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How do you make money to travel/what sacrifices do you make?

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1. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

I was just wondering, because i see many people talking about going travelling for a year, 2 years, around the world, just wanting 'somewhere to go for 2 months before moving on to Oz' etc like it was the easiest thing in the world.

I understand some people will have good jobs, some people will have rich parents. but was just wondering if you could share your sacrifices/ways of making money to be able to go for so long and to so many places.

For example, i am a student with a part time job. I have started to save everything i earn except for my phone bill and board, so i rarely go out anywhere, and i havent insured my car and will sell it shortly.

hows about you?

just curious. would be interesting to know about other people.

cheers.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Feb-2009, at 04:37 by si403 ]

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I have started to save everything i earn except for my phone bill and board, so i rarely go out anywhere, and i havent insured my car and will sell it shortly.

Similar here. I've got a really low income and I pinch every cent so hard is screams. I used to have a pass for travelling on public transport in my home town, but then I bought a used good quality bicycle and now use it to get around. Most importantly I changed my travelling habits. I am not saving up for a big trip, but I would still like to go on trips once or twice a year, even though I have a hard time finding the money for it. Consequently I bought bicycle panniers, a tent and a sleeping bag. Instead of travelling by train or bus I use my bicycle to get around and instead of staying at hostels I camp, either on camping sites or in the wild.

3. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

cool. that really is taking one for the sake of travelling, but i am sure it is worth it. though i am not using my car anymore i am still using £12 a week for the tram which adds up over the month.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

The main way I save is to not buy beer in pubs. It's like £3 a pint near enough now and that is just stupid. So I have stopped doing that so often. It saves a hell of a lot of money.

5. Posted by Sophie.C (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

Well i have just finished school (last Nov) and leave to travel for 10 months or so in April. This is how i funded it.

  • Found myself a well paying waitress job and work every minute i can.
  • Placed a large money tin at entry to my house and put a sign on it saying "Money goes to sophie's trip"... (My house can get very busy and forever has ppl walking in and out of it. You will be suprised how much is in it i reckon nearly 800 Aust Dollars)
  • Minimise spending which for me does not include not going out at all it just means if i'm going clubbing buy a cheap bottle of champagne and have with friends before i go out instead of buying drinks all night long. And not eating out often instead meet for one coffee (try not to do this too much either) or go meet friends at free entertainment.
  • Buying petrol on Tuesday (Australias cheap day)
  • Having a weekly budget and STICK to it.
  • Selling car
  • Birthday is coming up and asked people/family to but travel gear for me

And last but not least you do not have to travel with endless amount of money and you will be suprised at how far your money can go in places like SEA and SA. Lots of my accomadation and food on the trip is free because i am volunteering and working along the way.

Good luck and happy travels :)

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I don't have the luxury of having more that 3 weeks off a year, but my parents always taught me to live well below my means. So although Neal and I both work, we have no car, we've bought a small home we can afford, we make our lunches, we have no cable, we research big expenses, and we invest what we have leftover. That leaves us enough to plan a trip or to a year--and we search for the best prices for months. The way I see it, it's MY money and I'm not letting go of any more of it than I have to.

Even when I was a student, I got a part-time job in a hotel which paid union wages, so I was able to pay my schooling cash and still had enough left over to furnish an apartment (although my b/f at the time paid most of the rent...). We didn't travel back then, though...

I guess it's just a matter of saving up and looking for trips you can afford. Sometimes if you pay big for the flight, you can land and live well on very little a day. Just research and see what fits best for you. Good luck!

7. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

one small thing we do is put absolutely everything on a credit card that generates air miles. note: we do not spend what we don't have and we pay these bills off every month. we use the cards for anything and everything that we would have to buy anyway including putting car insurance on the cards as well. we have been able to make several r/t from usa to africa and europe in the last couple of years. we get double miles for using the card for certain things, and after hitting a certain dollar amount we automatically get an additional chunk of miles. as for taking the time, since we both work for ourselves, our time is our own. we make it a point to set aside the time for the trips, usually during one of our slower working periods.

8. Posted by ANS7812 (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Quoting soupatrvlr

one small thing we do is put absolutely everything on a credit card that generates air miles. note: we do not spend what we don't have and we pay these bills off every month. we use the cards for anything and everything that we would have to buy anyway including putting car insurance on the cards as well. we have been able to make several r/t from usa to africa and europe in the last couple of years. we get double miles for using the card for certain things, and after hitting a certain dollar amount we automatically get an additional chunk of miles. as for taking the time, since we both work for ourselves, our time is our own. we make it a point to set aside the time for the trips, usually during one of our slower working periods.

If you don't mind, what it is that you and your partner do?

Edit: Nevermind, I just read your profile

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Feb-2009, at 07:10 by ANS7812 ]

9. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

I quit smoking. Thats a biggie.
If I want to do some drinking I do it BEFORE the bar.
Other wise I am just very conscientious about my spending.
I also have seriously cheap rent as part of my jobs compensation.

Me and my lady have saved what we feel is more than enough for 6 weeks abroad in about 8 months.

The company is now changing its vacation policy as the two of us being gone for that extended of a duration is gonna make things interesting around there.

10. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 7y

Dont buy anything you dont need and save every cent.... that simple

Besides you can probaby get work depending on where you go, travelling long term tends to get boring at times and when this happen it is the best time stop and work for a little while.

I have been travelling for 14 months so far and basically i work quiet a bit but i enjoy it once i am not enjoying it i quit and travel again.

If its a problem saving why not get a working holiday visa instead?

Adios