How I Use Minimalism to Save Money to Travel
Over the past few years, I have slowly transitioned my lifestyle to be more minimalistic. This was not necessarily a conscious decision of mine, rather the result of wanting to simplify my life and focus on experiences rather than ‘things’.
Moving my life overseas with only a 15kg luggage allowance helped too. However, what I experienced was more of a mind shift change than a forced ‘giving up’.
This attitudinal change has helped me to avoid unnecessary spending and allowed me to prioritise more of my income for travel.
To me, minimalism is about living more intentionally and taking a more focused approach to making everyday decisions. By minimising and simplifying certain aspects of my life, I can choose to focus my spending on what matters to me most at this stage of my life – travel and experiences.
Minimalist living doesn’t have to be difficult or boring – there are no rules. You can simply use it as a tool to guide your choices.
What is a Minimalist Lifestyle?
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus – creators of Minimalism: A Documentary – define minimalism as, “a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what’s important”.
These pioneers of the minimalist lifestyle stress that minimalism isn’t about striving for less, less and less, but rather, a focus on making room for more – “more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom.”
How Minimalism Saves Me Money
I’ve applied this philosophy to different aspects of my life by making some super simple changes that have had a big impact not only on my spending but on my state of mind.
I try to avoid clutter – anything that weighs me down or doesn’t ‘spark joy’. I’ve made money by selling things I no longer needed on marketplace or eBay.
I’d rather have the extra space in my drawers than multiple pairs of jeans that I never wear – you’d be surprised what people are willing to buy second-hand.
I am very intentional with any purchase I make. I try not to impulse buy – if I’m considering buying something I will write it down in my notes and revisit it a couple of days later. I try to remind myself: ‘I have everything I need’ and be content with what I have rather than be in the constant pursuit of more ‘stuff’.
When I do decide to purchase something, I opt for quality, staple items that will last me a long time.
I like to see every meal as an opportunity to nourish my body and so I mostly eat home-cooked wholesome plant-based meals. I rarely eat out – with the exception of taking the opportunity to connect with a friend or loved one over a delicious meal at a nice restaurant every once in a while.
I have learnt to create some pretty spectacular dishes at home with simple, cheap ingredients.
How might your life be better with less?
Chasing After Claire is a travel blog that offers travel inspiration and advice for the budget backpacker.