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 afford it?”
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.