The Secret of the Sausage Roll Philosophy
People are always asking me “How do you afford to travel all the time?” or “You’re so lucky you can afford it”. Well the truth is travel is cheaper than you might think. It’s all about priorities. Sure if you want a nice house, designer clothes and brand new tech those things cost money and travel probably comes further down the list. But if like me travelling is pretty high on your priorities, the fulfillment travel brings outweighs the need for your daily coffee or six weekly haircut (mines lucky if it gets done every 6 months!) then this philosophy might just work for you too.
Find something you couldn’t live without (yes for me it’s sausage rolls, sad but true). Then every time you find yourself reaching for your purse/ wallet think to yourself; “How many sausage rolls could that buy me?”
Imagine you are buying a top for £20, say each sausage roll costs £1, that’s 20 sausage rolls.
How does that relate to travel crazy sausage roll lady I hear you say?!
Well, say you have a very limited diet and only eat sausage rolls for lunch. Stop yourself buying that new top and you’ve bought yourself 20 days worth of lunch! Cut out a week or two of takeaway coffee’s as well as the weekly splurge at the pub and that’s a week or two in a hostel.
Now I’m not saying become a total tightwad and never leave the house but think when you are buying something “Could that money make me happier if I used it for travel?”. You may even already have stuff you don’t use or need. To quote an online selling giant “Sell baggage, buy freedom“. Now think about that gym subscription you never use or the contract phone that’s costing a small fortune; £30-£80 a month you could spend on a few nights in a hostel. Or even a RETURN flight to Stockholm or Prague from the UK.
I recently caught myself looking at a new T.V. Mine is temperamental at times but works just about, even at the best deal I could find I was looking at around £150. Then I thought for that money I could fly to Krakow for the weekend, stay in a nice hotel and maybe even squeeze in a couple sausage rolls! So that’s exactly what I did.
It occurs to me that life is short. You could leave behind a ton of stuff that your relatives are, lets face it, probably going to throw in a skip. Or instead leave a ton of memories, stories and happiness. It’s your life. So it’s your choice!