Why We’re Not Lucky to Travel…

As I prepare to head out on the second part of my RTW trip next week it’s proving to be the biggest focus point of my conversations with people. Alot of the people I chat about my travels with all reply in the same way – thy say I’m lucky to do what I’m doing.

But there’s no real luck involved in what I do.


Product of an Aim

I didn’t win my flight ticket. I didn’t stumble into a book of things to do in the places I visited and I wasn’t given the money I’m using to fund it all.

Hard Earned Dollar

Long term travel or seeing the world through multiple trips isn’t luck – its the product of hard work, planning and commitment.

I’ve spent the last 2 years saving hard to build up my travel funds. It’s been hard. I’ve sacrificed a large chunk of my social life and have refused myself certain luxuries knowing that every penny saved will be quadrupled when I head out through Asia.

Would i rather have a Starbucks coffee for the best part of a fiver and let it last half an hour – or would I rather spend that money on a hostel room and a meal in Thailand?!

Everything I spent in the UK during that time was weighed up against what I could get for the same value on the road.



Proper Preparation...

It’s that mindset that helped me plan.

My pay cheques were carefully divided up at the beginning of the month and allocated to expenses, any left over at the end wasn’t splurged – it was viewed as a bonus saving!

And I spent a whole heap of time wading through the Internet, travel guides and chatting to other backpackers researching where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do.

That way instead of going in blind I spent my time well I see/do everything that draws me to that destination.

Whilst I’m on the road I’m constantly talking to backpackers, prying for tips and advice and have structured in enough free time to allow myself to change plans and adapt my travel experience.

That’s not luck – that’s being prepared!


Commit to the Cause

A lot of people who I know want to travel, but they put mental obstacles in their own paths. It’s too expensive. I don’t want to travel alone. I don’t feel confident enough. I have a job…they’re all stupid reasons to hold off on travels.

You live within your means on the road. You’ll meet tons of people. You’ll find that confidence along the way. You can always get another job.

Commit yourself to leaving to travel and it’ll happen. Just book one single flight. Then your committed.

Even something as simple as making an appointment to chat to a travel agent is the first step. Talk to another backpacker – hell even ping us an email and we’re happy to share our advice with you all!

Follow through on your promise to yourself and you’ll be rewarded with an epic experience that you’ll never forget.


Make your own luck

Contrary to what you may think as bloggers we don’t get everything for free. And the freebies we do get are also the product of planning, commitment and hard work. We didn’t get here by accident, we made the choice that this is what we wanted to do and found a way to get what we wanted.

I didn’t study blogging at Uni, nor did someone give me a site to run. I saw an opportunity, researched it, acted on it and committed to it.

There’s no reason you couldn’t do the same.

My way of life at the moment has nothing to do with luck.

Come join me on the road, stop making excuses and explore the world – its a beautiful place.


May 7, 2012
Amazing post and so true. I hear that I'm so lucky all the time, but everything I do I have planned out meticulously. I wanted to travel so I am. Great post and inspiration!
May 8, 2012
You're not lucky in terms of fellow Brits, or fellow Westerners (Americans, Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians, Europeans, etc), but what about people from developing countries?? I think they'd call you very lucky indeed. Check out this blog post: http://somedayillbethere.com/2012/04/no-not-everyone-can-travel-a-bubble-burster/ Love to hear your thoughts on that. :)
May 29, 2012
Exactly what I was going to say. Just for being Westerners, we are lucky already! It might be a different story among our peers, yes. Yet, not in comparison to most of the world's population, without all the great rights and lack of visa restrictions we enjoy...
May 8, 2012
Here here! Well said. It takes so much preparation and planning and saving not to mention guts to quit your job and leave the security blanket of home to travel. Yes it's a great thing to do, but it's definitely not luck that allows someone to do it.
May 8, 2012
Well said! I spent an entire year packing boxed lunches and refusing Happy Hours after work to get here. It was definitely hard work. And I often tell others I don't consider myself lucky, I just prioritize what matters more to me at this point in time. :) really great post and all the best to you on the road! Cheers!
May 9, 2012
So true!! I hate it when people complain about not being able to even go on holiday for 2 weeks - yet will happily spend £150 on a night out - priorities! x
May 31, 2012
thats like 2 weeks in paradise fully paid for - crazy office kids :P
May 11, 2012
Amen! It really is hard work but the only way to get what you want in life is to work at it! None gives you this opportunity and it doesn't just come to you. You have to change your life if you want a experience one like this. No excuses. I have the odd not out (which in London means being anti-social), I don't go to restaurants (only the very rare cheap eatery), my diet is boring, and I haven't had a shopping spress since I made the decision to go travelling long term over 17 months ago. Here's how I saved. I have a one way ticket. What will be will be :) http://www.backpackerbecki.com/1/post/2012/02/travel-preparation2.html
May 20, 2012
Inspirational post. I love reading these sorts of articles because it makes you think, yeah this really could be me. These people are no different. Congrats on your success! I am on my way!
May 31, 2012
Glad I could be of service Rich - get on the case and if you need any help let us know :)
June 5, 2012
Awesome post, Chris. Thanks for this. It's bugged me so long to always hear "you're so lucky" from friends about our travels as a family. Like Kailyn and others say, coming from someone in a developing country, this is a truly valid comment. But mostly, "you're so lucky" comes from my friends, sitting in their $500,000 plus houses, with their good-paying jobs, up to their eyeballs in debt, and with a 50,000 SUV in the garage. We're not lucky - We just worked our arses off, and made travelling a commitment. No debt, no payments, no regrets :)

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