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    Question Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Hey GYOW guys,

    I'm just about paid off with my college/car debt, which I can attribute towards scaling down all my spending and securing an engineering job out of college.

    My long term plan is to travel, but I know many novice people act like they know where to go, but in reality never take the steps required to achieve that type of lifestyle. Instead, they sit around on their corporate laptops and crap on how women have derailed their life, or complain about co-workers to online forums...I'm guilty of that myself so not acting like I'm any better.

    I wanted to focus on the first few steps that you guys think is necessary to set myself up for a lifestyle of simplistic travel.

    Vaccinations, location choice, general caution with traveling as a tall white dude, mode of transportation (rode a motorcycle in college...was fun). Any input would be appreciated, or your own perspectives (disillusionment moments...or enlightenment moments with the culture that made you happy with the decision).

    Over the past few months I've been feeling that South America or SEA seems like the places to initially visit as a trial run, to actually put some rubber to the road and see if I'm cut out for a different lifestyle than the 40 hour a week (really 50-55) corporate gig. My mentor said to do a week long trip to the areas of interest to see if they are in alignment with your expectations, instead of just getting up and hoping for the best.

    Side income for what would be needed to be sustainable would be useful to know as well. I know it varies depending on the type of luxury, but rough cut estimates would be useful (from your own experiences).

    Anyways, glad to have found this forum, and hope to be where some of you are at lifestyle-wise in a few years.

    Best,

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    Re: Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Motorcycle trips are my thing. I may return home tired, dirty, and lucky to have survived, but I acomplished something. You don't get that feeling stepping out of a car or airplane.

    It's not real cheap. Eating in restaurants and camping out most of the time, I still blow through most of a hundred bucks a day. A meal here, tank a gas there, it add's up. Sounds like a lot, but it's probably not worse than anything else. Guess I can't help thinking back to when money was worth something.

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    Re: Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Hey Afterburner, go to this site to give yourself a good idea of what to expect when paying for things in other countries -

    Cost of Living
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    Re: Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Free and Clear View Post
    Hey Afterburner, go to this site to give yourself a good idea of what to expect when paying for things in other countries -

    Cost of Living
    That's a great source for checking out cost of living, time to start playing with the numbers.
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    Re: Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    Motorcycle trips are my thing. I may return home tired, dirty, and lucky to have survived, but I acomplished something. You don't get that feeling stepping out of a car or airplane.

    It's not real cheap. Eating in restaurants and camping out most of the time, I still blow through most of a hundred bucks a day. A meal here, tank a gas there, it add's up. Sounds like a lot, but it's probably not worse than anything else. Guess I can't help thinking back to when money was worth something.
    $100 per day is cheap for a trip. Most holidays I've been on have been $200/day.

    As a white guy Afterburner, I would suggest South East Asia. Anywhere in Thailand or Kuala Lumpur would be my recommendations. A lot of expats swear by Vietnam, but I haven't checked that out yet.

    I'm still in Australia stacking a few piles away to eventually start making a replacement (Australian) wage in passive income. My research has centered around Kuala Lumpur being a good place to make your dollars stretch further. Average wages there are $1200/month and you can live like a king on $2,000/month. People speak good English and it is a regional centre for finance and IT. Not to mention, Singapore is an hour flight away and they are building a HSR link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
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    Re: Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grenade001 View Post
    $100 per day is cheap for a trip. Most holidays I've been on have been $200/day.

    As a white guy Afterburner, I would suggest South East Asia. Anywhere in Thailand or Kuala Lumpur would be my recommendations. A lot of expats swear by Vietnam, but I haven't checked that out yet.

    I'm still in Australia stacking a few piles away to eventually start making a replacement (Australian) wage in passive income. My research has centered around Kuala Lumpur being a good place to make your dollars stretch further. Average wages there are $1200/month and you can live like a king on $2,000/month. People speak good English and it is a regional centre for finance and IT. Not to mention, Singapore is an hour flight away and they are building a HSR link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
    Good point about south east asia, as well as looking for the passive income development in your own life. Something that I'm doing as well, because it just makes sense. Luckily next week I'll be able to pay off the last of my debt and then go to investments/savings mode for the next year (unless one of the side things starts to take off).
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    Re: Travel Practice - Recommendations?

    Nicaragua to Mexico is economical using buses and there is a large backpacking " trail" using Lonely planet or other guide.
    I am currently in the Philippines and it is cheap to live here. And they speak English, which is the biggest drawback to traveling Central America.


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