Listen. I am you. I’m doing the same thing you are. I understand how you think. So I know that when you pass that bag of chips, and you haven’t had lunch yet, and holy shit it looks so salty delicious, the first thought that passes through your head is, “it’s only $3. I can totally get it and have a lighter dinner later.”
But I’m the future you, the one who’s been abroad for ages and knows where that road goes. It goes to $3 in the trash and a dinner order negligibly less than it would have been anyway. In the long run, and I’m talking over the course of months, over the course of a year you might be “saving,” it goes to several hundred dollars that could have gone towards your trip. But it won’t, because, hey, it’s only $3 at the time.
Saving and budgeting for your trip is unexpectedly hard work, especially if you’re not the kind of person that deals well with postponed gratification. But if you practice, if you master the art of frugality, you will be abroad much faster, and stay abroad much longer. Thus we get to my latest article on Go Overseas. Read it, learn it, love it. And then go take a shower in the river. It’s cheaper than using your own water.