Why Being Broke Is the Best Time to Travel

Traveling seems like far off dream to those of us who find ourselves slaving away just to make ends meet. Somewhere between student debt, rent, and utilities it can be hard enough to afford groceries let alone take the time to go anywhere. This causes all too many to fall into the trap of saying, “I’ll just have to put ____ off until I have enough money and my finances are more stable.”

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Renowned Orange County Restaurants? The Scottish Highlands? India? Japan?

Well, you might be surprised to learn that being broke is the perfect time to pack your bags and say ciao, sayonara, and auf Wiedersehen to the daily grind. Don’t believe me? Here’s why.

You Have Nothing to Lose

It doesn’t take a guru to tell you that money does not equal happiness, but it might take one to tell you that when you have the fewest options is truly when you have the most. Aside from a constant uphill battle to a false sense of financial security, what’s holding you back from seeing the world?

Picking up and leaving can seem like a horrifying idea to many, but the world is filled with opportunities and experiences just waiting for you. Sure, you can always keep working at that temp job until you find something slightly better but is that really what you want to do for the next few years of your life?

Once you strip away the material possessions and the job you can’t stand, all that’s holding you back is fear. Be courageous! Head overseas, join the Peace Corps, do what it is you truly want to do.

Money Will Take Care of Itself

If the job you have is barely paying the bills, then you can easily find another one of those anywhere else you go. Plus, you can focus your finances on simply eating and drinking water rather than an electricity or heating bill. The opportunities for work are endless when traveling and more businesses than you might think are willing to pay under the table or offer a free meal for washing a few dishes.

That might sound like more of a dream than traveling itself, but it’s true. What do you think the people who up and decide to backpack across Europe do to keep themselves afloat? Plenty find work online as writers or through sites like Craigslist, using free WiFi spots and wall chargers wherever they go.

There are also plenty of job opportunities to teach English without a degree, which tend to pay a decent wage. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can put away once you cut out your expenses and start traveling. Money will take care of itself, it always does.

The Experience Is Worth It!

Meeting new people from new cultures, trying exotic foods, and doing a little soul searching along the way are all part of the traveling experience. Your mind, body, and soul will be enriched as you broaden your horizons and expand your worldview.

Stop making excuses for why you can’t leave your dead-end job and travel. Instead, start thinking of the ways that you can. There’s no better time than right here and now to pursue your dreams. So, what are you waiting for!

This guest post was contributed by Wendy from Visit the OC. Thank you 🙂



  1. November 3, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    hahaha…story of my life. Actually went to Florida while broke and it was pretty refreshing. I needed the change of pace.

  2. October 26, 2017 / 6:24 am

    I’ve always lived by the “it will all work out motto”, and as a mom with 2 small toddlers now I can say I regret not traveling more.

  3. October 25, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    I have to say this is one of the most inspiring blogs I’ve ever read. I really needed this today. I have been thinking how much I want to travel so bad, but I just can’t afford it. Then I read this. Thank you.

  4. October 25, 2017 / 2:16 am

    I wouldn’t suggest being absolutely broke while travelling, but if you’re up for more of an adventure, you definitely don’t need a whole lot of money to enjoy yourself! Especially for younger people, staying in hostels and eating at local hole in the wall restaurants is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture

    Sondra xx

  5. October 24, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    The older I get the more I realize how important it is to just live in the moment. I am highly considering a getaway myself as I feel I need the break to reset and reboot. Traveling does wonders! The most enriching ways to learn and grow! xo, Suzanne

  6. Lindsey Mozgai
    October 24, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I think this is so true! We don’t have a ton of money, but it honestly doesn’t matter that much when we travel.

  7. Kiwi
    October 24, 2017 / 6:34 am

    I will say traveling is important but I wouldnt advise to do it broke. You need money anywhere you go, but I wont say you will need thousands but you need enough to where you wont be stranded or hungry while seeing the world. Still have to be mindful of finances – even on a budget.

  8. October 24, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I have heard numerous stories of people travelling abroad with little or no money and just finding jobs like teaching English and have thrived under such conditions. I’m someone who needs the security of finance behind me when I travel but definitely so envious of those who can travel without that security!

  9. October 24, 2017 / 1:08 am

    There is no time like the present, right?! Plus if we all waited until we had more than enough money, none of us would ever get to travel!

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