divea wrote:dnwolfgang wrote:Gao Bohan wrote:I'm always surprised when I hear about the globetrotting many posters here do, especially back home to North America or Europe. Texas to Taiwan was $1200 USD a ticket back in the early 2000s. And lots of folks here seem to make regular trips back home, bringing the spouse, kids and all. Not to mention regular trips to other parts of the world, for weeks and even months on end. In another thread people were talking about how many months of the year they spend traveling. How do you people afford it?
It's all about budgeting. People in the US spend everything they get. People in Taiwan make less, save more. How? It's all about your mentality toward money.
$1200 is only 100NT/day, figure out a way to save 100NT/day and you have your plane ticket.
This really is undoable, and impractical advice. I hear it ALL the time, and I still have to meet someone who puts a 100 dollar note in a piggy bank EACH day. Don't ask me why it is undoable, but hell it doesn't work! Especially for people who are not in the habit of saving. It's like telling people to eat a bit less every day and they'll lose fat, yeah, but they can't!
100 Dollars a day is just tooooooooooo small to be practical. In theory it works of course.
Another thing that works, really works is deduction at source. If somehow you just direct your cash in all sorts of plans BEFORE the money hits your bank account, then you have to make do with what you've got in hand, and you end up doing that. It is very difficult to save 3000NTD if you have 10,000 NTD in hand. But it's easy to make do if you only receive 7000.
Yes of course I agree with you. I don't mean that you literally take 100NT every day and put it in a bucket, you need to budget (read my very first statement: It's all about budgeting) But the point of saying 100NT/day is to show how little you need on a daily basis to pay for a plane ticket once a year. Directing the money before it hits your bank account is the only practical application that I have found to work.