How the Hell Do I Afford to Travel So Much?? Non-Stop Traveler

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[Applause] [Applause] hey there how's it going this is Willemstad capital city of the Caribbean island of Curacao very close to Venezuela I was previously on the island of Aruba and then flew here and then I'm going next in a few days to bon-aire and so if you want to see some videos from this area then look at the link down below here or I will put some links at the end of this video definitely some very interesting abandoned houses along here so it should be a very revealing walk as I just kind of explore randomly I'm going to a head out this way and just show whichever parts of the city that I come across in the course of this video and so I'm going to talk about in this video how the heck how the hell do I afford to travel so much I've been traveling for thirty years now I've been to 63 countries I've been to India nine times I've been to Greece six times been at island five times I've done a lot of traveling and the good question is how the heck do I afford to afford it all so I wanted to start this off with a couple of stories that will make a point so in November of 2015 almost four years ago and I was in Ecuador and I had $50 to my name I had nothing in my bank account I had a flight booked out of Bogota like ten days later and I had my youtube check which at the time was going to be like a thousand bucks or something coming a few days later and so that is how close I was cutting it is that I barely had enough money on me to get to the next couple of days to barely get to my paycheck and then keep on traveling eight months later in August of 2016 I was in a position in Spain I was waiting for my YouTube paycheck to go through so that I could purchase a bus ticket to get me to the next town if the money wasn't deposited in my bank accounts that morning another day just to be able to buy like a twenty dollar bus ticket to the next town that I was planning to go to in Spain and so it was the same kind of situation then that I just had barely enough to get to that next paycheck and so my point is that no I'm not independently wealthy I don't have parents paying for this I have paid for all of my travels myself for the past thirty years all of it has all been paid for myself a cute little bridge here whoa some jumping fish cool and this is where a market happens sometimes today is a Sunday and so things are especially quiet around town but it was even very quiet last night on a Saturday night so it's just not all that busy at least in this area here and so this is the fourth video that I've made with the same title in different places the first one was in Mexico the second one was in California the third one was a year ago in Mykonos Greece and I thought that I would make another one because things change over time and also I have new US subscribers who don't know the backstory and that is really the number one question that people have is how do i Ford to pay for all this traveling so as I talked about in our previous videos then in my early years of traveling then I just worked random jobs and saved up the money and then travelled super cheap that is one of the reasons that I went to India so many times plus the fact that there is just so much to see there I would like to go back again but India is very cheap and so you can save a few thousand dollars and go there and travel for very little money I did a lot of camping backpacking both in the US and then like camping bicycling trips in Greece and so that is one way to travel cheap is just to stay with friends or use couchsurfing I did a couple of bicycle trips in Greece the extreme budget you've been following my videos for the past few years you seem that I've wrap things up a little bit and I'm not on the extremely tight budget that I was on before I can afford private rooms and going to a decent restaurants and taking trains and whatnot and I've been doing it for a long long time I haven't had a regular job since the fall of 2014 when I was working in Jasper National Park and so that is one of the answers to how I've managed to pay for some of my travels is working at national parks I worked at Denali National Park for four different summers and I worked in Jasper National Park in Canada for five different seasons and in that situation then you don't have many expenses you are making more than your housing and your food and so you can save up some cash and so the short answer is simply that I have paid for my traveling by working saving the money a trust-fund something like that then otherwise you have to make some money you're gonna need money to travel and there are lots of different ways to do it and so you just have to find a job that pays more than your expenses and make it a priority to save the money instead of spending it on unnecessary things and just try to save the cash and so there's another elements for how I personally am able to travel [Applause] I have very minimal bills as far as on top of my traveling expenses and so I'm not spending traveling money in addition to my expenses back home my expenses are just traveling and so I don't have like yeah double expenditure that a lot of people would have of paying for their apartment and whatever other expenses they have back home and then trying to travel on top of that but really what it comes down to is the ultimate answer as to why exactly I'm able to keep traveling as much as I have been for the past number of years I haven't worked a regular job since fall of 2014 so almost five years of constant non-stop travelling other than one month of working in Alaska washing dishes back summer of 2017 so one month of regular work in five years of travel and the answer is you're watching it YouTube it's that simple that I started posting the YouTube videos six seven eight years ago very casually not taking it very seriously started taking it more seriously over the years ever since then and it's finally gotten to the point where it is paying for my travels fully [Applause] and as you can see just by watching my videos then it's gotten to the point where I don't have to stay in the hostels every night sometimes I do sometimes they get sometimes I get fairly expensive private rooms or at least expensive for me and so YouTube is just turned into my full-time job and I can just keep on travelin keep on making the videos and I'm seeing a steady increase in my overall monthly views and thus my paychecks and I get more views than you might realize just because of the you can check on to see the stats of various youtubers and if you want to like compare my number of views or just if you're curious to see how many views and how many subscribers and everything that people are getting and then you can see that I'm actually getting more views than some other youtubers who have more subscribers than me and so I've just developed this sort of a backlog of videos that keep getting views for months even years and that results in income and passive income so that I don't even have to post a video necessarily for that day to still make a decent you know daily wage and so most of my time comes from the YouTube ad revenue YouTube puts ads on videos controlled by Google and youtubers make money the way I also make a little money from the various links down below the video here from affiliate links and the book t-shirts stuff like that but most of my income is just coming from the YouTube ad revenue and that pays for me to travel so that is the answer it's working and I'm gonna stick with it so there you go more coming from Curacao after that fine to a new country it'll be my 60 horse alright see ya


