A 31-Year-Old Who's Been Traveling the World for 5 Years Tells How She Affords It
31-year-old, Nina Ragusa, hails from Tampa (FL), is traveling around the world for 5 years. During her adventures, she has had time to visit many countries. "I went near the volcanic crater in Indonesia; also I went water skiing and drank coconut milk in Mozambique. Moreover, I climb on the rocks in Krabi and even swam with the sharks in Malaysia "- tells Nina about her adventures to journalists of Business Insider. The most interesting, you can read below.
During two years before she left for the journey, she managed to save $ 16,000. She spent 10 thousand on a bill payment, plus she paid for 8 months in college. So in 2011, Nina came to Bangkok with 6,000 dollars and permission to teach English.
"I knew that I was not rich, but I did not want to stay here for a couple of weeks. I wanted to be here at least for a few months - says Nina - I decided to start teaching English, which helped me to earn money for living abroad and traveling. "I knew that I was not rich, but I did not want to stay here for a couple of weeks. I wanted to be here at least for a few months - says Nina - I decided to start teaching English, which helped me to earn money for living abroad and traveling. “And she stayed to work in the north Bangkok’s school into two semesters.«And she stayed to work in the north Bangkok’s school into two semesters.
In 2012, she already had two jobs: teaching English online and writing articles as a freelancer. "Even if you're not sure in something, you have to keep looking, to take risks! And only then you will succeed, "- she said.
Traveling through Central Asia, she earned 1-2 thousand dollars a month and spent about $ 700 per month.
Nina periodically stayed in some new place for the short period. It helped her to know the country and the region better. "I was buying food in local markets; I tried to ride on different transport modes, to meet new people. A lot of time I studied the local culture. "
Now she lives in Australia and works at the bar and shop for surfers. It helps her to save up for a trip across the Australian continent with a guy. Nina has set itself the goal to visit all seven continents.
"It turned out quite difficult to live in other countries. Yes, you see a lot of photos, where there is a girl in a bikini on a beach background. But such images are real work. Work will inevitably be needed because the flow difficulties never end and it is necessary to deal with them. And it's worth every drop of sweat, tears and beers! "
"But it is not all that bad. You just have to discipline yourself constantly. I quickly learned that when traveling alone on the continent, which had never been. Yes, it's scary, it's confusing, and failure is almost inevitable. But it is better to do something, even with errors, but do, than just sit still and do not even know what adventures passed you. "
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