Wanderlust or “How to Travel the World”

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What does it mean to travel?

I’ve seen it used as a chance to relax or escape from normality. I’ve seen it tossed around as an excuse to try something new. It’s curious minds stretching already elastic boundaries. It’s a story, crude or quaint. We travel to celebrate life, and the ways we explore it are determined by priorities.

Wanderlust struck me at a young age. As an adolescent fantasy, I yearned to taste life outside the comforts of St. Petersburg, Florida. A wish granted by the combination of work and opportunity.

In 2011, I bought a round trip flight to Gothenburg, Sweden and the rest is history.

And every day that I write about my traveling is another chance for me to conjure up words detailing the moment I fell in love. Fear, anxiety, and curiosity collided the day I stepped off the plane and created euphoria. Something greater than myself, obtained by overwhelming freedom. It’s the spurt of excitement before I get on a bus or plane or hike. I used to think I was running away, but now I know I’m pursuing happiness.


I can’t tell the difference between addiction and passion.

I’m often asked the same tired question, “Where do you find the money to travel?”

I give the same tired answer, save money. But it’s too simplistic. It’s an uninspired response to essence of my own lifestyle. The pedagogy of this blog isn’t a step by step guide to traveling, but a glimpse into my daily life to achieve my passion. I’ll be writing a second blog on “How to Spend Abroad” January 2017.

Dedication and Work

I’ve made it my prerogative to work as much as possible before a trip. The bottom line to traveling is money, and taking any opportunity to make as much as possible.

This meant not having a life outside of the daily grind. I became familiar with overtime, doubt, and the overwhelming fear of failure. The latter of the two intertwined with overtime and stress, but up until now I had been finishing my bachelor’s, writing short stories, and waiting tables for financial sustenance. This lifestyle choice led to a path of fewer nights out with my friends, working more holidays, and ultimately being alone most nights. I cannot preach enough how to manage a responsible level of selfishness.

Shut up. I get it. How do I save?

I’ve always gone about it like this.

There are two parts for saving for a trip: pre-departure and post-departure. I consider these checking and saving accounts. The idea is to pay off a plane ticket, reservations, and gear in advance, while also having the beer money and spontaneous spending cash in the savings account.


A good example of pre-departure spending is my trip to Kilimanjaro. Before I flew to Tanzania, I had paid for my flight, visa, gear, tour, and medical expenses in advance. This meant piling a lot of this on a check card and paying it off over the year before the trip. My first day back from a trip is my first day saving money for my next.

Post-departure money are the funds I place in my savings account, the money I’ll need while trekking across a continent (or for a beer after a twenty-four hour bus ride). These are funds I entertain sporadically. I’ve done $100/month* if there’s a lot of pre-departure expenses and 500/month* for less needy trips. It’s a test of how far I’m willing to go.

Spending Habits

If you’re a casual drinker, then I’m sorry. You’ll need to save those beers for later.

I am adamant about watching how much money I spend in a week. The key is to be aware of spending. I give myself a comfortable daily limit to spend. I don’t go out often. I cook and plan meals for myself, and I find inexpensive spots to socialize–I would go crazy without the latter.

It’s a minimalist philosophy with faith in the memories. I don’t have a lot of things, and I don’t have many consumerist desires. But I do purchase thousand dollar plane tickets to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro. A huge part of my aspirations place value upon experiences rather than materials. Without it I would have nothing, right?

So what do we take away from this?

My lifestyle revolves around my passion for travel. I live and breathe every day with preemptive hunger for my first meal once I step off a plane. Every dollar I make is one spent on an irreplaceable story to tell in the future. Traveling isn’t me tapping into my high-end bank vault from when I won the lottery. It’s a symbol of how many hours of work I put in to achieve my goals. I have bills like everyone else. I come home to them, and I leave home with them. The grand scheme of this lifestyle is that anyone can live it with the right amount of dedication and admiration for the world around them, and I hope to see more people out there doing it.


One thought on “Wanderlust or “How to Travel the World”

  1. It sounds to me as if you ably employ both sides of your brain. That has to be a winning combination. JimA

    On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 12:23 AM, Another White Male Perspective wrote:

    > Brennen Daniel posted: “Be sure to like and follow this blog for more > travel content! Follow me on Instagram @anotherwhitemaleperspective What > does it mean to travel? I’ve seen it used as a chance to relax or escape > from normality. I’ve seen it tossed around as an excuse to” >

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