Affording traveling as a lifestyle1. Career choices. When you work in the travel industry, traveling is part of your work tasks, simple as that. Of course business travel is not always all that exciting, but if and when you have the chance to extend your stay in the location or combine it with a holiday, business travel immediately gets a lot more interesting.
My husband checking his emails while having breakfast in the Italian Alps.2. Saving where needed. We own our own apartment. We have two cars. And we put away bit of money every month “just in case”. But we do not live in a mansion, nor have fancy new cars, nor do we shop in designer boutiques or have the latest and greatest of electronic appliances at our home. We live comfortably, but we rarely invest in possession that would just be on the way, if we ended up packing it all up again. 3. Traveling independently. Package holidays cost a lot of money. Cheap flights don’t. If you make smart travel choices you can stay extended periods in a location, or do few smaller trips for the same money you would spend for one package holiday. 4. Staying in apartments, friends and family. In the past year I have been converted to staying in apartments. As we have been traveling with our baby turned toddler, apartments have been easy, fun and practical way to travel with the whole family. And of course when possible, we stay with friends and family, go camping or sleep in our van. Needless to say, our place is always open for visitors too!
Enjoying a dinner with a view in Ericeira, Portugal, where we rented an apartment through Wimdu.co.uk.5. Looking for authentic experiences. There are so many things you can do in a foreign destination and they don’t all have to cost a lot of money. We often look for the outdoor experiences and these are largely free. But even if you are in a city, you could plan your visit so that you can hit the museums when they are open for free, look for local events that are affordable or don’t cost anything, or travel in the off-season when prices tend to be lower in general. 6. Do what the locals do. When in Italy, drink wine instead of beer. When in Paris, find out where the locals eat instead of having the overpriced lunch right next to Louvre. This of course takes bit of detective work, but is so worth it! Especially if you get to know locals who will show you around their favorite spots! Anything you would add in this list? I would love to hear more tips and experiences on how to travel more or how to afford traveling as a lifestyle!