How I’ve Traveled Around the World for 4 Years Without Going Broke – III

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  1. Alex says:

    So inspiring! Your list of money-saving habits is gold.

    – Alex

  2. Katie says:

    Seeing how frequently travel bloggers glamourize their work/travel lifestyles, I so appreciate your honesty and transparency here! Impressed by all the detail you were able to include in the three-part article, and so happy you’re living a life that includes cheese again 🙂

  3. Tamz says:

    Very informative and detailed. Nice one 🙂

  4. Justine says:

    I loved reading all three parts of this series. I’m in the midst of looking for more freelance work, so I personally love reading honest accounts of other people’s experiences. Haha, since moving to Southeast Asia cheese has always been a big splurge for me. Even if it’s crazily overpriced and not very good here, I can’t live without it! I mean I could, but I don’t want to 😉

  5. Ashley says:

    Thanks for sharing – it’s always interesting to read how people make money on the road, and I loved reading a detailed account of your work and lifestyle over the past couple of years!

  6. Thanks for these 3 blogs Alana! Very honest and open reads about your life. I especially could relate to the last part of this post in which you talk about what would happen if you move back to the States and about retirement.

    We sometimes think about freelancing and traveling for a longer time (a year), but than are also worried about jobs (if things don’t work out) and retirement.
    Actually, our second last blog is about that; we question ourselves if we should or not should go on a world trip and how it would effect our future.

    Happy you have wine & cheese again! 🙂

    • Alana Morgan says:

      I think being aware of that and thinking ahead is a big part of setting yourself up and retirement, etc. is something you’re aware of then you’ll probably do just fine since you won’t let yourself get in a bad position!

  7. louise says:

    I’m coming to chiang mai in December .. could you link to your AirBNB listing somehow?

  8. hope have a lot of friends to travel around like you…and also money hopefully soon.. well im still young … hahaha love this blog..

  9. Khristy says:

    Hi Alana, I stumbled upon your Instagram which led me to this blog! Just wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed this 3-part post – it’s helped me think about what I want to do and the options I have. Thanks! 🙂

  10. Mei Yap says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these 3 posts. Really gave me a lot to think about on how i am spending my money. I am also trying to live frugally so i can travel longer and at the same time don’t want to rob my piggy bank. Thanks a lot! 🙂 If u do come by Malaysia (to Kuala Lumpur) again, let me know and i can bring you around 🙂

    • Alana Morgan says:

      It definitely takes some self-discipline but being aware of how far your money can go helps so much! I’d love to come to Malaysia – I’ve only been to Penang before so need to make a longer trip!

  11. James says:

    Wow, I canno believe I am just now finding your website and oddly I found it while researching Medellin, Colombia.

    First, your site is professional and very well done. Your writing is interesting and informative. I have just begun to explore it after reading your three parts about your first four years. Your open honest style is also wonderful to read.

    Second, I thought I had read every site on Chiang Mai. I lived there for a year over the last three, and have scoured for every detail I could find about the place. How come I never found your site? How come the searches I tried just now for CM and living in CM do not hit your site? You need to fix this. You need to make yourself more visible.

    Finally, a question. I struggled something awful with the Thai language and how it limited my enjoyment of CM. Only when I had a Thai friend who spoke English was I ever really happy there. Sooooo, how do you cope with Thai?

    I am glad to have found your excellent site. Best wishes.

    • Alana Morgan says:

      Hi James – thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! I know my SEO isn’t great 😉

      As for the language, I started taking private Thai lessons soon after I arrived here and then dated a Thai man for three years. I don’t speak nearly as well as I should after being here for so long but can easily get by and usually trick people into thinking I speak better than I actually do. That said, I still don’t have many Thai friends which is really frustrating and have often found there to be an invisible wall I can’t seem to cross.

      I think it’s admirable that you found the language barrier an issue actually – it seems like many foreigners who come through here don’t seem to care much about the language and are happy to be in their limited, English-speaking bubble which I can’t understand!

  12. Katherine says:

    I love these 3 articles and how honest you are about the experience. I’m off to South America in a couple of months and would love to write about my travels.
    Can I ask what website platform you use and camera?

  13. John says:

    I was just about to go to bed and somehow stumbled upon your blogs. A very impressive account on your time spent in Thailand and I’ll definitely check back in on the rest of your blogs another time. I spent a couple years in Bangkok/ Phuket teaching and can relate to your earlier struggles of making ends meet. I think it’s admirable and requires courage to venture off into the unknown and find yourself along the way. Too many people get caught up in the rat race of “normal life” and just conform to what other people are doing. Screw that I say- to a certain point at least! Congrats on your journey so far and count your blessings that you can travel and see the world. Imagine if you settled in Seattle and never went travelling? No regrets 🙂

  14. Kathryn says:

    I just found your blog looking for info on Chiang Mai – actually looking for late night cafes so I could go out and work 🙂

    Loved reading this series. I think one of the keys to happiness in life is knowing what to splurge on and when to be frugal. But cheeses, massages and really great experiences are top of my list.

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