Ever since I was a little girl the thought of traveling the world and experiencing all that life has to offer had me intrigued. It’s an opportunity to see new places, get immersed in different cultures and enjoy all of the incredible foods available around the world. I began traveling when I was pretty young so you could say the travel bug was planted right from the get go and it hasn’t left since. That being said, travel can be very expensive and difficult to fit into a bust work/school and life schedule if not planned out. I wanted to share this blog post with all of you so that maybe it would either inspire you to travel again, give you some tips on easier, more affordable travel and to share an insight into the type of work that I do that allows me to take it on the road wherever I go.
Traveling really helped open my eyes to so many things, it helped me become more confident, more independent and helped me truly fall in love with life…yes I know that sounds cheesy but its true. I gained a huge sense of purpose from experiencing what the world had to offer and I still do to this day. From new friendships, new stories, new experiences and more, it ignited that flame deep down within that I didn’t even know was there.
My first trip was to Jamaica when I was pretty young, I remember being so excited just to be up in the air, flying across the ocean just to land on a small island and soak up the sunshine. it made me realize how big the world is and how much of it was still left to explore. I then went on to travel across to Europe and got to immerse myself in the Irish culture, for those of you who don’t know, i’m part Irish so being able to see where my ancestors lived was pretty incredible. We traveled over to London, saw Big Ben and walked around the busy city. We ended the trip in France looking up at the Eiffel Tower. That was definitely one of the most incredible days of my entire life. We walked through The louvre and saw the Mona Lisa hanging along with some of the world’s most famous paintings, walked over to The Arc De Triomphe and enjoyed all of the wonderful French food. Europe definitely captured my heart, its definitely somewhere I am not done exploring.
My very first solo trip was a 3 week volunteer trip to Ecuador, I have an entire blog post about this trip that I wrote so feel free to check that one out if you want all of the crazy details. It was thrilling being on my own, navigating my way through airports, getting lost but I didn’t care one bit. I thrive off of adventure and spontaneity, in fact most of my biggest life lessons have been in situations like this, where you have to stop and think of what to do next. I spent 3 weeks traveling through Ecuador volunteering my time building bathrooms, teaching English and then driving up to the city of Banos with our group. This city was one of the funnest cities i’ve ever been to, rich in culture, incredible people, amazing food and endless opportunities to explore. We drove up to view an active volcano, swung off the “end of the world” on one of the largest swings, jumped off a bridge (still can’t believe I did this) and I ended the night getting my first tattoo to commemorate the experience (sorry mom).
Shortly after returning home, the travel bug was still going strong, I decided to sign up for a week long vegan retreat in Hawaii and it was 1000% worth it. Again, I didn’t know one single person on this trip but something about a group of likeminded people getting together always makes me excited for new friendships and experiences. We spent time at the beach, did workouts everyday, ate some incredible vegan food made fresh by our live in chef and explored local waterfalls, volcanos and hiked all over the island. It definitely made me fall in love with Hawaii and I know I am bound to head back soon.
Other than those larger trips I have also traveled a bit throughout Canada and across the USA as well. I go to quite a few conferences in the USA with the wonderful group of ladies I work with through Babes In Business. I mentioned above that I would explain a bit about the work I do and why I chose to partner with them to help me live out my dreams of traveling and still being able to make an income. You all know by now that I love to travel….I always knew the typical 9-5 wasn’t for me, working all day everyday for someone else’s dreams and then only having 1-2 weeks off per year for travel just didn’t appeal to me, if its something you love to do thats great but for me it just wasn’t an option. I am so incredibly thankful I also work at a fitness studio part time and teach classes that allows me to work from home while Im not at the studio, its the absolute perfect combination. As for working at home, I work with a group of ladies online who run an online holistic health and wellness program for women, we encourage healthy living through whole food nutrition, self love and sustainable changes for longterm health. We have created a business mentoring program called babes in business that helps entrepreneurial women who want the opportunity to work in the health/wellness industry a chance to live out their dreams and make an income at home or on the road like me :) When I first came across the opportunity it honestly sounded too good to be true but it has been everything I have ever wanted, yes its hard work but its at my own pace and its something that truly lights me up everyday. I get to help women thrive both with their health and by starting their own business at home. If this resinates with you feel free to message me at anytime, i’m always happy to chat.
Babes In Business has helped me finally travel more throughout the USA as well, last year I got to finally meet some of the ladies I work with while traveling through Los Angeles and then road tripping to Phoenix for a conference. It was more fun than I could’ve ever imagined. when you get to meet someone who who connect with on so many levels it’s an incredibly magical experience.
Our second trip was for another conference in Vegas. Going to Vegas has never really appealed to me before but I can honestly say it was so much fun. Seeing the Vegas Strip all lit up, going to shows and spending some quality time with my girls working on self development was like a dream come true. Safe to say you can never judge a book (or place) for its cover or reputation.
Now that you all know more about what I do I thought id finish this blog post by sharing some tips I have learned along the way for cheaper, easier travel.
Travel doesn’t have to be as expensive and complicated as everyone makes it out to be, yes if you want five star resorts with perfect locations you might be paying a little extra but if you are open to a change of pace these tips could save you a lot of money.
Accommodation, instead of going to resorts or hotels try Air BnB for a change, this way you can save a lot of money and you get a house to yourself, or even just a room if your budget is on the lower end. There are also hostels popping up all over the place nowadays and are always incredibly cheap, some even include breakfast and a chance to meet some other likeminded travellers as well. I stayed in many hostels in Ecuador and they were all very nice.
Try shopping at markets/grocery stores and cooking for own food, yes its fun to go out to eat but after a while the price can add up quickly so buy a few stroke items and get cooking! I like to buy oats, some fruit, and simple things too snack on throughout the day.
Book Flights in advance and use different websites to compare prices, always make sure to clear your cookies because if google knows you are searching for flights it will show you higher prices!
Save Money by making small swaps in your everyday life, don’t get a coffee everyday, instead put that money in a travel jar, sell old items that don’t serve you anymore.
Book a place that is close to town so you can walk everywhere, this will save you money on transit and also its a good way to explore and see new places.
Make it a priority, sometimes this can be tough, saying no to things in the moment that you might want to do but having that long term vision of why you are doing this will help keep that travel vision alive.
Hopefully these tips helped some of you, traveling has been one of the highlights of my life and I want as many people as possible to experience that feeling of the unknown. That feeling of inspiration and love for all that this world has to offer. Travel is a life changing experience, you will bring home a greater sence of purpose and stories that you will never forget, it’s worth it 100%.
What has travel done for you?