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A man who's been traveling the world for explains how he affords it – Business Insider

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Tommy Walker always knew he wanted to travel.
Living in a small, working class town in Northeast England, the now 29-year-old remembers dreaming of somewhere exotic, somewhere “far, far away from here” as a child, he told Business Insider.
In his early 20s, he finally got the chance to go. Tired of a 9-5 corporate job at a product management company, he bought a ticket to Sweden, intending to work his way down by the Eurorail to explore the continent.
Then, his dad got sick, and he postponed his trip, settling for shorter-term stays instead.
In 2011, his father died, leaving Walker and his brother an inheritance through his workplace that Walker chose to split into pieces: about 60% on longer-term investments, and 30% on travel, starting with an ambitious trip to Southeast Asia.
He acknowledges that some people might consider his windfall a stroke of luck, but says he wishes some things had turned out differently. “Sure, I got an inheritance,” he said, “but at the end of the day it’s my father. It’s no compensation for what happened, but obviously, it helped me get to where I am today.”
His inheritance stopped fully funding his travels — which you can follow via FacebookInstagram, or through his website — before the first of four years was up. Since then, he’s been in a cycle of working, saving, and traveling. “I’ve always been lucky enough to find work and make money,” he said, “so once I started this travel journey, I always felt that I’d always find money if I wanted to buy something later on.”
Below, Walker explained the gritty reality behind long-term travel, why you don’t need a windfall to leave home, and how he now affords to stay on the road.

Man on a mission#bangkokflashpack#2012
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47pm PDT

In Bangkok, Thailand.

What to eat? #india#asiamemories
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Oct 19, 2013 at 7:33am PDT

In India.

Sometimes we forget what’s on our doorstep #nature #park #gardens #carltongardens #melbourne #thewanderingwalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Feb 7, 2016 at 11:33pm PST

In Melbourne, Australia.

Pink lake #pinklake #melbourne #tourist #city #lake #hanging #thewanderingwalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Aug 31, 2015 at 12:15am PDT

In Melbourne, Australia.

Yesterday was a great day#fifafanzone
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Jun 13, 2014 at 4:29am PDT

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Casa Pueblo looking. No filter for this view #casapueblo#ocean#sunny#blueskies#uruguay#carlospaezvilaro
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Feb 24, 2015 at 5:07pm PST

In Uruguay.

Keeping options open for the next step… #travel #thewanderingwalker #newzealand #mexico #central #pacific #walker #road #wheretonext
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:01pm PDT

 

Decent #views today in #Vinales #Cuba #nature #likevietnam @scenery #11km #hike #trek #viewpoint #thewanderingwalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:21pm PDT

In Cuba.

#Pitstop in #Cuba #thewanderingwalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Aug 18, 2016 at 8:22am PDT

In Cuba.

Wairoa Dam #wairoa #dam #hunua #ranges #auckland #newzealand #travel #thewanderingwalker #hike #trek
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:59pm PDT

At Wairoa Dam, New Zealand.

Eating #tacos #Foodporn #travelfood #mexicofood whilst celebrating my #Facebook page @TheWanderingWalker getting over 8k #likes today! Www.facebook.com/thewanderingwalker #thewanderingwalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Aug 26, 2016 at 3:51pm PDT

In Mexico.

Travel time again #travel #wanderlust #backpacker #oceania #fiji #airport #backpack #melbourne #planschange #fromtommywalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Jun 13, 2015 at 3:09pm PDT

 

Out at sea at the head of the boat over some choppy and rough waves! #morrodesaopaulo #boat#travel#seasick#experience
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Jul 24, 2014 at 7:01pm PDT

In Morro de São Paulo, Brazil.

Roads leading to the jungle #jungle #trek #fiji #rainforest #nature #oceania
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Jun 17, 2015 at 11:25pm PDT

In Fiji.

Something a little more #beautiful in #Marseille #yachts #water #france #euro2016 #thewanderingwalker
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Jun 11, 2016 at 11:52pm PDT

In Marseille, France.

Sunset beach…#sunsetbeach #manaisland #beach #travel #fiji #oceania #walker #wanderlust
A photo posted by Tommy Walker (@thewanderingwalker) on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:32pm PDT

In Fiji.
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