Travel. With only one word a whole world of opportunity arises…
Swim with piglets in the Bahamas, explore the ancient temple of Beng Melea in Cambodia, wine and dine in beautiful Paris, relax on the beach in Hawaii. So many options, so little time!
Money. This is one word that makes so many give up on their dreams of travel…
But it shouldn’t be that way.
Travel is something that, like people, comes in many different forms. You can pass through your own city, county or country on the cheap and discover something new or you can journey to foreign and exotic lands and experience sights you have never seen before.
Yet regardless of which trip you desire, if you don’t have money now then the likelihood is that you’ll need to save, which means you’ll need to start by asking yourself one important question:
How badly do I want to travel and what am I willing to do to make it happen?
Although people often don’t actively realise it, a lack of money is a great excuse for not doing things. We tell ourselves we want something, and yet we let money stop us.
I want to be fit, but I don’t have money so I can’t go to the gym. (Why not work out at home?)
I want to go out on Friday, but I don’t have money so I can’t go anywhere. (Why not visit a friend instead?)
I want to go to university, but I don’t have money so I can’t go. (Why not try taking some MOOC courses and get your degree that way?)
It’s true that when you don’t have money, things can be a lot less straight forward, but they can also be very rewarding at the same time and saving for travel is no different. You just have to want it enough to make the necessary choices to allow for it to happen.
- If you really want to save for that trip to Timbuktu then do you really need that £3.50 caffe latte every morning, or could you put that money in your travel piggy bank?
- If you really want to save for frequent short trips around the country then do you really need to spend £20/month on an unlimited phone contract or could you make do with a more basic option costing £8/month and save the rest?
- If you really want to save that little bit extra for your vacation expenses before you leave in 2 weeks then do you really need those 15 pairs of shoes you have lying in the cupboard or could you sell some to make your vacation all that more memorable?
Saving for travel, like saving for anything else, involves making choices about what you really want and only once you’ve made it a priority will it actually happen.
So with that said, how badly do you want to travel and what are you willing to do to make it happen?
Have you got any helpful tips on how to save money for travelling? How long do you usually save for a trip? What cuts do you have to make to save? Feel free to leave your comments below!