READER REPORT:

Travel tips: Less dollars more sense

JASON BAY
Last updated 05:00 21/09/2012
Jason Bay
WORLD IN HIS ARMS: Jason Bay in Stockholm, Sweden.

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It's a common misconception that you have to be rich to travel. I'm living proof that you do not.

In 2008, while studying and receiving a total income of $300 per week, I was still able to save enough to spend three months in Europe. How?

Firstly, despite all the advice to the contrary, don't be afraid to borrow.

If you borrow the money for the airfare you will have no choice but to save enough to support yourself while travelling, otherwise you'll be living on the streets.

Secondly, ignore the daily amounts suggested on travel sites.

Whatever you save will be enough. If you have $40 per day, you will spend $40 per day. If you have $150 per day, you will spend $150 per day.

With the likes of Couchsurfing.org and other similar sites, it's easy to get by on little more than the cost of food and the occasional bus fare/entrance fee.

I had around NZ$60 per day to pay for everything at a time when the Kiwi dollar was buying .39 Euro. So don't let the money aspect put you off, you'll still have an amazing time without spending amazing amounts of cash.

As long as you have passion and an open mind you can always afford to travel. Don't think about it, just do it.


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