“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
— Michel de Montaigne
Provide for myself initially, then for others. What do I mean by that? Well, for myself, in short, it’s about earning enough money to pay for my travel lifestyle, which I split into these categories:
- social (drinking, smoking, heavy drug use…. etc)
- bills (phone, website hosting, subscriptions etc)
This division is pretty arbitrary, it’s just my choice, there are many other ways to do it, but this one works for me, I’ve been tracking my budget like this since the start of the journey. There´ll be other bits and bobs that don´t fint anywhere, I´ll just list them out (like buying a laptop or books).
I´ll start the whole budget thing from £0 for simplicity. (meaning, assuming that when I started the journey, I had nada in my account). I have savings, but don´t want to mix those in, as I want to be self-sufficient, without hitting my savings. Of course if a month goes into the negative, my savings will cover that.
But there’s more to this. It’s about self-sufficiency, independence, alternative lifestyle, whilst doing what you enjoy, constantly having to re-invent yourself to be able to provide for yourself, without stagnating in one place. Will it work out? I don’t know, but I’ll give it a good try. or two or more.
In updates under this category, I will give a short summary of my outgoings and income for the month. Partially because it helps me track things and partially because it might help someone too. Thanks Mr. Niall Doherty for the inspiration.
Initially, I am aiming to earn enough to cover just my expenses above. In the long-term, I want to also include donations to causes I will find worthy. That’ll come after I get my ass working enough to cover all my outgoings! (hm, or alternatively, I eliminate most of my outgoings, so earning “enough” will be a much smaller sum. One way or another, I’ll get there!)