This goes for everything in life, not just traveling. A change in perspective can massively improve your situation. To give you the easiest example; I mentioned earlier that we left home with $13,800. Now? We have $400. We are vastly more poor, and traveling in Europe which is seen as one of the most expensive regions to travel through (broadly speaking). Even the most conservative of estimates put traveling in Europe at $40 a day. That’s 10 days of traveling left!
Years ago, a somewhat infamous competition took place in a classroom of an Ivy League school. The professor broke the students into groups, gave them $5 each, and told them whichever group could turn that $5 into the most money would win. The groups that did the best disregarded the $5 entirely. (The winning group went around to restaurants, made reservations at their best time slots, and when it rolled around to the time, they sold those reservations to people standing in lines. The runners-up made a bicycle repair station in the middle of the campus with a ‘Donations accepted’ sign.)
So our perspective isn’t “We used to have so much money and now we only have $400.” But “We have $400, not $0. We can do so many things with $400!”
There is a housesit north of us in Italy, for two months. It’s fairly strange as far as housesits go, because instead of taking care of a pet, we’d be there to be a friend to the home owner’s parent. That’s it. They’ll cook, give you your own apartment, and all you’re required to do is have dinner with the parent every night. Isn’t that why people go traveling? To meet people? To exchange ideas across amazing food? If we were to housesit there, we would have no rent, no food costs, and be allowed to work on our own projects while having the privilege of dining with someone every evening. So, how poor are we?
It can be difficult to change your perspective, because it’s not always about money. Sometimes it’s about readjusting. It’s about your New Normal.