Smart Decisions You Can Make to Afford the Travel Lifestyle

You’ve probably seen bloggers living the travel lifestyle. Ever wonder how those travel bloggers spend most of their time chasing the sun across different countries? Do you ever wish you could just ditch your 9 to 5 life and live like a nomad, experiencing different cultures in different seasons? Making travel a way of life is not an easy thing to accomplish, of course. But a lot of travel bloggers get to do what they love because they make smart decisions about traveling. Below are a few smart travel tips that you can use if you want to explore the world without falling into crushing debt.

 

How to Afford the Travel Lifestyle

 

Get a Travel Credit Card

 

Getting a travel credit card is better than getting a generic credit card if you want to travel quite frequently. A travel credit card offers more rewards that will fit a jet-setting lifestyle. For example, you could keep using your card to book plane tickets and hotel accommodations. Once you rack up a specific spending amount, you could redeem a plane ticket to a specific country, or even get a free stay at a swankier hotel.

 

According to Forbes, different credit card companies issue different rewards depending on the amount of money you charge to your card. One card may give you 50,000 points if you spend $4,000 within the first 3 months, while another may reward you with the same amount of points if you spend a lower value — say, $2,000 — within the same time period. It’s best to do some research to find out the best travel credit card that will work for you.

 

Travel Slower

 

We are often accustomed to seeing travel bloggers post pictures of their trip to Machu Picchu on one day, and then see them start a live video from somewhere in the Pacific Islands the day after. While flitting from one country to the next within the span of a week might be a sustainable life for some, you may want to consider traveling slowly.

 

Traveling slowly means that you stay in one place for longer than a day or two. Staying longer in one place allows you to find cheaper options for the things that you want to do. Plus, booking accommodations for a longer period of time may grant you discounts that hotel booking for two days will not.

 

Work While You Travel

 

While the idea of traveling often conjures up images of a relaxing, worry-free vacation, taking up traveling as a way of life is not always the case. In order for you to support your new way of life, you will have to cough up the money you need to travel.

 

A desk job will definitely not be able to sustain your travel goals, as most desk jobs may limit the number of times you can go on extended periods of leave. You might want to consider looking for online home-based jobs that will allow you to work from anywhere, anytime. Now all you need to worry about is whether your next destination has a decent internet connection.

 

You don’t have to be stuck as a spectator to the travel lifestyle. If you plan ahead, look at budget flights, follow important travel tips, consider your options for funding, and think about a job you can work remotely, you can live the nomadic life easier than you might think. 


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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