When people think of traveling, they often associate it with spending all their savings and more in order to afford it. Although travel can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, travel can be for free. I’ll use the following scenario, hear me out:
Here is a single male in his 20s living in an apartment in New York City. He does not like his job, he wants to quit and travel. The following are his monthly expenses:
Total monthly expenses amount to: $1,966
He wants to travel somewhere new, exotic - Thailand. He plans a 30-day trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand with the following expected monthly costs*:
*based on an exchange rate 1 USD = THB 32.60
$1,165 for route JFK->CAN->CNX with China Southern
Eating out avg. 70 BHT/meal x2 daily
Transportation; bike rental 150 BHT/day + 800 BHT gas/month
Total monthly expenses amount to: $1,033 before flight
The amount you save, approximately $930, covers most of your roundtrip flight of $1,165. Your total cost may very upwards (and even dowards) depending on the experience you want. If you want the true local experience and minimize costs, your expenses could be as low as THB 15,000 ($460), what a large portion of Thais live off.
In another words, if you’re willing to quit your job and if you can afford to live your next month in New York, you can afford to spend that same month in Thailand without any additonal cost.
Understanbly most people are not in a condition to quit their job (and move out of apartment, cancel phone bill, etc). However, there are too many young, single people who are unhappy with their occupation but don’t do anything about it. Why work somewhere you don’t enjoy? Take your money and travel for a month, while you can still afford to travel cheaply. Figure out what your real interests are, decompress and come back feeling refreshed to tackle a new job.
**note: figures may not be perfect, but after extensive research and having lived in both locations, these are the approximate costs of NY and CNX**