Traveling on a budget. Myth or reality?

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“What do you do for a living?” “You are so lucky to travel so much”

All of these things that make traveling seem like such a luxurious leisure! Yet, traveling on a budget is far from being a myth. For the readers who asked, I am a freshly graduated from college and I haven’t even started my first full time job yet. I visited about 11 countries since last year, when I got bitten by the travel bug and decided that I would never stop visiting different places. I traveled a little around Europe last year, came back from Asia a few days ago and the adventure is just starting. I am addicted, traveling around the globe is my passion. i am now a Travel planner for the youth and a travel blogger.

How do I do it? How can you be always planning your next trip at 20 years old? And how can YOU do it?

This question does not have one answer but the most important thing is to : Make traveling a priority. If you don’t see it as a priority, you will always find something more ‘important’ to spend your money on. Honestly, I realized that, with just a part time job, traveling becomes more than easy (that is, if you don’t have the bills to pay on your own and the food to buy every day).

For a student or freshly graduate, the best way to do it is to first, open a saving account with a plan.

Decide the percentage of money you will take off your pay check to travel. When you get little extras (from relatives, garage sales, old books..) put it on the side for your travels. If you are disciplined, the money gets up pretty quickly. Think about it, even at the minimum wage, you can travel if you don’t need to use the money for other things. Change your choices while you are saving up. Instead of eating out 4 times a week, cook more at home. Put some pictures of your destination on your phone, laptop, walls to stay focused. Trust me, when you look at the pictures of these white sand beaches, you will postpone that massage you don’t really need for later. You don’t need to be rich to travel.

How to manage a budget once you get there?

Again, it’s a question of choices. If you want to spend money on expensive activities, choose your hotel wisely. The price difference between a 5 stars and a 3 starts can be significant when the 3 star can totally match your comfort expectation. Yes we should try out 5 stars but it all depends on our budget and priorities. Many times, luck has directed me towards hostels when the desire to try out hotels tickled me. I always ended up loving my hostels and realizing afterwards that the money I saved with this decision helped me do more activities.

How to refill your pockets during long travel journeys?

If you are planing on backpacking, here are a few tips to refill your wallet when the money gets low:

Work at coffee shops or little restaurants.  Find a little part-time (or even full-time job for 2 or 3 weeks) before you continue your journey. Settle down for a while in a city that you like so you can get the chance to wander in the streets, stay in a cheap room while you wait on the pay check that will finance your next adventure. Going on long journeys is not a vacation so you will have all the time you want to work a little. Besides, in my opinion, it will be a great experience. You will have a better sense of what it’s like to live in that particular city and it will take a bigger place in your heart.

If you are in a situation where you have bills to pay and all..just accept the fact that it will take more time to save up but it is still possible. Just a little thing..are you sure you really need this big apartment? or all of these services? You might be in a time of your life where you should be exploring instead of paying all of these things home. Might not be the case for everybody but think about it 😉

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