How I’ve Afforded Travel, in Short

As you may have noticed, I travel a lot. If you follow me regularly you might wonder how on earth I’ve paid for it all. According to one or two Twitter trolls, and a few comment trolls, I’m obviously from a rich family with mummy and daddy paying for me to swan around the world using this blog as a facade.

Affording travel

Or maybe I robbed a bank? Or maybe I’ve got a sugar daddy? Or maybe… just maybe, I’ve worked hard for every passport stamp I’ve got.

Here’s a quick run down of what I’ve done to afford every single trip in my repertoire.

Aged 15

– no photos, sadly 🙂

Sunnyside Holiday Camp in Newquay – paper round, Avon lady and pub work.

Aged 16-19

– definitely not showing you those ones…  

Girls Trips to Kos, Kavos, Ibiza and with my high school bezza to the USA for two weeks – working at Boots every weekend and Bank Holiday for three years. 

Aged 20-21

How I've afforded to travel

Two years at USA Summer Camps – at university I worked at Boots, Topshop, letter stuffing, data entry, a pub and as a CCUSA rep (second year), and you get paid for being at camp too. 

Australia – credit card, oops. 

Aged 22

How I afford my travels

Spain for a summer – at journalism college I worked at a pub part time, and barely went out. 

Ibiza – got a random taxback, didn’t know I was getting it and booked a flight the next week #rocknroll, probably one of the coolest things I’ve done.

Aged 23

How I've paid for my travels

Malta, Morocco, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ibiza (again) – from working on UK magazines as a Sub Editor. 

Aged 24

How I pay for travel

Four-month trip round Europe – came back with £6k on a credit card, oops, again.

Aged 25-28

How I Paid for my travel

Vietnam, Qatar, Scotland, Porto, Norway – from working at HostelBookers.com as a Content Editor and then gapyear.com as a Content and Social Media Manager.

Porto, again – work trip from my awesome job at HostelBookers.com.

Prague, Cuba, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, New Zealand, Australia – work trips from my even more awesome job at gapyear.com. 

My LinkedIn Profile, just in case you’re interested. 

Aged 28-today

How to afford travel

Gambia, South Africa, Israel, Phuket, Montreal, California, Florida, Florida Keys, Saint Lucia, St Kitts, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Italy, Russia, Scotland, France – press trips from working on this blog.

Sharm el Sheikh, Amsterdam, Zanzibar, Nairobi, Cuba – competition wins.

Almost two years of living nomadically (going to over 20 countries) – freelance writing, blog sponsorship, or for more information check out these two posts.

7 Ways I Make Money Travel Blogging 

Travel the World for Free

Do my parents give me money?

Do my parents give me money?

Dude, I’m 31. I may live the life of a big kid but my finances are all mine.

My parents paid for me to go on holiday in the UK every year as a child, a trip to Euro Disney when my grandpa died, to go to Turkey for a week with school in Year 10, and a trip to Iceland when I was 28 with my Grandma’s inheritance. For all of which I’m very grateful.

They have not paid for any other trip.

All my other travels have been done on either minimum wage work, or a hardworking journalist’s salary living in London.

Until the blog came along that is…

how much is st kitts

Travel isn’t just for rich people or only worth doing long term, any length of time spent experiencing other cultures can only improve yours. For many people, if you put your mind to it, you can afford it.

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17 Comments

  1. by Steve Biggs on May 13, 2016  8:51 am Reply

    Hey Flipflop :) Peoples' negative reactions can be a combination of many things I guess? Envy, jealousy, asking themselves why they have to work to go on holiday while somebody else is travelling for "free", the fact they are doing a 9-5 career job with the rain lashing against the window while others instead are enjoying far-flung sunny adventures, maybe they have a wife and 2 kids and know they're not going anywhere exotic anytime soon! But as you well know the 2-3 Twitter posts, 2-3 Instagram posts and 1-2 blog posts hide the hours of research, issues, fact finding, photo taking and all that admin "stuff" behind the scenes.

    • by Vicky on May 15, 2016  2:06 am Reply

      Yeah, I always think it's a mixture of confusion and jealousy, but even when they're hating on me I just want to show people that travel can be done on a budget. You don't need loads and loads of money. I'm so happy to read that you understand Biggsy, anyone's blog is a culmination of their life's work, choices and knowledge and not just what it appears to be in that blog post. Thanks for your comment :).

  2. by Rachel on May 16, 2016  10:19 am Reply

    Vicky, you absolutely don't need to justify how you pay for your travels!!! Besides any readers worth their salt know you work hard and have built up this blog as your business. Plus it's not like you fly to the Maldives every week or fly first class (like some bloggers- who don't even declare when it's a paid for trip)- you travel on a budget and show how it can be done.

    Keep it up :)

    Xx

    • by Vicky on May 18, 2016  10:50 pm Reply

      Thanks for your support Rachel :)

  3. by Teena Fuller on May 17, 2016  7:49 pm Reply

    Congratulations on working hard and building your successful travel blog. You should be proud of yourself and your accomplishments!

    • by Vicky on May 18, 2016  10:47 pm Reply

      Ah thank you Teena :)

  4. by Peter Parker on May 18, 2016  5:39 am Reply

    Definitely she should. I am just wondering how come she has managed all on her own. A big salute to you. I am also a travel addict person but have not explored these ways you have mentioned. thanks a lot for the post.

    • by Vicky on May 18, 2016  10:44 pm Reply

      Hope they help Peter and enjoy travelling :)

  5. by Alex Steven on May 18, 2016  6:16 am Reply

    Hi Vicky, saw your post, impressed by your write up very much. Keep it up and let us know about your future travel plans. Last but not the least, you look so cool :-)

    • by Vicky on May 18, 2016  10:43 pm Reply

      Ha, thank you! Very nice of you to say :)

  6. by Shikha (whywasteannualleave) on May 19, 2016  12:44 pm Reply

    Sounds like you've worked your socks off over the year to travel independently and seen some great places in the process! Love this post because I think it's great for showing people who believe they can't travel that they absolutely can and they don't need diamonds or high flying jobs to do it, just a passion and some grafting :)

    • by Vicky on May 20, 2016  2:47 am Reply

      Yeah exactly, so long as you sort your priorities and assess what you spend your money on travel can be more achievable than you think. Some people just seem to assume I have a magic passport!

  7. by Teresa on May 24, 2016  3:41 am Reply

    Wow! Really people can be so crule.I would say hard works pays off.I have really enjoyed checking out your blog and tips on blogging. Keep up the great work, will continue following you on your travels. Congrats! on all of your accomplishments

    • by Vicky on May 29, 2016  3:28 pm Reply

      Thank you Teresa!

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  9. by Amit on June 15, 2016  4:04 pm Reply

    I am on a language study "mission" since 2014. I loved reading your blog. and got to know some cool stuff on how to travel cheaper. I used to work too too too much so I just sprayed money the last two years... But yeah now maybe is the time for me to wise up :) thanks and good luck

    • by Vicky on June 21, 2016  11:16 am Reply

      I spend way too much on travel, but then I don't really have many 'things' so it all works out ok :)

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