How I can afford to travelI often get asked how I can afford to travel so often. I’m not rich, my parents don’t pay for any of it and I do not get paid anything for traveling in any way. So how has it been possible for me to save money and also go on trips every month? In most ways, I am just very lucky. Here are a few answers to how I make it happen.
1. I’m swedish
So right here is one of the biggest reasons why I can afford traveling. Sweden has a very strong economy and good value for money. Even the minimum-wage in Sweden is a lot compared to many other countries.
2. I have a full-time job
I sell glasses in an Optical Store, so it’s not a highly paid job that required a long education. I’m simply a shop-worker. And since it’s a Monday-Friday job, with the same salary every month, it makes it easy to plan for a budget.
3. Paid vacation
Another benefit of working in Sweden is that we have 25 paid vacation days a year. I am extremely lucky to be able to choose my vacay days as I choose, so I puzzle to put the trips together in order to save as many days off as possible for travels for the whole year. An example is when I went to Iceland in April this year. It was during easter, so because the shop was closed for the holidays, I only had to use 1 day off for my 6 day long trip.
4. I’m flexible
Being flexible is probably one of the most important parts of making bargains when it comes to plane tickets. I am also very flexible with my destinations, which means that I find the cheapest time to go to, well… Everywhere. When I search for plane tickets, I choose my city as departure, and arrival destination “everywhere”, and for time for departure, I choose an entire month or an entire year to find when it is cheapest to go to these places.
5. My country lies in Europe
Which is not only a small continent that makes the plane rides very short, but we have so many cheap airlines. Ryan air, Wizz-air, Norweigan and easyjet are some of them. I can get from Sweden to Germany for 20€ both ways, and as far as the mediterranean sea for less than 60€ both ways.
6. I don’t party
Wow, this sound boring, right? But honestly, how much money do you spend on a night out on the town? At least here in Sweden it is crazy expensive, and one drink is at least 10€ and the same amount just get into a club.
And frankly, I just don’t like clubbing. Having a couple of beers at a pub is more my style. Or parties at home or with reasonable prices.
Buying stuff just feels like a waste of money. If I find a sweater or a bag that I like, I usually count the money in “travel”. Like, 20€ is a trip to Germany. 40€ will get me to Great Britain, Italy or France. It makes the motivation to save money easier.
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9. I use my neighbors wi-fi
Yes. Well. Let’s just leave it at that