I hate it when people tell me that I’m rich that’s why I can afford to travel. For me, it is the most absurd comment coming from people who actually:
a. Earn more than I do
b. Can spend 15k in Boracay for a 3 day / 2 night vacation
c. Can buy a very nice cellphone or laptop
When I went to Malaysia, I had a nice paying job. But I also had a responsibility, which has not allowed me for the past 3 years to buy a new laptop or even a car. It only means that, like you, I don’t just use the money I earn to travel. I also pay my bills, buy my groceries, etc. BUT! I do save something in order for me to afford this lifestyle.
Since I don’t want any of you, my readers, to keep telling yourself that you cannot travel because you don’t have money, let me share with you this fact:
My expenses when I was in Malaysia:
Plane ticket (roundtrip): 2,600 (promo from Air Asia)
Travel Tax (Clark Airport): 1,620
Bus Manila (Cubao) – Clark: 280
Dau Terminal Roundtrip: 100
Hostel: 6 nights: 180 Ringgit = 2,403.17
Food: average of 15 Ringgit per day / x 7 = 105 Ringgit = 1,401.85
Transportation (Bus rides, trishaw) = 100 Ringgit / 1,337.54
Miscellaneous = 100 Ringgit / 1,337.54
TOTAL Pesos 11080.1 = $255
*Computation based on August 12, 2013 Currency conversion
It took me 6 months to save money for this one week adventure. How did I determine this budget? RESEARCH. And how did I save money? First, I will round off the above amount to 12,000 to make the computation easier. So if I saved for 6 months, then I saved about 2,000php per month. This means I only saved 1,000php per payday. I’m sure most of us can save a thousand per payday, right?
It was fairly easy to do this – to travel to Malaysia – because I made it my priority to save a thousand pesos every payday.
So if you earn 20,000/month or let’s just say, you earn 7,000 per salary, you can keep that one thousand every payday and see it grow so you can travel to your favorite destination.
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