HowAffordTravel

How to afford travel is something many people think is out of their reach. Some people think that it costs tons of money to travel but my hope for this blog is that you will see how easy it can be, even if you don’t make lots of money. I do simple things in my daily life that have become part of my lifestyle which makes my travel affordable.

I almost never buy coffee outside of my house. Of course there are times when my need for caffeine means  I have to buy it but for the most part I make my coffee at home (and I use this coffee maker, I love it!). So how much do I save?

 Let’s say a cup of coffee is $5 and you do that 5 days a week. That’s $100 month and after a year that’s $1200.  

For $1,200 you can have a round trip ticket to Asia and hotel if you get the right deal!

 Okay, so you may be thinking, “But what about when I get there? A place to stay is so expensive!” Not really. There are plenty of options, you just have to do a bit of research (or hire me to do it for you!). Hostelworld, Couchsurfing, and apartment rentals are great alternatives to staying in hotels. You know I’m an airbnb vixen but I have gotten great deals on Hotwire when I needed a hotel.

Do you need cable on every TV you have? I have 3 tv’s and have cable on one. The bill is $35 and I’m mad I’m paying that. With Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon I don’t miss having tons of movie channels.  Most people pay around $100 a month. That’s $1,200 a year!

Do you buy a new car when your old one has its 4th or 5th birthday? I’ve had my car since 2001. My Prius is paid for and I will have it until the wheels literally fall off. The average car payment is $475. Let’s say instead of getting a new car you keep the car you have and continue to put that amount of money into a travel account. $475 for a year is $5,700. You can have a couple of vacations for that money.

Do you eat out often? I bring my food to work and I cook at home. If the average lunch is around $10 and you buy lunch everyday, that’s $50 a week, $200 a month, $2,400 a year. So let’s add up all of the possible savings.

 

No coffee =            $1,200

No cable =              $1,200

No car payment= $5,700

Make lunch=          $2,400

 

$10,500!

 

That’s it! Does that sound difficult? It really isn’t and once you get accustomed to doing these things it just becomes a way of life. Hopefully these tips have helped you and you can start saving!

 

Do you have any tips for saving money for travel? 

 

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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, www.RoniTheTravelGuru.com. Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.

10 COMMENTS

  1. This article added an overlooked perspective. The idea of a vacation becomes real when you break down the expenses. It gives a girl something to aim for!

    The new design will attract many people, very fresh and harmonious.

  2. I don’t want to give up my coffee. I’d rather whine about not being able to afford to travel. 😉 Just kidding. Who knows that affording travel was just a few simple tips away?!

  3. Great post, Roni!
    Thanks for the tips.

    Here are a few money-savers that work well for me:

    1. Lower your insurance premiums by raising your deductibles. Park the amount of money equivalent to the deductible(s) in an interest-bearing account (with easy access) and $AVE $AVE $AVE on premiums for auto, health and house insurance!

    2. Consignment shop! I’ve purchased amazing designer gowns for pennies on the dollar at boutique consignment shops. Also, an outdoors enthusiast, I accumulate a lot of expensive outdoor recreational gear as well. Check the second-hand sporting goods shops for amazing buys on pre-owned equipment that simply may not have worked out for the original owner. Skis, bikes, tents, and so much more!

    3. Volunteer for stuff!
    I also LOVE the theater. And concerts too.
    Getting myself on the volunteer list for several concert venues and theaters means I usher for an hour and half and I get to see the productions FREE! I’ve saved THOUSANDS of dollars in theater tix!
    Once you start volunteering, you’ll quickly learn how to become creative in attracting additional opportunities. (Also consider, that as a volunteer, you may have a uniform or a badge that allows access to non-public places within a venue…..annnnnnnd, you won’t have go out to buy a new outfit to impress people sitting in the dark!

  4. I absolutely love your site. Do you have a YT channel? I have flown buddy pass several times, partly because so many of my family members works for Delta. I am also an extreme couponer which allows me to save lots. I am looking to step my game up with the travelling. As I have been as a standstill for a couple of years (Flying places that is). I come to your website while at work and needing an escape, lol 🙂 I love my day time job but would absolutely LOVE to work as a travel agent part-time (over night and on weekends)

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