09/03 A life of travel on a limited budget

Stevo Dirnberger - https://instagram.com/stevodirnberger/

Stevo Dirnberger – https://instagram.com/stevodirnberger/

Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger, who together manage their How Far From Home travel blog, left their advertising jobs in Johannesburg, South Africa, in March to explore the world.

As of Monday they had journeyed 25,071km and are currently in Athens, Greece.
And on Sunday, they made a refreshing confession: months of travel is not all it’s cracked up to be…

Low on cash and with no more income to count on, they have toiled away cleaning toilets, scooping dog and cow poo and shoveling rocks in exchange for free food and accommodation.
“After being gone exactly 6 months, I feel it necessary we share the uglier side of our trip. Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives. And don’t get me wrong — we are,” Cartell wrote. “But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes…

Cartell describes the unglamorous gigs, which are arranged using WorkAway, as “painstakingly hard and dirty work”.

And not only are the pair getting uncomfortably close to faeces, they’re also running on little sleep and poor nutrition.

“I am not at my fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest. We eat jam on crackers most days, get roughly 5hrs of sleep per night, and lug our extremely heavy bags through cobbled streets at 1am, trying to find our accommodation (because bus fares are not part of the budget, obviously),” Cartell wrote.

Read more at http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/couple-behind-how-far-from-home-travel-blog-reveal-how-they-have-to-scrub-toilets-and-scoop-dog-poo-to-tour-the-world/story-fnndib5x-1227510682039


Elaine Walker