People are always asking me “How do you afford to travel all the time?” or “You’re so lucky you can afford it”. Well the truth is travel is cheaper than you might think. It’s all about priorities. Sure if you want a nice house, designer clothes and brand new tech those things cost money and travel probably comes further down the list. But if like me travelling is pretty high on your priorities, the fulfilment travel brings outweighs the need for your daily coffee or six weekly haircut (mines lucky if it gets done every 6 months!) then this philosophy might just work for you too. Read on to find out how to save money for travel.
Find something you couldn’t live without (yes for me it’s sausage rolls, sad but true). Then every time you find yourself reaching for your purse/ wallet think to yourself; “How many sausage rolls could that buy me?”
Imagine you are buying a top for £20, say each sausage roll costs £1, that’s 20 sausage rolls.
“How does that relate to travel crazy sausage roll lady?” I hear you say…
Well, say you have a very limited diet and only eat sausage rolls for lunch. Stop yourself buying that new top and you’ve bought yourself 20 days worth of lunch! Cut out a week or two of takeaway coffee’s as well as the weekly splurge at the pub and that’s a week or two in a hostel.
Step 3 – Sell and simplify
Now I’m not saying become a total tightwad and never leave the house but think when you are buying something “Could that money make me happier if I used it for travel?”. You may even already have stuff you don’t use or need. To quote an online selling giant “Sell baggage, buy freedom“. How to save money for travel gets easier when you look at everything this way.
Now think about that gym subscription you never use or the contract phone that’s costing a small fortune; £30-£80 a month you could spend on a few nights in a hostel. Or even a RETURN flight to Stockholm or Prague from the UK. Hundreds of experiences waiting to happen for a few things you’re hardly going to miss. Check out the cost of your dream getaway below;
I recently caught myself looking at a new T.V. Mine is temperamental at times but works just about, even at the best deal I could find I was looking at around £150. Then I thought how I could save that money for travel. I could fly to Krakow for the weekend, stay in a nice hotel and maybe even squeeze in a couple sausage rolls! So that’s exactly what I did.
So it’s that simple
It occurs to me that life is short. You could leave behind a ton of stuff that your relatives are, lets face it, probably going to throw in a skip. Or instead leave a load of memories, stories and happiness. It’s your life, so, it’s your choice what you do with it! Get booking!
How to travel better for less
These are the companies I use to travel the world for less. The reason long term travel is cheaper than you think is often down to shopping around for a great deal, here I’ve done the hard work for you!
Booking.com – I always book with this site if looking for cheap accommodation as the filters are so easy to use. Become a genius member after five bookings and get great discounts too!
Air BnB – Sometimes you can find great local places to stay on Air BnB. In some countries, like Cuba, it’s the only way to book!
Transferwise – A debit card you can use all over the world and get great exchange rates with no hidden fees. This bank has saved me £100’s in bank fees!
Monzo – A similar travel card to the above with additional features like joint accounts and bill splitting.
What to pack – Here is my ultimate list of what to pack for every trip, available on Amazon. Plus eco friendly alternatives to your toiletries.
Omio – The place to go for all of your public transport needs in Europe. Save a bundle!
G Adventures – A sustainable, fun, responsible travel company. I’ve travelled with them many times and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of their amazing trips of a lifetime.
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Because we can't all travel all the time, or can we?