During week one of the Wanderlust Workers, you need to start getting the mentality that you are going to commit to saving your money and that YOU ARE GOING TO GO TRAVEL. Even if it means cutting back on those little luxuries like coffee shops and new clothes.
Think of it as a detox diet: you really want the yummy food, but if you eat it, you’re going to regret it later and not be happy.
Your spending diet is going to work the same way: you may really want the cool new gadget or dress, but if you spend the money, you’re just going to be complaining later that you don’t have any to travel. You also may be silently complaining that this program requires homework or work to do, and that it’s not all fun and travel talk (a couple people already did in the group!)…but if you aren’t going to remember the motto of this program, you might as well not even attempt doing it, because;
“DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO”.
I’m not going to constantly remind or push anyone to do the work. No one did that for me, nor did anyone give me any information, help, or resources to make money freelancing OR start a travel blog. I was my own drill sergeant, and I became successful. The same is going to be up to you, I am merely just here to provide resources, insight, and motivation!
Moving right along! The first part of step one is going to be getting you all set up to start saving, and prepped to start making (money). That means you’ll need to get all of your shit together, and write down how much you’re earning vs. spending vs. saving.
So, goals for week 1:
1. Create Your Travel Savings Account:
Find out if your bank offers free savings accounts – if so, set one up that is separate from any other savings account you have, and designate it as your Travel savings ONLY! If your bank doesn’t (it should), you can also set up a new PayPal account, or if you really want to, withdrawal the cash and keep it in a safe place.
Some people in WWs Group 1 have even transformed existing checking or savings accounts into their new Travel savings account, or are using an Excel Sheet to keep track of how much they are saving in their main accounts.
So step one is: Designate your Travel savings account!
Bonus points if you can transfer $100 into your Travel Fund right away to get you started!
2. Get Your Shit Together:
Next you need to take a look at how much money you currently are making, how much of it you need to spend on life necessities, and how much of it you’re spending on things you can do without. To do this:
•Calculate how much money you earn on a WEEKLY basis
•Calculate your total NECESSARY expenditures (i.e. rent, loans, bills, etc. excluding food) per month, and break it down into cost per week
•Subtract what you HAVE to spend from what you make, and take what’s leftover and divide it in half – This is the amount of money you should start saving per week from what you’re already making.
•Take that amount, and right now, go put it in a savings account specifically for travel money only, or withdrawal it and hide it in a “piggy bank”.
•Congratulations, you have taken your first step to traveling more!
3. Start Your Spending Diet:
•Take a piece of paper and pen with you, or print out the Homework 1 sheet if you’re in the Facebook group
•Write down every single thing you buy and how much it costs. I mean it. EVERYTHING. (i.e. gas, food, gum, coffee, nails, water, etc.)
•At the end of the week, review the list and see what you could have done with out, add that money up, and see how much you COULD HAVE put towards your travel savings account. See now why I’m calling it a diet? 😉
4. Start Thinking of Where you Want to Go
•If you already have travel plans made, write them down and how much you think they’ll cost (if you’re in the group you’ll be posting this when prompted)
•Browse through some of the options I list, and decide if an organized tour, or planning your own trip will be what you aim for (most are around the same price)
•Set a ball park price for the trip, which is what your savings goal will be at the end of 4 MONTHS.
Alyssa is a self-made, full time travel blogger who loves adventure and typically travels the world solo. She's been to 53 countries and 6 continents so far, and believes she has mastered the art of chasing waterfalls, traveling solo, wine drinking, and making budget-traveling look good. Curious to know how she started this career? Check out the About section above!