Can’t Afford to Travel the World? Stop Spending on These Things

Traveling is expensive you say?  Yes, it can be costly.  But what if I told you anyone could afford to travel the world?  You do not even need to join a vacation club if you do not want. You may not be able to go on that nice trip within a year, but it is possible.  Usually, if I necessarily cannot afford something I desire, I cut costs.  Then I put that money aside every month until I can afford it.  This same method I use for traveling!

Here are the top 5 things you can cut to save money to travel the world!

1.  Netflix

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It is $8 a month.  Not expensive you say?  Here is the breakdown per year:

Per month: $8
One year: $96
Two years: $192
Three years: $288
Four years: $384
Five years: $480

See how your small $8 per month can turn into a cost of a cruise?  It is also the cost of your hotel stay for at least 3-4 nights.  But hey, can’t get rid of your Netflix?

2.  Cable

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Oh no, not your cable!  According to BRG.com, the average cable bill is now $100.  You gotta see the breakdown:

Per month: $100
One year: $1200
Two years: $2400
Three years: $3600
Four years: $4800
Five years: $6000

Cutting cable for one year can pay for a roundtrip ticket to Europe!  In five years you can country-hop for months!  Go ahead and keep your Netflix for entertainment, bit cancel your cable bill.  You can also shut off the Internet and use public wifi if you can.  (If that too extreme, fine, keep your Internet).  Either way, it is well worth cutting down on your cable bill to afford traveling!

3.  Cell Phone

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The most recent J.D Power report shows the average cell phone bill is $73 per month.  But Verizon Wireless customers average $148 per month, while Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile customers average of $144, $141, and $120.  Let’s break down AT&T’s average of $141 which holds the majority of you iPhone users:

One month: $141
One year: $1692
Two years: $3384
Three years: $5076

Do I need to go any further?  We all cannot survive without our cell phones now in days.  I am not saying you should get rid of it.  But you can change your plan or change your cell phone company.  I am a long time Cricket Wireless customer paying $35 per month for unlimited everything.  They’ve joined forces with AT&T, and my services have been holding up quite well.  I get a $5 discount for having autopay, where my plan would normally be $40 per month.  You end up saving $1272 per year!  That is a price for a nice trip to Spain or Ireland for a week!

4.  Coffee

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Some people need their Starbucks in the morning.  They can’t function without it.  According to Consumerist.com, the average American spends $1000 per year on coffee!

Per day: $2.70
Per month: $83
Per year: $1000

Wowzers!  Here’s a tip.  Buy Vitamin B.  They have plenty of different varieties at your nearest drug store.  For me, I take Nature Made Super B Energy Complex.  It gets me going in the morning.  The price ranges between $8-$11, and you get 60 soft gels.  It will take nearly three cups of coffee for one bottle of Vitamin B that last you two months!

5.  Take Out

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According to AOL Finance, the average American spends about $1100 on take-out each year!

Per week: $22
Per month: $91
Per year: $1100

But if you are my beguiling coworkers, then it would turn out to be much more (side eye).  How to cut down?  Be a smart shopper.  When grocery shopping, try sacrificing a name brand for something else.  Also, try checking ads in the paper and snip coupons.  Instead of eating out during the week, do it once a week.  Or even try ordering from the appetizer menu which is a lot cheaper than entrees.  Last but not least, use the freezer to freeze fruit and veggies instead of throwing them away.  I freeze my onions, broccoli, kale, strawberries, blueberries, and even bananas.  You can make smoothies with most of these later, which is also a great substitute for your coffee in the morning!  You can look online how to freeze certain fruits and veggies.

A lot of people cannot afford to travel because they are in a lot of debt.  That was my issue as well.  Cutting down on these five things can save you tons of money to get you out of debt as well.  Let’s say you have a $1200 credit card bill.  By cutting your cable bill, you can pay it off in a year!  Take control of your debt, take control of your spending, then start saving to achieve your travel dreams!

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14 thoughts on “Can’t Afford to Travel the World? Stop Spending on These Things

  1. Hi

    Some pretty good advice on how to save your money for a trip.

    Sometimes it really is just some of the simple things, like Netflix and coffee which we don’t really need. If we made the sacrifice we could probably afford to go on a decent trip at least once a year.

    I always find takeout at decent restaurants chews up my wallet the quickest.

    I look forward to some of your future posts.

    Cheers

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  2. Some pretty neat tips here. People who love to travel will always save up for a yearly trip. Depending on how much we have saved up, we usually plan trips according to the available holiday budget. I just went broke after 3 trips this year lol. Saving up on cable in one of the best ways, who needs cable when you have the internet anyways haha.

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  3. Wow, I love this article! I am especially guilty of this one: eating out too much :/

    I’m also really interested in using vitamin B instead of coffee. I’ve never heard that recommendation before, but I think I’ll give it a shot.

    By the way, the picture on this post is awesome!

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  4. World travel is one of the top 3 goals I have set for myself. Besides the cell phone one, I’ve been staying away from the others. I’m on a family plan and still living at home, so paying for certain things is my way of helping out. But I guess saving on rent is a big plus and definitely more than makes up for it.

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  5. What a wonderful topic for a article – really grabbed my attention and a great read!
    Netflix is definitely one everyone can do without these days – pay £20 for an android box and you’ve got everything Netflix gives you and more for a one off payement (or watch it for free online streaming of course!). Love the pic of stonehenge – I live about an hour from there!

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  6. Boy, these are all things that would be hard to quit, quite honestly I don’t know if I could. I don’t drink coffee, so that one is easy. I have a son and I like to be able to get in touch with him when he is not home and I see the cell phone as a safety item, so that is not going LOL. I also don’t really do take-out, so that is off the list. Cable, ya I could get rid of that but I am in a contract and some things you just gotta be able to get on TV. But you are right!

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