I’m a firm believer in if there’re a will there’s a way. It might take you longer depending on your circumstances and commitments but by making small changes and sacrifices, most people can afford to go travelling. Here are a few ideas.
- Controversial one … Stop Smoking. If you smoke about 15 cigarettes a day, and it’s around £8 for a pack of 20, that’s over £2,000 a year you could save, which is more than enough money to travel.
- If you buy an expensive coffee on your way to work 5 days a week, you could save up to £750 just by ditching those lattes and cappuccinos. Take a small thermos for your commute instead and limit the Starbucks visits to the weekend only.
- Charity shops. Shopping in charity shops has saved me so much money it’s unbelievable. I’d say around 60% of my wardrobe is second hand. I used to waste crazy amounts of money on clothes I’d wear only once (or never!) which is not only damaging to the planet; it’s such a waste of money. Head over to your local charity shops instead of the high street, you’ll be surprised what you’ll find. Instead of feeling guilty for spending £60 on a pair of jeans, feel incredible knowing that you’ve helped the planet, given money to charity AND now have a new pair of jeans for less than a fiver.
- Share the rent. I’m not saying that you need to shack-up with the next guy/girl you see (although, that might also work) but sharing accommodation costs is one of the best ways to save money. Young, single professionals have been doing this for years in the form of flat shares but let’s say you’re a retired person who’s always wanted to travel or a middle-aged couple whose children have flown the nest and you’re looking at taking a career break to visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. If it’s a lifelong dream, would it really hurt to rent out your extra rooms for a few months?
- Cook your own meals and take your lunch to work. You can save hundreds of pounds by only eating out as a treat instead of on a weekly basis. There are loads of budget friendly but tasty meals you can make on the cheap. Make more than you need, so that you can take the leftovers to work, way better than a shop-bought sandwich anyway, they’re crap.
- Quit the gym. A you can probably tell that I’ve never been a fan of the gym, but if that’s you’re bag … well …just…. like….. go for a run around in a park or something, man. Check out this dude.
- Be social at home, instead of the pub. Invite your mates over to your house for a drink, instead of going to the pub, or if the weather is nice, go for a picnic. Chip in on a crate of beer or a couple of bottles of wine and nibbles and you’ll all save £££.
If that slice of advice was you cup of tea, check out my next blog about all about Saving money (and making money) Once you’re there.