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Introduction: How We Manage To Travel So Much

With everything that we’ve been so fortunate to do and places we’ve been in the almost 5 years together, there’s always one question that keeps getting asked. It’s not where should I eat in X or visit in Y, it’s quite simply… “how do you travel so much?”

It always takes us by surprise as there’s no secrets or magic tricks involved and we definitely don’t have the biggest incomes in the world. However, we do try and be smart with how we spend our time and money. 

We thought we’d lay it all out in a series of posts, giving you the lowdown of how we’ve managed to visit 26 countries together and continue to travel with full time work and the costs of living in London. 

First of all for those who don’t know already, a very quick introduction to the boring stuff… we’re 23 and 25, living in shared accommodation in West London. Jessica works as an Event Manager and I as a Client Success Manager, but it was only a year ago that I was still a student in Sheffield – even then, we found ways of doing what we wanted to in regards to travel. 

You can read more about our flat move here, but it’s ultimately a shared house with 7, yes 7, others in W12 – zone 2 on the tube map. Whilst we’d love to have our own apartment, bigger wardrobes and a dishwasher, it’s currently the only way of making living affordable without having to live on the outskirts and still having disposable income and enough to be able to save each month. 

To save you need to budget and sacrifice, which I suppose means something different to everyone. To me it usually means slow and cheap trains up to Chester, only buying from Itsu when it’s 50% off in the half hour before closing and categorically no Uber’s. It means planning how I’ll spend my Oyster card money at the start of each month, having just 2GB’s of mobile data and seeking out the cheapest gyms to go to. 

I don’t want to see anything on my bank statement which I regret. It’s as simple as that really! 

As I said, we’ll be making this a series so all of the above and much more will be covered in the next few weeks. If you have any questions then ask away in the comments! The next post will be about planning and researching holiday and travel destinations. 

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20 Comments

  1. August 1, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    This was a super helpful post for someone like me who needs to start thinking about budgeting!! I’d love to go travelling and I feel like if there’s any time to do it, it’s now – Especially whilst I’m still young. Great post x

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Exactly and as much as we also love travelling but you know we’ve got to budget to make it happen!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. August 1, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    Loved this post guys! Sometimes you have to sacrifice certain things in order to travel more and for me it’s definitely worth it, I also don’t take Ubers at all to save money and try not to overspend on other random things, nothing worse than seeing it all on your bank statement haha. Thanks for sharing guys and happy travels x

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      Omg my bank statements are purely food, so hard when we have a food blog haha

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. August 1, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    We have to share the house as well, otherwise, we could not afford to live in London. Sometimes it`s annoying, but at least it saves us money in the long term.

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      Yeah it’s very true – hopefully we’ll be able to move to our own place very soon!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. August 1, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    I love to travel and while I don’t do nearly as much travel as you both do, I have also been asked similar questions in regards to going places, eating out, etc. It really comes down to budgeting and saving when you can. Once you can manage your finances and find a good saving plan, it’s not that difficult!

    Casey | mccourtskee.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 8:58 pm

      Yes exactly! A good saving plan goes a long way!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. August 1, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    You guys do travel a lot but that’s amazing! I think traveling in Europe is rather affordable, since all the countries are so close to each other and flying is not that expensive. Saving on little things definitely help a lot!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Europe is so affordable, we’ve pretty much done half of Europe but we won’t stop there!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. August 1, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    I do always wonder how Travel bloggers are able to afford it and it’s good to know that it there isn’t too many secrets to it! It’s great your able to go the places you want to! X

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      It’s a few sacrifices but so worth it in the end!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. August 1, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    What’s Itsu?
    I wish that there was more shared housing around where I am but it seems to be a city or student phenomenon 🙁
    My Dad always converts (converted? – not sure if they stopped) his Tesco clubcard points into red spotted hanky credits for train tickets. I find it a little irritating that there isn’t a partner that provides something I’d use to get more out of my points, but I love to little money off my shopping boost from them.

    I’m really looking forward to this series from you 🙂

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      Itsu is a sushi place! It’s delicious!
      Oooo will have to look into that, that would be so useful!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. August 1, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing more posts in this series! I don’t travel much – if at all really. Only a couple of small UK holidays a year. Although I’d love to travel more. And budgeting is so important. I love what you said about not wanting anything on your bank statement that you regret. I need to remember that next time I order 3 takeaways in a week haha!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 9:03 pm

      HAHA oh don’t get me wrong, we’re very good but we’ve binged a few times but it’s all good – good treats sometimes!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. August 1, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    I think people ask hoping you know of some little known websites with great deals or want you to say book your tickets at this exact time to get the best price or something like that. I love your attitude towards spending though. It’s nice to look at your statement and not regret anything x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      Yeah and sometimes we do get lucky with when we do find some deals but budgeting is always key!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. August 3, 2019 / 7:52 am

    Such a great post, it is really lovely to see how people can travel and experience the world and not have won the lottery! It really does come down to budgeting and prioritising which I am still struggling at!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      It takes a while but it’s so fulfilling when you manage to get there! James is good at saving and I’m not but I’m really trying!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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