When talking about traveling, money always matters as you have to spend for your air ticket, hotel, travel insurance, foods and etc., this is the main reason why a lot of people out there who dreamed to see the world were not able to make it. They are worried about where to get that big amount of money to finance their travel.
The dilemma stage.
I myself was having this thought and concern as well, telling that it'll be impossible for me to make it.
I was on crossroads. I faced the dilemma of whether to pursue traveling and take the risk of getting totally broke eventually, or stay in my office's chair having the assurance that I'll be compensated monthly. Then I suddenly realized; Why should I choose? Why not try to get the best of both worlds?
How did I exactly overcome my fears and afford to proceed travelling?
- High paying job?
- Rich husband/ boyfriend?
- Successful business?
- Rich family?
- Company Sponsored trips?
- Applied credit cards or bank loans?
Well, it's NONE of the above!
A fantasy or an easy go lucky way of financing my adventure? Nah! This is not a fairy tale, I don't want to fool others by writing what everyone would like to read, that I can afford to travel even by just closing my eyes.
Honestly, it isn't as easy as everybody thinks to be. Sincerity, determination and a positive attitude are the key requirements.
Here's how I made it.
1. Proper Planning and Budgeting (aka Saving)
I don't belong to the type of travelers who left their 8-5 job just to travel the world, I can't do that considering that I have monthly bills to pay and a family to support, I need a fix monthly income to sustain my personal expenses.
I have to travel, that's what my heart says, I have to find means to finance my dream and not to depend with anyone.
"I'll do this on my own!"
And so, I work hard and I save; for my future and for my adventures. But that doesn't mean I starve myself to death just to feed my goals, of course I still eat 3 meals a day with snacks. I even have an extra for a weekend date! LOL!
It really is a matter of proper planning and budgeting.
2. Low Maintenance Lifestyle
This is as important as working your ass off to save money for travels. Ever since, I never practiced a high maintenance lifestyle though I sometimes have an extra penny, I don't spend much on expensive nor branded things unless I really have to. I'm fine with brand-less stuff as long as the quality are good and they look appropriate on me.
I don't have a weekly schedule in salon for manicure nor pedicure, or a monthly upkeep for my hair. Instead of spending much on these things, I do them myself by using and practicing my DIY talent. *wink*
3. Researching plus Patience
In this modern time, we have all the resources to check whatever we want or need online. Since I don't travel full-time, I use my spare liberty at work doing some research through web of the hot deals or discounted trips, cheap flights and hotel bookings for my next travel plans; whether local or international. I also go over with the country's cost of living to prepare my budget and gather the must-see points in order to maximize my break allotted days.
It is not at all times you'll get a good offer on your desired dates, in such situation, you really have to keep your researching skills and patience in gear!
4. Traveling with Group of Friends
This won't apply to solo travelers, but if you really wanted to reduce your travel expenses plus have some gangs to talk to and laugh with while on the road, then this is the tested and proven way.
I traveled with my colleague together with her sister and group of friends during the 7 days Georgia and Armenia winter escapade. The trip have priced me USD 830 (including air ticket and pocket money), compared to if I will be travelling solo or with my husband alone, I was able to save 400 bucks, and that sounds a lot of money tho!
The more the merrier, you'll even have someone to take a photo of you! ;-)
How about you? How do you finance your travels? Share your tips in the comment section below.
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