Of all the methods to travel that I’ve experienced, train has always been my favorite. Since I am boarding the train tomorrow morning to go to LA, I figured why don’t I just tell a funny story?
I’m not sure if anyone else has this issue or if it’s just me (and my best friend), but whenever we would travel by train and bus to go to LA as we would have done several times over the past few years, we would ALWAYS overestimate the length of the trip down. It’s like 4 hours, which isn’t long at all… but we always acted like we were gonna be on the train and bus for a couple days or something, completely stocking up on food for the trip. It’s a weakness. Our table on the train would look like Harry and Ron’s compartment in the Hogwarts Express in Sorcerer’s Stone after Harry buys all the candy for him and Ron to share. It never fails. The ride back, all we had was a box with a dozen donuts that we shared with some others on the train that night.
And it’s not even just with Liz. Before I started traveling to LA with her, I’d be going alone. In summer of 2011, I went to LA a lot for a movie I was involved with. Before my grandma would take me to the train station, she would insist stopping by Jack In The Box and get me four junior bacon cheeseburgers because that was my favorite at the time and a large soda and fries, all for the trip down. Then at the window as we were getting the food, she would take her time bragging that I was going to Hollywood to be in a movie and tell them the whole story. When it came to what I actually ate, most of the fries and like 2.5 of those burgers along with half the soda usually went to waste because I really don’t eat that much.
Realistically, if I eat a good meal before the journey, I can get through the whole ride without eating anything, just a bottle of water or two and a pack of gum to keep my ears from popping too much on the bus half of the trip. So on this journey, I am gonna try something different. Since I’m going with a bare minimum anyways with packing extremely lightly… I may as well extend that to food or drinks I’ll be taking with me. Because, let’s be honest… it’s not like there’s going to be a days-long delay at any point in the 4-hour ride.
Sometimes, when something isn’t working for you, you need to make a change. It’s actually something I touched on here in the past, if I remember correctly. My life seems to constantly be changing paths as I learn more and want to do more in the future.
I just had to make a huge change that I’m in the process of adjusting to. One that I need to do for productivity sake. As an online student and a freelance writer and blogger, a huge amount of what I do is done online. I want to have more time to focus on my schoolwork, finding freelance writing opportunities, building this blog, and just writing in general, really.
Unfortunately, the internet is a big distraction, especially if part of your job requires being on the computer all day. Facebook was probably one of my biggest problems, so I decided to take a break from that to hopefully boost my productivity in more important areas. I actually went so far to hand my account over to a trusted friend and had him change my password and told him to not let me back in until the end of the semester unless some special circumstance happened and I had to be let back in earlier.
Fortunately, the Pages Manager app on my phone still works when the facebook app isn’t downloaded, so you can still expect updates on the Destination: Everyplace Facebook Page! With my trip to LA coming up very soon, I am excited to share that new journey with you all.
Although it is weird to not have access to my personal facebook, I imagine what it feels like to come off a drug and feeling a need to relapse… I can’t wait to see what happens next. It will be interesting! One thing is for sure, you should definitely be expecting a lot more posts here!
One thing I intend to do while traveling, when I finally do, is work various jobs while on the road. It’s an obvious way of getting money to travel, or continue traveling, that many people don’t often consider. Obviously I will be working on building my career as a photographer and writer, but I am smart enough to realize it might be a while before I make enough off of those two things alone to finance my travels for the long term.
Confession time. I’ve been doing well with my savings, I’m over 150% of where I expected to be at this time – five months after I started. But my goal is still relatively low, especially for someone wanting to travel full time and see the world, long term. This is because if I saved enough to cover all the travel without having to worry about stopping to work a little here and there to reload, I’d be stuck at home saving for years. I don’t want to worry about money, I just want to make it work. The experience is what’s important, not the money.
I’d be much better off if I am open to taking up some jobs here and there that will either finance my travels, help out with accommodation, or a combination of the two.
Here are 5 jobs I would love to take on during my travels. Many of these are actually very high on the bucket list.
- Various jobs via various working holiday visas. I recently changed my major yet again. Kinda. Still photography, but instead of going for a degree, I’m going for a certificate. The major core is exactly the same, but there is no GE, which means I have the opportunity to graduate in two years rather than three. I will be 27 when I graduate, maybe 26 if I can make it a semester earlier. After graduating, I plan on going to New Zealand immediately after I graduate on a working holiday visa. There, I will have the opportunity to travel, work, save money – a lot more than I can here in America. I’ll probably be working mostly hospitality jobs. After the year in NZ, I want to spend a second year abroad on a second WHV, this time in Australia, where I would be taking on jobs in the Outback, more than likely… also combatting my arachnophobia.
- Working on a cruise ship. A few years back, I went through this phase of sorts. I wanted to live on a boat full time, sailing the ocean. I thought land was overrated. This will kind of give me that experience! Also, cruise ship workers get a really good amount of money and because room and board + meals are included, you get to keep most of your earnings, which is nice.
- Housesitting. It’s not a paid thing, but it helps with accommodation. You basically watch someone’s house. Sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes for several months. You pay nothing to stay there, just your average day-to-day expenses.
- Au pair. I love kids, kids love me. Doing this job, I’ll essentially be able to take care of someone else’s kids (which I’m kind of an expert at by now anyways). I’ll get free room and board and a paycheck, which is nice.
- WWOOFing. With World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, I’d be volunteering on farms around the world. Like housesitting, I more than likely won’t get paid, but I will save on accommodation as room and board is offered to all volunteers.