It’s definitely not easy, but having such a flexible schedule (i.e., 6 months) definitely helps! If I spend the day inside on my laptop, I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time here. This is my life now, so it’s easy for me to take things slow, look for the best deals, and spend more time planning ahead and researching before I start moving again.

Plus, I’m really taking advantage of any opportunity I can find to stay with people I know or with people who have invited me. The only reason I went to Vietnam and Nepal on this trip was because I was invited. In fact, the only reason I started my journey in India was because a good friend of my family invited me!

If you’re willing to give up some luxury (actually, a lot of luxury), it’s rather easy to live on very little anywhere in the world. I think the biggest obstacle in less wealthy countries is my skin color — people automatically assume I’m loaded with cash because I’m white. That makes it a lot more difficult to get good deals.