From taking low-budget airlines to extend a budget, to saving up inch by inch for your first ever travel to Hawaii. It’s much easier than you think.
Back in 2009, I had just under 2000$ USD in my bank account and I told myself that I was LONG overdue for a trip. I wasn’t thinking of a domestic trip, either. I wanted an international one; and already having a friend stationed in Australia, I realized it was now or never.
How was I able to save up for this? Well, without evening having to read Napoleon Hill’s ‘Habit of Saving,’ I was just a saver in general. Since I got my first job back in 2007, I saved the majority of my salary.
If we look at it this way, take the west coast folks of the United States, for instance, who makes up excuses up about having never gone to Hawaii. Plane tickets to Hawaii are between 400-600 USD. If you could save 50-100$ USD a month and cut back on the bar nights, shopping escapades, and fancy dinners, you could easily achieve this goal.
After that, it’s all about hotels, whereas you could find the cheapest at booking.com before visiting the hotels main website to check for cheaper offers. Expect to pay at least 100$ for a hotel (in Hawaii) at less you’re one to stay in a hostel with 10 other people (not my cup of tea).
If you’re a big time shopper, you’re going to have to set aside a spending stipend. If you’re just a casual traveler looking for a decent time while doing some tours, 100$ a day (maybe a bit higher in places like England, Aussie and Japan) would suffice.
See, having already read the options above, you’re now glued into the fact that traveling, even just to that gorgeous island in the pacific, is possible.
Checking flights on travelocity.com to get a good idea of what flights go to countries is perfect. Booking.com for hotels and some of the hotels don’t even require payment at the time of booking. You could book when you stay, which saves you even more money at the time of booking.
Air Asia, which is a low-budget Malaysian Airlines, has the most insane flight deals anyone could ever imagine. I’m talking if you go on airasia.com right now. and looks for flights 6 months in advance, they would be priced at a staggering 10-20$ USD. You could go from buying a 100-200$ flight from Thailand-Tokyo, to buying another flight for cheaper to head back further south to Singapore. If you’re flying domestically in a place like Thailand, some flights could bottom out at 5$ USD LITERALLY for a one-way ticket.
With the infamously famous Ryan Air and trains connecting practically every country within Europe, no excuses. I know Europeans do a good amount of traveling, so this is intended for you. However, if you want to travel to different places, especially in Australasia, you have options in terms of airline tickets.
With gorgeous Bali nearby (and having gone there just last October), I understand why the vast majority of you all books flights to that utterly blissful island. On the other hand, having the French Polynesian which consists of Vanuatu, American Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu and the Cooks just 3 hours flight away is just an enticing. Oh, yeah, again….check a variety of websites and see what flights are accommodating.
FYI – I’m not a touristy , sightseeing type of traveler – I like to dive into the midst with the locals and breathe the same air as they do (hypothetically speaking). If you guys want to hear an audio of everything I just mentioned, my podcast is down below!
Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11060089