Traveling is the great human experience. We live in a world so vast, so diverse, that only traveling gives us a true appreciation for human life, culture, and events. History comes alive, and we feel somehow more connected to the bigger picture, the bigger story. Travel comes with an exhilarating feeling many find deeply satisfying. Travel should be something we all do, from time to time, many times before we die. The only problem is–it’s expensive.
Stretch That Dollar
After bills get paid and all our ducks are in a row, there’s usually nothing left over for travel. Seeing the world costs money, and we put traveling off because we can’t afford it. Travel shouldn’t be put off forever, though, so finding clever ways to save those pennies is worth your while. After to putting to use some of the suggestions in this article, you’ll find you have more traveling cash.
One of the ways to afford travel is to visit more reasonable locations. If you live in the US, you’re likely dreaming of Paris and Rome, but there’s a lot to see a few states away. While you should never give up on Paris and Rome, you can take breath-taking, immersive, satisfying trips here at home. A car ride away, there are hundreds of American towns well worth the visit, and they’re a lot cheaper than tourist trap destinations. Explore Henry County, GA or Door County, WI, to get an inexpensive and charming experience.
One of the best ways to afford travel is to cut things you don’t need and start saving. Many of us could travel to Europe or Asia every year if we made smarter financial decisions. Unsubscribing to a few services and heading to the library instead, or packing lunches instead of eating out, and you could have your flight paid for in half a year. Cutting down on bad habits as well, like soda or smoking, and you’ll save thousands every year. Switching from cigarettes to vapes alone will save you upwards of $2,000 every year. Especially with the new wave of online retailers selling vapes at prices below those that you may find at convenience stores, it’s becoming a more affordable option while simultaneously providing a healthier alternative to cigarettes. We tend to make our decisions with only the daily picture in mind, but you’ll forget the day you didn’t drink a soda, and you’ll remember your trip to London forever.
We’re not going to wake up one morning and find golden coins under our pillows, or learn that a rich uncle has left us his estate. Instead, we have to get the money for travelling all on our own, and we don’t even have to work a different job or heavier hours to do it. Traveling to cheaper destinations or cutting back on some of the unnecessary things we fill our days with will allow us to travel. Once we discover a gorgeous retreat a three-hour drive away, or once we come back from hiking in Southern Asia, we’ll know every sacrifice was worth it.