How Do You Save Up For Travel When Faced With Bills and Breakfast Baps?

Saving up for travelling is not easy. I have never been good at holding onto my money. When the pounds roll in at the end of the month, a big chunk immediately vanishes on bills, bills and more bills. What is left then seems to fall through a sieve, leaving me with next to nothing. So how is it possible to save up for a big trip?

My target amount to raise by Spring, 2012, is £5,000. At the moment, this is becoming more and more unrealistic as unexpected costs crop up – as they always seem to do.

But I am managing to save up some money, little by little.

Budgeting is obviously an important factor to consider. Comparing your income and outgoings on paper helps to highlight which areas of spending could be reduced. Food bills, for example, can be cut in half. It is amazing how much money can be saved by simply taking packed lunches to work and cutting out takeaways. Am I doing this though? Erm… no.

All it usually takes is a bad day at work and I’m lining up at the nearest chippy. And when everybody in the office is ordering breakfast baps, who am I to say no?

Cutting back is not exactly helped by the fact that the money sucker that is Christmas is quickly approaching.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to motivation.

I know that if I want to go travelling long-term, I need to put this as a priority and change my lifestyle adequately. Therefore, I am officially tightening my purse strings… from Monday.

In the meantime *thought* where is the number for the Royal Tandoori?

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. November 12, 2011 / 12:38

    Yeah saving is tough. I find winter especially difficult for the food thing. We seem to naturally eat more in the winter and the darkness tends to send me to chocolate and beer.

    If I am allowed to go personal development preachy for a second “if you spend the same way as your colleagues, you will end up with the same life.” If you want a different life, make different decisions, meaning taking your lunch and eating it while they go buying breakfast baps(uhhh I’m American, no clue what they even are.)

  2. November 13, 2011 / 14:09

    I know what you mean, everybody reaches for the comfort food as it gets colder. A breakfast bap is a roll with bacon, egg and sausage. They’re delicious, as are Indian takeaways! Going to start living off spam :-)

    • November 23, 2011 / 20:48

      Thanks, checked out your post and there’s some useful advice in there. I like your comment about “swapping clubbing and Marc Jacob shoes for a backpack and passport stamps” :-). I have definitely made saving for travelling a priority and, although it’s difficult sticking to a tight budget, I’m not doing ‘too’ badly saving up so far. Have six months left to save. Next step, selling clothes on Ebay!

      • November 23, 2011 / 21:11

        Good idea! I sold my clothes at garage sales and on craigslist (kind of like gumtree). I sold clothes and whatever else I didn’t “need”.

        One of the best things for me was to never eat out and minimize time drinking with my friends. I learned to pick and choose my “battles” ;-)

        Let me know if I can be of any assistance!