All of this talk about the iPhone 6 reminds me: I’ve never owned an iPhone in my life. Or a Samsung, for that matter.
It’s not that I’ve never been tempted to buy one. When it came down to it, though, I just couldn’t not balk at the cost. I have a completely serviceable phone (free from my $8/month plan) that I use for calls, text, Instagram, reading ebooks, and occasionally checking the weather in the Isle of Skye in the hope that I may get there someday. That’s really all I need.
I like to tell people — when discussing travel funds — that I went to Paris in 2011 with a Nokia 1110 in my pocket. So, as much as I’d like to think that I’m a completely sensible person who’s immune to this keeping-up-with-the-Joneses, latest-is-greatest gadget race, the truth is I just have a different hierarchy of priorities, one that precludes splurging on an iPhone for now. It probably won’t make sense to many people (phones are important) but anyway, that — prioritization — is how I afford to travel.
How do YOU afford your travels?
My 2 cents on how you can afford your dream vacation:
- Create a travel fund — start now!
- Make it grow — take a look at your current expenses and see where you can save.
- Force yourself to save by following the golden rule: INCOME minus SAVINGS minus TRAVEL FUND equals EXPENSES.