If you spend hours scrolling through your Instagram feed each day and dreaming of a life of travel, today is the day you should start saving. With small changes to your lifestyle and spending habits, you can be boarding a plane to your dream destination before you know it.
Instagram may make travel look like a dream (an expensive one), but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make travel a reality if you prioritise it. Trust me, I have funded all my travels myself, even as a university student. If I can do it, you can too.
Today is the day you should start saving and this is why…
The sooner you start saving, the sooner you can leave
Well, this is obvious! The sooner you start saving, the sooner you can depart. Even if you can only save $50 each week, it will still add up by the time you want to leave.
Don’t think I can only save $50. Think I am $50 closer to my dream trip.
The sooner you start saving, the more you can save, the more you can see and the more you can do.
Financial stress is real. But it won’t be the case if you start saving right now. If you start saving for travel early, you will have more money to be able to afford everything you want to do, which mean you’ll be less stressed and have more fun.
If you start saving for travel now, you will put yourself in a secure financial position which gives you the luxury of having luxuries while travelling, or the option to come home with money.
More time away
More money could mean that you have the option of staying longer at your favourite destination. An extra $500 in Asia can make a huge difference!
You’ll also have a lot more flexibility. Imagine if you’re travelling Europe and you get the opportunity to go to Finland. If you started saving early – you can go because you’ve got the cash to burn! That’s the sort of flexibility saving now can give you.
Money to splurge
Best of all, you’ve got money to splurge on anything and everything you want. Of course, you still need to watch your finances and not go overboard – if you still want to get to Finland. But, it means money isn’t such an issue as it would have been if you didn’t save.
You’ll appreciate it later on
After all is said and done and you’re back home, you’ll look back at the time you decided ‘now is the time I start saving’ and you’ll thank yourself. For the experience, for the memories, for the travels. Money isn’t everything in life, but it can mean the difference between a successful trip and a quick, meagre trip.
It’s easy to budget and save
It’s actually pretty easy to budget and save. Just a few changes to your everyday life and a good budget plan could mean the difference between a month-long holiday and three-month holiday.
To find out everything you need to know about saving for travel, creating a travel budget and planning your dream trip, check out my Guide to Affording Travel.
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