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Old 6 Oct 2011
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we have bought almost everything that we need for our trip second hand.

The only new Item of my biking kit was my Helmet.

I also bought my bike second hand when it was a year and half old and had done less then 3000 miles , it was fully kitted out and I saved £2500 on the cost of a new bike.

I bought the best tent I could back in 2004 and it's still perfect.

What ever you need ,if you shop around and have a bit of cheek and ask for discount, it works most of the time.

I never ask for owt for nowt... I don't like free loading. I may be a tight yorkshire man but I,m not a free loader
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Not saving, but tax refund.

For a 12 month trip "on leave", if you depart/stop working by the end of June, you would get the maximum undully paid taxes back for that year (refund), and when coming back and working again, you would pay the fewer, since it is a propotional system (the more you earn in the year, the more you pay, so you split 1 year revenues in 2 halves and pay much less). Can be done any other month, but this way you would maximize it.

Worst scenario: you leave on 1st January (pay full taxes for your revenues during the previous year and 100% again when you come and start to work).

So, don't forget to ask four your taxes back! (I sort of tried to explain it in this thread, although not very successfully , so fiscal experts please correct me).
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Great ideas! The problem with the ebay selling for me is that all the money goes into my paypal account which I re-spend on ebay

Equating daily purchases with something like "that cup of coffee just cost me 50 miles of travel" or "those new shoes just cost me a border crossing" or "that dinner out just cost me a week of beach camping" etc...

Do it yourself can save more than you think. Brewing my own saves me almost 1000 USD per year. Cooking meals at home can save thousands.
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Understand to fix factors yourself. If you have a car, buy the publication and do all your own maintenance. Understand how a model performs, then fix that when it smashes.
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how to make money quickly for long term travel

Step 1. Get a working visa for Canada
Step 2. Get a resources job (mining, logging, oil rigging, pipelining, oil sands, ect). Most of these jobs pay a good base rate, work 12 hour shifts (4 hours of that is time and a half) and pay you a living out allowance.

For example I worked on an oil rig with no relevant experience for $29/hour starting and made $5000 after taxes every two weeks
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I'm one of those "rare" American who has no debt..No credit cards, car payment, luxuries, etc. Just a mortgage...

So, for me, it's pretty simple. I think about priorities; what do I need, versus what do I want. Once decided, I pay cash. Maybe I don't have every luxury, but I'm happy!

Currently saving up for six months riding around South America so a few specific tips include:

No Starbucks-make your own coffee at a fraction of the cost

Curtail your consumption of alcohol..notice I didn't say quit..

Make a budget and stick to it. For me, this is the best strategy. I use a free App on my Macbook to track my expenses. It's amazing how much I could save when I knew how much I was really spending!

Ebay or Craigslist all the old gear/household stuff you no longer use. I used to be a gear whore-then I sold it all and made enough money to pay gasoline expenses for a summer long tour of the western US.

Be single.

Learn to do your own moto maintenance...This is something I'm still working on, as most of the time my R12GSA goes to the shop for tune ups...but I'm working on it.

Analyze your priorities for savings, then follow up!

Have fun and ride safely,
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I am aiming to make the best of the sights that I have a chance to pass through during the rides - some of the sunsets in Dover alone get me to come back on a regular basis. I try to save money by giving myself some time with my Nikon D80 if I spot something worthy of stopping. Upon return home, I look resort my images, and use the best ones to create custom envelopes that include the landscape shots taken. A local coffee shop and a botique place took 150 each and placed that on sale, adding to my plans of getting by on my own [bike]
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I'm one of those "rare" American who has no debt..No credit cards, car payment, luxuries, etc. Just a mortgage...

So, for me, it's pretty simple. I think about priorities; what do I need, versus what do I want. Once decided, I pay cash. Maybe I don't have every luxury, but I'm happy!

Currently saving up for six months riding around South America so a few specific tips include:

No Starbucks-make your own coffee at a fraction of the cost

Curtail your consumption of alcohol..notice I didn't say quit..

Make a budget and stick to it. For me, this is the best strategy. I use a free App on my Macbook to track my expenses. It's amazing how much I could save when I knew how much I was really spending!

Ebay or Craigslist all the old gear/household stuff you no longer use. I used to be a gear whore-then I sold it all and made enough money to pay gasoline expenses for a summer long tour of the western US.

Be single.

Learn to do your own moto maintenance...This is something I'm still working on, as most of the time my R12GSA goes to the shop for tune ups...but I'm working on it.

Analyze your priorities for savings, then follow up!

Have fun and ride safely,
You have hit the nail on the head with your philosophy of only buying what you actually need and will use. If you look around the houses of most people in developed countries they will be full of crap they don't need or use while the owners complain about how hard they have to work to pay for it all and couldn't even dream of taking time off to travel.

If you are a home owner and plan to rent your house out to travel I would suggest renting it out a few months prior to departure and rent a room in somebody else's house, a firend for instance. This will not only give you time to see your tenant settle in and that they are looking after the place and paying the rent but by paying a small, fixed amount every week your saving will mount up a lot quicker.
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Great ideas! The problem with the ebay selling for me is that all the money goes into my paypal account which I re-spend on ebay
Some people then click "i did not get my itam" so they get their money back from paypal and your "problem" is solved too

If you have sold your stuff on ebay you also dont need a place to store it anymore.

Money saving wastes lees of your limited live time then to earn more. The basics are:

1)Dont rent a flat or hotel room, live in a car or tent as if you are traveling (and sell everything wich doesnt fit in)
2)Buy second hand things to prevent value loss (bike, smartphone etc) and leve the financing of it to others, who dont want to travel
3)Only eat in Restaurants in third world countrys in Europa they ruin you, but there you can find many supermarkets.

This way i save ₤ 800 by earning ₤ 1000 a month. Each ₤ 800 will then last for 3 months traveling to enjoy this beautifull planet. If you manage to sell your storys to magazines, you can even travel for free

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