Travel Inspiration

So it is 12:09 am…technically tuesday morning…and I just got home from a catering job.  Right now my brain is going a mile a minute and all I can think of is how I just made $100, all of which will be going towards my trip (yay!) This morning, however, all I could think about was how far I still had to go.

 In order to get my vibes going in a more positive direction, I searched one of my favorite travel websites, Nomadic Matt.  He did not let me down (I think he’s probably the only man in my life right now that doesn’t let me down haha). I found success story after success story to inspire me. Here was my fav…maybe it’ll inspire you to!  I love that this guy managed to save $14,000 in 6 months making $9/hour. That is not a typo.

It inspires me because I have only slightly more to save ($15-20,000) in twice the amount of time and I make nearly twice what he does at both of my jobs ($15 at catering not including occasional tips and $15 as a research assistant for a professor). I can absolutely do this!  I’m a huge nerd, so I also took the time to calculate how many hours a week I need to work solely to make this amount (27.7, If you’re wondering) and how many hours a week I need to pay for all my bills/groceries/etc (about 10.2).  

So for under 40 hours a week, I should be able to do this. Keep in mind I am subletting the second bedroom in my rented townhouse out which really helps with keeping my bills low.  

Theoretically, I could make what I need to make in under 40 hours a week. Realistically, I know I’ll have months where I’m super jazzed about the trip and pick up as many extra catering shifts as I can (like now).  Other times, I’m sure I’ll get frustrated with living soo frugally (I’m living on $200/month for groceries/any entertainment including restaurants and drinks/anything extra…like shoes) and blow some money on a night out.

My goal right now is just to ride my trip-planning high as long as I possibly can (I’m hoping to last at least until June).

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  1. I know the feeling – my partner and I are currently scrimping like mad to save for a trip to Norway in March….It’s super hard, especially when sales are on, but I have two rules 1) never buy anything on impulse and 2) divide the cost of [insert frivolous purchases here] by cost of one meal in Norway…. and that usually motivates me to put the wallet away again. Good luck!

    • Haha nice! Yea, every time I’ve been considering buying something I really don’t need…even just a coffee or some fancy cheese or a bottle of wine…I think, what would this get me in Thailand or Brazil or one of the dozen other countries I want to go to. It is such a great deterrent bc you don’t feel deprived. Instead, you are just looking forward to something awesome that is coming into your future! Have an amazing time in Norway!

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