So, I’ve just arrived in Bangkok after one of those bloody awful long haul flights. I tend to did a stopover in the Middle East to break it up a bit – so this time I did Doha, flying with Qatar Airways from Manchester to Bangkok. 15 hours in total including the layover. The first flight was perfect as I had a row to myself, but the second flight was packed and I was jammed in by the window like a sardine in a can. But on the bright side I’m finally here, I’m so happy!
In short, travelling alone has improved my self confidence massively. I am definitely nowhere near as shy as I used to be, and I learned that it OK to be selfish sometimes and to prioritize my happiness over others once in a while. I have made many friends from travelling alone that I still talk to now, and because of that, I’ve always got a place to crash if i go to visit, and I am no longer scared of doing things for myself.
In the past 10 months, I’ve managed to save around £5500 earning minimum wage, with still another 13 months to go before departing on my round the world adventure, with some trips abroad in between. I didn’t find it difficult, because after the first few months I began to realize that nothing i could purchase (apart from a plane ticket of course) could make me happy. No – not a brand new iPhone, new clothes or even that rip off £4 latte that I could have made at home for next to nothing. To truly hit your travel savings goal, you need to look at every aspect of your life and find a way to make it cheaper. Here are some things I did myself to save money for travel.