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Why I can afford to travel

I just returned home from a very brief trip roaming around Alberta, Canada, the last for four days. In the span of a Monday-Thursday trip visiting a girlfriend who lives in the area, I spent time in Edmonton, Calgary and Banff all of which were a breath of fresh air in a different location that is different from home. Not to mention, this mini vacation was a relaxing way to wind down after a month of cramming for final exams, than stressing over final marks to be posted from the semester that has just concluded. Although I was only gone for four days and remained in the country, travelling is travelling no matter where you are headed. I still had to pay for flights, accommodation in Banff, food, etc. Eventually, the visa bill adds up one way or another. However, I have decided within the next three months to save every dime I can in order to make it to Europe by the start of August. How do I set off on a new adventure every few months? This is how:

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

I trade nights out at the local bar for nights out abroad: I have been legal in Canada for four years now which means in Winnipeg I have been exposed to almost everywhere that can be considered “fun”. I grew out of the bar scene awhile ago when I realized every weekend was basically routine and predicable. You pay for your $15 bottle of alcohol, a $10 cab ride to the bar if you are splitting it among friends, a cab ride home, cover to get into the bar and so on; by the end of the night you are probably spending close to $50 or more depending on the evening or how well you can spend/save money. That is money I can put towards a flight, a meal, an attraction abroad, or a new experience somewhere I have never been before. Once I stopped going out every single weekend, I noticed how much money I was saving and how much it actually made a difference. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the bar, but going constantly is not necessary.

I don’t have my own car or live alone: Once I was talking to a friend who lives on his own in an apartment, owns his own car and has to buy groceries every week; this made me realize how much money I save by not having any of that. I am a university student and still live at home with my family; the rule in my family is that as long as I am attending university, I don’t have to pay rent, I am very lucky. This also equals to home cooked meals and me not having to buy my own groceries for meals; there goes another couple $100 a month I don’t end up spending unless I eat out at restaurants which I obviously pay for myself. I also do not have my own car; which means I do not pay for car insurance, gas, car washes and other necessities for a vehicle, I take the bus to and from school or car pool with others which saves me a lot of money. Until I feel I absolutely need a car (and sure it would be way more convenient than public transit), I would rather travel than drop a bundle on a vehicle. By living at home, I don’t pay for rent or utilities which I would have to pay for in an apartment, I save a decent chuck of cash by avoiding all of these.

My tuition is taken care of: As soon as I was born, my parents started saving money for my post secondary education which they knew one day I would be attending. My Education degree is a total of 6 years to complete in Winnipeg which you can probably imagine by the end totals a decent amount. I still contribute by buying my own textbooks and supplies that are needed for all my courses, but I am not complaining because in the end I am still very fortunate for it all.

Who really works just one job anymore?: The last time I worked only one job was four years ago when I was 18, I am 21 now and have constantly always been employed at 2 or more places; I somehow make it work with my crazy schedule. I used to go shopping bi-weekly and have finally learned to cut back. I thought for the longest time that “Oh, I have money, might as well spend it” so I would, on clothes, eating out for lunches and dinner or just because I could. I am still guilty of going out for drinks and meals often, but realized I can eat at home or I  think twice before buying clothes that I don’t really need. I work 2 jobs because I want to travel, not because the cheeseburger on the menu looks tasty, so why buy it?

I am a student: Despite how much I actually complain about school, being a student does have its perks. I am a full time student which means from Monday-Friday I am situated in lecture halls and attending classes from the hours of 9-4, eventually heading home then usually staying in for the remainder of the evening. I buy snacks and Starbucks every so often, however the more time I spend at school, the library, home or studying is less time I am tempted to go out and spend money. Another convenience to being a university student is that classes for the year end in April unless you are continuing your studies throughout Spring and Summer, either way you have 2-4 months to save money for travel or whatever you fancy doing with your vacation time.

These are just ways I save my money faster than other travelers or what works for me, everyone is different! If you have any tips or suggestions on how you do it, I would love to hear from you!


2 comments on “Why I can afford to travel

  1. Philip Rwankole
    May 2, 2015

    Great share! I always say where there is a will, there is a way. Making travel your priority requires some sacrifice, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thanks again for sharing.

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I am a strong believer in karma, luck and timing but I also believe you are entirely responsible for how your life turns out. For the last 7 years I have been anxiously waiting to move abroad and start a whole new chapter in my life. A new home address, a new job, new relationships, a new city and new travels to look forward to. Now that graduation is quickly approaching I can’t wait for it all to unravel and become reality. I am entirely responsible for how I want my life to turn out and where I want it to go. So are you✨ #travelitaly #solofemaletravel #backpackerstory #roamtheplanet #femaletravel #procida #lovethisglobe #pinktrotters #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere #sheisnotlost
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Your partner doesn’t define what you do!!! Over the last few months I have heard countless break up stories and they all seem to have two things in common: 1) One person is ready to settle down and the other isn’t. 2) They all end their break up story with “Now I can travel.” I have to ask, why can’t you travel when you are in a relationship? Why do you have to wait until something bad happens? Your partner doesn’t have to come with you when you travel, leave them at home and go by yourself or with your friends if that’s what you want. You can even travel WITH your partner when you are together. Experience what YOU want to experience when you want to experience it. I’ve traveled in relationships, out of relationships, on my own, taken trips just because I want and I don’t let anyone tell me I can’t go because it’s MY life and I do what I want, when I want. If your partner can’t accept that, then I think we have found the problem ✌🏻 #femaletravel #solofemaletravel #mexcio #cancun #roamtheplanet #passionpassport #sheisnotlost #backpackerstory #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere
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