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How Travelling Saves You Cash

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“Journey is the one factor you purchase that makes you richer”. –nameless

Huayna Picchu mountain, Peru

“However travelling is so costly, I can’t afford to journey on a regular basis.”

“I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I travelled to 1 place and stayed there for a complete month!”

These are simply among the questions I received from folks I met whereas attending the Journey Summit.

Having been out of the workforce for almost 8 years now, it’s simple to overlook what it was prefer to cherish these treasured 3-4 weeks of trip, then spend all yr saving up for that lavish journey of a lifetime to get away from all of the stress.

Because it seems, there are some massive variations between trip and journey that most individuals don’t perceive. So, on this submit, I’m going to attempt to make clear them and, in consequence, hopefully aid you perceive why holidays are costly however travelling isn’t.


Expertise clever, holidays are an escape. It’s a solution to unwind from the stress of a job. This is the reason holidays have a tendency be at a resort or resort, in a single location, with limitless drinks, meals, and workers who wait on you, so that you don’t want to fret or suppose. It’s about consolation and decompression. Holidays are usually brief and final just a few weeks at most.

Journey, then again, is a way of life. To cite my good friend, Alan, “You’ve constructed a life that you simply don’t wish to escape from” so as a substitute of de-stressing, you’re discovering completely different cultures and increasing your thoughts. You journey to stay life, not run away from it, and in consequence you eat, drink, take public transportation, and in any other case simply stay like an area. Journey tends to final months should you’re semi-nomadic or years should you’re absolutely nomadic.

Now, I do know that these are tendencies. After all, they’re retirees who additionally go to resorts and travellers who attempt to use it as an escape or as a solution to “discover themselves” (spoiler alert: your issues will proceed to comply with you irrespective of the place you go).  However the ones who journey as a way of life do it as a result of they adore it.

I additionally discover it fascinating that individuals who take holidays appear to be afraid of free time. They are saying issues like “how will I ever deal with not doing something for a complete month?!”

This confused me at first, however then I spotted perhaps they’re simply traumatized by work. I get the place they’re coming from as a result of I used to be in the identical scenario earlier than. However I now know that there’s completely nothing fallacious with simply being blissful, doing nothing, and having fun with life for a month. Life is supposed to be lived, not fast-forwarded. In spite of everything, nobody ever stated on their deathbed “I want I’d labored extra”.


After we first give up our jobs to journey the world, I didn’t perceive why journey would save us cash as a result of the one sort of “journey” I’d skilled have been lavish holidays I splashed out on to decompress from work.

On condition that trip packages price $1000-$5000 per individual per week, not together with flights, naturally, I took that quantity and extrapolated it throughout the yr, considering it could price us $104,000 – $520,000/yr!

After all, “travelling” appeared costly! I paid no less than $1000/individual for spherical journey flights + $1000/individual for the holiday package deal, and on prime of that I used to be additionally paying my hire again house since I left it empty whereas I used to be gone.

I had no thought journey and trip have been utterly various things.

Those that journey (digital nomads, retirees, folks on sabbatical) have way more time and adaptability, to allow them to unfold their prices over an extended time period. When you will have the choice to fly on a Monday or Wednesday, the associated fee is considerably decrease than when you could squeeze out time from work to catch a aircraft on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday with everybody else.

You even have the choice of balancing out costly locations like Switzerland with cheap locations like Thailand, so the typical price is 1 / 4 of what you’d spend on a trip package deal.

Right here’s an instance of how a lot I used to spend on trip, versus being absolutely nomadic, versus being semi-nomadic:

Trip (3 weeks)

Merchandise Price
Week 1: 7 day All inclusive resort in Cuba $1000/individual
Week 2: 7 day Caribbean cruise $800/individual 1-week Caribbean cruise + $150 every for tip + $150 every for booze = $1100/individual
Week 3: 7 day all-inclusive Mediterranean Cruise $1100/individual for a 1-week all-inclusive Mediterranean Cruise + $150 every for tip + $150 every for booze = $1400/individual
Flights: (excessive season, weekend departure solely) $800 spherical journey/individual + $800 spherical journey/individual + $1600 spherical journey/individual = $3200/individual
Complete Trip package deal day by day price per individual, together with flights $1100 + $1400 + $3200 = $6700/individual for 3 weeks = $318/individual/day
Lease being paid again house + wifi $1500/month/couple + $53/month/couple = $1553/month/couple = $777/month/individual = $26/individual/day
Complete trip price $318 + $26 = $344/individual/day

