Welcome back to our traveling like a rockstar series. As you can tell by the depth of this series, I love to travel. I also love to help others travel and then discuss travel plans together. There’s nothing that excites me more than planning a trip. I love the trip of planning a trip. The euphoria kicks in once I book my flight ticket. Then I get more nervous/excited as the date gets closer.
Whenever discussing plans for my next trip I’m always bound to run into someone that’s going to say:
I wish I could travel like you do.
Guess what? We can all travel. You just need to make some lifestyle changes to help you cut back on your spending. If you’re serious about traveling more in 2010 you need to take this post seriously. If you slowly apply the following tips to your life you can find yourself traveling like a rockstar.
Let’s jump into the lifestyle changes that you need to make at home so that you can travel more in the future:
Go out to less expensive places.
I’m not going to tell you to never go out because then you’re going to hate me. I will tell you that you need to stop spending your money at expensive places that don’t add much value. What I mean by this is that you don’t have to go to some club that charges $20 to get in just to have a good time. You also don’t need to be buying $10 drinks. You can have a blast by going to house parties and making your party instead of spending large money for a night out.
The less money that you spending on going out, the more money you have to travel and see the world. Would you rather hit a bar in Budapest, Hungary or some expensive place downtown?
Learn to prepare your own meals.
Food is the biggest budget killer for most us. We either convince ourselves that we don’t have enough time or just forget to plan and we end up buying food. The problem with this is that the average take out meal can cost about $10 when we factor in the drink and whether we actually want to eat something healthy. On the other hand, if you prepare your own food you can find yourself putting together a solid meal for a few bucks.
What are some solid meal options if you want to prepare your own food to save money?
- Egg whites.
- Buying your own chicken.
- Eggs and toast.
- Homemade wraps with chick and your choice of wrap.
Give this a try and see how much money you save by not eating out. Then take this money and put it in your trip account in ING Direct or where you keep your savings. Grow this account until you hit $1,000. Then you can plan your next trip.
Delay your gratification
In other words, stop being so damn spoiled! Can you not wait until you buy expensive crap? You need to delay your gratification so that you’re not always buying the newest crap that comes out. You don’t have to deprive yourself from the fun stuff. You just need to delay the time it takes you to buy something new. I want an iPad, but I’m willing to wait until I see a massive price drop. If you want to increase your income while delaying spending, I always recommend finding one of the many online jobs for college students.
At the end of the day, if you’re willing to follow these tips most of the time, you can save some serious money that you can put towards your future travel plans.
Check out the other articles from the Travel Like a Rockstar Series: