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4 Easy Ways to Save Money for Traveling

26 October 2017 | Mri Grout

You always hear about people quitting their successful jobs to do what I’ve done. That after so many years of working ‘behind a desk’ they realize there’s more to life than simply filling up their bank account and so they leave on a grand multi-year traveling adventure.

Well I didn’t do that because I didn’t have a ‘successful’ job nor a full bank account. In fact, I was living with a drug dealer and his homeless client (it actually wasn’t as bad as it sounds) while working for $5/hr in a desperate attempt to pay for my college tuition, when I finally decided 'screw this, this is not what I'm going to die doing.'

So I saved up and I saved up and eventually I bought myself that golden ticket to Australia. And so can you.

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2. What You Can't Cut Back On, Budget

On second thought, maybe have a friend cut your hair...especially if you have a job.

So you might not want to give up your morning coffee or walk five miles to save on fuel and that's okay. You just have to budget these things instead. For instance, instead of going to Starbucks, go to McDonalds. Instead of driving that half a mile, walk it. Instead of having that grand, big wedding full of people that you don't really want there but you'd be obliged to invite them anyway, go small. Instead of booking out a wedding specific location, rent a mansion on airbnb for way less or just get married on the beach for free like we did.

Living cheaply does not mean you have to give up all the luxuries of life; rather you just have to shop around and get creative in order to find a cheaper, more affordable deal.

4. Include Your Friends

Every x round, have some water. It keeps you hydrated and your wallet bigger.

It's all well and good having the plan to save up money for traveling...until your best mate invites you to a night out in town. Or your partner wants to go out for a date at the movies and then to a nice restaurant after. If it was just you, you could take the budget option of simply staying in to drink or picking a movie off Netflix and making your own meal afterwards. But because someone else you care about wants to do something flashier, it becomes hard to say no and stick to your new budget.

So fill in your friends and family on your goals and ask them for help. You can even bribe them with a future postcard from Thailand. Though true friends won't care where you're drinking as long as it's with them. Invite a few more friends over, get a drinking game going and voila, staying in isn't lame after all. And loving partner won't care if they're holding your hand in a theatre or curled up on the couch - especially if you bribe them with a vacation to the Maldives.

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