This Girl Made A Living Traveling The World And Here’s How You Can Too



Just before her 26th birthday, Nina Ragusa landed in Bangkok, Thailand. Five years later, she has only been back to her home in the US twice. How did she afford it? Smart money management. In an article on Business Insider, she told them that all it takes is a plan and the will to work.

Before she left, she decided to get smart and work for it. She worked for two years and saved $16,000, using $10,000 of it to pay off credit-card bills and repay her $30,000 student loan. So if you want to travel and are in debts and fighting off student loans, it’s time to get serious about money and save, save, save!

photo: Nina Ragusa

When she arrived in Bangkok in 2011, she had $6,000 in her pocket and had got a TEFL certification so she could teach abroad to make money.

“I’m not rich, but I definitely want to stay longer than a couple of weeks, longer than a few months. I decided to teach English so I could make money while living abroad and traveling.”

In 2012 she was teaching English online and freelance writing, showing the power of the internet when you want to travel! “I learned that even if you’re not sure how something is going to go down if you keep searching, take risks on what you go for, and make a solid effort, you can really make something happen,” she said.

“I attempt to get around in another language, I buy my food from the markets, get around on interesting modes of transportation, meet new people, experience the culture, see something breathtaking, amazing and/or incredible, have a beer, and wake up to do the same the next day.” Umm…dream life, right?


A photo posted by ✈️🌟🌅🌏Nina Ragusa🌏🌴☀️😘 (@whereintheworldisnina) on


Her long-term goal is to live on all seven continents. And she isn’t put off by the money situation, while she was in South East Asia she earned $1,000 to $2,000 a month, and restricted herself to living on $700 a month or less. Shows what you can do when you have a passion.

Would you ever travel the world? Read the full article here.

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Beth is the Managing Editor of CGD. She is a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy, has published a short story and loves to read creative writing manuals in her spare time.

  • clxelouise

    My biggest dream would be to be able to travel the world one day and document it all on my blog!

  • Tatyana K Afeli

    This is amazing! My ultimate goal is to travel whether it is through my career or to just learn more about the world and life itself! Travelling to many places would be a dream come true.

    Thanks CGD xxx

  • Camille Beygui

    This is absolutely amazing

  • Leah Rose


  • Holly

    Now that’s living the dream! Sounds amazing.

    Holly at xx

  • Another Ranting Reader

    Wow! This woman is brilliant! She is really living the dream.

    Jemima x

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