Top 5 Questions We’ve Been Asked Thus Far
Since the word has travelled so quickly about us becoming backpackers to travel the world, we have been getting a lot of questions! We wanted to make a post that answers the top 5 questions people seem really curious about. The answer to #2 is based around our trip to Spain so needless to say, as we move on to new destinations the answer to that question will change a little bit.
Question 1) How will we afford it?
There really isn’t a simple answer! We would love to be able to say that we are rich with nothing to worry about, but we would be lying. We do have some cash and a bit of credit for emergencies. Along with that comes a whole lot of motivation to make something of our own skills in Graphic Design and Photography. Something that was discovered during our research on how to travel full time is a program called Work Away. This is a very trusted website that connects travellers with hosts opening their homes to provide food and accommodation in exchange for 4-6 hours of volunteer work a day, typically 5 days per week. If you think about it, paying for food and a place to sleep is what really costs the most when travelling. Luckily this will not be an issue for us.
Question 2) Where will we be staying?
We will be staying one month+ in a youth hostel in the Camino de Santiago, Spain. The hostel is located in the mountains of a small village called Herrerías. The population is only 715 people! We are told it is a nice, rural area with something festive always going on. Our hostess is a wonderful lady who happens to be vegetarian, just like us. We can not wait to try some traditional vegetarian Spain cuisine! During our stay at her hostel we will be helping out with daily routines including serving breakfast, cleaning the rooms, gardening, and socializing with the pilgrims. On our time off we will be exploring the area while diving deep into the culture around us. It won’t be all fun and games though, we will be working hard to seek out awesome business opportunities along the way!
Question 3) How will we get around?
We plan to travel on foot as much as possible! This may sound crazy to some of you but we are actually excited about it. Anyone who knows us would know that we aren’t afraid of hard work and we love to hike and explore. So why not? We will also be taking busses for really long distances and sometimes we will travel by train, maybe even rent some bicycles, but we will never travel by taxi. No worries there!
Question 4) Aren’t we nervous?
If we weren’t nervous we would be naive. Being nervous will keep us aware of our surroundings, and each other. But to go more into detail with this question, we are nervous about all the little things like not knowing how to speak the language, losing our luggage, different animals and insects, drinking water, and making sure we arrive to places on time with everything up to par! It can sometimes be daunting trying to figure out everything we need for certain airlines and things like that. We are expecting the unexpected and we’ll figure things out as they come up! It’s difficult to know about certain things until you actually encounter them. That’s life!
Question 5) Are we sure that we’ll be safe?
It’s hard to give you a definite answer to that question because honestly there is not a single person who can claim to be 100% safe, wherever you are in the world, 100% of the time. Things can and do happen, all the time! It doesn’t matter if you are in your own backyard or somewhere in another country. All we can say is we will research every area that we visit making sure that it is “safe” beforehand, look out for each other always, and plan to let someone from home know where we are at all times if possible. We will also have a cellphone to use in case of emergencies, we also have travel insurance through World Nomad for if we are hurt or get sick, needing medical attention.
Hopefully this has answered some of your questions about what we are doing. As you can tell, we are very excited! If you have any others you would like to know the answer to please let us know by leaving a reply in the comment section below! We will try our best to get back to you individually! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Melanie and Tristian