I often get asked, “How did you afford to take so many trips?!” And although I’m flattered by the underlying compliment (I have been extremely lucky to go on adventures on a teacher/freelancer budget) I don’t think I am doing something that anyone and everyone can’t do. Budgeting and having the desire to save goes a long way.
Right now, I can’t afford to take trips all the time (not yet anyways), so I first start by setting my priories like where I want to go over the next year, how much I realistically can spend right now with my current salary being what it is, and then I figure out how much I truly think I can save before I depart. These three questions are necessary to get your head wrapped around your planning and budgeting.
So first, I you to consider the following three questions:
- Where do you want to go?
- How much money do you have now?
- How much money do you need to save?
Here is an example of how I use it:
- I want to go to Thailand for two weeks. A budget destination, with the most expensive part being the flight.
- I have $700 I can use right now toward my trip.
- I need to save $1,300. This will cover my plane ticket ($1000) lodging ($500) food & entertainment ($500).
These three simple yet essential questions will get you started with planning for just about any getaway, Long-term or short-term. Do you like to plan? I know I do. So planning ahead with these simple steps get you the initial, ballpark destination and budget destination help you take those first baby steps to really figure out what you need to do. I know it seems simple. But sometimes the answers are right in front of us, huh?
Stay tuned for Thursday’s post where I will be going over how I save money when I’m on a trip. Budgeting is the first step, but you can make a few simple adjustments when on the road to get you to be the savvy, budget traveler that you are. She may be hiding under all those credit cards, but I know I can help you save money! Stay tuned!
And if it helps you the way it helps me, why not check out my eBook, The Forgetful Traveler, which includes a budgeting spreadsheet and PDF for you to print and use for your travels. You can find it HERE!
Looking for another way to organize your trip, so you can stop worrying and start that next vacation? Why not try my free packing list! This will help get your life (And your belongings!) in order for your next trip. Click on the link below: