How do you travel so much (or any number of other variations of this question)?
How do you go so many places?
You’re rarely home… how do you travel so much?
How do you take the kids so many places?
I know I’m not the only one that is asked those things!
My answer is simple:
I travel so much because I LOVE IT. Because travel is literally the only thing you will ever, ever, EVER spend your hard earned dollar bills on that makes. you. richer.
I’m no different than anyone else, guys. You know how some of your friends have a super cool car, or the just-designed-yesterday Louis Vuitton? Maybe they go out to eat constantly or to every concert that shows up in town- we all have that friend that does all the new stuff.
It’s the same for me… but I pick traveling and I will every time.
We choose what we spend our money on, and I will always choose this:
- the mental break of a new place (see this kinda emotional post for the why and don’t judge)
- the sense of excitement at boarding yet another plane
- the sheer feeling of being in a new place that we haven’t explored yet…
These things are my happy place.
Side note: I’d love a Louis, let’s be honest. I’m a girl, and I damn sure love purses and shoes. But the $1200 price tag for that ONE bag has less appeal than hunting for- and scoring- travel savings and taking the kids somewhere new. Or somewhere we’ve already seen but wish to return.
Experiences > possessions.
How do I travel so much?
Travel is a (really, the) priority for me, simply because I make it so:
I pinch pennies until they SCREAM.
I pack my lunch and take the $25- $35 a week I would spend on food that I already went to the store to buy- helllllloooo- and put it away in the separate savings account I have just for vacations.
If I’m not using it- whatever it is- I unload it. eBay, Craigslist, sell it at garage sales. Get creative! Get rid of it, trade it in for a cherished memory. Is that sappy? Probably. Do I care? Noooooo.
I also use the hell out of these 2 apps: Ibotta and Ebates (those links contain my referral code, FYI).
They are both super easy to navigate. I am the least technological person you know, so if I can do it, you can too!
To use Ibotta, obviously you have to download the app. Then, go grocery shopping (which you are going to do every week until you die, regardless) and see if anything you purchased has a rebate attached. Select the rebate, scan the bar codes, take a picture of the receipt and boom! You can transfer to Paypal or get gift cards! Dinner out on one of your vacations? I think YES.
Ebates usage is similar. I use it on the app and on the desktop (I even installed the browser thing. Don’t ask me what that’s called. Toolbar?). Any time I purchase something from someone they partner with, I get a percentage back! Whoooohooo! That comes in the form of what they call a Big Fat Check. You guessed it- the Big Fat Check (god that cracks me up) goes right into the ol’ savings account. PS- they also partner with travel sites. Win win, y’all.
How do YOU travel so much? Tell us!
Safe travels! xo