I haven't earned a single cent from my blog. I haven't got any sponsored trips (I wish I have... Hehehe!) or traveled for free. All expenses on my trips come from my own pocket. With that, I still managed to travel as frequent as I can - usually once or twice a month. Are you wondering "where do I get the money to spend on all of those travels?"
I have a regular job. I spend 9 hours a day, 5 times a week inside the office (well, except when I'm on leave). Everything I spend in my travels come from my monthly salary as a computer programmer.
Modesty aside, a career in I.T. really pays well. For the past 3 years, I was able to sustain my wanderlust travels by effectively managing my finances.
Here are my 3 simple ways on how I am able to fund my wanderlust travels:
1. Cutting down on expenses and living within my means
I live a lifestyle that I can sustain. I refrain from spending on gadgets, gimiks, over-priced coffee, shopping, etc., etc., etc. The only luxury that I have are my travels. I'd rather save my money for my next adventure than to spend it on "unnecessary" things.
2. Saving a part of my salary for my travels
I set aside a certain portion of my monthly salary and I put it on a "travel fund" where I get the budget I use on my travels. This way, I know that whenever I want to travel, there would be a fund that I can use anytime.
3. Planning, researching and adjusting my travels
I travel based on budget. My travel adjusts on the budget that I set. I take advantage of airlines' seat sale promos. I don't spend too much on airfares as I buy my tickets way ahead of time. Researching well before a travel is also very important. That way, I get to search for cheap accommodations, low-cost way to get there and on affordable food. I do not book on hotels, I go for hostels and pension houses. Don't overspend, you still have more travels and adventures to come.
I'm saving up for Batanes...
I've been wanting to go to Batanes, but I need at least 12,000 to get there and another 5,000 for the expenses in exploring the place. On my birthday this year, I promised myself that I will go there on my next birthday, it will be my gift for myself on my 33rd birthday.
So, I started to save at least 50 pesos a day specifically for my "Batanes Travel Fund". By April 2013, I will have around 18,250 pesos (PHP 50 x 365 days) that I can use to get to Batanes. Woohoo!
So that's it. My strategy is very simple. Work hard to cut down on expenses, save and plan ahead. Hope you learned from how I fund my wanderlust travels.
I believe that travelling is an investment, the returns are the experiences that you gain which is something that you'll cherish for a lifetime. So, travel now and enjoy!
"Sabi nila ang yaman ko daw, pa-travel travel lang ako... Sabi ko naman, hindi ako mayaman, masipag lang ako magtrabaho" -Pinoy Adventurista
This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for June 2012 with the theme "How to Fund your Wanderlust" hosted by James of Journeying James.
How about you? How do you fund your wanderlust travels?
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