Financially Sustainable Travel: My 2013 Income

Financially sustainable travel is a delicate balancing act between managing income and expenses on the road. Here is an explanation of my 2013 income.

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Financially Sustainable Travel: My Cost of Full-Time Travel in 2013

Here's my full uncensored cost of full-time travel in 2013 - an expensive and rough year for me; testament to life happening we're while busy making plans.

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Financially Sustainable Travel: My 2013 Income

by Nora Dunn on September 29, 2014

Each year, I publish my cost of full-time travel, as well as my income for the year. I don’t do this to set the bar for what you should earn or what you should spend in order to maintain a financially sustainable travel lifestyle; rather – as the years go by and my own income and expenses vary – to demonstrate that there is no bar.

Here was my income for 2012.

And for 2011.

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For the past few years, I’ve been publishing my cost of full-time travel; an uncensored breakdown of all my expenses for the year, representing a full year of travel and living abroad as the good little professional hobo that I am.

(Editor’s Note: Please excuse the ridiculous tardiness of this post, being 3/4 of the way through 2014 and all; there were some complications due to a very ugly insurance claim in the aftermath of a near-fatal accident I experienced in 2013….more on that in a future post).

 

Here are my previous years’ expenses:

My Cost of Full-Time Travel for 2012

My Cost of Full-Time Travel for 2011

Ditto for 2010

2013 was a different year for me – on a number of levels – not the least of which is that I had a place to call home, in Grenada. I paid rent, and had electricity bills and such.

Things went totally awry with a serious accident in early February that dictated a more sedentary year than I had imagined, and also a more expensive one. I supported my (ex)partner, whose injuries dictated an ongoing recovery period during which he was unable to work for the entire year. Add to the mix an unsavoury experience or two (such as a big theft), and 2013 was not only a year to forget, but also a financial write-off.

In this cost of full-time travel breakdown you’ll see I’m far from a shining example of what budget travel should be, nor what full-time travel can be.

Then again, 2013 was a function of life simply happening while I was busy making plans. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the ideal budget for full-time travel. It’s intensely personal and related to circumstance – as you’ll see from my breakdown below.

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A-Week-In-The-Life of Morgan in South East Sulawesi

by Nora Dunn on September 22, 2014

MorganMorgan Pettersson is an Australian travel and environmental journalist and development worker. Growing up on the isolated West Australian coast, Morgan always dreamt of lands far away and at the age of 18 packed her bags and started her world odyssey. After studying abroad twice in Ireland and Greece, interning in Jakarta, volunteering with wildlife conservation in Bolivia and travelling to every continent including the great southern icy continent as an Antarctic Youth Ambassador, she is now based on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, trying to combine her love of travel with her passion for protecting the environment. Please enjoy this week-in-the-life of Morgan in Sulawesi!

 

Day 1

6am – Today starts nice and early as I am going on a day trip to a nearby island with some fellow expat friends. In true Indonesian style the car picking us up is an hour late, but soon we are on our way winding through jungle and along ocean roads for over an hour to reach our boat.

9am – Arriving at a small cluster of stilt houses, we have to walk out to the boat along a wooden jetty. This is more an exercise in walking the plank with most of the jetty just single boards to walk along for metres at a time. I try not to imagine falling in and try to keep my balance.

11am – We arrive after a two hour boat journey to Hari Island; a jungle island that we have to ourselves the entire day!

Hari Island

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