How I Afford Traveling

I put off writing this post because:

  1. I think every person who has traveled ever has written it
  2. My advice really isn’t that groundbreaking

But I’m going to tell you anyway. I probably go on a trip every two months, usually only two big/expensive trips a year and a bunch of little trips scattered in between. To many, it seems like I travel a lot. To me, it’s never enough. But I do get asked a lot how I afford to travel.

The kind of trips I take play a big part in affordability. We use Groupon to book our big and out of country trips. The hotel and flight are usually bundled with some other perk and the savings are amazing. We only do these trips once, maybe twice a year, and it’s always during winter. Last year we went to Iceland and this year we went to Portugal. If we do another big trip it will only be because I’m tagging along on one of my boyfriend’s work trips.

I don’t do a lot on the weekends that will cost me money.Β I know some people enjoy going to the bar with their friends on the weekends, but that’s not exactly my idea of a great time which is where I save money. Instead of dropping $50 on drinks every weekend, that money is saved and put into tiny weekend trips every month or every other month. Traveling is what I enjoy so I choose to stay in most times. The only fun activity I ever really splurge on are concert tickets.

I have a cash back card. I get 1% back on purchases and 1% back when I pay. I take the money I earn from that and use it as spending cash when I’m actually on my trip.

I have two savings accounts.Β I put money away every month. One savings account is for the future – for a new car, new home, in case of extreme emergencies. The other savings account is for trips, things I want to buy in the future, and extra cash for my checking account which I use to pay my rent, bills, etc.

How I can afford to travel isn’t all that glamorous. I don’t make a lot of money, I don’t have a fancy book of budgeting, I don’t have a top secret website that scores me the best deals. I prioritize what I want to spend money on in my life and then I plan to get the best price – but it works for me so maybe it will work for you too!

22 thoughts on “How I Afford Traveling

  1. Regular life expenses of; home up keep, vehicle up keep, utilities, saving for retirement take up large chucks of my disposable income, but patience discipline and a bit of good fortune, should help get a vacation now and then for me too. I don’t eat out, by booze. I am really frugal when it comes to entertainment few could deal with my lifestyle but I want to travel more than anything else so that is where my fun money goes. Cheers Rosie

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  2. I have always wondered how people can travel so much and I’ve never even left my region or country even once. I feel like your method is very realistic, you prioritize your money and save for travels. Thanks for the tip sis πŸ™ŒπŸ’•

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  3. I agree with this. Traveling is my main squeeze, so going out on the weekends and dropping money on alcohol all the time doesn’t suit me well. It’s a sacrifice but well worth it to go to a new country or city I’ve never been to!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. It always comes down to priorities! It is funny how people don’t ask how can someone afford to go out drinking every weekend but even if you go on a one longer trip sonwhere abroad they are all surprised how you put together so much money. πŸ˜„

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      1. I usually just smile and say that I earned it. But still it takes some planning time to save on flights, accomodation and also being prepare to give up some not so important things to go do some that means more to you.

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