Rejig those priorities
Updated: Apr 17, 2019
By now you must be wondering how does this girl manage to travel for six(ish) weeks out of the year without 1. Losing her job and 2. Going broke.
Are you ready for the big reveal? Read carefully because this may shock you.
I. Prioritize. Travelling.
I’ll wait while you scoop up the pieces of your brain that surely must have splattered all over the floor.
That’s it. That’s the big secret. I don’t make a single decision in my life without at least considering travelling. I equate every potential purchase to a plane ticket, a tour, or even a total vacation. For example, as much I love the Backstreet Boys (hey, hey, remember my post on judging?), there is no way I would pay the outrageous price of $1,500 for a front row ticket. (Seriously, that's the price). In my mind, that’s a round trip flight to Europe for me and my husband. (Don't worry, I'll show you how to save tons of dough on flights in a later post). And while a lot of my friends are going bananas over Louis Vuitton, I'm purchasing my shwag at Winners and Marshalls for 60% off.
In my mind, designer bags and clothes (or anything that's full price), concerts, going out for dinner (hell, even going out for lunch) are considered luxuries. It’s money you don’t NEED to spend. I would MUCH rather be spending my disposable income on travelling.
Think about it. If you bought lunch every day at a modest price of $10 a day, that’s $50 a week, $200 a month, and so on and so forth. Throw in a daily Timmies coffee and you’re at $3,000 for the year (in my mind that's getting pretty close to a cruise for two). So suck it up, eat your damn sandwiches and sip that instant coffee. Your reward - a three week trip to Thailand.
Now many of my friends are probably laughing at this point. Kaylee is giving me budgeting advice? Believe me, I didn't always used to think this way. Oh I've gotten myself into plenty of financial trouble over the years, thinking that it was possible to have it all. Guess, what, it's not. And this is where you need to start prioritizing.
I've learned that if I want to travel, I have to give up certain things in my life. While I loved working out at Yoga Public (a high-end yoga and fitness centre in Winnipeg) for $130 a month, I've switched to Planet Fitness at an extremely low cost of $10 a month. And as much as I crave a nice bottle of wine, I stick with my generic 4 litre box. It still does the trick people!
It really doesn't take much. These small changes add up quickly. And I'm telling you it's worth it. If you want to make travel a priority, you need to be willing to make some sacrifices.