Over the last month, I’ve received several emails and a phone call from a woman (I’ll call her “L”) who is really interested in signing up for my Bhutan trip in April. She’s had lots of questions for me and I know that her desire is genuine.

Last week, L emailed me to say that she’s been daydreaming about the trip and trying to work out the financing. However, her car just broke down and her computer got a virus that she needed to deal with.

My advice?

As much as I would LOVE to have L on board, I told her what I recommend to everyone… Don’t go into debt in order to fund your travels (or anything else, for that matter). Ultimately, paying for your travels using a check or a credit card that you can’t pay off without incurring interest, only causes more stress while you’re traveling.

People have laughed at me over the years when I explain that I’d rather find a job on the road to pay for my expenses, than racking up credit card charges and having to pay them off when I return.

There are lots of ways to save money and tuck it away for your travels. To start:

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