Affording to travel

@maximax8 (28570)
United Kingdom
December 30, 2011 7:47am CST
Imagine the last five years and a trip in each year like I have done. In 2011 I went to Colombia. In 2010 I went to Vancouver in Canada. In 2009 I traveled to Cape Town and the Garden Route. In 2008 I went to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. In 2007 I went to Portugal. Colombia was on Iberia which is a Spanish airline. Vancouver was on British Airways and they were doing lots of strikes around my date of travel. I went to Cape Town on Virgin Atlantic. I did those expensive trips whilst my kids were under two years old. Now both are over two years old I have to go on the cheapest airline which is Air Europa. To get to Portugal and Latvia I went on Easy Jet and Ryan Air the no frills airlines for short routes. Would you like to visit a number of places on a trip around the world? How would this be affordable? Did you travel in your student days anywhere? What do you do to afford traveling?
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8 responses
8 Jan 12
I know my friend is trying to get a holiday sorted for this year before her son turns two but, even before that it is looking like they may not be able to afford it and that is what worries me is not being able to afford to travel once we have a child as I cannot imagine having my holidays or trips every year! : ( I love them too much! Lol x
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
Travelling has always been my dream. But due to budget constraints, I was not able to travel when I was still a student. I have only started travelling overseas in 2010, years after I graduated from college. To date, I have been to 3 countries. I don't have a target as to how many countries to visit in this lifetime but I'd like to cover as much as I can. Since 2010, some friends and I plan to at least have one out of the country trip each year, 2 if budget permits . Lucky for travelers now, there are a lot of airline promos so one can really scout for cheap airfares. But booking way in advance helps as well to get cheaper fares. Owners of accommodations can also be very competitive so you're sure to find some place that fit your budget. Since, I know that I'll be out all day, I choose accommodations with just the basic necessities as long as it's clean. Also, I need at least 6 months to a year to save up for a major travel. It's cheaper if there are at least 3 or more travelers so that you can split common bills. Here's wishing you more travels in the years to come!
@doggydimon (1372)
• Philippines
2 Jan 12
Ever since I know that I wanna go places, but I vowed to myself back then that I will try to go around my country first before I travel to other countries. Not until my auntie persuaded me to go with her to Bangkok when I was graduating in college, I was able to fly to Thailand. Earning money here in the Philippines is quite hard. For me to travel the world, that would take eternity. I try to do it one step at a time by traveling the region first. It is not quite easy but a bit manageable. I always try to plan my itinerary 6 months in advance. With that, I can get discounted fares and hotel rooms. Within that span of time, I try to research about the place for me to form a budget. And if it is possible, I will try to find a local whom I can chat with and know a thing or to about that place. Yes, my ultimate dream is to travel around the world. I intend to travel to at least 75 countries before I die. It may be hard to achieve but as they say, if there's a will there is a way.
@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
Wow, you've traveled to a lot of places already. It's one of my dreams also but i find it not affordable. I hope time will come that I will be able to realize part of my dream particularly to travel around the world for pleasure, not for work purposes. I do have a plan this coming March though its part of my present multi-level marketing job but at least I would be able to visit this stunning place and will have a chance to relax.
• Indonesia
31 Dec 11
I travel to work. I mostly travel inside of my country. I have never been anywhere around the world. I was happy to can afford my trip even if only in the country side. I would love to travel out of my country someday. I wasn't sure when and where. I love traveling.
@Porcospino (18667)
• Denmark
31 Dec 11
I am going to take an extra job from February in order to save up for my next trip. I am not going to touch the money that I earn, I will leave all it in the bank, and spend it on travelling. I am also going to take extra work in the summer holidays when everyone else is going on vacation. In addition to an extra job my husband and I have decided to cut back on the money that we spend in our everyday life and we will only buy the things that are absolutely neccesary. I hope that I will be able to travel in November and December 2012. That is my goal, but I am not completely sure if it will be posssible, I will have to wait and see how much money I manage to save up. If I don't have enough money in November I will travel in 2013 instead.
@nezavisima (7417)
• Bulgaria
30 Dec 11
you really travel. This is very nice to meet different people and it makes you much more sociable and very open to the world. because you see the world through other glasses. I said well I can not go because I'm unemployed at the time and endure my husband's salary. I can not even think to dream of the trip. nice day. whenever you enjoy the journey.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Dec 11
When I was 16 I remember standing at a bus stop talking to afriend about what we wanted to do with our lives. "Travel at someone else's expense" I said. That is exactly what I did too! I worked for the Military in one guise or another for over 30 years. I visited every continent save Australia and Antartica and didn't have to kill anybody in the doing of it! My best trip bar none was a relatively "ordinary" one, to Calgary in Canada. I loved the scenery, the people and watching the Rockies rise up as I drove west was just amazing. These days I am just as happy to stay in the UK. There is so much to see and do here and most of us neglect it. These days I am in the fortunate position of having an income large enough to meet most of my travel aspirations. It is finding the time to do it properly that is hard.