i hope you all have had a spectacular summer and are spending your final days squeezing in some last minute adventures! i know i have a ton of things i want to do before the season ends, and i can't wait to bring you guys along for the ride!
speaking of adventures, a question i am frequently asked is how i have money to travel and how i do it so often. the answer is, i budget. i don't travel luxuriously but i sure do make a lot of happy memories! that said, i decided to put together a little list of some tips and tricks for traveling on a budget. enjoy!
— pack food instead of eating out for every single meal. it's a little extra planning, but trust me, it'll save you so much money in the long run!
— travel with friends! the more people you have splitting things like gas and airbnb's and groceries, the more the cost will go down individually! also, it's way more fun that way! nothing better than piling six people into one hotel room & fighting over who has to sleep on the floor!
— if you're really feeling budget travel, camping is always an option and super inexpensive! it's also just a very grounding experience in general and allows you to live in the moment a little more.
— a common misconception is that travel activities cost a lot of money, but they really don't! going on hikes, taking photos, seeing pretty landscapes...alllll free! just be picky with your activities and you'll be set!
— this one is for all you photographers out there. going on a trip? put yourself out there! i always try to book a photo session when i'm on a trip to help offset or even cover the expenses. it's so cool that we can do what we love AND make money AND travel all at the same time. how neat!
— looking to travel long distance? watch out for cheap flight deals! nine times out of ten, if you see me booking some random international flight, it's because i found an incredibly inexpensive deal and i've been saving up. seriously, i have not paid more than $500 for a plane ticket to any country...ever. just gotta be on the lookout!
— shopping...just don't it. i'm kidding! (kinda). it can sometimes be hard to go to new places & want to buy new things or souvenirs, but if you're trying to save money, probably steer clear of shopping malls and tourists traps! i personally think photos and memories are way more valuable than material items...but that's just me! :)
— another thing to consider is the destination. there are definitely cities and countries that are a bit more expensive than others. so if you're wanting to take it easy, maybe choose mexico over london or portland vs LA.
— how you live your daily life can also impact how much you travel. for example, i don't eat out a ton. i don't go to the movies or go shopping for new clothes often. those are all really fun things, but i think traveling to new places is even more of a thrilling experience. so by choosing to be a little more frugal on the day to day, you'll have a bit more wiggle room when it comes time to put your adventure shoes on. live how most people will not live in order to do what most people cannot do. ;)
ok, i could go on forever with these do's and don'ts, but the bottom line is, you don't need thousands of dollars to have a great experience or go somewhere new. whether you're half way across the world or exploring your own backyard, there are so many precious moments to be shared and memories to be made. if you want to see a little video of how i planned a budget travel weekend, you can view that below!
until next time, keep on creating & living life to the fullest! oh, and maybe go on an adventure or two. ;)