Mui Ne-Nha Trang
[Mui Ne Backpackers Resort]
One question that I’m asked quite frequently is “how can you afford to travel so much?” Many people also assume that I get to travel luxuriously. Let’s put it this way, I’m a backpacker, not a vacationer. Don’t get me wrong, I do occasionally stay in beautiful villas and luxurious resorts, but that’s literally once in a blue moon. I’m also lucky to have friends around the world who don’t mind me crashing on their couch.. Obviously cost is relative but currently, spending $10 on a hostel like Mui Ne Backpackers Resort is considered a splurge, and that’s only because I was craving a clean bed with a shower and flushing toilet.
Not that I’m sick of the cold showers, mosquito bites on my ass from showering outdoors, sleeping on a “bed” that consists of a thin mat on the floor and mosquito net over my head, suspicious “boom boom” rooms, or living in sketchy alleyways.. but a hostel with a pool? Who could resist! Anything with a toilet seat is considered luxury at this point! To be honest, none of it bothers me..except maybe the “boom boom” room, but that’s only because I’m traveling alone and sex trafficking scares me.
At the end of the day, if you want to travel the world and still afford to enjoy all that each destination has to offer, you have to make compromises. Well at least I do. Budgeting has never been my strong suit and I’ve always enjoyed the finer things in life, but it really comes down to prioritizing what’s most important to you. Traveling on a budget is quite rewarding. I could be eating dinner for under $1 one day, and a massive seafood feast the day after! It’s all about creativity, innovation, and not having expectations. Anything can happen and that’s the fun of it!
“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it” -Johnathan Winters