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50 Ways I Saved (A lot) of Money to Travel the World

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They say planning leads to progress. I don’t know who they are — but they’re right.

When I had the idea (or maybe it was more a ‘calling’ of sorts) to travel the world, I was fearful that I would never be financially able to travel the world unless I won the lottery, came into possession of a money tree, or joined some form of group involved in illegal activity that would result in riches (piracy I could do if it means coming into possession of the Black Pearl and a mascot monkey).

The idea first popped into my mind many moons ago, so long that I have no idea when the notion of travelling the world full time really came about in my mind. It was a distant dream I never thought could become my reality – but it has.

When I first said to myself “I want to travel the world full time”, I too thought it was a crazy idea. I was pessimistic that I would ever be able to afford full time travel, especially since I would have to save every penny for my dreams myself.

My parents have never funded my travels.

Here’s how I did it:

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The 50 Ways I saved (A LOT) of Money to Travel the World

Before I had even booked my one-way ticket overseas, I was on a super-saving mission to fund my dream of travelling the world. I stopped paying $5 for coffee and convinced myself my homemade brew was the next best thing. I stopped meeting friends for dinner and instead invited them over for a homecooked meal. I had a few glasses of wine at home with friends and didn’t purchase overpriced drinks in bars anymore. I stopped buying expensive takeout and learned to cook for myself. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years, so saved money with my plant-heavy diet. I would eat what was already there in the fridge or pantry instead of satisfying my cravings. I walked to the supermarket instead of driving.

I sold my car and hitched a ride to work each day. Thus I didn’t have to pay car insurance, petrol, or car servicing. I stopped buying new clothes – there was nothing wrong with the old ones anyway. I sold old clothes at a local market and walked away with $1556.00 towards my travels. I stopped upgrading everything like iPhones, computers, and various other technologies. I cut my phone plan and started using wifi only. I gave up my gym membership and took up running/bike riding outdoors. I saved oodles of money by living with my parents and offering to cook meals, clean, and run errands in place of paying rent. But when I did live out of home I was brutally economical – I wouldn’t use the lights during the day, would have shorter showers, and even charged my devices at work instead of at home. I was on a mission to save EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME, ON EVERYTHING.

Gap Year Brooke Romania

I stopped buying magazines and books and relied on the internet for new knowledge, articles and ideas. I cooked my lunch meals in bulk at the beginning of the week to save on time, money and eat healthily. I even started growing my own herbs, fruits and vegetables (some more successful than others). I watched old movies instead of paying extortionate amounts to go and see new ones. I may have even raided my brother’s money box once or twice for emergency funds – but thankfully made it up to him by flying him to Bali for his Christmas present a year later.

I found new ways of making money. 

I started a blog about my love for travel, which soon turned into my full time career about my travels. I started charging money for advertising, receiving sizeable sums from Google Adsense, got paid per views for my Youtube Videos, branched out into merchandising, wrote a book, consulted for brands on social media, wrote as a freelance journalist, received more sizeable sums for affiliate programs, and started working for large corporations to endorse their products.

I learned to travel smarter.

I learned to travel smarter, not cheaper. I learned how to save money on flights, how to pack smarter to save excess baggage fees, how to spend less in expensive locations. I stopped eating out and started snacking on-the-go. I would rent an apartment for long term stays so I could cook and wash my clothes without paying extortionate hotel fees (the sooner they change this the better). I mixed it up and travelled to cheaper countries for longer periods of time – consider the likes of Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia. I gave away things I didn’t need anymore instead of travelling with so many ‘things’ and attracting more of those outrageous excess baggage fees.

I never stopped learning.

Of course there were times where I spent too much money on things I learned I didn’t need, or found new ways to do it cheaper. I learned that paying extra was not necessarily better – for things such as theatre tickets, seats on planes, or priority access. I also learned that you could go to the theatre in Vienna for 3-4 euros. I sacrificed comfort for those ghastly budget airline flights around Europe and still found the fun in it. I looked at the positives – like a beautiful view – when eating picnic after lunch picnic. I flew where the flight sales encouraged me to and made last minute decisions to avoid change/cancellation fees.

But most of all, I learned that all these little changes led to a longer journey around the world doing what I love… and no sacrifice was ever too much to live the life I dreamed of.

