Small budget, big travel dreams? How can you visit the places that you want on your salary? It’s just not enough. Well, change your tune, and save your change, because it is possible to make travel happen on less, even if you aren’t a flight attendant!
If you want something in your life, you can figure out how to make it happen. There is an Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before a statue of a great saint, begging, “Dear saint-please, please, please…make me win the lottery.” This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the despondent, pleading man, and says in weary disgust, “My son-please, please, please…buy a ticket. Remember, you can’t act as an uninvolved participant with what you want in life simply by hoping and praying only.
If you want to travel, write down your goal, and rearrange your priorities. It may not happen in the way that you were imagining, but when you begin to visualize what you want, it’s as if the universe works in harmony to help you actualize those imaginings. In my personal life, I write down the places that I want to go and the months that I want to visit. Looking back over my list is a trip in itself! I am shocked by how ambitious the list was and with how much I actually accomplished of that list. It happened!
Live your life in a way that makes your dreams a possibility.
This isn’t a post on goal setting or about realizing your dreams, but for me, even though I am a flight attendant, which makes travel easier and cheaper, dreaming and writing down goals has been instrumental. I’ve learned ways to make travel happen on less, and I’m going to share some tips with you.
10 Ways To Make Travel Happen On Less
7. Sublease or “be homeless.”: For the past two years, in the fall, I’ve taken the entire month, or more off of work just to travel. One of the ways that I’ve done this financially is by moving out of the place that I was living. I didn’t see the logic in paying rent if I wasn’t even going to be there, and I needed that money so I could travel. I don’t want to or can’t move out on a whim like me, another option is to sublease to someone else.
Being homeless isn’t always a cakewalk
8. Latte Factor/Decrease Expenses: The Latte Factor is an all-inclusive definition for the money you spend on extras, like coffee, alcohol, eating out, or going to the movies. I don’t want to admit to myself how much Latte Factor has been going on in my life since moving to Waikiki. Eating out has become a much to expensive hobby and those $5.50 coffee drinks add up. I was able to afford the level of travel in my life in the past months because I kept my expenses low, ate out less, and didn’t drink (coffee or other). I need to do some re-shuffling in my life to decrease my personal latte factor. Figure out what in your life you can change so you can save more money for travel.
9. Find Good Travel Buddies: Traveling with other people can significantly decrease your personal expenses by sharing costs of hotels, rental cars, tours, etc. Or if you are a rock star, find a flight attendant bff and use their flight benes. Or find someone who works for a global hotel chain, rental car company or something travel related and watch how you will save. As the saying goes (or used to, cause times of stand-by travel are much different now days), “Date me, fly free.”
10. Do Your Research: For me that means, knowing how to travel like flight attendant’s do, stand-by. I have spent hours figuring out which routes are more economical and more available. Certain airports charge more for taxes, like flying to Britain or Canada from the United States. Fly into a border city, rent a car, and drive.
Here are a couple of links that share some great saving tips
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