Over the last month, I’ve received several emails and a phone call from a woman (I’ll call her “L”) who is really interested in signing up for my Bhutan trip in April. She’s had lots of questions for me and I know that her desire is genuine.
Last week, L emailed me to say that she’s been daydreaming about the trip and trying to work out the financing. However, her car just broke down and her computer got a virus that she needed to deal with.
As much as I would LOVE to have L on board, I told her what I recommend to everyone… Don’t go into debt in order to fund your travels (or anything else, for that matter). Ultimately, paying for your travels using a check or a credit card that you can’t pay off without incurring interest, only causes more stress while you’re traveling.
People have laughed at me over the years when I explain that I’d rather find a job on the road to pay for my expenses, than racking up credit card charges and having to pay them off when I return.
There are lots of ways to save money and tuck it away for your travels. To start:
1. Bring your lunch to work rather than going out daily
2. When you do go out to eat, don’t drink alcohol as there’s a huge markup on this
3. Make a commitment to not purchase any new products for a given amount of time
4. Pay attention to your grocery bills and shop at the cheapest store(s) for like-products.
Look, I’m a huge advocate of travel and the value that it brings to our every day life. This trip to Bhutan might very well be the trip of a lifetime for L and the other women joining me. However, I’m not convinced that one should completely empty the piggy bank (and then some) to take a journey.
What do you think and how do you pay for your travels?
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