In September 2014, I left my full time job to explore ways to work and live more simply, more freely, and more engaged with my own life and the world around me. For me, this meant finding more time for travel, self-care and family. But the transition from working full time to part time freelancer meant accepting a pretty large cut in my income and having to get really creative about budgeting and finding cheap travel options.
It wasn’t easy, but in that first year alone, I was able to take several trips and adventures:
- Moved from North Carolina to New Jersey
- Visited Calgary, Canada
- Spent an entire day at Harry Potter World in Universal Studios
- Visited Indonesia where I climbed a volcano and learned to scuba dive (and a lot other cool stuff)
- Took a solo road trip to Boston and other parts of New England where I saw the Phillies play at Fenway Park and learned to surf
- Took a roadtrip to Florida to see the Phillies play in Spring Training and visit friends in Orlando and Jacksonville
- Visited Chicago where I saw improv at the legendary Second City Comedy Club
- Went to NYC and visited the top of the new One World Observatory on Opening Day
- Explored Dallas
- And learned to sail while visiting friends in South Carolina.
So how do I do it?
Where do I find the money to travel?
How do I travel for so cheap?
What’s my secret?
I spend with intention.
Spending with intention requires me to designate a purpose to each dollar that comes into my bank account and to know the “why” behind the choice to save or spend each of those dollars.
Spending intentionally is what allows me to live a life others only dream of, with only a part time income, and it is what is going to allow you to free up more money so you too can start traveling more often.
To help you get started with spending intentionally, I have created a three part guide to walk you through my personal process: auditing, budgeting, and goal-setting.
Get your copy of the guide here (no email opt-in required).