Ever since I started travelling 13 years ago, I’ve been frequently asked the question, “How can you afford to travel so much?” It has and will continue to be one of the most asked questions and with good reason. “Travel is a privilege, “ people will say. While I do agree that getting to experience the world does make you feel like the luckiest person, it’s not only attainable to those with money. The idea that the rich are the ones that travel is far from the truth. This is especially the case during a time where travel has become more accessible than ever before.
Some of the greatest explorers were those with none to very little money. One thing they all had in common wasn’t loads of cash but a great sense of adventure and determination to explore and discover. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you can relate. It’s been scientifically proven that travellers have something ingrained in our DNA that fuels our wanderlust. What starts as a want, turns into a need to explore.
If you have an undying need to travel, then the first step is to ignore the idea that you need to be rich to do it. Begin by making travel a priority and do whatever is necessary to make that dream come true. I know we all have different life circumstances, which can seem like a deterring factor, but I hope this post inspires you to think otherwise.
If you want to travel the world, commit to the dream. You CAN do it!
Over the years, I’ve saved up money for my travels in different ways and now I want to share them with you. In the above video, I go into detail about the following ways I’ve saved for travel over the past 13 years and counting:
Get Rid of the Stuff That Doesn’t Add Value
Track Your Expenses
Start a Money Jar
Start a Dedicated Travel Fund
Cut Things Out
Get a Side Job
Start a Venture
Suggest Money and Gift Cards
Apply for Scholarships
Pay Less for the Same Thing
Reduce/Eliminate Your Car Usage
Move in with Your Parents/Roommate
Get a Travel Rewards Credit Card
Change Your Phone Plan
Get Creative with Staying In
I hope these tips help you to save and plan for that perfect trip. Remember, it’s all about making travel a priority. Once you think of it that way, nothing will get in your way from fulfilling your travel dreams.
How do you save money for travel?
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Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.