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1. Posted by lanchutt (Inactive 58 posts) 11y

Hi guys,

I just wondered if any of you have worked for 6-7 days a week for a few months to save up for your travels?

I am going to start saving soon and just need to get away ASAP I can' take much more of work and York (it's far too small)! My job doesn't pay too well so thats why I need a part time one too!

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hey, that's the way I do it. I can work EVERY day for a few months, as long as I've got a trip planned. I just try and make as much money as I can, and "countdown" the days until my departure!

3. Posted by lanchutt (Inactive 58 posts) 11y

So were you really tired and stuff? I am looking forward to earning as much money as possible!! did you ever get disheartened?!!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

You may want to take a look at Rolf Potts. I read his book Vagabonding, and he's a big believer in working like mad and saving so you can travel (although I get the feeling he's pretty finacially happy, now). There are some essays on his site that might be helpful to you.

5. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

did you ever get disheartened??
One word- YES!
My mate had savings so disnt have to work as hard as me to save 6k. I didnt see my mates for ages too, i once worked 23 days solid, that was leaving my house at 730 in the morn, and getting home a 1030 at night.
Sacrifice it was, i couldnt go out and play golf, play footy at the weekend, even train on tues and thursday, it killed me socially as i wanted to go out, but 40 quid in a night is like 3 days out here eaasily, maybe more!
Now i am here, all the hard work makes me think thank god i did that to see the stuff i am at the mo.
Believe me mate, its worth it. Good luck to ya, although youll be a billy for a while! (no mates)

tarik

6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

lol, I work 6-7 days a week and I'm not saving up for a trip, so I'd say it's do-able! Just make sure you schedule some "me time," or else you're going to get burnt out fast. Even if it's 10 minutes a day to sit by yourself with a cup of tea (or glass of Baileys, lol) do it, it's much better than being on the go non-stop and just resting while sleeping. Plus, if you have a light at the end of the tunnel (ie: your trip) you'll be all the more willing to work to get there!

Happy travels!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

You may want to take a look at Rolf Potts. I read his book Vagabonding, and he's a big believer in working like mad and saving so you can travel (although I get the feeling he's pretty finacially happy, now). There are some essays on his site that might be helpful to you.

Tina, I spent an hour looking over that site (AND I ordered one of his books-Vagabonding Guide) Thank you for posting that! :)

8. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 11y

I don't want to sound like a parrot, but I can honestly say Rolf Pott's book, Vagabonding, changed my life. Potts book isn't entirely new material, but he's put it together in a way that talks to people with a passion for travel.

Why are people in this particular thread suggesting you read the book? He's got fantastic, and inspirational, advice/information about saving for a big trip. Good luck, you'll get there - where ever you want to go!

9. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

At the moment im working 6-7 days a week to save up. Office job monday to friday and i work in a bar friday and saturday night. Im totally knackered as i finish at 3am both nights/mornings but i try to think its worth it in the end! My social life isn't as active really as im so tired! but hey you gotta sacrifice something. Thats life i suppose!

10. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

I've gotta look into that book...

I've been traveling for 7 years now, and the way I've always done it is go somewhere I like, find a job (anything, I've exotic danced, been a nanny, taught snorkling, managed a jewelry store...), work my ASS OFF for 6 mos straight, then enjoy myself traveling w/ almost no budget for the next 6 mos. or so.

I've found that my experiences and dedicated work ethic have put me in better stead than more "experienced and educated" rivals.

it definately helps to have a goal: my next trip is going to be buying a campervan in OZ this fall, so anytime people give me shit at work I assign purchases to the time I spent w/ them (a 40 min. customer service problem= new wheels for the van; 20 min disciplining an employee=CD player for the van...)

tho I have to say, if you're working intensly for a short amount of time, the only way the stress evens out the money is if you're working for tips or get paid overtime. That is the best thing about america, you can make a shitload of cash QUICKLY