The truth about going broke on the road
Hey guys, today I want to talk to you about something a little bit more serious. I got the idea from a group I am in on Facebook where someone was chatting about their fears of going broke somewhere, so far away from home. That inspired me to share my story, as someone who is currently broke AF in a foreign country. This isn’t about to be some gofundme campaign, or a pity me story. This is the truth about being a digital nomad and trying to find that balance between living my dream of traveling full time, and actually making time to work while I do it. It is me, finding my balance between work and life on the road.
The personal stuff
This is about to get pretty personal yo.
So what signifies broke in a foreign country? Money is different to every person, and people may consider themselves broke even when they still have hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dollars. I am just sharing my personal side of things.
Over the past two years I have basically been traveling full time and never working. That means that I had A LOT of money in my savings account. I never stressed about money because I just assumed that one day I would go home, get a real job and go back to college. 2,5 years later and that is not happening. And that savings account that used to look so good, is down to about $0.
Going home or sticking it out?
If you asked me if I could go home right now, or if something came up and I HAD to go home right now, I wouldn’t be able to buy a plane ticket. I would have to put it on my credit card, and then I would have to get home and get a job to pay that off. Having no money to get home is a terrifying prospect. I reached out to my parents and chatted with them, over many tears, about whether or not I should give up and head home.
Instead, I decided to do something even scarier and invest all of none existent money in learning how to code. You can read about my coding experience, but that’s not what this is about either. Since I did the coding course I have had a million, and I do mean 1 MILLION people ask me if the course was worth the money.
Everyone keeps saying to me, “But Justyn, I can’t afford this, I have NO money. I can’t even afford my doctors appointment, or lunch with friends or whatever it is”. I am telling you right now, I HAD $75 WHEN I DECIDED TO INVEST IN IOC. Literally I could not afford to go home, I could not afford a place to stay. I couldn’t afford ANYTHING. So yes, I fully believe with all my heart that IOC is worth it. Enough about that, the point is that I foudn something to invest myself in, for the future.
What to do if you go broke on the road
I feel like I am a bit of an expert in this area, since I have and am experiencing it as we speak. I want to share with you some tips to help you destress and find work.
Step 1 Baby Don’t Worry, About a Thing
Don’t worry too much. The more stressed you are, the less money you are going to have. Why? Because if you are so stressed out, you are going to make yourself sick. If you are sick, you aren’t going to be able to work very hard. Also you run the risk of having to go to the doctor which costs a lot of money, which will stress you out even more. So let’s not stress. Meditate daily, do some yoga, look for jobs. Attract the money that you need into your life.
Step 2 Twerk it gurl
No I am not telling you to sell yourself or join a strip club or anything crazy. I just mean work really hard. But not too hard. I spend a little time each day looking for jobs. It takes a little longer because I am trying to find jobs that are actually going to pay me a decent amount of money. I time block my days so that I know when I can look for jobs, when I can work on those jobs, when I can work on the blog, etc. IT HELPS SO MUCH.
Step 3 Upskill
Can’t find any skills that you might have, that could make you money digitally? Try upskilling. Institute of Code is a great choice of course, as it worked so well for me. It’s not the only choice though. Ever heard of a Virtual Assistant? Basically an assistant that works from ANYWHERE. THIS COULD BE YOU. Head over to http://virtualassitantinternship.com for some info on how you can do this for work.
Step 4 ENJOY LIFE
Remember, you are doing this for a reason. Whether you love living abroad, want to travel more, or just want to work from home. THERE IS A REASON YOU ARE DOING THIS. Make sure that you are taking the time to enjoy yourself. Don’t work so hard that you never get to enjoy what is around you. And don’t work so hard that you get frustrated and never do what you actually love. For me that is traveling. I started stressing so much, that I stopped traveling and taking days off and I WORKED NONSTOP. Then I realised that I hated my life and I had an amazing life so it was STUPID. And sometimes it still is because I get into these ruts where I just feel like it isn’t even worth it.
Getting over it
I did not even know that going broke on the road was something that I should be afraid of. I never assumed that it would happen to me. And here I am, broke in a foreign country. Honestly, this probably scares my mom more than it scares me. I believe that things are going to work out for me. Work is out there everywhere for digital nomads. You just have to put the time into finding it.
I know that right now, things might be a little tight, but at least they’re a little tight in Bali. At least I get to be broke in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, surrounded by people who love me.
The point is, and this is what I am still trying to remind myself of daily, going broke so far away from home isn’t the scary part. The scary part is letting that lack of money keep you from enjoying the little tihngs in life. At the end of our lives, we are not going to care about how much money our blog made, and we aren’t going to care what our job title was. We are going to care about all the little things along the way. So don’t let money stop you from doing what you love.