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How Saving Money to Travel Turns You Into a Hermit at Home

Saving Money is Easy

I don’t know about you, but the more I travel, the easier it becomes to save money. For anyone who has been bitten by the travel bug, you will know that there’s no coming back. After you’re home from one trip, you’re already planning the next one!

But travel doesn’t come cheap. We need to fund our insatiable hunger to explore the world.

After I came back from my first solo trip to South East Asia, I started doing something which I never did before: save. I read a LOT of articles, and started to adapt my lifestyle to the ways of saving money. Resisting the temptation to buy Lush shampoo or Yankee candles has become easy for me as long as I stay in the mindset of “I could use that money to travel“.

However, no one seemed to mention the negative side to saving money within the travel blogger community, which came unexpectedly: the depressing impact on my social life. The truth hit me hard, and it hurt.

It costs to socialise.

It turns out that socialising is the biggest expense out there. For me, anyway. Going out for a coffee tea, a meal, to the cinema, shopping, gigs, clubbing, used to cost me at least Β£50 a week. Now, I aim to spend a fifth of that.

When I first began to cut down on spending in all areas of my life, I noticed that I would go out and see my friends less. I’ve seen a lot of articles come up with the magical unrealistic solution: ask your friends to do something free.

OK, yes, it may work to a certain extent. But just because you’re trying to save money doesn’t mean that your friends are. Not everyone will want to change their behaviour to match yours. Maybe they want to spend money on a three course meal and three Long Island Iced Tea cocktails.

I knew that travelling isn’t always peachy keen, but what is this treachery? There can be negatives even before travelling?! I guess it’s a frustrating conclusion. There will always be a trade-off when you choose to live a life that isn’t often settled. It is a choice. A life on the go with new experiences in exchange for a dampened version of your social life at home.

I guess the question is, are you willing to sacrifice your old social life for this new travel lifestyle? 

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    Megan
    March 1, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    This is great, I can totally relate. And I definitely give up my social life to travel πŸ™‚

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    Becky Angell
    March 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Yeah I kinda know what you mean but I am now at the point in my life where no-one seems to want to go out so that works quite well for saving. I also try and save money xmas/birthdays by buying presents whilst I am away. You can get some really pretty things at half the price – as long as you have room for them!!!

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    Millie
    March 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    You’re right it’s all about priorities. I’d rather only go out once a week while I’m at home then go out more often and travel less.

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    Leigh | Campfires & Concierges
    March 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, this is so true! I am so frugal now and see everything in terms of travel and when I do go out, I am shocked at how expensive everything is. I’d rather travel, so I don’t see me changing my habits anytime soon.

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    Jen Morrow
    March 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    That will improve as you get older. I do not go out clubbing, and have not done so for years. I eat the same way at home as traveling, so there is no sacrifice at home. In fact, I avoid expensive bar nights by meeting up for happy hour (and enjoy happy hour pricing) or invite friends back to my house for drinks.

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      journeywithchloe
      March 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      I need to start inviting friends round to my house instead, I think this is the best idea to stop my social life from dying! Haha

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    Lena from fouronaworldtrip
    March 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Its an interesting discussion what is worth to trade in and what not and it’s as personal as it can be, everyone sets their priorities different. I think it’s depending on the balance; not being able to travel cause one is spending all their money on stuff sucks.. but coming back from travels and not being able to share it with anyone cause all friends got cut off.. sucks as well ^^ unless thats what you want.

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    Milijana
    March 2, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Yes, unfortunately saving for travels affects the social life. But, then again, it is all about life preferences ! And passion!

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    Anisa
    March 2, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Very interesting posts and I can definitely understand why you feel the way you do. I would encourage you to see if there is a way to travel more without so much sacrifice? Maybe you could get a job where you travel and it is paid for – i.e. sales or flight attendant. There might be other options too. Don’t give up, keep trying to figure out what kind of changes you can make to get a better balance.

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      journeywithchloe
      March 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Yeah that’s true, I will get a job once I finish uni which allows me to travel more! Thanks for the tip x

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    Megan at Lush to Blush
    March 2, 2017 at 2:39 am

    You’re so right about that travel bug! I agree that saving can definitely put a dent on your social life, but I think the payout is WELL worth it! I really love just having friends over to drink wine and play board games. So fun and frugal too!

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    Kris Morton
    March 2, 2017 at 3:41 am

    This is awesome. I’ve always thought of money in terms of travel. I remember one of my co-workers turning up with an $800 dollar purse and thinking, “that’s a VACATION” while I pretended to be impressed. It’s all about what you place the most value on. For me, I’d rather have a closet full of scrapbooks with pictures of places I’ve been than fancy clothes and shoes. I’ll agonize about buying a new pair of $30 dress pants for work, but will whip out my credit card at light speed to book a plane ticket somewhere cool. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.

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      journeywithchloe
      March 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      I completely agree, I hate buying new clothes but I buy plane tickets without thinking haha

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    Jewels
    March 2, 2017 at 4:26 am

    I also made a lot of cutbacks in my social life to save money for travel. One thing that helped me is to attend free events! Or to have drinks at home instead of buying them at a bar.

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    Rosemary
    March 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Interesting point, you have brought up. Personally, I think it is a matter of priorities. Choosing to save for travel, or for anything for that matter, does not mean sacrificing friendships or being a hermit. One option is to see your city or town in a “new light.” Become a tourist at home again. Seek out the activities that are free and spend time with your friends exploring parts of your home. In addition, cooking at home and inviting friends over can help keep one’s overall costs down. I believe you can have both – savings and friendships πŸ™‚

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      journeywithchloe
      March 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Hmm that is true, I think you can do it too, it’s just a lot harder!

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    Kelly
    March 9, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Soo true!! And a lot of people don’t get it. It’s a sacrfice we make to travel as much as we do. And it’s not easy!!! I love to eat out as much as the next person, but i would rather travel than do most things. I don’t even go to Starbucks anymore. Lol.

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      journeywithchloe
      March 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Yeah exactly, it’s saving up money to have big experiences rather than tiny less exciting ones in my opinion!

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    Clazz
    May 25, 2017 at 12:03 am

    This is an interesting point! I think there are alternatives, but I guess it’s really down to your friends. I’m quite “lucky” I suppose, in the fact I have a lot of friends who also don’t want to spend much money. So we’re quite happy to chill at each other’s houses with a movie or TV show and a couple of ciders from the shop, which is so much cheaper than going to the cinema and having a few drinks at the pub. That said, I haven’t let it make me a hermit. I still go out for drinks, although not often for meals. Save a lot, but don’t make yourself miserable over it. πŸ™‚ There’s a balance in there somewhere!

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