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“How do you manage to travel often?” – This is a simple question many tend to ask us.
Travelling is definitely on the list of ‘expensive hobbies’, but sometimes it’s more of a need, rather than a hobby. Money is definitely one of the main reasons that keeps us from travelling as much as we would like to, but surely not the only one.
How Do We Manage To Travel Often?
- We know our budget limitations,
- And then start saving up accordingly,
- While being aware of bargains.
These three points remain the golden rules to frequent budget travel, but in this blog post I’m getting personal and to the point – particularly mentioning things we do that help us travel often. If you’re willing to cut some corners, prioritise and budget, follow these 5 steps and you’ll be on your next destination in no time.
1. Make a Bucket List
Make a list of places you want to visit. This will help you envision your goals, making them more reachable. Make a bucket list with the countries you wish to visit, and decide which country you will focus on. The next step would be to start saving €. Organised ideas are easier to fulfill.
2. Partying Will Break Your Bank
Instead, meet your friends at a beach/park, and eat (pic-nic) there. You can even organise a BBQ night-out. We realised that we tend to spend less if we opt for a casual dine-out, rather than going to a party/disco. When we go to a party, we have to prepare dinner (anyway), buy the tickets for the party, and also buy drinks at the party.
BUT if you insist on partying/going to discos, you could always budget by buying your own booze for some serious pre-drinking. Buying alcohol from bars is definitely more expensive than buying from a supermarket.
3. Start a Travel Fund
Make a travel fund and put all your daily change there. Make sure that every week you put in also notes. I found this very helpful.
4. Stop Buying Clothes & Shoes
I know that it’s not easy, but it all depends on how badly you want to travel (and where you want to go, considering that some destinations are more expensive than others). Clothing is a luxury a lot of us love to indulge in, but the truth is that we already have enough clothes to satisfy our daily needs.
5. Say ‘NO’
If you cannot afford it, don’t do it. Instead of beating yourself up because you didn’t go out, think about the money you saved and what flight you could buy with that same money… and start planning your trip!
Conclusion – Travel Often
All points mentioned are feasible once you get your priorities straight. An idea is derived by you, driven by your potential, and succeeds through your determination. Remember that nothing comes easy. I once read somewhere that we tend to get carried away and buy things we do not need, with money we do not have, to impress people we do not know. Strive only to make yourself happy.
As R.W. Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Make it count.