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    Kriti
    April 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Well, these tips are surely amazing and helpful for people like me who want to travel the world but don’t have budget for it. Thanks for sharing such superb tips.

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    Glenda
    April 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I wish I could achieve something truly great like this in my lifetime. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    ♥ from

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    Louise
    April 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Brooke, I have only recently discovered your blog and cannot stop reading!
    I left the UK in 2011 with a mission to see how much of the world I could explore with the very little money I had saved (£3000). Five years on and I am still away from home, living in Melbourne Australia. As I write this I am currently traveling eastern Europe with my Australian fiancé! Only a few more destinations to go before I reach my goal of visiting every continent before turning 30. You don’t need deep pockets to travel – just determination and a thirst for adventure.
    You are an inspiration! Reading your tips and travel advice makes me want to explore even more! Xx

  • st.sanetripper@gmail.com'
    Nikita
    April 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Brooke. Thank you so much for this post.
    To keep up with my blogging – I started cooking lunch at home. I wrote an eBook last month. I endorsed a few brands on my blog and started with affiliate marketing.
    I shamelessly asked people to pay me if I handled their social media accounts, wrote a guest post or featured them on my blog.
    I recently started featuring newbie travel bloggers on Instagram for a 5$ feature.
    I also started working as a freelancer with Fiverr, Upwork and Contentmart.in

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    I hope these points will help others too and thanks Brooke for writing this post

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    April 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Hey Brooke! Found your blog one week ago and cannot stop reading. Congrats!

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    March 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Love this. When I moved across the country ten years ago, I flew here with one suitcase. I started traveling more and more frequently with each year. I noticed people always said they wished they could do it. While I never had enough money to take off a whole year (I’d been living out of home for years), I’m sure I could’ve figured it out. But the BIGGEST thing I did was I NEVER bought a car when I moved. I went nine years car free, taking public transport for a nominal fee or walking, getting rides from friends happily offering. While people “complained” or wished that they were traveling, I waved goodbye from the airplane window without a worry of where to park my car while I was gone because I never had one to deal with. They always said they could NEVER give up their car. Hmmm…then how did I survive for nine years? 🙂

    I just got married a few months ago and now I have a car with my husband (paid off) and he does all the repairs, but of course married life has a few other challenges to kink out before we take off. Our dream is to open a taco joint in London…he’s from Mexico and never been to London, and I love London and know Londoners are in desperate need of tacos. I love tapas, so I’m hoping for a tacos & tapas joint! Now to convince him to sell the car…

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    March 19, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Thank you! New reader and loving your blog already. Very inspiring 🙂

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    I’m so happy when I see the title of the article. I don’t have a plan to travel the world but I want to go to many places in my country but with my low budget that I cannot have enough money for paying bill of a month :'( This is what I need to balance my spending to make my dream comes true. After all, domestic travel is not too expensive. Thank you very much!!

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    Very Hungry Nomads
    February 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Great advice on saving money! It is the most common question we get asked after traveling the world. How can you afford it? As you mentioned, if you really want to travel, it should be easy to give up a few luxuries and save for that epic trip, right? And once you do it, it just becomes normal and liberating! We have now seen over 100+ countries with fairly average wages so yes, it is possible!
    Love your blogs and your inspiration. Happy travels!

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    February 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Inspiring Brooke, Thanks for sharing.

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    This is awesome. I don’t know what to say. Giving up these many things for travelling shows how much you love travelling.

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    Saving money.Always good, but not always easy. Though totally worth if you can travel instead 🙂

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    I stopped drinking 5$ coffee 2 months ago and today I just bought my first private Caribbean island! Now I’m looking for a whole south american country. Thank you very much for your inspiration.

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      Yeeeehaaaaa! Have a great trip!! 😀

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    We would LOVE to see a step by step post on this, especially!

    “I found new ways of making money. I started a blog about my love for travel, which soon turned into my full time career about my travels. I started charging money for advertising, receiving sizeable sums from Google Adsense, got paid per views for my Youtube Videos, branched out into merchandising, wrote a book, consulted for brands on social media, wrote as a freelance journalist, received more sizeable sums for affiliate programs, and started working for large corporations to endorse their products.”

