I often get asked by friends where do I get the money to travel? How do I afford to go out of the country a few times a year? Unlike most of my friends, I actually make less than what they are making. For someone who’s graduated for 2 years, I am making below than average. While my friends brag about their huge salary and complaining about having to pay taxes, I just take my life as it is. I take what I’ve been given. It’s better to have a small salary than having no work and no salary at all. I’m not going to complain about the littlest things. I take life as it is and just go with the flow. Because no matter how much money you’re making, it’s never going to be enough. You’re never going to be satisfied.
So, how do I afford my travels?
- I don’t own a car. I don’t see the need of owning a car when there are public transports although they have their shitty days sometimes.
- I don’t own a credit card. I only spend what I have. Cash is king.
- I save first, spend later. You’re screwed if you have a salary but do not have any savings.
- I limit myself to RM10 per day for food and snacks.
- I rarely go to cinemas for movies or go shopping every month. I can’t even remember the last time I watched a movie or clothes shopping.
- The Internet is your friend. Do your research on what’s cheap, what’s expensive and work your way from there.
- Airasia is my choice of airline. I never take Malaysia Airlines when I travel. The good thing about AA is that they have sale almost every month but the bad thing is it’s not easy to get and full of “surprises”.
- Stay in hostels or guesthouses to cut costs. No point in staying in fancy or expensive hotels when you’re only going to sleep for a few hours a day. For me, as long as there’s a roof over my head, I’m fine.
- Haggle when you shop. Not to toot my own horn, but I excel in haggling.
- Use land or sea transports whenever possible if you want to connect from one city/country to another. Travelling by air is expensive.
But then again, I’ve only been to Asian countries. My goal is to complete my Asian routes in these two years and then moving on to Oceania, Europe, America and etcetera. But I do think I’ve set the bar way too high but what the hell. Just rock and roll.