Prepare to Travel with Travel This Blog
Our seventeenth installment of our ongoing series, Prepare to Travel, is with Jessie of Travel This Blog. Jessie is an American expat, originally from Seattle, now living the country of Malaysia. When Jessie was three years old, her and her father were featured on a full page photograph in National Geographic. As a gift, her grandma bought me a life time subscription to the magazine. From that moment, Jessie was fascinated with the world. Her blog, Travel This Blog, is her place to share a life time of quietly observing the world. Join us as we learn how to prepare to travel with Travel This Blog!
AfterGlobe (AG)- We hear again and again, how people can’t believe that others are able to travel the world in abundance or long term. Many can’t even imagine doing this. What travelers did before they left to travel always seems to be a hot topic. Would you agree? Do you get a lot of questions about traveling and how you are able to do something so many consider a luxury?
Travel This Blog (TTB)- Yes, I agree. It is a hot topic, mainly because most people think traveling is a luxury and you must be super loaded. I get a lot of questions from people of different backgrounds. Some times, no one even believes me when I tell them my story.
AG-When did you first start thinking about traveling? What changed from dreaming about it to actually making it happen?
TTB- I’ve been thinking about traveling my whole life. When I was three, my father and I were displayed on a full page photo in National Geographic. To celebrate, my grandma Flo bought me a life long subscription to National Geographic. Every month, I took a new journey and got inspired.
Through my teens and early 20′s, I did a lot of travel though North America, but I always had an apartment and job to fall back on in Seattle. When I was around 22, I started to read a lot of travel blogs and research ways to live around the world. One day, my Dad came over for dinner, and I showed him all of the things I was researching. I remember I told him, “Dad, my apartment is $800 a month and I spent too much money beer. If I cut back and downsize, with that same money, I could travel to Turkey to volunteer in a guest house, backpack through South-east Asia, or pick fruit in Australia.” He said, “Well, it sounds like you need to make it happen.”. So I did.
AG- Once you decided you were going to travel, what did you do to start working towards making it a reality? Did you make a plan or budget?
TTB- There wasn’t a budget or a plan, I just did it. I knew within 6 months, I wanted to be somewhere else. My budget didn’t concern me, I knew I’d be able to find work and use my resources. The first thing I did was sell off my belongings, immediately moved into my brother’s apartment, and worked A LOT. I was a barista in Seattle and a damn good one. My tips pretty much funded my trip and in about 7 months, I saved almost $9,000 and bought a one way ticket to Bangkok for $475. I wasn’t looking back, nor did I want anything to pull me down or hold me back.
AG- Many times when reading travel blogs, we find ourselves thinking that we need to need to buy a bunch of things to be able to travel. Did you experience this? What things do you now realize that you didn’t really need? Any recommendations on what really is needed?
TTB- I did feet that, but I think it was just anxiety. A last minute panic of, “Omg, what if I don’t have this or that?”I didn’t buy or bring much. I used my brother’s backpack and packed very, very light.
AG- What did you find was the most difficult for you while preparing to travel?
TTB- To leave behind my life as I knew it. I didn’t hate my life or city, I really treasure all of my special moments and friends in Seattle, but it just wasn’t for me anymore. Plus, there are so many things to do in this world. So many different ways to live and I want to experience as much as I can.
AG- Do you have any additional advice for those who want to travel the world the world, but haven’t?
TTB- Don’t think too hard about it, just go, and do it.
Thank you very much to Jessie of Travel This Blog for doing a Prepare to Travel interview with us today. Be sure to head over to Travel This Blog to read all about Jessie’s adventures on her travels.
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