So the biggest question I get is, ‘How do you afford this?’

money_2121224b Lets get one thing straight, priotiries.

What you spend your money on is entirely up to you. Whether it’s car insurance, protien and gym supliments, trainers, makeup, fine dining, cigarettes or a messy weekend on the town.

I spend my money on flights and saving for backpacking.

I like my nice things yes, but I just try to make the most of what I have. I get bus’ instead of taxis. I eat out when there is offers, I drink at bars where I know staff who always kindly give me discounts. I don’t have a car to save on money and currently living at my parents house while i’m England, despite never actually spending time in the house.

Either way, home life always costs a lot more then travelling. Rent, bills, we all have to pay them.

One thing I enjoy about living and backpacking to other places is that the cost of living is next to nothing compared to England.

You get so much more for your money elsewhere. I have found doing things is so much more benifical then buying something new. I become overwhelmed with the amount of belongings I have when I come back from being away. I am so happy living out of a rucksack or suitcase exploring new places and meeting new people. I don’t need things to make me happy anymore.

I want to spend my money on living.

My moped, insurance and petrol, rent for my own apartment on my own and gym membership at a 5 star resort came for a month came to the same price as living in a four bedroom flat in Headingley, without bills.

Travelling is not as expensive as you think.

Once I was done at dance school I made the decision to move to headingley with friends. For the first time, I was paying council tax, rent, bills, travel, gym, phone bills, transport, food, etc all out of my own pocket.  I was working full time just to afford my out goings with a little extra to go out and treat myself. I was pretty disgusted at how much I was having to work at 19 years old just to live with a roof over my head, eat and have a mobile phone.

I was living a fun life, having my own place and going on lots of nights out, but this came at a cost, a cost of a lot of working and budgetting.

I now try and distant myself from shopping and over priced unneeded items, instead I think of how much money that could be towards a flight. It almost becomes a little obsessive. I keep comparing the cost of things at home to the cost of things when abroad and it’s a little scary to realise how much money we can waste in England on such small habits.

Like I said, it’s all priorities. It’s how hard you want to work for your money and what you want to spend that on. Sometimes the thought of living ‘reality’ with a full time job, own house and a car, living in the same country doing the same things everyday becomes the norm.

Nothing is impossible and if your priotities are on travelling and exploring other countries, you will be able to do this.

IMG_4536All my belongings ready to travel Europe. This was my bed for the night on the ferry from Greece to Italy!

Want to know more about budgetting while backpacking? Make sure to check out ‘How to budget when travelling’

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