Traveling is usually perceived as a privilege for the rich. It’s entirely true that rich folk can travel freely and effortlessly around the world. However, that doesn’t mean that regular people with average and even below average salaries can’t do it too.
The million dollar question is NOT: How do we get the money ? But instead: How much do we really want to travel ?
Saving money is easy – you just have to stop spending what you already earn. Learning how to stop spending is the real challenge and it requires a fair dose of discipline.
Obviously, we don’t mean you should eat once a day or get in debt with your landlord. There are expenses that are mandatory to lead a normal, healthy life. But you will be surprised how much money you spend on things that are not essential to leading a normal, healthy life.
A list of leisure and entertainment items you can easily live without
- Eating out – Stop being lazy and cook for once.
- Going to the cinema – How about TV or Netflix?
- Impulse buying – video games, clothes, beauty products, discount items – this list is infinite in itself.
We’re just barely scratching the surface here, but you get the idea.
Buy your tickets early
If you’re traveling by plane, it’s significantly cheaper to buy your tickets 12 – 18 months in advance. If you’re flexible with the travel dates and spend some time shopping around, you can save hundreds of dollars on your plane tickets.
As an added bonus, having already paid the tickets, means you commit to the trip. You can’t bail out without losing the money – at best you can get them redirected to spend on a different flight, but not back to your wallet. This is surprisingly good motivation to keep going.
Cut your daily commute costs
This may surprise you, and it doesn’t apply to every person, but daily commute can be a significant expenditure.
If you travel by car, you can carpool with other colleagues and cut down on everybody’s costs. You will also have a chance to bond better and perhaps make some new friends.
If you can’t carpool for whatever reason and you live within 10km from your office, you can always get up an hour early and just cycle to work. You’ll save money and get in good shape.
Automate your saving
In order to automate your saving, you first need to open a new savings account that is dedicated to your travels only. It’s good to have a separate account, because you can easily track how far you are from your target and it prevents you from spending the money on something else.
When you setup your new account, you can choose to automatically transfer a small amount each week or month. If you put just $10 into your travel account every week, that’s $520 by the end of the year.
If you calculate your travel budget well enough, you can set your automatic saving and then forget all about it until it’s time to go. The money will be there when you need it.
The Woods Resort – Wayanad
Wayanad district is a the green paradise intersecting three south Indian states – Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. This sanctuary of life and nature will have you awe in admiration and give you a chance to reconnect with mother Earth.
If you love going out in nature, Wayanad will offer you everything you dreamt of seeing and more. The district offers verdant hills, mist-clad mountain peaks, gurgling cool springs, waterfalls, virgin forests and many more wonders of the natural world. The fertile lands, moderately-warm temperatures and good amount of rainfall give rise to the local biodiversity. You can tour and observe wild Asian elephants, tigers, cheetahs, wild bears, spotted deer, makkaks and many more interesting species.
The Woods resort is placed in the heart of Wayanad, surrounded by national parks and wildlife reserves where nature remains largely untouched and rarely disturbed. The facility offers world-class hospitality that blends seamlessly with the nature outside.
You can take part in the many outdoor activities offered, like trekking, bird-watching, archery and fishing and jeep tours. Or you can stay inside and enjoy the authentic Indian spa procedures and therapies for the body and mind.
Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a laid back vacation, The Woods Resort is fully equipped and ready to take care of all your needs. Experience the tranquility and cultural riches that Wayanad has to offer! Visit The Woods Resort website for more information and booking.