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      October 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Hey 🙂 There are a few posts about this under the “blogging tips” section which can be found under “LIFESTYLE” 🙂 x

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    Andele
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    This is such great advice!! I wish I would have thought more like this when I was younger. Didn’t get the ‘travel bug’ until my mid twenties and already had a family with two children (that I wouldn’t change for the world:-). We still implement some of these saving tips and it definitely makes a difference! Our family loves traveling together. We even take trips instead of buying Christmas presents each year…our kids love it! Wishing you all the more success, Brooke! Happy traveling:-)

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    October 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for inspiration 🙂 Actually you can do anything you want as long as you wish it A LOT, and do the right things to achieve it 🙂 Hope we will meet somewhere in the world 🙂

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    September 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm

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    Lauren
    June 10, 2015 at 7:57 am

    This was so inspiring to read thank you so much for sharing. I really want to do a lot of travelling for when I finish uni next year so have been wanting to read lots and lots of posts like this sort of thing and this was perfect! Thank you <3
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    Pavel
    June 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Great tips, especially for those who dreaming about travel. It tips help to achieve your goals and save money for journey. Many of this tips I tried in my life when earned money for my trip around the Globe. It is work! Mainly, you must remember for what you earn money and all will be great.

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    Mariel
    June 3, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Can you share more about your experience switching to cooking for yourself? I’m attempting to do the same (in order to save for travel!) and am in serious need of inspiration, especially as a vegetarian.

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    J F
    June 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

    thanks!! REally nice to read!

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    Hannah B
    June 1, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Brooke. Firstly this was so inspiring for me to read. I really would appreciate if you could reply to this ! Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to travel the world , just drop everything and travel, but my parents have never had the funds to allow me to travel and I’m still quite young so it’s hard for me to find work and cut down on all the things you did. I live in South Africa, Johanessburg and that’s also a bit of a set back to finding a job for a young girl like myself. I am thinking of doing a gap year once I finish my matric (grade 12/ year 12) in this gap year I want to travel (I’ve never been overseas either so I have a lot of places in mind) but I’m just wondering how I am going to afford this ? Like I said my parents don’t have a lot of money. Thanks a lot !

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    Steph
    June 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Brooke, your advice is palpable whilst I am travelling. I empathise with your money saving techniques and adopted similar behaviour before I got on the plane – totally worth it and much more rewarding when you get to your destination!
    My blog is I’d love it if you could have a look at my journey so far!

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    Cathline Chen
    May 30, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I wish to travel the world and be living my dream before it’s too late! But I just don’t know where and how to start.

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    Manish
    May 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Brooke,

    Glad to find a similar mind and a globe trotter in you. I also started with S E Asia as the 1st travel destination, and took charge of myriad of details to save money. Although, going out of India for the 1st time and that too to another Asian country may not be a different experience altogether. However, coming out of your nation and watching a similar society with a different mindset, is a mind boggling experience in itself. It changes your perspective for intricacies of life in a big way.

    The next destination in my mind is Europe. A lot to cover on that continent, multiple nations, languages, cuisines. I believe it would be another experience in itself. And a lot of money to be saved for that and most importantly, finding ways to cut cost before I hit their shores 😀

    Hope our paths cross somewhere and sometime

    Till then, enjoy !! 😀

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    Joyce
    May 28, 2015 at 2:35 am

    This is inspiring! We could all do more to save more money.

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    The Blonde Tourist
    May 27, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Great list Brooke – nothing comes for free these days, you need to work hard to get where you are. Congrats on all your hard work! BT x htt://www.theblondetourist.wordpress.com

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    Brittany Stopa
    May 27, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Great advice for people who are trying to fit more travel into their lives and budgets. As you work all these into your routine, you find that travel is a lot more affordable than you once assumed!

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    Julia
    May 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    This is amazing! It’s my goal to take off for a year in 2020 (after my uni is done), and I’m already starting to save for it now. I never eat out, and cook all of my meals at home. I’m not a vegetarien, but only eat meat when it’s provided to me by the Au Pair family I work for, other than that fruits and veggies for me at all times 😀

    You are so inspiring girl, and I cannot wait to read your book!!

