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Want to make your travel goals your reality? The Traveling Clatt has got the scoop on how to afford it.

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- Hey; we're here in the beautiful English countryside near the Lake District. For years, you guys have been asking me how I afford to travel, and I've never really made a video on it. But I just wanna say this to start off: Travel is not as expensive as you think it is. I'm not special. I'm not getting money from anyone special. I've just been working and I've made it my lifestyle. So, the most important variable to traveling full-time or traveling as often as you can is flexibility. It means flexibility with your time, with your money, what you're allowed to do, what you can do, what you wanna do. It's changing your standards. So, to give you a little backstory, I've been traveling for about two-and-a-half years, almost three years now. I don't go to college, I don't have many other expenses other than what I do here. So, the biggest expenses for you when it comes to traveling is usually your flights and your accommodation. For the two-and-a-half years that I've been traveling, I've never stayed at a five-star hotel, I've never had a five-star meal. I'm always staying at very cheap places. The lowest I've ever been was staying on a mattress outside of a bar, just a dirty old mattress, and these are the things that have enabled me to see amazing, incredible places alongside other amazing, incredible people. You see, when you start traveling, you meet other people that enable you to continue traveling. And now, I know that that sounds a little sad 'cause, hey, you might wanna go to Hawaii or Bora Bora or Tonga or some huge island Pacific place that's far away from you and is super expensive. And you're like, "Well, Tal, you can do it." No, it's not possible. So, some cheap places for you to start thinking about if you're thinking about taking maybe your first trip is Southeast Asia. Very, very cheap accommodation, very cheap food, very cheap everything, pretty much; all the attractions are very cheap. But the biggest thing is it might not be the easiest place for a first-time traveler to adjust to. This is something you've probably never thought about: Try taking a bus out of your state. Try taking a bus to a big city that's around you and go explore that city. Get a feel for it. Get a feel for how it is to afford food every day by yourself or to afford just living outside of a backpack. I haven't traveled with a suitcase in at least five years. I'll overlay some video here so you can see what my bag looks like, but that's what I travel with. It's just a little bag that fits everything I need. You have to take only the essentials you need and you can buy other things when you're traveling, and you have to let go of a lotta stuff. It's extreme. It's a little difficult. It's a little hard to wrap your head around, but that's how I'm able to enjoy the world around me. That's how I'm able to bring the cost down and be able to afford all of this stuff. So, when the question is, "How do I afford to travel," I'm not really affording to travel by paying for all this stuff, I'm just bringing down the prices on everything because I'm nitpicking at every little thing in it. The last thing I wanted to talk about here is this life's not a vacation. It's in no way, shape, or form a vacation. I'm not enjoying every single moment of it. Yes, sometimes it's stressful. Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes I can't find a way back home. It's very strange; it's a very different experience. It's very tedious and it takes a lotta time to book almost every movement I wanna take. Every train I wanna take, every flight I wanna take, I scour the internet five times over to find it. So, it requires a lotta planning, it requires a lotta work; but then, once again, that shouldn't hold you back from being able to do this. So, let this video inspire you to keep pushing and to make those dreams a reality. And, really, if you have any questions, please feel free to message me down below, leave a comment, whatever you need. Reach out to me on social media. I will be more than happy to help you out. I love you, a long time. Bye-bye. Bye!

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