How Much Does a 52-Week Worldwide Learning Adventure Cost?

Written by on March 25, 2009 in Learning Tips - 7 Comments

world-globeOne of the best ways to learn is to travel. Exploring new cultures not only helps you understand other people, it helps you come to know your true self. Get away from the people, places, and things that you know. Then, look in the mirror and ask: “Who am I?”

Unfortunately, most people don’t think they can afford this kind of learning experience.

Plane tickets and hotels can be expensive. However, when done frugally, extensive travel can be a lot cheaper than most people imagine.Sherlock: The Final Problem 2017 movie streaming

Consider the Soul Travelers family. This amazing family of three from Santa Cruz, California has been on a worldwide adventure since 2006. They’re off to explore Europe, Spain, Russia, Africa, Egypt, and many other places around the globe. The cost? Only $25,000 a year.

It may sound like a lot for a “vacation.” But, when that figure includes all of your housing expenses, food, plane tickets, and everything else you need to live for a year, it’s not much. If you can telecommute or work over the internet, you could start your adventure at any time! Or, if that’s not a possibility right now, consider starting a savings account especially for your adventure. Driving an older car for a few more years is probably worth a year of life-changing experiences.

If a 52-week journey sounds a little daunting, you may want to take some smaller trips first. Tim Ferris offers some helpful suggestions for shorter getaways in his book The 4-Hour Work Week.

Tim isn’t exactly Mr. Frugality. But, the cost for his learning-packed, month-long vacations are still in the range of most people.

A month-long “mini-retirement” in Buenos Aires including two hours of daily private Spanish instruction, two hours of daily private tango lessons from professional dancers, and no-expense-spared food / living accommodations set him back only $1,533.20. Including airfare.

Adventure learning experiences are very attainable for most Americans. For a few, traveling abroad may even cost less than maintaining a lifestyles at home.

Now that money isn’t holding you back, what is?

7 Comments on "How Much Does a 52-Week Worldwide Learning Adventure Cost?"

  1. jackie sheeler March 26, 2009 at 4:28 am · Reply

    hey, i just stopped by to take a read and say hello after reading your marvelous comment on problogger: “That’s like asking a newspaper: Would you rather have someone read your headlines or your stories?”

    very well put! i’m going to browse a few more of your posts now. you’ve got a great site!

  2. Brian from March 26, 2009 at 6:32 am · Reply

    Great ideas! I’m on a round the world trip and the cost does not have to be much at all. With a little planning and being frugal with funds anyone can take a month long or even year long adventure without breaking the bank.

  3. Jamie March 26, 2009 at 8:37 am · Reply

    Thanks for checking out the blog & for your kind words, Jackie.

    Brian, it looks like you’re on a pretty amazing adventure. I’ve been reading through some of your posts and I love how you gave your goddaughter a map so that she can track your travels.

  4. Bob Collier April 10, 2009 at 1:10 am · Reply

    You might be interested in Eli Gerzon, if you don’t know about him already.

    And/or Maya Frost

  5. Angela April 10, 2009 at 3:26 am · Reply

    I just saw your site for the first time and…Bravo! Three years ago we pulled our very curious, imaginative boy out of public school and started the homeschooling adventure. It took Mom two years to learn that school was not sitting behind a desk for hours every day…but living! We have structured, systematic teaching of Math and English, but we relaxed on everything else. We found free classes at the local zoo and aquarium for science.(He even got to swim with the dolphins) We visit historical sites to learn history. We go to the library and let him find books on whatever he happens to be interested in. Sure, he may not know what the state capitals are…but who really remembers 20 years later! Instead he can tell you anything about nature, animals, can wire a sound system up, use every power tool imaginable, build and repair just about anything, build awesome lego creations, and design a house on 3-D computer program. And he is only 12 years old! Our next adventure is planning for our year long “road trip” of all 50 states! Embrace Life…Embrace Natural Learning!!

  6. Anon June 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm · Reply

    Round the world trips are less illuminating than living in some place, day in and day out.
    Normally, if you have some skills, you can probably find work in your country of choice,
    and thus living there becomes essentially free (give or take travel expenses which are
    sometimes reimbursed). A lot of people who don’t have many useful occupational skills,
    or skills that don’t translate well to other countries, choose to teach English as a second
    language. The experience of working in another country, while not always great, will
    really drive home lessons in inter-cultural communication.

  7. soultravelers3 January 14, 2010 at 2:24 am · Reply

    I just now saw this. Thank you so much for your kind words. Wow, what a great site!

    Travel really is the best education and slow travel is cheap and perfect for families. Our open ended world tour is primarily to educate our child and have more time together and it’s been even more rewarding than we expected.

    We are primarily a homeschool (or roadschool or worldschool) family and huge fans of John Taylor Gatto’s ideas ( & Tim Ferriss’s), but we have also found immersing in a local school in another land can be the best possible way to become deeply fluent in another language, literature and culture. Yes, monolinguals can raise a tri-lingual child! 😉

    This is our 4th winter in Spain and it’s so sunny, friendly, cheap and full of great festivals to participate in, that I am surprised more from cold climates don’t at least winter here for the many advantages.

    Technology and especially free webcam calls make it so much easier today than ever before as they help us immerse deeply in one culture while maintaining our connections at home from Grandparents to doing violin and piano lessons with teachers on another continent.

    Today one can work and school ANY where in the world and traveling the world can be MUCH cheaper than living at home, so this trend is growing. I think that is a very good thing for global citizens of the 21st century!

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