I try and live as frugal as possible. There is one major issue though, I love to travel and spend a fair amount of time doing so. The last year has been spent in New Zealand, two years before that in Egypt and two years before that in Canada. In fact in March i’ll be returning home to the UK for the longest time in 6 years and even then i’ll only be back for three months before skipping off somewhere else!
Traveling gives me so much but it also pulls a lot of money away from my precious little funds. To counter this I often find myself living extremely minimally and watching pennies whilst traveling, some would say that’s a waste of travel but I think the trade off is worthwhile.
I handle my low level of spending by doing my travel slowly. I rarely go to a place for 1-2 weeks and try to stuff everything in. I visit for extended periods where possible and slowly take my time to get to know it from as local a point of view as possible. If I can learn bits of a language, accept and learn about a new culture and find gems many tourists don’t see then I am fulfilled in my travel. This sometimes means I miss the tourist trail ‘must-sees’ but I feel my travel life is full.
Enough blabbering about me. The point of this post is that although it’s difficult being frugal can go hand in hand with travel and if you pick your destinations / routes / accommodation and activities wisely it could even work out cheaper than living in your home town despite high airfare costs.