funding your wanderlust
I once heard a reader asked a well known travel blogger, “How can I travel with a minimal financial damage?” The travel blogger replied with full composure and a matter-of-fact infliction “If you don’t have money, don’t travel!“
I swear, it still cracks me up until now. The dude makes perfect sense, you can always travel on a budget but you have to at least allocate a realistic amount of money when you go out to see new places. We personally do not believe in traveling like a homeless person, we go to a place and enjoy the culture and experience it as much as we can. When you go to Paris, you need to at least sit down in an al fresco cafe and sip a cup of coffee while you do selfie shots for your instagram (*cough-poser-cough). How can one go to Siem Reap without seeing the Angkor Wat just because he can’t afford the temple complex pass? What is he suppose to do there, detonate land mines?
So to answer one of the FAQ’s that I know most of you are itching to ask, we thought of listing down the top options on how you can raise you travel fund :
1) Piggy Bank – This concept is the easiest and most common practice. Saving-up and allocating a certain amount from your monthly salary is way practical. Some banks offer auto-deduction plans and transfer it to a different account once your paycheck hits your pocket. The usual maturity is one year or 13 months, just perfect timing for your next big adventure.
2) Weekend Jobs – If you have the energy and drive to go the extra mile, you can apply for companies that offer this option. The most common part time positions are those in the service industry like coffee shops, bars and restaurants. You can do other desk jobs as an encoder, transcriptionist, office assistant, freelance writer and the list goes on.
3) Yard Sale – Sometimes, all we need is to clean up the clutter in our storage and we will find items that we don’t need that much. It could be those extra souvenir trinkets from your past trips that are in dire need to see the light of day. Books, travel guides and magazines are popular pre-loved hits. Or if you are feeling a bit artsy, you can print out pictures from you travels, put your Martha Stewart touch and voila, art pieces for sale. Those winter coats from the past seasons will definitely go a long way in an Ukay-ukay themed weekend bazaar.
4) Financial Loans – Consider a bank loan to fund your travel. This is an option if you do not have the luxury of time to wait while you accumulate the fund. Some financial institutions offer attractive loan products with varying payment modes. Do some research and check for yourself if this works for you.
5) Blog – It is working for us, so give it a shot 😉
We have to accept the harsh reality that even though traveling on a shoestring can be attained, money and its sufficiency will still give you flexibility on the road, the higher the spare budget means the higher your ability to enjoy your adventure without whoring yourself to dirty old bears.
These are just some of the things you can do to make your dream trip happen. Pick the best option that suits you, hit the road and do your instagram selfie shots in style.