Translated from the German version of this article.
“I’ve traveled the world.” And thus wild images begin to run through peoples’ minds: “Oh, you must be so rich! And courageous!” and most of all: “So how did you find a job again?” Few topics of conversation are as fascinating as long-term travel. Today we’ll debunk some of the biggest myths surrounding world travel and tell you what’s really true.
1. Only rich people can afford to travel.
The stubborn rumor that only people swimming in money can afford to travel continues to persist. The bad news: travel does require money. The good news: traveling around the world doesn’t cost nearly as much as you might think. For example, if you spend half a year in a low-cost country, you can easily manage on less than $10,000. No one bats an eyelash when you tell them about your new car or remodeled kitchen. But when you start describing your trip around the world, envious glares immediately ensue. However, keep in mind, the more you can reduce your budget in advance, the more you’ll have your priorities and standard of living in line for an upcoming trip. So how do you save enough money to travel? We’ll show you here.
2. A trip around the world means a setback in your career.
Yes and no. We live in a society where many employers find world travel to be an asset. You’ve “lived life”, you’re cosmopolitan, you’re knowledgeable of the world and know what you really want from life. Well, that’s only partly true. Globetrotters often find that after a long trip, they no longer fit in an office setting. Many have become free-spirited and are reluctant to work complacently under someone else’s demands. Those who don’t find this to be a problem can quickly and easily re-incorporate themselves back into the job market after a long trip. The problem comes when working in an office setting is no longer satisfactory and one must find an alternative path. This is something to be aware of before you travel. Read More »