If you have emailed me recently, I’m sorry.
I probably haven’t answered.
It’s not that I don’t want to , it’s that I usually just don’t have the time. If I answered every email I get I’d never get anything done! I’d never write any blog posts, I’d never post to Instagram and most importantly, I’d never have any free time in the slightest.
Besides, driving people around the country for a living is pretty darn time consuming. Also, the reason I blog is to help people travel and answer questions on the topic. It’s very likely I have already written a blog post on the exact questions I usually get emailed. After a while I just had to let my email inbox run free.
So in an effort to answer some of the questions I frequently receive, and relieve a tiny bit of guilt I feel for ignoring all these emails, here’s your most frequently asked questions (concisely) answered.
Should I travel solo?
The Ultimate Guide to Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua
Isn’t it scary?
Depends on your definition of scary. Yes, it can be intimidating. No, it’s not totally unsafe. Stay in hostels, interact with people, make friends, use your best judgement and you will be fine. I’ve traveled through many parts of Europe, Brazil and Nicaragua all alone and loved it.
Yes, you will get lonely sometimes. No, you won’t regret it.
Why Staying at a Hostel Alone isn’t all that Scary
What if I’m not ready to travel alone?
An organized tour can be a great alternative. Book something for small groups (7-15 unless you are going with something like TopDeck or Contiki) and make sure you know the typical demographics of most customers so you’ll fit in.
Where should I go?
Wherever your gut tells you. Seriously, if you want to go somewhere, go there. Who am I to tell you where to go? I don’t know you!
If you’re curious about my favorite countries for solo female travel they would be: Nicaragua, Thailand, Spain and Greece. Other places I love include: Iceland, Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Vietnam, Mexico.
Should I start a blog to fund my travels?
No. Save up money and then go travel on savings. You’ll enjoy yourself 10,000 times more. Besides, there’s no surefire way of making money online (especially quickly).
Why you Shouldn’t Start a Travel Blog
I want to teach English abroad. Should I go to Spain or to Korea?
To put it simply, go to Spain if saving money is not important but enjoying yourself and the lifestyle is the main objective. Go to Korea if your goal is to save money and experience a culture far from anything you’re used to.
How to I become an English teacher? I don’t know where to start!
Google is your friend, use it! There are loads of websites and articles online about teaching English abroad and all the steps involved. Trust me, for almost any question you have someone has already answered online.
How have you traveled so much? How do you make money?
After I graduated from university, I went to teach English in Korea through EPIK for two years. I saved as much money as possible while there and then traveled Southeast Asia for five months.
When I travel, I stay in hostels, low-cost hotels, eat local food, take overland transportation as much as possible while only splurging on activities occasionally. I also mostly travel to inexpensive countries. My money has stretched much further this way.
After traveling and teaching in Korea, I taught English in Madrid while also teaching private English classes and freelance social media work on the side.
I now currently work for half the year as a tour guide around the U.S. I don’t pay rent, I don’t have many bills, and while I’m traveling the country for this job I save as much as I can.
How I Left Home with $4000 and Traveled for 4 Years
How much money should I have saved to go backpacking?
This HEAVILY depends on where you go and the level of comfort you require. In some countries you can travel for as little as $20 a day. I typically like to stick to a budget of around $50/day when traveling to places in Central and South America and South East Asia. In the cheaper countries of Europe I shot for $70 per day. This allows me to stay in budget hostels but splurge every once in a while, eat mostly at local restaurants but have a couple nice meals and go on hostel-organized day trips every so often.
Overall, I advise the bare minimum of having $1000 per month to get by. $2000 per month would be a more reasonable amount allowing more flexibility and comfort in your travels. If you plan on visiting Europe, Australia, new Zealand etc, you would need a lot more.
How does someone become successful at blogging and make money?
Honestly, you work hard at it for a couple of years, interact with other bloggers to gain insights on the industry as much as possible and treat your blog like a business, not a pastime.
There’s no get-rich or get-successful-quick tactic anymore. Most successful bloggers get that way from a lot of hard work and time spent on the computer.
The Secret World of Travel Blogging
Should I become a tour leader in the U.S.?
Are you an American or Canadian citizen, do you like traveling around a lot, can live out of a van, plan itineraries and help people have the trip of a lifetime? Then yes, you should apply. If you do end up applying add my name to your application and email me about any concerns you have.
How to Know if Being a Tour Leader is Right for You
Who do you work for? And how long do I have to commit to?
I work a company called AmeriCan Adventures which manages the tour leaders for tour companies like Trek America and Grand American Adventures. To be able to complete a season you have to be able to work from mid-late spring through the end of summer. Typically, most tour leaders will work for 3-5 months straight.
A Day in the Life of an Adventure Tour Leader
I have other questions, can I email you?
First, please read the above links then use the search function or menu to try and find what you are looking for. If you still have questions you can definitely email me. Response times are dependent on whereabouts and internet conectivity 🙂
Thanks to all the readers and followers to coming along on my journey.