Oftentimes when someone else who would love to travel as much as I do reads all about my global adventures, they automatically assume I’m loaded beyond measure. The same goes for any fellow traveller (who isn’t loaded) I meet up with and share travel stories with – they all tell a story of how the people in their lives are of the belief that we’re loaded!
This is not to say there aren’t any wealthy travellers out there, even in the case that you meet up with some travellers at budget accommodation places like hostels. When I was in Brazil, there was what turned out to be a millionaire sharing a four-bed room with the rest of us mere budget travellers, so really, you can never really know until you ask.
On another trip I kind of bought my ticket unusually late, only to find that I had to take up one of the “saver-plus” tickets which were left, but as much as that cost me more than what I’d usually pay for a regular economy class ticket, what it also meant was that I was on the “instant-upgrade” list. Basically this meant that if there was some space in Business Class then my ticket would be upgraded at no extra cost and I would fly Business Class, which I actually had the privilege of going on to experience.
I sat next to a gentleman who frequently flies Business Class, but it turns out he was on a company deployment (he works for a parastatal), which means that he doesn’t personally pay for his flights and neither does he pay for his accommodation. Lucky me, because his company had booked him the presidential suite at a prestigious hotel where he was to stay, but his trip was to be cut short by a full four nights – four nights which he “transferred” to me so that I would not let the booking go to waste!
Okay, so I’ve been going on and on about how lucky I’ve been at times while travelling, all of which really is just to highlight the point that you don’t need to be a millionaire to travel. You can make it happen and all it really takes is for you to make the decision to start travelling. Do so and the travel gods will look down upon you with favour and help you make it happen, one way or the other.
I’m not saying you won’t have any challenges to contend with – there will be plenty of those, but things happen for those who try and make them happen.
I mean just recently I found out that I was eligible for up to £500+ in flight delay compensation since one of the recent flights I was on was delayed by over three hours and perhaps you could be eligible as well. You can view company information here for the flight delay solicitors who continue helping thousands of travellers get their due compensation, no doubt making for just one of the many ways through which the travel gods keep making things happen for those who take action.