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    Oremo Ochillo
    May 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Although I agree with a lot of things on your list especially about eating out and coffee there is no way I am hitting rides to work and there is especially no way I would move back in my parents. They might allow it is I was unemployed but there is no way they would allow it if my excuse was I didn’t feel like spending money on rent.

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    you.theworld.wandering
    May 25, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Love this. Pure and honest Brooke, as always. Another inspiring read 🙂

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    Jessica @ Green Global Travel
    May 24, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I love this! I think there are so many of us who could start saving a lot of money if we examined our lives and cut out unnecessary expenses. Great post, and congratulations on your success! You’ve definitely earned it!

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    Caroline Achieng Otieno
    May 24, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Great advice! It is my love of travel that made me make lifestyle changes too!

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    Ally
    May 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Nothing comes easy in life without some sacrifices! Great advice and will power. I feel so in tune with your words. It is truly amazing what life comforts and luxuries we can live without. I think it is easier than we realize to accomplish our dreams. Keep it up, Brooke! <3

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    hasnaa
    May 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    such smart way to give up all ,for living your dream ! i hope i can got a chance to do the same ! xoxo

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    Alex
    May 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Very inspirational post. I agree that when you are travelling less is best – it’s liberating to get by on so little, not to mention very practical. I spent 7 months travelling last year with more or less one bag. When you move around no one knows you are wearing the same clothes constantly!

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    Diana Maria
    May 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Love this post! I’m currently selling almost everything I can in order to fund my trip to Europe, and am thinking of cancelling my gym membership as well. These sacrifices are definitely worth it for travelling in the end! xo

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    Alexa Hampton
    May 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    What a great post!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Olga
    May 23, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I’m currently on my super-saving plan as well!
    I bring my own lunches to work, I’ve stopped using public transport and bought a used bicycle instead (which is a one-time investment that has already paid off), I invite friends over or see them during the day, so that there wouldn’t be too much need to go out at night, and I”m happy to be able to afford weekend trips every week and whenever I’m off work!! You’re right – when you really want something, no sacrifice is too big!

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    Rachel Medlock
    May 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This is really lovely and full of wonderful tips. So many people don’t realize that those little luxuries (or lack of planning) could be stealing their dreams from them.

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    Lennae
    May 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Excellent tips, thank you for sharing all of those! Just goes to prove if your determined enough to achieve your goals you will!

    Lennae xxx

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    Vanisha
    May 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Wow this is awesome! When there’s a will, there’s certainly a way 😉

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    Chris
    May 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Really useful information there! If you have a fixed budget you try http://www.flybreak.com to get some travel ideas.

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    The Thriving Nook
    May 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    That’s impressive! If you want to achieve something, you have to work for it. No one said it’s going to be easy.
    We are all proud of you, Brooke!

    Virginia

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    Lis
    May 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love this blogpost Brooke!
    It sometimes just hits me that I want to travel and as a student the money doesn´t fall from the sky 😉
    Thanks for sharing your story and your tips!
    xx, Lis 😉

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    Kimber - Reisgenie
    May 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Wat a great article, Brooke! I admire the way you live and how you continue to live your dream. Keep up the great work and keep inspiring us with your wonderful stories.

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    Marilia
    May 22, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for this post!
    You said you cut back on insurance, do you have travel insurance though?
    And I totally agree with you on travelling better, rather than cheaper.
    I find that planning in advance can help avoid some unnecessary expenses- such as admin costs for changing flights or parking tickets for parking rented cars in the wrong places!

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    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    May 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I love this! I’ve been traveling a lot recently, and posts like this always keep me feeling inspired to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m so glad you followed your dreams Brooke!
    -Claire, tallgirlbigworld.com

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    Olivia Grace
    May 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Such a great article! WOW! these tips are all so simply and effective !!! Thank you once again x

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    Lauren
    May 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Yay I’m doing most of the things on your list atm. Just need to sell eerything I own pretty much and I’m good to go!

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    Renee
    May 22, 2015 at 11:25 am

    May I ask how much money you had saved in total before starting your traveling adventures?

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    lizel modesto
    May 22, 2015 at 10:59 am

    your an inspiration for beginner Brooke. Thanks for sharing! this is so amazing.

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    Rea
    May 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Wow, I can use a lot of this! It’s probably “ouch” for the first few days or months but I’m sure it’s worth it to achieve my travel goals.