Gabriel Traveler · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Did you know I have a blog? I don't write on it often, but I just wrote a short post about some strange stuff that happened during my first few days in Curacao. You can check it out here: Also make sure to watch the next couple videos of Curacao, I'll be showing a totally different side of the island than what you saw in the videos of Willemstad.

Jamtland Homesteaders · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Great channel Gabriel! I started watching travel videos years ago (Rick Steeves), now I watch several. We wish You safe travels in the future*-Keep up the good work!

Akhil Srinath · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Hey Gabe!
How about take 3-4 months a year and work some jobs. Try and collect some cash. And then spend that the rest of the year traveling. Would that work?
Big fan. Keep up the awesome videos!

Ged Devlin · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

What do you reckon? I have friends who will include a connecting flight as visiting that country but never step out of the airport. Would that be classed as visiting that country?

Bec George · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

I’ve followed you for years now and I’ll continue to follow you for years to come. Your content is real world with no fancy editing which I love. It gives viewers a genuine feel for the place your visiting. I also love that you don’t prescribe to sponsor led content. I never feel that you’re being disingenuous because your trying to sell me something.

alcor4ever · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Do you get insurance while traveling? What if you are sick and get a big medical bill? Best of luck on the road. I’ve enjoyed many of your videos.

Joe Travel Blogs · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

So close to 300K subs!

M Stephens · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Do you wear sunscreen? If so, may I ask what type you use? Going to Aruba soon! 🌴☮️🌴
Thanks for the explanation about your financial aspect of traveling. I just subscribed about 2- weeks ago!

martin ryder · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Nearly 300K

MOH'D IRFAN · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

why are travelling solo?
make a video about that

Paulo Gaeta · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

You have your own style and you understand serendipity by letting things happen and showing them to your viewers, so it´s always fun and highly informative, I´d say even educational to watch your videos. Keep on, you are on the right track!

Nikolas Kotis · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

We ALL must watch all adverts so that you and other youtubers get this little share that you deserve.

Donna Marie · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Do you have a 401k or something for retirement or old age.

Dario Sedinic · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

u forgot to mention rich parents.

Kiran Gottipati · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Nice T shirt, 300 k✌👍

Fillippo Vecchio · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Pity that Curaçao has so much to see that you posted a video twice about basically the same areas

Traveling Holmes · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Great Video! Thanks for the info and tips, we can't wait to go traveling with our toddler. 🙂
We're actually starting our full time travel journey with our son in less than 3 weeks! We make weekly videos documenting it all, if anyone is curious!

Steve Miller · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Anyone ever told you they could give a rats ass how you travel so much smiley !! How many of these godamn how do I travel videos u gonna make …. Dude have a bad day ALREADY

mattias811 · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

I have worked full time night work since 2013, and use the extra money to take 9 weeks vacation each and every year .
Been to 40 countries and going to 9 new this year 🙂

Travel is life , love your videos …

BIRMZE · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Fair play Gabriel, great channel!

Pinty Bhatt · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

A big salute to you Gabriel. You are an inspiration.

Tarak Ram · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

please do live stream sometime.. 😀

Chris Hansen · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

maybe i can get paid t paint and renovate those run down houses ur passing on by?

YiannisPho · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Your personality and lifestyle can only draw my admiration. You are quite a unique and talented person, Gabriel. I'm glad that YouTube has made things financially easier for you. You deserve it. By the way, any chance you may visit Greece again, soon? There are plenty of more islands to explore, even if they can't raise your new countries count. I'd love to see you frolicking in Greek beaches. And there's lots to explore inland as well. (Ok, I was born and raised in Greece, and I'm a bit biased in her favor. But only just a bit.) Keep on traveling. You do it so well!

Hassan Dibani · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

I'm sure you have viewers in almost every country. One way you could save a bit more would be to sleep over at their place. That would also add something new to the videos, the local aspect. You could talk about the local home made food, how a typical local house looks like…

Emma Jones · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

Hi Gabriel! Nice video..This town is ok it looks like the town where you stayed in Aruba.. Take care!😊

Adnan khan · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

For God sake! Please change the T shirt. Its old enough to be wear.

Varun Nagpal · May 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

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