January 20, 2015

Travel on a Teacher's Salary

Last Summer when I traveled to Europe I became instantly smitten with world travel. Having a career in education causes some people to write off experiences like travel simply due to cost and seeing it as a luxury. But if there is one thing I realized by taking the plunge it is that you can make travel affordable no matter your budget.

You might not be jet setting to different countries every month or staying in pampering 5 star hotels on a teacher's salary but getting yourself to different destinations is not impossible.
biking in The Netherlands
playing tourist at the Louvre
There are plenty of travel blogs out there that talk about how to budget and save for an international trip. Some take aways that have proven to be helpful to me are:

  • Get rid of unnecessary expenses-  sampling pastries and breads from a sidewalk cafe in Paris or binge watching OITNB on Netflix? Italian espresso in Florence or daily Starbucks stops on the way to your 9-5? Priorities people. Cut out the excess spending. 
I choose Florence!
  • Research, research research!- when you set a travel goal research is your best friend. I love first hand accounts from travelers who have been there, done that. I scour the internet for blog posts and youtube videos to get ideas of what I'd like to see and do. It's also important to research the cities you're traveling to for site seeing deals. For example, in Paris the monument pass will save you money and time (hello no waiting in line at the Louvre!). A lot of museums in Europe also have free admission days.
I went to the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence on free admission day to see David
  • Get over the fact that airfare is expensive- I had no idea before traveling to Europe how expensive airfare is. My round trip ticket was $1500 and that was a steal because my tour company booked it. Just know when you're saving up that whether it takes you 3 months or a year to be able to afford the plane ticket, it's worth it. My favorite booking site is momondo.
  • Move money- I know there exist things such as travel accounts and things like that but I went simple. When I decided I was taking my trip I set a goal departure date and figured up how much money I would need to save by then. For me personally I knew that I couldn't just cut costs and expect to book my trip without actually seeing the money I had saved. I started moving money into my savings account that I specifically labeled as travel money. I added up what I could afford to miss from my paycheck and had that amount moved to my savings through automatic withdraw every pay period. By not even hitting my checking account that money was out of sight, out of mind and my savings quickly added up.
  • Apply for a grant or alternate funding- If you are a teacher then check out this list of travel grants and opportunities for educators. There is something available for elementary teachers all the way through higher ed. I've been looking into quite a few options from this list.
So, where do you wanna go?!

Here are some of my 2015 and beyond travel goals:
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Peru
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Stateside: Colorado, Maine, New York, California
Click on the travel or europe label links below to read more about my travel destinations in Europe!


  1. I'll take you around LA if you want to come and visit!

  2. Amanda @ A Latte LearnJanuary 25, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I will totally take you up on that, Allison! I'd love it!



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