3 tips for saving money for your travels*
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Life should be a powerful and engaging adventure – or rather, a series of adventures, where each new journey and undertaking has the potential to radically transform the way you look at the world, and to gift you with a series of memories that you can cherish for a lifetime.
For many of us, travel is one of the major ways of living out this kind of adventure, and experiencing the endless wonders that life has to offer.
Of course, the only thing is, travelling requires a bit of money. For that reason, it’s very common for people to spend most of a given year grinding away at their day job, and just dreaming of the moment when they can finally take their annual holiday, and see the world.
Clearly, the more money you can save over the course of your everyday life, the more travel options you have available to you, and the more often you’re likely going to be able to get away and see the world.
Here are a few tips for saving some money for your travels.
1. Always look for cheaper options and discounts on shopping – let go of the need to have the latest and best of everything
All you need to do is spend a few minutes searching the web, and you’ll stumble upon resources such as NetVoucherCodes.co.uk, that allow you to find cheaper options for just about any expense you could care to consider.
Generally, we tend to settle into certain routines when it comes to our shopping, and everyday expenses. Often, we just stick with what’s familiar, rather than specifically looking for the best deals, or seeking out discounts in an active way.
Try to adopt the habit, instead, of always looking for cheap options and discounts whenever you’re shopping.
Also, be willing to go for less flashy alternatives for different services and goods. Let go of the need to have the latest and best of everything, with the flashiest brand names attached.
Those flashy purchases may make you feel good for a moment, but they will stand as an obstacle between you and your travels in many cases.
2. Start up a web-based side business that you can take on the road
A lot of people these days, are managing to spend just about all of their time on the road, while still earning an income, thanks to the magic of the internet, and the phenomenon known as being a Digital Nomad.
To become a Digital Nomad, you need to start up a web-based side business, that you can do on the road. Once your business is properly up and running, you can then travel to your heart’s content, with nothing but a laptop in tow, and keep earning money as you go – just as long as you are disciplined enough to put in a few hours of work each day.
Of course, it can take a while to get a digital side business off the ground, so this is the kind of thing you should start exploring as soon as possible, so that it can pay off as soon as possible.
Generally speaking, the fastest way to get into the Digital Nomad lifestyle, is to get into a remote working arrangement with a company who you already work for, or who would be willing to employ you on that basis.
3. Adopt a minimalist approach to life, and try to make do with as little as you can
The more things you have, the more money you’re going to have to spend to maintain them, and the less likely you are to feel light and mobile enough to hit the road at a moment’s notice.
Minimalism has become really popular in the last few years, and there is scarcely a single documentary, or website, dedicated to the subject, that doesn’t include at least one photo or shot of a person living entirely out of a suitcase.
Adopting a minimalist approach to life means, partly, having fewer physical belongings, so that you can enjoy a greater degree of peace of mind, and more mobility and flexibility in how you choose to live your life.
At the same time though, minimalism is also about managing your desires and expectations, and prioritising experiences over things, and memories over material achievement.
Living a minimalistic life can help you to save money in all sorts of ways, ranging from reducing your compulsive spending habits in the first place, to meaning that you pay less for rent due to living in a smaller place.