You're probably reading this and wondering . . . "How do I live, pay rent . . .and bills, while having any sort of social life . . . and then have money to travel.
And I know there's a lot out there about travel hacks and all the ways to be a digital nomad jaunting around the globe for free, but I'm not going to go down that hole. I'll just make it simple for you.
Think about it for a minute:
When you travel, all (or most) of your bills go away. Add on top of the gas and transportation costs, happy hours and eating out, shopping, groceries. In other words, your lifestyle changes.
It's not that you're not eating out or buying anything, but when you go to a place where the cost of living is way less, your dollar goes way further.
So you're living a better (and in many ways, more lux-feeling lifestyle) for a fraction of your rent cost alone.
It's easy to get into habits of buying your almond lattes and lunch with a friend, that snack on the way home, or the extra glass of wine, without even realizing the expenses in one day.
When you're one the road you not only become way more aware of your spending habits because you're out of your regular routine, you're also living on less and needing less to begin with.
Life simplifies: fewer clothes, definitive meals (vs. eating on the go or at the desk), fewer obligations and people to answer to. This allows you to take an honest look at your life and what it's filled with.
Plus, once you make the firm, ride or die decision to actually do this—to make the leap. Everything changes. Everything. You're not mindlessly spending your money on Uber's and that top that only looked good in the dressing room, because your mind is set on a bigger goal. That vision is propelling every decision you make.
Wherever you are, all it takes is a change in mindset. You could spend the same amount of money on a bachelorette weekend in Vegas or a birthday weekend in Palm Springs as you could in a month in Vietnam. You could splurge on those jeans and the purse or go to a place where you don't even need shoes. It's all a choice. And the choice is yours.
Some tips to make the world more affordable than you could ever imagine:
- Spend More on the Flight
Fly longer, so the dollar will go further. It might cost you more to get there, but once you're there you will be spending less on food and accomodation, vs. arriving at a place where a cocktail is twenty dollars and you're buying every meal out.
Go further, save more, stay longer.
- Be An Adventurous Eater
It's the difference between having a western burrito for dinner in an eastern country versus the local dish. Every place has a regional cuisine which will always be cheaper and more accessible. It just takes being open to it.
- Go to the Market
As soon as you arrive in a place, go to the market or grocery store to get fruit, nuts, water, and whatever else. These places are great ways to dig into a culture and also save money.
- Lost the "Vacation Mode"Mentality
This mentality just causes you to binge eat and lose your balance. It sends your hormones raging and puts extra stress on your body. Your lifestyle is your lifestyle, and it shouldn't change based on your location. But if you have bad habits or are feeling unhealthy, traveling is a prime time to hit the reset button.
What's the biggest thing holding you back about traveling? What's the biggest money-related issue keeping you from booking the ticket? Leave a comment or ask me a money question.