Every month, I used to update the background of my computer screen to a stunning scene from different regions of the world I desired to visit. While working from 9-5, a job that I did not hate, but also did not love, I would daydream about adventures across the Pacific, swimming with whale sharks and sipping on coconut water. Travel, it seemed, was an unattainable passion; something I desperately wanted to do, but could not afford.
Since I no longer wanted money to be an excuse, I gave myself two options to make travel happen: 1. get a second job or 2. change my spending habits. Working two jobs didn’t sound appealing to this lazy millennial, so I decided to take a look at my monthly spending and see where it was possible to make some cuts. By reviewing my expenditures, I noticed apparent areas that could be adjusted. If you are like me and can’t even save enough for a one way ticket, you simply need to make a few sacrifices. Here are 5 that worked for me and may inspire ideas for your own budget:
Take the Bus
Public transport may be unreliable at times, but it is a cost-effective way to get to where you need to be. Most cities offer monthly passes to save frequent passengers a significant amount. Because downtown parking costs were ridiculously high, I rode the bus to work. I thought I was saving money this way, but I was still driving my car around the city on weekends. Why wouldn’t I take advantage of the monthly pass and take the bus for grocery shopping as well? Letting my car sit meant less oil changes and fuel fill-ups.
What are some unique ways you adjusted your budget to travel the world?