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 (update: the car did actually stop on me and I had to get another one so I now have a 2011 Honda Crosstour, no car payment). 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
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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