I had been traveling for over a month when I arrived at Suan Sati- a yoga and meditation retreat outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. After 12 days in Bangkok, 5 days in Singapore, one night in Chiang Rai and two weeks bouncing around Chiang Mai, I needed a break. A break from city life and a break from my own mind.
Category : Minimalist
Travel hacking is finding ways to support a travel lifestyle without being independently wealthy (as I am not). It took a lot of research and travel experience to understand how to travel hack successfully. I wrote the following article to help people better understand how I’m doing what I’m doing, financially, and to help other travelers travel hack! Oh, and so I’m more prepared the next time someone straight up asks me “how much money do you have?”
Getting to Singapore from Bangkok was a blur. Transportation to and from the airport, as well as my flight, were quick and smooth. That, mixed with being deliriously tired from staying up late and waking up early, made me feel like I’d been teleported into an alternate universe.
Singapore hadn’t even been on my radar, but it didn’t take me long to get excited about it! Before I left the states we researched activities, pre-booked flights, accommodations and even arranged for my friend to come back to Thailand with me after Singapore. While making these plans I had no idea what a lesson they would teach me about pre-booking.
I caught myself wondering if I had an obligation to participate in the Khao San Road shenanigans? Khao San Road is one of the craziest party streets in the world and I was spending my nights napping, writing and eating street food… SOBER. But I was honestly enjoying being calm among the chaos. I reminded myself that the whole reason I was traveling was to live life on my own terms and vowed to keep doing just that… My party time would come.
It’s vagabonding after all, long term budget traveling. The less money spent upfront means more money on the road! It’s easy to justify “needing” this or that for a long term trip. But in reality, all you really “need” is a passport and access to cash, everything else can be purchased on the road.
This is not an objection to gift-giving or to all stuff. This is an objection to the pressure society puts on us to give gifts and to the accumulation of meaningless/useless material stuff it causes. Stuff we end up tied to that we never actually wanted it in the first place.