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I’ve spent about a month on the road now, living out of a bag, getting strange women to wash my pants when I run out, showering in shared bathrooms, sharing bedrooms with up to 12 people at a time, falling madly in love with the amazing people I meet and parting ways the very next day. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and the most exciting thing I have ever done. The freedom and complete self-reliance is so refreshing after living in that sheltered little bubble back in my home town – I didn’t realise how small my world was until I broke out of it and saw how much more there was waiting just outside. I’ve been so busy and overwhelmed by it all that I haven’t even had a chance to feel homesick yet, I miss everyone from home but knowing they are just at the end of a Facebook message or email means they are never truly far away.

One thing I have really found from my experiences is that travelling had just further confirmed how little it takes to make me happy. Back at home, before I started saving for travelling, I used to spend my money pretty frivolously on nights out, clothes and all sorts. It never actually made me happier, it was just what I, and many others do to distract ourselves. Then I decided to go travelling and instead of spending, saving became my priority. I loved watching the pennies stack up, working several jobs to add to my stash. It showed me that cutting these nights out and all those dinner dates, clothes out of my life was not a big deal and actually it made me happier to have a goal to work towards.

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Since being out here, I’ve been living off around £15-20 a day, that includes a room, food and drink, massages, boat trips and anything else that comes my way. My best experiences so far? The ones that cost barely any money at all – watching the sun set over the islands, snorkelling with fish, eating street food with new friends, jungle trekking… I could go on. Coming to South East Asia has really helped show me the value of my money, mainly because everything is so cheap here. By converting every amount, it really makes you think about what you are spending and the bartering makes it okay to argue over every last penny.

It’s refreshing to be in a place where the goal is to spend the least amount, I always feel like the UK is all about having the newest, shiniest, most expensive brand name going. But what does it really matter? And what does it really add to your life? I remember that cycle so well, seeing something in a shop window, feeling that pull to buy it and then, when you finally have it at home, feeling guilty for your purchases. But here, I’m rendered back to basics and I love it. It’s such a freeing feeling to be out of the cycle and it makes me realise quite how ridiculous it was to be in it. It sounds cheesy and I know it’s all over those Instagram quotes, but out here you really do collect memories instead of things – I suppose when you carry everything you own on your back – memories are nice and light to carry in your mind.

But of course, there are some things I am missing from home:

  1. Toilets that flush without three buckets of water
  2. My electric toothbrush
  3. My phone working
  4. A time when I wasn’t covered in mosquito bites
  5. I genuinely cannot even think of a fifth one… That’s how much I love it here.

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What makes you truly happy? What couldn’t you live without if you were away backpacking for a year? Been away travelling – what home comforts did you miss the most?

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Comments:

  • February 6, 2015

    Reading this post makes me miss travelling so much! Getting out there in you’re own is such a brave and exciting thing to do and it’s kind of liberating having your whole life in a bag on your back. I thought the same as you when I was travelling, I really don’t need a whole lot of stuff to make me happy. It’s the experiences in our life that make it worth living and it sounds like you’re having a great time so far!

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      • February 14, 2015

        I last travelled on my own when I was in Australia and I’ve been back 2 and a half years now. I’ve been on great holidays with my friends and spent some time in Miami on my own since but nothing compares to travelling on your own for an extended amount of time. Enjoy it girl, I’m looking forward to reading about the rest of your travels…really I’m just going to live my travel life vicariously through your blog for a while 🙂

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  • February 6, 2015

    Can definitely relate to this! Travelling definitely challenges the everyday routines and norms you’re surrounded by on a day-to-day basis back at home. For me as I’ve grown and traveled more, I’ve realised that experiences count for so much more than a new phone, another drunken night out or that dress I’ve been lusting after. I always think to myself *when I die will I remember this as something that made me really happy?* and most of the time the answer will be no. Travelling and learning to appreciate the smaller things in life absolutely make me happier on such a deeper level than the material things!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

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  • February 10, 2015

    Whoa! You’re brave
    Commendable man. I could never, but kudos to you for it

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  • The Student Travels

    February 12, 2015

    Great post! It’s so true how little you need once you’re out on the road exploring. I always end up packing too much and over-analysing everything, I need reminding of how simple it should be!

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      • The Student Travels

        February 14, 2015

        That’s a good tip! It’s so easy to overthink it all, clear your mind and keep it simple (easier said than done…)!

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