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I often get asked how I can afford to travel so much, and I hear the statement “I cant afford to travel” even more.
The truth is, anyone can afford to travel, it is all about priorities.
In 2014 I spent 6 month road tripping from Lake Louise to San Francisco along the west coast of the USA and through countless national parks. I backpacked through Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. I then flew back to Canada and spent two month camping around British Colombia before returning to Australia. In this 6 months, I spent $12,000.
It’s ironic that people who spend $25,000 on a car can believe they can’t afford to travel. I could travel the world for 1 one year with that much money.
If you want to travel and are willing to sacrifice other things, you will do it.
If you drink a cup of coffee everyday, that $5 a day, $35 a week and $1,820 in a year. I know… RIDICULOUS isn’t it.
Say you get your nails done (not that I ever have). That’s what, $50 a fortnight, $1, 350 a year.
How often do you go out a week and how much do you spend? You might go out twice a week and spend $100 each time, that’s $10, 400 a year right there.
Them figures actually shocked me because I never did the math before.
When I started saving for travel, I sacrificed coffee every day (carry tea bags to work and uni), expensive night out at bars (not that you cant have fun with no money) and a new piece of clothing every week. I saved $15,000 in 18 months, whilst living out of home.
If you want to travel, and you think you cant save, think again.
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The photos below are from when I road tripped the west coast of America, living out of my van for 2 months. You can see more on this trip here.