I’ve been wanting to write about my Europe trip, but I didn’t want to simply make a list of all the places I went to, because you can easily search that up on Google and Instagram.
So let’s just do a confession time: I didn’t have a lot of money when I went away for 6 weeks. I was only working part-time at the time (I still don’t earn a lot of money now, so I think this little post is still going to apply for my next trip). I didn’t splurge (too much), but I definitely didn’t travel on a shoestring either. I like to think that I’m very wise with my money and how I handle it. So, being the list-loving gal that I am, I made a list of the things that I did to save money before and during travel.
By the way, one word for me is kuripot. Yes, you can google what that means. And speaking of Google…
Do your research
Budgetyourtrip is my favourite website finance-wise. You type in a city and it gives you an average daily cost for a city. You can even choose the currency you want. My favourite part is that you can choose your “Travel Style” – budget, mid-range, and luxury. STA Travel also gives rough price estimates for hotels, beers, public transport and meals for popular places around the world. If you don’t read up the rest of the blog post, at least check out budgetyourtrip. It will help you a lot.
Ditch the online shopping, the coffee, and the alcoholic drinks
Unsubscribe to newsletters from clothing companies, homeware stores, stationery shops, etc. Their goal is to get you to spend. It doesn’t matter if the newsletter is about a sale. You don’t save by spending. Lessen your temptation by unsubscribing. As for the drinks – both hot and cold – ditch it. At least for now. Or at least lessen it. Sacrifices have to be made. As dramatic as it sounds – that saying applies for any goal you have in life.
Put the numbers closet to the decimal point to your savings
Let me explain. Say you have, $43.70, save the $3.70, and live with the $40. You then make a purchase that cost you $2.50. So now you have $37.50. Put the $7.50 in your savings and live with $30 and so on and so forth. The goal is to always have a “whole” amount (i.e. 500, 60, 10), or a zero at the end of your bank account statement. It may not seem like a lot, but it eventually adds up.
Hostels are your friend
The first ’s’ on hostel is for “socialising”. The other ’s’ is for “slightly broke”. There is the obvious cons of having too many people and that your belongings might not be safe, but this is why you choose carefully. I picked hostels saying that they have a locker, I brought my own padlock for those locker, and I only stayed in rooms with a maximum of 6 people. Hostels are a lot more economical than hotels, and for a solo traveller like myself, it’s a good place to meet people. And hostels have kitchen, which brings me to my next point…
Cook meals – if you have time (and if you like cooking)
When I was in London, I stayed with one of mother’s friend. As my way of saying “thank you”, I decided to make her cinnamon rolls. I also realised that I really love baking cooking and I don’t mind doing it even if I’m travelling. I’ve seen people eating packet noodles and that’s just not how I want to travel. Gastronomy is a mandatory part of your travelling experience. In saying that, breakfast is my favourite part of the day, so for the most part I cooked my own breakfast. (I’m sorry, but cereals and toasted bread isn’t always enough me).
Dream, dream, dream
I dreamt of a long (six weeks to be exact) Europe trip two years before I set foot on my favourite adventure yet. Have a financial goal. Mine is to save up at least 1/3 of my pay and use that to travel. Travel is my priority. I like my job, and I love that I get to help people get to their dream destinations in New Zealand – I never know when I’m helping someone fulfil their bucket list – but at the end of the day, I want to see unfamiliar places and cultures. And stay in those said places for a long time.
If I could live out of a suitcase, I would – but that’s not the reality for a lot of people. I like my mundane everyday, but travelling just gets me high – in the best way.
Yes. Pun intended.
Where would you go first if you could live out of a suitcase?