So many people quit their jobs to travel the world that it's now on the verge of becoming a millennial cliché. Nonetheless, many (including myself) are still dumbfounded as to how to make this dream life a reality. While it's clear that Instagram clout and a travel blog can come in handy, how do you reach the jumping off point of actually quitting your 9-to-5 job to become a full-time globe-trotter? For some insight, Travel+Leisure recently reached out to a few full-time travelers who did just that.
Read their stories and strategies below.
Cut back before you go. That's what 27-year-old Cassie de Pecol did before embarking on an 18-month adventure to visit 200 countries as fast as possible. "I pretty much had to give up my social life, no going out," she explains. She managed to save up $10,000 before starting her adventure—a sum that nearly got her through to the end.
Save up your vacation days. This tip comes from Dean and Julie Couchey of Two Fat Americans, who managed to quit their jobs to travel (sans Instagram fame or blog advertising). "We were the typical Americans that had saved many many weeks of vacation and luckily we were able to get it paid out," they told the travel magazine. They also recommend leaning on loyalty programs, EBates, and credit cards that give you cash back as you spend.
Crash with locals. Melissa Roy rang in her 30th birthday in Antarctica, her 100th country and seventh continent visited (all on her own dime). She credits the website Couchsurfing with saving her a ton of money. "Engaging with locals for three days is a fuller experience than staying for two weeks," she told the travel magazine.
Next up: the money-saving hack an insider learned after traveling to 90 countries.