I see A LOT of people in the forums who not only take vacations, but LONG vacations. Spanning 8-12 MONTHS! ... I mean where do you get the money to afford to not work for a year ?? ... Please inform me, I wnt in ^^! haha. I'm training to be an ESL teacher, but I mean that doesn't make enough money to travel for a year straight [well unless you count teaching in other countries] .... I've been saving up for my one month Japan trip for almost 2 years now :P.
Bloody good question!
Most people spend quite a bit of time saving, sometimes years - it is after all, the trip of a lifetime for most.
Many take casual jobs and live very cheap while travelling. Some get financial support from family, use credit cards while travelling etc.
Economising, with the boring everyday things and budget traveling is how I do it.
I'm not even staying in a hotel in Japan and it's still gonna cost me at least 2,500$ .... :P I mean I'm not like type of person who would sleep in a tent on a vacation, vacation is about relaxing. But yeah ... >.< still! haha.
Well, Japan is a very expensive country.
If u went to someplace like Thailand, or Bolivea, it would cost a lot less.
Haha yes Mel maybe you're right. Japan is probably one of the most expensive travel destinations anywhere. :P Lucky me >.< doh! haha ^^
Well saving for a any trip is about conserving money in your day to day life. You should take a month and figure out what you spend all of your money on.
If you bought clothes how much and did you really need it?
Morning cofee? Brew it at home
Going out to the bars? Cut it down to once a week and go for happy hour its cheaper.
Cook at home instead of going out to eat.
Dinner left overs for lunch.
How about the american favorite past time lunch of Peanut Butter and Jelly? Still good and really cheap. I once lived off it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2 months to pay for a trip.
Just some suggestions.
The bottom line, analyze what you spend money on and cut back and put into savings. The easiest way is to automatically deposit money into a savings account the day you get paid. This will force you to save some money every check.. Good luck in your savings.
boreal2673 my whole paycheck of a whooping [i am j/k if you didn't know] 70$ - 100$ a week goes into the bank D: I only spend if I'm going out with friends or something, my husband pays for msot things since he makes about 1,000$ a week. He'll give me some money to spend on my trip but I wouldn't expect him to pay for the whole thing, since this is my adventure not his [he's not coming].
Oh and I only work a stinky part time job because I'm in school for TESL haha. or will be starting in Septemeber, so I have to keep my time open.
I'm fortunate enouugh to do freelance work on the side once in a while. It gives me enough to save up for some extras like travelling. I also find that, apart from airfare and accommodation, I tend to spend a lot less when I'm away than when I'm at home. I count my pennies on a trip, so I spend a lot of time just walking around and picking up something small and inexpensive to eat.
On a related note, I'm reading the Instant Millonaire, which provides lots of tips about how to change your mindset about making money and living your life. It's written as a parable, so it's a joy to read and very inspiring - even if you don't have ambitions to make millions.
Just checked your profile and saw that you're 18. Now, people of all ages can travel for all sorts of lengths of time - but, generally speaking, the older you get, the more you start to make, and the pickier you can get about your travels. Remember that you're splitting yout time between work and school; give yourself a chance to concentrate your funds on your education. Take smaller trips now; the big ones will come.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 22, 2007, at 9:41 AM by tway ]
Thanks Tway :]
yeah i guess the older you get the more you can travel, but I really wanna travel when I'm young becuase then you can do more. You know? ... :P
ahh but yeah i'm pretty picky w/ my travels. Asia is where I mainly want to travel. Within the US .. ehh don't really care to go anywhere.
Europe .. maybe Australlia ... UK ... that's about it.