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    nadine cathleen
    May 22, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Wow, this is some serious dedication that you put into it! Good inspiration.. all the coffees, overpriced cocktails and dinners can really accumulate to a lot..
    XX

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    WendyonaWhim
    May 22, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Great advice Brooke! I saved a huge chunk of money not by cutting down on the things I enjoyed, but by DOING what I most enjoyed, which was singing. I performed on cruise lines which is a GREAT way to see the world and save money at the same time. Cruise ships have allowed me my life of travel I’ve been living and enjoying for 5 whole years now! 🙂 May I suggest to those of you out there looking to get away, save money, have new adventures, and challenge yourself, and don’t want to spend years scrimping and saving to travel, to look into working on cruise ships.

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    SAUL
    May 22, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Love all these tips. Some of them even made me laugh! Looks like it was all definitely worth it!!

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    Shelby
    May 22, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Awesome tips! Going to use some of these to save up for my next big trip!

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    Meyly
    May 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’ve been doing some of these things but not all. Thanks for the ideas!! How long did you have to save before buying the first one-way ticket??

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    Rachel Lelliott
    May 22, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I love your blog so much! I’m 18 and saving up for my first overseas trip to NZ 🙂 I’m finding that immediately putting at least half my pay into my no access savings and living off the other half and then putting the excess of that into my savings is working for me, if that makes sense haha

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    Kari
    May 22, 2015 at 7:42 am

    What a great way to make your travel dream come true. While I can’t give up some comforts, I am trying to be more mindful with how I spend my money….would I rather go out to eat this week or would I rather see that museum in Spain?
    Kari

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    Kayla-Paige Willsher
    May 22, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Thank you this was so helpful! I am currently in the middle of selling all my belongings and saving up for a life of travel.

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    Nicola Easterby
    May 22, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing this! It’s easy to look at people who travel all the time and think they are simply living the life without paying off a cent so this is such an important message to anyone and everyone who travels! Sacrifices are hard but oh so worth it!

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    Jéssica Nunes
    May 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Hi girls!
    Come meet my blog and my siguam the tips!
    jessicanunes.spotlife.se

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    Allison
    May 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

    So helpful, especially since I’m on the road all the time. Thanks Brooke!

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    Janine Eccleston
    May 22, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Awesome post! As a personal finance blogger and lover of travel I found this post incredibly refreshing!

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    Edith Rodriguez
    May 22, 2015 at 6:23 am

    My husband and I are currently saving and taking extreme money saving measures similar to yours so we can travel in a couple of years. This post gave me so many more good ideas on how to save but some luxuries we just can’t rid ourselves from like our phone and car . Thanks for sharing these tips! By the way, I came across your blog not too long ago, and I can say it’s the one that inspired me to follow my dream to travel and to start a blog (to document local travel) while we save up to travel a whole year. Thank you for the inspiration and safe travels. 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      May 22, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Ahhh that’s so awesome! Thanks for sharing Edith – I love reading comments like these they remind me why I love blogging so much! All the best for saving!!

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    Georgia
    May 22, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I can relate to all of these- the things we do for travel…It’s always worth it. There’s nothing more annoying than people living with the same possible opportunities as us & saying they can’t afford to travel. You just need to make sacrifices!! Keep exploring xx

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    Monika
    May 22, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Loved reading this. I’ve been trying to figure out how to cut costs and knew that I should eat at home more and go out less. I didn’t think about using public outlets for charging or some of the other tips you listed here. I’ll definitely be sharing this with my guy and hopefully we can sail away on a trip somewhere soon.

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    Jamie Laird
    May 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Awesome article Brooke! This is the truth! To achieve you have to sacrifice, persevere, and believe! You are a power house woman! Keep on learning and inspiring people.

  • olganikolskaya@live.co.uk'
    Olga
    May 22, 2015 at 5:16 am

    great article, I suppose…. but giving up having a fun life with all your friends and loved ones at home just to go travelling on your own… I am not sure if it is worth it!

    and the reason why you pay 5 dollars for a coffee is to be in a certain coffee shop, enjoying the atmosphere and the skill of the barristers and not simply for a caffeine fix!!! strongly disagree with that one.

