A year ago, JORDAN SIMONS sold everything he had and quit his job to travel the world.
Now in Perth, Australia, he looks back on a year of travel and his plans to keep living the vagrant lifestyle.
About a year ago, I made the best decision I ever made – I sold my stuff to travel the world.
After selling all my stuff, and paying off my overdraft and credit cards, I had roughly £6000 ($9000 USD). This isn’t a massive amount of money to travel on for a year, but if you budget right then it’s still more than enough.
On average I spent 20-25 USD a day. This worked out as more in certain places (e.g. Europe, Dubai) and less in others (e.g. India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia). I stayed in hostels and dorms everywhere to keep the costs down and ate mostly local street food or cooked myself. I didn’t do any organized tours and prioritized the tourist attractions I wanted to pay for. I travelled slowly and learned to barter – everything is negotiable.
The countries I went to in the past year, in order, are:
Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, UAE, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
I’m currently in Australia on a working holiday visa saving up for the next leg of my trip.
Selling your stuff to travel the world can be an intimidating thought, but one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is how little you actually need your old possessions. Even the things you thought were essential, you end up completely forgetting about. All that really matters in the end is your passport and your bank card – everything else can be replaced pretty quickly.
One of the ways in which this trip has changed my outlook is that I want to lead a location independent lifestyle, at least for the next few years. This means I want to continue travelling the World, working off my laptop and picking up extra money where I can, not settling in any one place (I guess you could also call that being a vagrant…)
What I really want to do is show people first-hand how possible it is to travel the world on a budget. Before you do it, it seems like an impossible task and often people don’t believe that it is viable on a budget of 20-25USD a day. That’s what I want to make my life about for now and hopefully with your help I can make that a reality.
Starting on October 1st, I’m going to be using my YouTube channel to post daily videos showing people how to travel the world on a budget. This is my passion, I’m going to be doing it no matter what and I have the equipment and funding to do so for the next 6 months.
This is my year of travel: