saving money can be pretty challenging but when your reward is travelling the world i’ve got 6 easy tips on cutting costs.
1. sober up.
instead of spending a shitload of cash on blacking out and hooking up with randos, waking up in the morning (who the hell is this guy?) with an empty wallet and no sign of your phone why not, stay home. read a book, do some research on your next destination, work on your sketches, sing a song, rip some chords on the guitar; work towards your goal. besides, i’d rather be paying $2 for a bucket of sangsom on the beaches of thailand than $4.50 a beer in a dark pub with shitty music and an even worse crowd.
2. live minimally.
the less you spend on materialistic items the more freedom you’ll have to pick up and move on at the drop of a hat. what is going to be important to you ten years from now, how much your wardrobe is worth or how many countries are stamped on your passport each representing a million stories.
3. invest in your resume.
apply for positions in global companies where growth is promoted; become an asset. have a backup plan such as a TESL certificate while travelling third wolrld countries or if you are creative sell your original work (canvas, jewelry, clothing). never burn a bridge and keep a strong work ethic.
4. say no to takeout.
not only does buying healthy groceries save you a buttload of money but it also eliminates the extra pounds you’ll pack on stuffing your face with cheeseburgers and poutines. or in my case if you’re craving the entire taco bell menu, try the “plenty of food” approach. troll plenty of fish for a sucker who’s willing to buy your broke ass some tacos – that usually works.
5. breakup with your boyfriend/girlfriend.
not actually, but really think about the money you’re spending on relationship maintenance. are you 110% happy with where you’re at in life? if not ditch the baggage and use that money to better your own happiness. is that selfish?
while you may detect some sarcasm above all…
6. don’t be a dink.
always practice kindness and smile. what you give out to the universe is what you will get back. keep in mind if you’re broke, backpacking and hungry you’ll get a free roof over your head faster than you would if you’re a total butthole.