Traveling is expensive you say – well, yes and no. No, it’s not free…but yes there are ways of doing it that make it more affordable.
Please believe me, after the initial cost of a passport you are well on your way. (For ideas on affording a passport/directions on how to get one see blog post here: https://wanderingbastards.com/2017/02/01/ready-to-wander-first-thing-is-first-get-a-passport/) I cannot stress enough how motivating it is just having a passport your hands! It’s amazing how much not taking this one simple step holds people up! I’m a firm believer that if someone really wants something, despite their circumstances – they will find a way. Having said that, traveling has become quite the science and here are a few tricks I’ve learned…
Credit Card Airline Points: Ok, so I’m not condoning going into debt in order to travel. That is a BAD idea and it will make your potential adventure into a stressful misadventure. (Not worth it!) What I mean by credit card points is getting a credit card that gives airline points and using it for everyday expenses…and then paying it off each month leaving NO BALANCE. You can pay for almost anything with your debit/credit card so why not put those everyday expenses to work for you? Expenses like: rent/mortgage, food, power, water, gasoline, electric, hair color/cuts, business expenses…the list goes on and on. As long as you pay it off each month and don’t get caught up in feeling like its monopoly money you will be AMAZED at how quickly your points add up. (Oh and an additional perk of this is you will be building your credit!) The Jedi Master of credit card airline points is this guy: https://thepointsguy.com/ . The Points Guy is so good at breaking down the science of Airline Points. Definitely worth checking out his website!
Start a Gelato Fund or aka Good Old Fashioned Saving: Boring right? Except it’s not. If you want something you go after it. Traveling isn’t any different. You’ve got a passport now start dreaming…once you start seeing it as a real possibility you will realize how much money you waste everyday! Put it out there – I’m saving for Europe/Costa Rica. (insert wherever your dream adventures). The next time you feel like splurging on eating out or supporting your soda/coffee addiction, stop and think about how much money you are really wasting. It’s a conscious decision – my sister calls it her Gelato Fund. “I would rather eat Gelato in Italy than splurge on fast food or a nice dinner out.” My dear potential Wandering Bastards…I’ve had Gelato in Italy and believe me when I tell you…it’s absolutely worth waiting and saving for it. Need ideas? I have a friend who wrote a great blog post about how she saves money for traveling. I LOVE her approach, check her blog out: https://cyndigrahamcracker.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/my-favorite-travel-sites/ It’s got an awesome travel site list too…seriously she is like the queen of travel deals. She inspires me every time I talk to her! (Oh and yay, she has agreed to be a guest blogger for us too so watch for that!)
Minimize: There is a huge minimalist movement going on right now. What is minimalism? Well, there is a saying…The first step in crafting the life that you want is to get rid of everything you don’t. News flash…we don’t need all this stuff. (I need to work on this too.) Every last bit of advertisement in the world has one purpose…to get us to buy stuff. Why not stop buying into it and start buying into ourselves? The next time you feel that urge to buy the latest phone/computer or find yourself splurging on something that you think will bring you happiness…think about your Gelato Fund. Gelato in Italy is real happiness folks…at least it’s more real than eating out/drinking soda. Need more motivation? I love Ted Talks…I just do. Here is a link to some great inspirational minimalist Ted Talks to help you clean up your life and get going on your Gelato Fund! http://frugaling.org/8-ted-talks-will-inspire-become-minimalist/
*Please note: Gelato Fund can be substituted for various motivational travel goals – the Paris Crepe Fund or Bavarian Pretzel Fund sound great too! (Both are also amazing by the way!) Oh and it doesn’t have to be food based either. For our gluten/dairy intolerant Wandering Bastards, how about the Costa Rica Zipline Fund, Grand Canyon Adventure Fund, Disneyland Fund or Malaysian Escapade Fund. You get where I’m going here…
Perhaps we should call it what it really is…a Wandering Bastard Fund! 🙂