HOW I'VE BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD TO TRAVEL
from the 📂... Oddly, so many people have asked me about this lately? And I haven't listed in a while bc I suck?
- •I travel as much as I can. Which isn't much because I only get 10 vacation days a year 👎
- •This totally won't work for everyone. But I was in my late 20s, making not much money while living in an expensive city on my own, and it worked for me. So why not share?
- •Right after I finished law school and took the Bar exam in 2007, I went to Europe for 45 days. It completely changed my life.I'm very lucky and grateful... This was my parents' graduation present
- •The problem is, I came home completely obsessed with travel but I was unemployed.
- •A few months later I got a ~4-month temp job that paid ok. Then I was unemployed again for a few months and ultimately took a job in Oct. 2008 that paid pretty badly.
- •I had this new really expensive passion. How was I going to get back to Europe?
- •So I opened a separate savings account and put a little seed money in there, very little. Every monetary present my parents gave me for my birthday, Chanukah, etc. I put straight into there to the extent I could afford to.
- •But the biggest thing I did was this:
- •Every time I wanted to spend money on an "extra" (that Starbucks coffee or the take-out dinner or the pretty item of clothing I knew I didn't need), I thought to myself: do I really want this, or would I much rather the equivalent thing in Europe?
- •90%+ of the time, the answer was that thing in Europe.
- •Once in a while I allowed a splurge because you have to!
- •But it worked! After a year at a pretty low paying job, I went to Italy for almost 3 weeks!
- •And again a year and a half later! For three whole weeks that time! And Spain the year after that! And back to Italy the year after that!
- •If you really want to travel but feel you can't afford to, take a good look at your spending and see what you can reasonably cut back to saveLike I said, i know this won't work for everyone. I know some people are truly paycheck to paycheck and don't have a spare dollar and I feel you and give you many virtual hugs
- •It's really satisfying to see that travel account grow to the point of being able to plan a pretty nice trip!
- •And I can't think of a time where I thought to myself, oh I wish I spent money on this extra thing at home instead!
- •And as someone said to me once, you'll remember your travel experiences forever, but probably not anything you bought instead of saving for travel.