Air travel is rather expensive, what with airlines seeming to charge for popularity and desire rather than what the actual cost of service might be. Don’t get me wrong: I am all for people making a profit (although I’ve never encountered this mythical “profit” myself), however it is quite obvious that price gouging is rampant in the travel industry. However, what is also obvious is that people have forgotten how to save for the things that matter.
With traveling, the set-up is perfect for saving towards a trip. It’s not as if most of us can jump into a plane tomorrow and jet off for a 2-week vacation, we have to plan ahead for our vacation, or to accrue vacation time. And so why not also put money aside for a trip? $100 per month for year will get you a $1200 ticket, which can get you nearly anywhere. Don’t be a snob, accept some layovers, de-plane for a bit and wander an airport in a new place. If you have a longer layover, make certain your bags are checked through and leave the airport for a bus tour.
Isn’t it worth skipping the bar now and then if it means you will be wandering around Florence or having a drink in Marseilles or walking the Wicklow Way in Ireland? Brew your coffee at home and skip the café and your overpriced morning fix. Cook some simple pasta for dinner instead of going out to eat.
It’s a lot easier to put that money aside and travel than you think. So get to it! Save your money and come to visit me! Or more importantly, go and see the world…