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    Janina
    May 22, 2015 at 5:03 am

    This was super helpful! Its crazy to realize how much money is easily spent on buying food everyday so once I realized that I try my best to stop buying food so often and just eat from home. It makes a big difference!!
    XO Janina

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    Kate
    May 22, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for your tips! They help me a lot 🙂

    x Kate

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    Nicole
    May 22, 2015 at 4:39 am

    All of this and then some. I have learned how important (and simple) it is to save money WHILE traveling too – we invested in a credit card that gets us access to club rooms around the world, and use that for food/drinks instead of buying expensive stuff in airports, we use credit card points for hotel stays or stay in super cheap hostels, and try to book redeye flights to skip a hotel night altogether.

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    Susanna
    May 22, 2015 at 4:36 am

    You are amazing and inspiring. I must admit, one of my pet peeves about traveling is that every time I go somewhere I have friends at home whining and saying “oh you are SO LUCKY!” or “Man, I wish I could do that. I wish I was you.” On the one hand I do feel extraordinarily lucky and thankful to have the opportunity to travel. On the other hand, my plane tickets didn’t just drop out of the sky. I saved ALL my allowance for years, bought clothes only when I needed them (at thrift stores), went out to eat less than once a month, and put off college to work a job instead. Most Americans have the opportunity and the ability to save for traveling if they are dedicated, ready to work, and willing to make some sacrifices ( maybe even HORRORS consider skipping starbucks). You don’t have to be rich or have a fairy godmother to travel. It is all about priorities.

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    Christie
    May 22, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Awesome post! I used to spend a lot of money on clothes and going out to eat, etc. But I want to save more money for travel so I’m starting to follow these tips more! I still spend money on some things like going to Broadway shows or taking a day trip with friends because those are experiences I’ll remember, but I have been really good about only buying things I need! My family is also planning to move in a few months and instead of moving all my old clothes to the new house, I’m planning to sell a lot of it to put the money toward more experiences and travel. I always love hearing your tips 🙂

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    Christie
    May 22, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Awesome post! I used to spend a lot of money on clothes and going out to eat, etc. But I want to save more money for travel so I’m starting to follow these tips more! I still spend money on some things like going to Broadway shows or taking a day trip with friends because those are experiences I’ll remember, but I have been really good about only buying things I need! My family is also planning to move in a few months and instead of moving all my old clothes to the new house, I’m planning to sell a lot of it to put the money toward more experiences and travel. I always love hearing your tips 🙂

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    Rachel @ Vagabondbaker
    May 22, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Amazing! I think you’ve nailed it, this is an awesome post!
    I thought I was pretty good at saving until I actually went travelling and learnt that I could live with very little on very little. It’s such a great feeling to shed all that stuff and not waste money on pointless things!

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    Saakshi Kumar
    May 22, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Wow. I loved reading this post of yours. Believe me, I had thoughts running in my head about how I’m going to right away start saving up, while scrolling through this post.
    Thankyou 🙂

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    Celestial Traveller
    May 22, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Very nice post!! Glad to see you’re an avid saver when it comes to travelling. But I have a question: I read somewhere on your blog that you left home for travelling once you finished studies. Now I read here that you were working (charge devices at work). Was it a part time job during your studies or full time? (sorry if i missed something, I’ve just recently started following you) Keep the magic coming 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      May 22, 2015 at 3:32 am

      Hello! Yes, I was working a part time job (up to 60 hours a week) alongside my University degree – which I completed via distance education so I could work so much + travel in uni breaks!

      Hope this helps 🙂 – Brooke

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    Aiman
    May 22, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing. ☺

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    Elizabeth
    May 22, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Very inspirational! The style/format of the blog post is great and it just goes to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

    • Brooke Saward
      May 22, 2015 at 2:08 am

      Totally agree Elizabeth! anything the mind can conceive, it can achieve!

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    Carla Genovesio
    May 22, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Love all these!!

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    Shernae
    May 22, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I reckon this is the best post you’ve written on this topic yet. It just goes to show what you can achieve by being a determined badass such as yourself Brooke! xx

    • Brooke Saward
      May 22, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Hahahah best comment 🙂 Thanks S! xx

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    Al Jovin Bacalso
    May 22, 2015 at 12:47 am

    maybe if you can visit Mindanao island of Philippines i can take you to various places.. 😀