Can You Afford It?

When I was planning my trip to America I felt like a bit of a spendthrift.  I mean, how many ordinary people get to go to the USA, and especially at this point in time when so many are struggling to make ends meet?  It seems somehow less extravagant to say ‘I’m going to Turkey’, but I guess that’s because we are part of Europe and it’s ‘just next door’.

The reality is that the flight to the USA was very reasonable, and having checked again and again they seem to be pretty much the same, month in, month out.  The actual cost, including insurance and taxes, was way less than £500 – and I have spent that on a package trip to Barcelona before now.

Of course that wasn’t the only cost, and I managed to barter some freebies to make it affordable for me.  I have a friend who does not have a car currently.  I offered her the use of my car for the three weeks I was away if she could take me to and from the airport.  I saved the parking fees and she paid the petrol in return for the car loan.  She was over the moon with the deal!

I bartered accommodation in the USA with an American friend who has just had her return visit here.  Staying with someone severely cuts the costs.  All the stories you hear about everything being very much cheaper in the USA is entirely true – we ate our main meal out most days and paid less than $5 in many of the cases, and never more than $10.  I didn’t take very much spending money, less than £200 for the three weeks.  My spending money came from not drinking lattes out every day before I went!  Every time I didn’t have one I saved the money in a pot.  And I made sandwiches at home for lunches instead of buying one from the deli.  Another large saving.

It’s the same with everything in life.  We can just assume we can’t afford it, or we can work to make it happen, compromising where we can, bartering and sharing.  Remember that in your Internet business too.  Use free information where you can, join a good quality membership site for a small monthly fee and download as much content and tutoring as you need.

Always strive for the things you really want in life and remember – you can do it!

Enjoy the journey.

2 Comments

  • Katie

    Reply Reply March 4, 2017

    Bartering is the way to do it! It is all about being creative especially when working with a start-up or bootstrapping a business. When I look for flights i usually book multiple one ways when i find cheap one-ways. I managed to fly from LA to iceland for 130$ one time! Thanks for the post

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 21, 2017

      Hi Katie, thanks for visiting. Bartering, what a great idea! I love the idea of offering one thing to gain another. Thanks for sharing that tip.

      Enjoy the journey!
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