Getting close to my well deserved Thai training getaway, there’s a lot of fellow fighters at my gym wondering how did I do it?
First of all without my awesome husband I would have never been able to do this, he’s been a huge help, managing finances, stressing about it, don’t get me wrong I’ve had my fair part of stress as well, but I wouldn’t be able to do this without him. Suddenly everybody wants to know how we’re doing it, and how we are affording it. You see Here’s the thing, Everybody thinks traveling is the most expensive thing in the world, and only the rich or privileged get to do this, well your wrong, but I don’t blame you, I blame advertising…
You see they sell this Idea on TV, the internet, radio, that for you to travel it has to be in luxury, and If you’re not rich what would you rather do? travel on a budget or never get around to do it?
I wanted to not only travel the places I always wanted to see, but to train in the best gym’s as well, so the first stop in my journey? Muay thai in Thailand. I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m not the best fighter in my gym and at my 27 years old I can’t wait to become one of the best, it would take some time before I get to a level where my sensei feels I’m ready to train in other gym’s, so I’m taking my self there and getting the basics I need in the most awesome places on earth.
You see one thing I’ve learned is that life is out there happening, in motion. And sitting on your ass on a 9 to 5 work place, let me say this, you’re missing it. You are the only one that can get you where you wanna be and I, I wanna train abroad. Now I know it is temporary and I will go back and forth between home and the outdoors, but since I decided to leave it all behind to chase my dreams, I’ve never felt more freedom before, it comes with its fare deal of stress, worries and judgement; but to me its all worth it.
So whats holding you back from traveling?
Money? It will take some time but you can make a lot of cut backs to save money and be able to travel at least once every two years.
Where? Location, location, location… there are plenty of low-budget places to travel, and that is why I am able to go to Thailand, the flight tickets might be pricey but the costs of food, accommodation and shopping are fairly cheap! so just do your homework and find a place that sticks to your saving budget.
When? Traveling off-season is a great way to save money, the flights are cheaper, the hotels are not over booked and the tourist areas are more enjoyable.
When can I start? How about now! you need to make traveling your priority, like any other thing that you wanna do, it’s like going back to school, If you wanna make it happen you got to focus.
When you’re a pro fighter its easy to travel to fights and get to meet interesting people and new places, sadly I’m not at that level yet, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean I can’t take myself there, specially being a woman fighter, I fear it’s still a lot harder to get deals, contracts and fights.
I’ve been able to do some traveling along the way, however not as much as I hoped, now at year two of my married life I wanted to continue with my travels before the hubby and I settle down more, you know before we buy a home or have more responsibilities, I just think it’s time to enjoy and get lost in our freedom for now in our late 20’s, before its time to get the grown up job.
For now I’ll give my traveling and my mma career a chance, the rest will have to wait.