“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ― G.K. Chesterton
If there is one thing that drives me insane, it’s the mindset that you need a ton of money to travel happily. Now I guess this also depends on the kind of trip you’re looking to take. If you are hoping to lay by the beach and sip margaritas, ok, that’s one thing. But if you want to experience a place, I mean REALLY experience it, then all you need are the basics.
The best trips I have ever taken were by myself in cheap little motels eating food I bought from the grocery store. Why do I need to hit a bunch of fancy restaurants? Why do I need to leave with a suitcase full of cheap trinkets i’ll never lay eyes on again? I don’t. The best things I can leave with are fabulous photos on my camera and amazing memories to look back on. That, to me, is what traveling is all about.
I want to drive aimlessly. I want to experience the local cultures. I want to see with new eyes. What I don’t want is to waste my life thinking that I need unimaginable amounts of money to have an awesome experience in a new place. Hell, that may never happen. So why put off living?
So what if I have to eat Ramen noodles during parts of my trip? At least i’m out seeing the world. We only have so much time on this earth, so make these things happen while you can.
Money is nice to have, but we aren’t all loaded. Fortunately, I know that money isn’t going to buy everything. It could never have bought the incredible memories I made for myself on some of these ‘broke kid’ solo trips i’ve taken.
Just get there. Everything else will fall into place.