Sometimes you just need a break. A time to step outside of regular life and do something different and experience new things.
That might seem like a pipe dream to you right now especially if you have children but it doesn’t have to be.
You’re probably thinking that all those people that are able o afford to travel are either very rich or have a ton of debt racked up waiting for when they return from holiday.
Well, the good news is that that’s not necessarily true although I’m sure it is true in some cases.
I don’t for one moment condone travelling whilst having debt tied around your ankles BUT all doesn’t have to be lost because it is entirely possible to afford to travel even when you are on a tight budget.
Today I want to show you exactly how you can afford to do that.
Let’s just get this out of the way first.
There is a big difference between travelling and going on holiday.
You see when most people think of holidays they think 5* hotels and all you can eat buffets.
Travelling doesn’t have to be that way unless you can afford such luxuries. Travelling is more to do with experiences rather than just relaxing on a beach. So before you read on any further decided if you will be travelling or going on holiday.
Ready? Let’s get started!
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8 Tips On How To Afford To Travel
1. Research Specific Locations
Your location matters and it always will for one very good reason.
Some locations are more expensive than others.
If you want to travel to New York and Milan that will probably cost you a pretty penny whereas locations such as China or Thailand will be a lot cheaper because the cost of living is lower.
You will get a lot more for your money in such countries.
Choosing a location where the cost of living is cheaper will give you lots more freedom to do the things you want to do when you get there.
Before you head out on your jollies make sure you have done the research and pick a location that you know you can afford to travel around comfortably.
2. Book Either Really Early Or Very Late
We all know that there are flight deals to be had when travelling, you just have to know how to find them.
Generally booking your flights or hotels way in advance or just at the last minute is usually the way to go but I appreciate that not everyone is comfortable with booking at such short notice especially if you need to ask for time off at work and such.
3. Have A Dedicated Savings Account
Having a separate savings account for travel will make the world of difference to you.
By keeping your saving account separate its easy to see at a glance exactly how much money you have saved up.
Its a really good idea to have a savings goal too.
Once you know this account is solely for travel you will be much less likely to be tempted to spend it on anything else.
4. Make It A Priority
If you want something done then it always has to be a priority for you.
If it’s not a priority then you won’t fully commit, it’s as simple as that.
Think about the last time you wanted something badly enough. The lengths you were willing to go to get it.
You may have done more overtime at work or stopped going out in order to save up or anything else necessary.
You need to think in that same way if you want to be able to afford to travel.
Travel has to be able to influence all of your spending habits.
5. Find Ways You Can Still Make Money Whilst Abroad
Having passive income is the way to go when it comes to making a little extra income outside of your regular job.
When you have lots of streams of income it helps you to keep to afloat so you don’t have to feel so financially restricted.
If you are travelling for longer than the average 2 weeks then it’s a good idea to put some other streams of income into place.
6. Get Rid Of Your Clutter
We all have clutter lying around our homes.
There are serious things we have not touched or looked at in years that would be easy to sell and make us a little extra cash on the side.
It’s a very good idea to sell your clutter so that you can put that extra cash towards your travelling costs.
7. Travel On A Budget And Still Have Fun
Remember just because you are abroad it doesn’t give you a licence to throw your budget out of the window.
Put together a travel budget so you know exactly how much money you will be spending whilst you are away.
Try not to make your budget too strict because doing so will make you feel as though you are missing out on experiences.
Give yourself enough room to manoeuvre but also to make sure that you don’t completely trash your finances whilst you are away.
Make sure your budget is done well in advance before you travel as part of your savings goal.
8. Revisit Your Monthly Budget
You can look at your “fun” expenses and cut those back for a time whilst you are trying to reach your savings goal to be able to afford to travel.
Some easy changes you can make to save money right now are as follows:
- Take lunch to work instead of buying it
- Make your own morning coffee at home
- Walk where possible instead of taking the car
- Cut back on chocolate and clothes for a short while (Yes you will have to make some tough sacrifices)
Final Thoughts On How To Afford To Travel
Anyone can travel as long as you don’t have debt collectors knocking at your door.
By planning well in advance and being willing to make some sacrifices you can travel whilst remaining on a budget.
Many people travel all the time, even with family in tow and you can too!