by Shane Hutton
I get asked quite often how I manage to travel and explore so many places on such a regular basis.
Going over it in the last 2 years I have been to Vietnam 3 weeks, Nepal 4 weeks, New Zealand about 5 times, Tasmania around 7 times, numerous weekends camping and running around Mt Buller & Tassie, 2 weeks running the length of Tasmania.
I have currently been on the road for 5 months through Canada the USA & halfway through Mexico.
A lot of you have probably heard I run my own business so I can take time pretty freely. I know what you're thinking , oooohhh he has his own business he must be raking in the cash......
I can certainly say that my income is low at best. So how do I do it??
Here's a few tips.
1: Search cheap flights. Don't go on school holidays or crazy times like Christmas etc. ( Rtn flights to Nepal were $900)
2: Find cheap countries. Don't rush off to Europe and expect to hang out for a month. The Euro is killer. Asia is a great start.
3: Eat street food or go to a supermarket. Don't hit the fancy restaurants and cafes ( although I am dearly missing good coffee )
5: be willing to compromise on accommodation. Most youth hostels have private rooms & female only dorms. These are way cheaper than hotels and usually have kitchens so you can cook.
6: Currently I am doing a lot of stealth camping. This involves waiting until just before dusk and darting off the road or trail and hoping nobody spotted you.
This is a tricky one. It's not for everyone and you certainly don't get the greatest sleep. At the moment coyotes tend to wake me up a lot. But I am saving at least $12-$20 a day by doing it. It does mean after a week I am really smelly and dirty but hey I have saved $70+ which = another week on the road.
My current average daily spend is between $7 & $15 AUS.
These are a few little things that may help you get started or understand how I afford it.
I am an ultra runner, Mountain biker, Packrafter, Climber, Ironman, Endurance Athlete