Here is my reply to her (slightly edited)
I am so glad you contacted me with your questions. I am in no way a life coach but I can tell you about my experience and the experience of those I know.
First of all, I know its hard to live on one income. My husband and I have lived on his income for the last four years. I could work, but we made the conscious decision that I would be a stay at home mom. Some times it is tough. Some months we don’t have enough money especially since my husband is self employed. When things are good they are good but some months he doesn’t work at all.
We had to make a lot of hard choices about where our money goes. We try to live as frugally as we can. We shop second hand for almost everything and we weigh our purchases against the value they bring to our lives. We are now a one car family as of last winter. This was one of the hardest things for us to do as we live in rural Canada. Public transportation is not a practical solution where we live. So when Mike is at work, me and the boys are limited to places within walking or biking distance to our house. We also try to eat at home and we never turn down a free meal (thank you mom!). We eat very little meat because it is so expensive. An added benefit to all of this is that it really aligns with my environmental values which really makes me feel good about our choices.
If you have read through my blog you will know that we have the great advantage of being able to build and sell our own houses. I realize this method of making money is not practical for most people. We are funding our travels by selling our house and using our equity. We are also exploring more ideas of how we can make a small amount of money while we are traveling.
There are lots of families out there doing this though. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to check out my blog roll and get to know some other families who travel full time. All of them are funding their dreams differently. Talon from 1dad1kid left with $900 in savings and is doing work as a medical transcriptionist while on the road. He also is on his way to becoming a scuba diving instructor and plans to pick up work teaching scuba diving. Lainie from Raising Miro left with enough to cover one year of travel and now her and her son are on their third year of travel. She committed to making her website and podcast earn enough to pay for their lifestyle and supplements by doing freelance design work. Colin from Our Travel Lifestyle works as a web developer/entrepeneur . A job that he can do from anywhere with WiFi.
Do you or your husband have a skill that you could make money with on the road? If not, would you consider getting a skill in order to do this? Can you save money now? Could you set yourself a date for a few years away and save like mad until you reach your goal?
It really all depends on how bad you want it. Because if you want it bad enough, and are willing to make sacrifices to make it happen then YOU WILL DO IT! It may take a long time though. Mike and I have been planning for six years. We are also making a contingency plan right now, for if our house doesn’t end up selling. And although we tried, we won’t be able to go this year unless it sells. But if the house doesn’t sell by next winter we plan to be traveling anyways because that is our priority.
I also think that many people think that travel is sooo expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. I know many families who are doing it for $1000 per month. If you travel slowly and rent places month by month instead of day by day, if you eat like a local, if you don’t drink your budget in beer, if you choose your activities carefully, and stick to inexpensive countries, its totally doable. One of the things I am hoping to do with my site once we start to travel is to do a monthly tally of our expenses. We are hoping to live on approximately $1500 per month (not including our flights or medical insurance)
I hope this helps you. You can do it!