bombarded by all of these ads, we assume it is the norm. “This is what you have to spend when you go traveling,” we think. Maybe 一天, you’ll find a good deal, but you’re still spending thousands for even a quick trip to 爱尔兰.
而且不管有多少 旅游提示和技巧 我同意，他们太难以置信了。杰西卡（Jessica）可能会很感兴趣，也许会感兴趣，但她不会承诺。
For starters, people like the path of least resistance. And my way requires more effort. 您 have to be your own travel agent. It’s a lot more work: I spend a few hours booking flights, doing research, and comparing deals.
Secondly, there’s no frame of reference. People have no experience with my way. I’m just a stranger on the bus. I’m just a guy at a bar, and no matter how logical my argument is, 杰西卡（Jessica） will still be skeptical. Because she has no proof 那 this works. To 杰西卡（Jessica）, I could be selling a Ponzi scheme. But since everyone takes trips the easy way, she knows it, she understands it, and she’ll do it too.
If you are on this website, you’ve probably overcome both of these barriers. Why do I have “featured in” all over this site? So people can see 那 my advice has been vouched for. In the age of faceless Internet sites, trust is the most important thing out there. 杰西卡（Jessica） has no reason to disbelieve me — but she has no reason to believe me, either.
我的朋友乔一直渴望去 阿姆斯特丹 自从我认识他以来。他喜欢抽大麻和赌博，阿姆斯特丹既有杂草又有优质的扑克。
每年夏天我去 欧洲, I say “Joe, come with me.” He says “I’m busy.” Last year, he quit his 工作. Did he come with me? Nope. In fact, I had to physically be there while he applied for his passport to get him to do it.
The old way of thinking is so ingrained into people’s heads, no matter how much I and others like me can prove 那 travel is affordable.
Which is why I know 杰西卡（Jessica） so well. Because 她的 story is like so many others I’ve encountered over the years. I’ve seen it happen so many times before 那 based on the conversations I’ve had, I can just tell. I know how committed people are to travel when I speak to them.
Maybe 杰西卡（Jessica） will prove me wrong and take 那 trip — but I’d bet she doesn’t.
游牧马特’s 17-Step Plan to Realizing 您r Dreams
As I reflected on my encounter with 杰西卡（Jessica）, I realized 那 if I was going to send someone to 爱尔兰，我需要使其变得容易。我需要在整个过程中牵着别人的手，而要激励他们前进。
I don’t want to listen to people any longer as they tell me how 惊人 my 工作/life/way of being is. I don’t want people to tell me they will do it tomorrow 要么 there is some bill 那 needs to be paid. I often feel like I’m banging my head against a wall screaming “YOU CAN DO THIS!” but no one listens.
And I realized it’s because I’ve never made it easy for the 杰西卡（Jessica）s and Joes of the world.
I only needed a slight push to travel the world. 杰西卡（Jessica） and Joe need a shove.
And so I have 被创造 this step-by-step process on how to turn your dream into reality. 这里’如何使您的下一次旅行成为现实：
1. Decide Where 您 Want to Go
A lot of people talk about travel without naming where they want to visit — they talk vaguely about places. Picking a place is utterly important. It helps you plan better and makes your trip more concrete. It’s a lot easier to say “I am going to 巴黎” than “I’m going somewhere in 欧洲.” 您 need a goal to work toward.
2. Plan How Long 您’ll Be Away
How much does it cost to travel? I don’t know — how long are you going away for? 您 can’t figure out how much you need to save if you haven’t decided on how long you’ll be there. Every place in the world is different.
These two are important first steps because you can’t know how much you need for your trip if you don’t know where you want to go and for how long. When I planned my 要么 iginal round-the-world trip, I made a list of all the places I wanted to visit and how long I wanted to be there. 您 don’t need to know the exact dates you will be in each place, but you should have a rough idea.
Research how much your destination costs at the style of travel you want so 那 you can create an estimate of how much money you need for your trip. 您 can begin with my 旅行指南 要么 simply go buy a guidebook. All you want to know 她的e is a rough daily estimate. This way you know how much you need for your trip so you can determine the best way to save 那 amount.
跟随我的清单 减少开支的20种方法 to watch your bank balance grow. Put a number to how much you need. For example, if you need $2,000 for your trip 那 is in eight months, 那 means you only need to save $8.33 per day. Doesn’t 那 make 那 larger number more attainable? Couldn’t you find a way to save $8 per day? 这里 are some featured tips:
- 切咖啡 – 那 daily coffee costs you $150 per month ($5 per coffee). At $1,800 per year, 那’s two months in 东南亚。更重要的是：您每天喝杯Joe啤酒，或者在泰国的海滩上度过两个月的时间，或者探索婆罗洲的丛林？
- 学习烹饪 – We all need to eat, but restaurants are getting quite expensive these days. Even with this recession, coming back to the US I’ve noticed 那 food prices are a lot higher than they used to be. I learned to cook while in college (a skill 那 has helped me ever since), and before I left, I cut down my eating out to two times per week. Every other meal was cooked. I cooked dinner and then used the leftovers to eat lunch, thus saving more money.
