The question I always get asked the most is, “How do you get to travel so often?” No, I don’t have that kind of sponsor. I wish I did! Haha, just kidding. I work hard and make my own income. All my trips I have paid for myself.
I have a contract job. For those of you who aren’t familiar with contract jobs, this is basically what it is: I work through a staffing agency that pays me for doing work for another company. Each contract is about 3 months, 6 months, or until the project is done. If I’m lucky, I’ll get a job with a contract that is indefinite. There’s no real “end date” and I stay working for the company as long as they need me. I know it doesn’t sound too appealing because it’s not a permanent job and I don’t get the same benefits from working directly through the company. A lot of companies will hire contract workers instead of hiring workers permanently because it costs the company less money. Since they aren’t paying for benefits, I have to buy my own health insurance, vision, set up my own IRA, etc. It sounds like it sucks, but here’s where it works to my benefit. Depending on the company, contract workers can technically choose their own schedule, which is why it works for me. I only work four days a week, so I’m able to have three-day weekends every weekend.
Schedule with my kids
I have been separated from my children’s father for years now. We have an agreement where he takes them every other weekend, so I plan my trips around this schedule. When my kids aren’t with me, I’ll go on a trip and I don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter. This works out really well with my three-day weekends.
I don’t buy designer items
I really should say, I don’t buy useless designer items. The last time I bought a designer purse was well over ten years ago, way before my children were born. I wore it a handful of times when it was in style and now it’s not. So, now it’s just sitting in my closet. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t enjoy receiving a Bottega Veneta bag as a gift, it’s just that I find more enjoyment in using my money towards a travel experience. I love fashion, but I try not to get sucked into fads. I like buying classic pieces that I can wear over and over again. I’m able to save a lot of money this way. I was actually inspired by the documentary Minimalism.
I do a lot of research before I buy plane tickets or book hotels. I have a specific email for all those “spam” emails from travel sites. They’re actually really helpful! I compare prices between travel sites and use coupon codes to get an even better deal. I watch the trend and see what time of the year is cheapest to go to certain places. I make sure I buy tickets a few months ahead so I can get the best deal possible. I have travel app alerts set on my phone and emails that alert me when a great deal has popped up and if it’s a good time to buy (read Best Sites To Book Trips). Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not cheap! But it makes me feel good knowing I’m being smarter with my money. Plus, with the money I save, I can use it toward something else when I’m actually on vacation.