Traveling….one of my favorite things in the entire world. Each time I get on a plane, my heart races a little bit and with each passport stamp, I realize just how much I haven’t seen. I love to travel as you all know, but at the same time, I have to take a step back every so often and make some money in order to finance these travels. It’s never easy, but it’s really necessary. I do a few major things in order to afford my travel, but they all truly help in the long run.
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1. I Take Any Job I Can Get While I’m Home.
I babysit….a lot. Also, I do a lot of freelance work for photography and writing to help supplement. I don’t have a 9-5 job (that’s what school is), but at the same time, I make enough money to get through my travels comfortably. By finding odd jobs here and there, I finance my travels myself and am able to travel the world.
2. I Plan Months in Advance.
Remember that trip I took to London last year when I went to London Fashion Week? I planned that trip in the summer. Planning months ahead allows me to find the best opportunities possible and flights possible. I can mix and match with hotels and people and if I’m lucky, pitch a brand or hotel to sponsor my trip.
3. The Pitch…an Essential.
As a blogger, travel is not as expensive as it may be under other circumstances. I’m able to pitch hotels and other companies and offer my services in exchange for a stay or other help when it comes to travel. This is only an option when I am able to plan far in advance, so I can send enough to get a yes eventually!
4. Don’t Always Travel by Air! Land Options are Good Too!
When traveling in Europe, trains are a beautiful thing. You can almost get a cheaper rate when it comes to traveling if you use a train and you also get a look at the scenery. I took a train from Paris to Amsterdam, and it really paid off. I was able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride all the way to a different country without a lot of the hassles that air travel can provide.
5. Save, but Also Use Miles When You Can.
I have a lot of Skymiles…a LOT. I fly with Delta so often that it’s impossible for me to not have a lot of miles saved up and I definitely recommend that. Flying with one airline enough to save up miles has many perks and allows for you to save money on flights by using miles. Look into credit cards for certain airlines, which you can find more info with on Google. Use your miles when you can, because they will come in handy.
Some of these tips may only be helpful to me in my circumstances, but at the same time, these are tips that I have applied in my own life and seen work time and time again. You don’t have to be rich to travel, you just have to be determined to get to your destination no matter what.