- 丢了车 – Cars cost a lot of money between insurance, repairs, and filling your tank with gas (current average price: $4 USD per gallon). Learn to love the bus, take the subway, 要么 walk. It took me longer to get to work using public transportation, but you’ll find 那 you don’t really need a car as much as you think. I understand 那 this tip may not be feasible for everyone, especially those in smaller towns 那 don’t have a good public transportation system, but a good alternative is to sell your car and buy a cheaper used car.
- 摆脱电缆 –在Netflix和Hulu以及免费（和合法）流媒体电视时代，您没有理由每月在有线电视上花费50美元。
- 订阅旅行时事通讯 – No one likes to clutter up their inbox, but by signing up for mailing lists from airlines and travel companies, you’ll be able to get updates about all the last-minute 要么 special deals 那 are happening. I would have missed out on a round-trip ticket to 日本 如果不是美国航空的邮寄清单，则价格为700美元（通常为1,500美元）。
取得旅行信用卡. While you’re working to save money, get a travel credit card so you can use those sign-up bonuses 那 I told 杰西卡（Jessica） about to get free flights. I have accumulated over 600,000 free miles this way and despite all the cards I’ve acquired, my credit score is still 770. Yet you don’t need a lot of cards — you just need one. Do this the moment you decide you want to travel. 唐’t wait — waiting equals lost miles.
不要将您的血汗钱交给银行。使用免费的ATM卡，可以节省每一美元。我用 查尔斯·施瓦布, but there are lots of other banks (don’t forget to check your local banks) 那 don’t charge ATM fees. Additionally, you can join a bank in the Global ATM Alliance. Just do something to avoid those fees because they will add up!
在开始计划时，请不断满足您的旅行需求。出行计划可能会令人生畏并且需要大量工作-特别是如果您的朋友和家人不在 ’t 那 enthusiastic about it! Without support, it can be a little depressing. Luckily, there are tons of ways to stay focused and keep your spirits lifted thanks to the 惊人 community we have on this website. 这里 are some inspiring travel stories to help keep you inspired to travel:
- Why 您 Have More Time Than 您 Think
- 迈克尔如何在六个月内节省$ 14k
- 13 Travel 图书 那 Will Give 您 Serious Wanderlust
9. Book 您r Flight
10. Book 您r 住所
If you have a set schedule, there is no reason to wait. If you are going on a long-term trip, book just the first few days. Once you know the dates you’ll be in your destination, there is no real reason not to find a place to stay. 我的 view is 那 waiting will just lead to you losing your top picks.
11. Plan 您r Activities
12. Sell 您r Stuff
13. Automate 您r Bills
摆脱邮件，实现无纸化，并为经常性账单设置在线账单支付，以确保您不会错过任何海外。如果您仍要收到纸质邮件，请使用以下服务 地球类邮件。 （如果您要进行为期两周的旅行，则不需要这样做，也可以跳过此步骤。）
14. Tell 您r Credit Card Companies 您’ll be Traveling
No matter how long you’ll be gone, it is a good idea to let your card companies know you will be overseas; 那 way any transactions 那 come up aren’t flagged as fraud and your card is less likely to be blocked. There’s nothing worse than having to sit on the phone with your credit card company instead of enjoying your 假期.
It’是时候开始打包旅行了。 这里’s a suggested packing list 让您开始。只要确保不要过度包装！
旅游保险 is something you will need on the road. 您 never know what might happen, and most health plans won’t cover you overseas. I never thought I would pop my eardrum while I was scuba diving 要么 break my camera in Italy. 我的 friend never thought he would break his leg hiking; another friend certainly didn’没想到她的父亲会死，她将不得不飞回家。
旅游保险一天只有几美元，只有傻瓜才有’t buy it. 这里’是我挑选优质保险公司的终极指南 那 shod you how to pick a good plan 那 covers you for when you get sick, flights get canceled, you get injured, something gets stolen, 要么 your trip is delayed! 旅游保险 will cover you for all of it!
为了让您步入正轨，您可以 下载此清单 并将其放在您的冰箱上以供参考！
I’m a planner — I like lists. I like knowing what I have to do. Not everyone is like 那 — lots of people can simply keep a mental note. But no matter what type of person you are, for the vast majority of people 那 dream of travel, part of the reason it doesn’t become a reality is because it also seems like this unmanageable task.
I think people know 那 there are plenty of ways to travel inexpensively, but they also don’t know how to manage it — and when you tell them how to accomplish it, it all just seems too good to be true. So people fall back to the simple method of, “Let’s just go to Expedia” where they will spend more money — and thus the cycle repeats itself.
But there is no need to be like 那 girl in the bar. Once you understand just a few secrets about travel, a trip becomes simple and easy — whether you are on a year-long trip around the world, 要么 a week-long trip to 巴黎.
我的 纽约时报 best-selling paperback guide to world travel will teach you how to master the art of travel so 那 you’ll get 人迹罕至的地方, save money, and have a deeper travel experience. It’s your A to Z planning guide 那 the BBC guide the “bible for 预算旅行ers.”
Book 您r Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks
旅游保险将保护您免受疾病，伤害，盗窃和取消的伤害。它’万一出了什么问题，全面的保护。我从来没有像我这样去旅行’过去不得不多次使用它。一世’ve been using 世界游牧民族 for ten years. 我的 favorite companies 那 offer the best service and value are:
看看我的 资源页面 为旅行时使用的最佳公司。我列出了我旅行时使用的所有物品。这是一流的，您可以’在旅行中使用它们不会出错。