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To Everyone Who Thinks I'm Rolling in Dough・私が富裕層だと勘違いしている皆さんへ・致所有以为我在赚大钱的人

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

Did I get your attention with my title?

As a thirty-year-old who has now traveled to 30 countries, on so many occasions, many people have assumed so many things about me. Putting ethnicity out of the question, the most common assumption is that I am some rich person's daughter, I have a sugar daddy, or that I'm simply super rich.

Well, I am here to tell you that you definitely do not have to be "well off" to travel. Contrary to what everyone says, traveling does not actually cost much money, and here is why.

Think about what travel is worth to you. Then think about where you want to go. For me, travel is what I spend my money on. I do not buy designer items and my purchases are always practical and realistic. If you are someone who spends money on luxury brands, then maybe not buying a brand-new purse or smartphone will pay for your next trip.

Traveling smart is to budget accordingly. Deciding how much you are willing to spend on lodging, food, and entertainment is essential before arriving at your destination. If you know what you want to do (sightseeing), then you can book a convenient place to stay based on transportation options and then look for food places once you arrive.

Buy local and go to local grocery stores where you can usually find cheaper souvenirs. If you are staying at a place for a few days, stock up on fruit, bread, drinks, and snacks at a grocery store as well. Of course, make sure you know whether your lodging has a fridge, microwave, cutlery, etc. This way, you can save by not eating out every day.

In terms of lodging, there are so many options. You can go the hotel loyalty program route, or you can simply stay at a cheaper place. Look for hostels, guest houses, and business hotels in the area. Depending on the dates of travel and of course destination, I have stayed at places as cheap as $4 to $50 per night. Most hostels/guesthouses offer free walking tours, a simple breakfast, and are a gateway to meeting new friends and getting useful information about the city you are visiting.

It is all about balance. For example, if you choose a cheaper lodging option, then you will have more money to spend on food. This is often what I have done since I love eating local specialties. Sometimes you may spend more on lodging, but then you're right next to the main attraction you want to visit and don't have to spend time or money on transportation. It all just depends on how you want to balance everything out.  

Whenever I have shared a blog about a country I have visited, I almost always mention a tourist pass. Most cities have a tourist/transportation pass or card that you can purchase and save lots of money. Again, it all depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. It is never going to be worth it if you don't use it. Once you know your destination, search around for the options you have or look at the airport website for suggestions.

Ever since I was 6 years old, I have been collecting airline miles. It is always smart to be a member of the airline that you most frequently fly with. All major airlines are part of an alliance, and you can easily use the miles you collect to redeem on a partner airline flight. In recent years, I have also started earning airline miles and hotel loyalty points with credit cards. I only recommend this to those who can handle the responsibility of owning a credit card, but if you are interested, it is definitely something to look into.

In summary, for all of the countries I visited, I planned things out so that I booked my flights with miles and hotels with points. I traveled light (no suitcase), during the off-season, and had multiple layovers to save money. Whenever miles and points didn't get me anything, I traveled like a poor person. Traveling is a choice you make to fit the lifestyle you want, so don't ever let anyone tell you it's impossible just because you don't have money.  

So to all of those who have told me I am rich -- I am very rich, just overflowing with an abundance of knowledge, financial literacy, unique experiences, cultural mastery, firm self-control, and the passion to make my dreams come true.

If you want to see my rambles about some of the countries I have visited, check out my Travel Tag.

The world is at your fingertips.

What country will you visit next?















指先で世界は掌握できます。 次はどの国を訪れますか?



作为一个三十岁的人,我已经去过三十个国家,在很多场合,很多人都对我有很多猜测。撇开种族问题不谈,最常见的假设是我是某个有钱人的女儿,我有个 "糖爸爸",或者我就是个超级富翁。

好吧,我在这里要告诉你们,旅行绝对不需要 "富裕"。与大家所说的相反,旅行其实花不了多少钱,我的原因就在下面写。




在住宿方面,有很多选择。你可以选择酒店会员计划路线,或者干脆住便宜点的地方。在当地寻找旅馆、招待所和商务酒店。根据旅行日期和目的地的不同,我曾住过每晚便宜到 4 到 50 美元的地方。大多数青年旅舍/宾馆都提供免费徒步游和简单的早餐,是结识新朋友和获取所到城市有用信息的好去处。



从 6 岁起,我就开始收集航空里程。成为你最常乘坐的航空公司的会员永远是明智之举。所有主要航空公司都加入了联盟,你可以很方便地用收集到的里程兑换伙伴航空公司的航班。近年来,我也开始用信用卡赚取航空里程和酒店积分。我只建议那些能够承担拥有信用卡的责任的人这样做,但如果你有兴趣,绝对可以考虑一下。







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