Right here’s an instance of a resort I used to remain in on trip:

4.5 star resort Riu Palace Aruba all inclusive: $370/individual/evening (photograph credit score: Christian Córdova @Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Nomadic (1 yr)

Merchandise Price
Thailand (3 months) $1150/individual/month
Portugal (3 months) $1500/month/individual
Toronto (1 month) $1700/month/individual
USA (1 month) $2000/month/individual
UK (1 month) $2250/month/individual
Sweden + Spain (1 month) $2500/month/individual
Malaysia (2 months) $1200/individual/month
Common price of dwelling per individual per 30 days (hire, meals, leisure, transportation included) ($1150*2 + $1500 *3 + $1700 + $2000 +$2250 + $2500 + $1200*2)/12 = $1346/individual/month = $45/individual/day
Add expat medical health insurance of $100/individual/month, and low-cost flights purchased with factors and through off-peak season and weekdays costing $500/individual/yr $5/individual/day
Complete price of dwelling $50/individual/day (there isn’t any double hire as a result of you haven’t any house base)

Right here’s an apartment-style resort I booked on Agoda.com (and no, that’s not a typo. The associated fee is actually $15.60 CAD/day or $11.47 USD/day, lower than most {couples} spend on day by day espresso in North America. And it comes with a rooftop pool!):

House-style resort with pool, 5 minutes stroll from the seaside: $15.60 CAD/evening (photograph credit score: Lagom resort on Agoda)
Kitchen and eating room. (photograph credit score: Lagom resort on Agoda)
Rooftop pool. (Photograph credit score: Lagom resort on Agoda)

Semi-Nomadic (5 months) :

Merchandise Price
Lease again house: $1500/couple/month + $53 Wi-Fi = $26/individual/day
Residence Trade price $204/yr
Extra lodging prices free (utilizing Residence Trade the place you possibly can swap houses non-simultaneously utilizing Visitor Factors)
Meals, leisure, transportation for five months $900/month/individual (inexpensive than what you spend at house once you’re in South East Asia, Mexico, Japanese Europe, or the Balkans)
Journey insurance coverage $57/month/individual
Flights $1000/individual purchased with factors and through off-peak season (barely costlier than absolutely nomadic due to the return flight again to your home-base)
Complete price of dwelling $26 + ($204 +$1000)/5/30 + ($57+$900)/30 = $66/individual/day

Right here’s a Residence Trade we stayed in in Croatia:

2 bed room house in Zagreb exchanged with factors

As you possibly can see, vacationing prices 5-7 instances greater than travelling!


Journey teaches you to worth experiences over issues. Holidays don’t.

As soon as I began travelling, I turned extra minimalistic as a result of there’s solely a lot you possibly can carry in your again for a complete yr. I additionally realized I didn’t want most of issues I owned as a result of I didn’t even bear in mind what I packed away in my dad and mom’ basement earlier than I left. In actual fact, after I got here again, it was simple to donate most of it since if I hadn’t use it previously 8 years, I wasn’t going to ever want it.

I now treasure my recollections from my adventures and time spent travelling with associates excess of any “stuff” that I solely get a short lived excessive from. My recollections proceed bringing me happiness years after the expertise is over.

Now, earlier than you freak out about me telling you to donate all of your stuff, know that there’s nothing fallacious with proudly owning issues. I get that some folks miss having greater than every week of garments and their sentimental gadgets. What I spotted is that it doesn’t need to be all or nothing. When you grow to be FI or could make your work location impartial, you possibly can select the semi-nomadic life-style (like snowbirds) and journey for 50% of the yr, which helps you to get pleasure from infinite summer season, novel experiences, whereas nonetheless proudly owning issues the issues that you simply love.  

The important thing to dwelling this life-style is Residence Trade (full disclosure: that is an affiliate hyperlink so I’ll get a small fee should you select to finish your profile), which let’s you journey whereas avoiding double paying for lodging. Plus, it’s good to have reliable folks handle your house when you’re gone and helps you make associates all around the world. Simply be sure to learn your native rental or HOA legal guidelines to be sure to’re not violating any guidelines.  Right here’s a submit I wrote about find out how to get began.

And should you don’t have a rental or personal a house to change, don’t fear, you’re saving much more cash by being absolutely nomadic.

There’s nothing fallacious with happening trip, however “travelling is dear” just isn’t the identical as “holidays are costly”. Holidays and journey are utterly completely different.

What do you suppose? Is journey completely different from holidays? Which do you like?



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