“Wanderlust: (n.) A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”. Last year, I read about Vijayan and Mohana, a 70-year-old couple from Southern India who run a coffee house and have travelled 23+ countries. Their dream to travel & see the world started with planning & saving a meagre Rs. 300 on a daily basis.
In the last decade gone by, a positive trend of people inclined towards travelling was noteworthy. Another interesting fact observed was that more and more number of people travelled internationally. Obviously, for such outbound trips or for that matter even domestic ones; an extensive charting of plans is needed. The travel may be solo, as a couple or as a family but preparation is imperative. Financials need to be balanced out between travel costs & other day-to-day activities.
Here are some ways to do so:
Introspecting Your Travel Plans:
Before starting to cut down expenses on a daily front for travel, it is advisable to answer a few questions like the following:
- Where on Earth are you planning to head?
- What activities you would be indulging in there?
- For how long will you be travelling?
The above introspection is helpful in giving an idea about an approximate travel cost on a per head basis. This forms the base of bringing those intelligent routine changes for how to drastically cut expenses for vacation.
The next steps to follow for establishing a balance between your travel plans and finances will be analyzing expenditure.
- For this, the first and foremost thing is to take a note of an average monthly outflow. You can jot down outgoings on a daily basis. It is two-minutes job trust me on this!
- Next would be to evaluate the gap between your travel cost and the savings kept aside for this purpose. Set up an action plan to accumulate the difference amount.
- Once you are ready with an action plan then start implementing the same. Lastly, make sure you are following it consistently.
The subtle lifestyle changes, in my opinion, are more sustainable in the long term and are easy to adapt. Here are some of my personally practised lifestyle changes for cutting down on expenses for the sake of travel.
- Watch Those Grocery Bills: Keep a watch on these bills and circle out non-essential things. Taking a call of buying these items should be your choice.
- To Party Or Not To Party: This is a big question. Cutting down on outside food, not hanging out with friends over weekends and more can save you some amazing amount of bucks every month.
- Choose between Asset Accumulation or Travelling: Only a few rich people can afford both the above. However, for commoners, deciding between asset accumulation or travelling needs to be a conscious choice. For me travelling to new destinations is significant than having a luxury car or a brand new smartphone. For that matter, using public transports like buses, metro train etc. can cut down a lot of overheads on a daily basis.
- Take up a Second Job: If you have some spare time in hand then you can perhaps think of an additional job.
- Quit Unhealthy Habits & Save Big: I am referring here smoking and drinking habits.
- Be watchful of utility consumption as it can save you some more money.
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It is highly recommended to have a long term life plan in terms of money to be in place before starting to travel anywhere. A consistent analysis around it is also essential for maintaining the steadiness. Travelling as a backpacker with insufficient money in the pocket is not recommended. Begging on the streets in a foreign land is highly irresponsible behaviour. Remember, “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
Happy Responsible Travelling!
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