For this episode of my Listener Series, I interview TJ Pridonoff who is currently on a road trip of self-discovery across America. 

I’m telling you, if ever you hit a point in your life that you feel unhappy, too settled or just need some sort of change to figure out what you want out of your life, travel is always a good solution. When I was 18 and went to Gambia, I had so much clarity when I got back in terms of what I wanted to study in school and do for a career. And after travelling around Thailand for 3 weeks, I came home confident that leaving my job and moving to Toronto was the right answer. I wonder what I’ll discover on my next long trip?

Anywho, TJ realized not too long ago that he needed a change and to figure out what he really wanted out of life for himself. He’d already gone to school and had a good stable job, but he wanted something more. So he decided to leave his job and take a road trip across the United States to satisfy his travel bug and to help him get some clarity for his future.

And he’s on that road trip now! The best part is, from a personal finance standpoint, he’s proven that to do something like this doesn’t mean it’ll cost you a ton of money. Especially doing a road trip across the U.S., there are a ton of towns and cities you can stay in for really reasonable prices. The key thing to remember is to have enough cash on hand so you don’t run out, budget strategically (so do you research ahead of time), and don’t spend your money on stuff. Spend your money wisely to get the most out of your trip.

Thanks TJ for sharing your story with me, and looking forward to reading more about your travels!

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