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Saving up money is the first step in most adventures including bicycle tours. It is a test of patiants and resolve. I believe if you can not pass this test of saving money while your are working then many other aspects of bicycle touring will not go well. A sucessful bike tour has little to do with speed and fitness but rather adapadability, tenacity, quick thinking, and yes, patiants is needed over and over again on the road.
It is a mistake to think that the most inportant aspect of preparing for a long tour is riding and fitness. You can get in shape once a long tour is started by starting with ridiculasly short days and slowing increasing the distances bicycled. I believe the most important preporation for any long tour is to save up before you stop working and go. The more sucessful you are at this the longer your trip can be. Most of the skills needed in long term bicycle touring can be learned on the road, this is not rocket science, but saving must be accomplished before you leave and still have a job.
It is only natural to decide to go on a long bicycle tour and dream and study maps, guidebooks, and blogs. There is nothing wrong with planning and dreaming but if you really want to make it happen the process of saving must be addressed. Putting money in a piggy bank is the casual approach The unpopular question must be asked "What do I have to give up and sacrifice in order to save money, earn more money, or both."
Obvisoully, you must live on less than you earn but saving for a big trip takes more planning.
srll as much as possible
get an extra job
stop buying big things at costco
cancle cample and end cell phone contracts.
All of these facts aside I think the biggest secret to extended travel is being able to think and plan five years in advance. I can remember three years before departing on our trip telling everyone on a bicycle club ride that we would be leaving on a multi-year bicycle tour. They looked at me like I was crazy. If you have five years you can save for extended travel or anything else you want if you have a decent job or find a way to live rent free. We did it with a combination of both
earn more or spend less
live rent free with family or friends
live rent free or move into a cheaper place
dont go into debt
avoid monthly payments
Another good piece of advice, for saving money, is to ditch the car if you can. Even without monthly payments, cars can be expensive. Gas, oil, and when the dumb thing breaks down it can eat up your travel funds. I did not always follow my own advice here but if you live near you place of work you should think about it. Bicycle commuting is easier than it sounds, drastically improves your health, and gives you a real sense of independence. Touring bikes make great commuting bikes.
Making money to travel on and then taking off without a return ticket need not be so complicated. I have been throwing around the idea of writing a book about this for years. Decades ago travelers would work on Alaskan fishing boats to make fast money but times have changed. A couple current jobs come to mind – Truck drivers need just 4 weeks of training and make US$30,000 a year starting. The beauty for a traveler is that you live on the truck and do not pay rent anywhere and can save most of that. One year of driving a truck can be several years cycling in Asia. Another good option is to teach English abroad in countries like Korea or Japan. I hear you can save US$1,000/month in Korea. My story of how I have been on the road traveling and bicycle touring almost 10 years now is at this link http://www.downtheroad.org/Publishing/1TheRoadnoEnd/Free_Chapter/1Background.htm
The other side of the coin is we keep our expenses to a minimum
We freedom camp, cook our own meals,
/; Budgets Health Insurance reacurring expenses phone internet water free camping
the cheaper the trip the more you have to carry
reacurring cost pre paid cell skype internet tv
Round-the-World Air Tickets
Tips For Saving for a Trip
Travelling is, for many people, one of the best things you can do with your time and money. True, you don't have anything tangible at the end of it all except some photos and a few hideous trinkets and souvenirs, but if you feel that your life could do with some great experiences rather than material possessions, you'll find it easier to discipline yourself and save up for trips abroad. However, trips are expensive and they require a lot of money up front - it can be hard to save cash with every day temptations all around you.
Ways to Save MoneySaving money for a trip is an art form. It requires making little sacrifices almost every day, but there are ways in which you can cut down on spending without making your life unbearable - by spending the money you have more wisely. Work out what it is that you spend most of your disposable income on and what you'd be prepared to sacrifice for your trip. You may find that there are ways in which you can save money without compromising your lifestyle too much.
Mind TricksTemptation is a terrible thing and we all know that when faced with it, our minds can play remarkable tricks on us - so fight back! If you're out and about when the shops are open, leave all your cards at home and make sure not to carry much money with you. Make it inconvenient for you to access your savings at short notice - you can do this by setting up a regular monthly payment from your current account into a savings account. You could even try putting a photo of your holiday destination in your wallet or purse so that it's staring you in the face when you're about to spend money you shouldn't!
MotivationThe more wrapped up you are in your goal, the easier it will be to save the money. If you see it as a chore to make sacrifices and forget why you're doing it, you won't get very far. Read up as much as possible about where you're going and what you're going to do - feeding your imagination as you go along. The more you're focused on the trip the more immune you'll be to temptation, while at the same time you'll be increasingly psyched up to really make the most of your time away.
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