Feeding My Love Affair | A Traveler’s Guide To Spending Diet

From the start (only He who knew when), I knew I could never work in an office — I would get bored with paper works, be uncomfortable in corporate attire, and the office work routine will be the end of me. I knew that I need to be interactive with my line of work, be it human, animals, plants, or with the dynamics of community building. I need to see progress in lives of the living.

That is my ideal profession.

But for now, my reality is:


I write. Professionally? No, that would take mastery and skills, and I would have to be regarded in that field. But I do write for a living though. 
I manage. Seriously? Yes, what started as a virtual assistant position has turned to project and team online management only a day after being hired because boss thinks I’m better off doing that. Today I’m working on setting up this project and team management online account for the employees of a  school smartphone apps based in Australia.
My only confession? I was not “programmed” for these. I am, kind of, a biologists, and soon to be nurse. I have yet to take that exam, and render my service to care for the sick. My calling has never faded one bit — I know one day I’d be doing code blue in my pristine white uniform. But right now, I am in a field of work that technical skills online, and my knack for word weaving has saved my pockets from running dry.
GOLDEN RULE: Draw a line of spending — and for crying out loud, I know it’s hard, but stick to that!
Here’s a Short Guide to Spending Diet:
Smart Shopping.
Take what you need and leave those that you want confined in your thoughts, under your bed in your head  and keep it there. Admit it. You have more than enough of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, make-up and other stuff. If you have 30% from your total wardrobe that has not been used (at least once) in 3 months — girl, you’re hoarding. Which bring me to another point that would be good for fund raising.
Garage Sales.
Carry the clothes and let not the clothes carry you. You can dig up great finds from garage sales, and at cheaper priced tags. And if you happen to be in dire need of a large amount of sum to get a travel project going — host one yourself. Bring out all the unused clothes and bid farewell to them, and let the new owner do them justice.

Couchsurf. Hostel. Tent Up.
Learn to use your charms and work up that couchsurfing contacts. These are people who understands your lust for the roads because they themselves has that one too. Hostel and other backpacker’s lounge are a welcome. Be open to these kind of accommodations, if you’re pretty adventurous on that, you might find interesting experiences along the way. For outdoors, you can bring a tent with you, saves you the trouble to find a decent and cheap place to stay. A minimum fee would be required, if not at all free — ask around, and smile when you do so.
Say Hello To Sari-Sari Stores and Local Vendors
This could be difficult for someone with a sensitive stomach, but nevertheless, you will be fed, and it will be a lasting satiety until next mealtime. Ask the locals where they eat and how they find the food there. 
Low Cost Hydration
Bottle up for the long term. Get yourself a water canister for the road and refill it when you need to. Not only do you save ~10Php or more, you lessen your plastic bottle use. But if you must buy a bottled water, get a 1 or 1.5L. A lesser evil than getting a couple of plastic bottles that will soon be inside garbage bins anyways.
Walk.
Help Mother Earth breathe more easily – walk. It  lightens up her load from a lesser carbon footprint off of you, and it saves you a few extra change for something else. It is good exercise for the heart, builds stronger relationship with whoever you’re with, and is good for the environment. 


I am a single, female traveler, I can work anywhere I want as long as I have a decent internet connection with me, a laptop, and a coffee filled cup to keep me awake. It may not be what I intended for but for the love of travel, I found another alternative to feed it other than day jobs most people have. I would like to say that I am doing okay. I, honestly, do not have much. But to fed my love affair for the roads, it’s people, culture, and the better person I get myself from it — I just have enough.

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“The struggle for existence leans to where favorable variations 
would prevail and others would perished.”
– Charles Darwin
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  • Very nice tips, Lai. I'm also a freelancer there, and I love it that our work enables us to go anywhere, anytime! 😀 (Actually, daghan taga Iligan didto no. In one project I'm managing, taga Iligan akong gi-supervise.)