so now you know the secret.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sometimes I get the question, “How can you afford to travel all these places?” in the comment box.  And the answer is, I can’t really afford it.  So in order to fund my travel addiction, I do things like eat popsicles for dinner.  And sell my clothes on ebay.  And use my webcam as a mirror. 
Yes, I know it doesn’t cost anything to look in the mirror.  But it does cost to buy a new light bulb for your windowless (and therefore sunlight-less) bathroom.  And I’m moving out of this place in a few days so you better believe I’m not wasting the extra few Euros on a light bulb I won’t even be enjoying come July 1st – Euros that could be spent on gelato.  Or pastries.  Or baby pinks.  Or, yeah, something that’s actually travel-related, I suppose…
Anyway, webcam hair and makeup sessions are actually much more effective than you’d think.  
Although now I realize I need to cut my bangs.  But do I want to buy a pair of scissors?
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And you thought Rick Steves was the master of Europe on a shoestring. 

24 comments:

Saara said...

Hahhahaa, I have not bought a mirror either! I also use webcam!!!!! :) :) I also travel a lot and I also get the question. But as you, I eat very cheaply and my apartment does not consist of anything but the necessary.

When my mum had visited me the first time, my dad called me "mum said I should give you some money because you are living so poorly. Tell me your bank account number". No dad, I do not NEED your money (even though I could always get some more for fun), I just chose not to buy a sofa, a TV, candles and mirrors, I chose to travel and enjoy cultures :)

And the best thing- I am happy! (as long as my computer works. It is however my TV, my mirror, my phone and my books)

brittni said...

I also use my computer as a mirror.. hhaha a lot of times I have to get ready at work or school because I'm always on the fly. I think it works beautifully!~

You are so lucky you are traveling so much.. you will not regret it in the end :)


Brittni @ With Love From Michigan

Katie Blacker said...

haha. Love this.

Vasu said...

wow....love this post....i will be traveling soon too....


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TexaGermaNadian said...

Haha, that is awesome. Hey, I know how it goes, you do what you have to do to catch that next train :) Rick Steves' got nothing on you!

withoutizy said...

Haha, too true! I am a wee travel junky also, and my friends always ask me how I can afford to be shooting off again (Singapore next week, yay!). I don't think the majority understands how easy it is to live sparingly and how much you save.

Although, I must admit, I've never had a popsicle for dinner. But yes to gelato!

Jello said...

haha, awesome! now, that explains...

Jello

Brissa said...

i love your scarf. if i had the opportunity to travel or eat and own a mirror i would definitely travel.

Erin said...

Love, love, love your scarf!!

Flor said...

What a smart little tip! It seems kind of hard to live even without a MIRROR-- but I'm sure it pays off because you get to travel! Thanks for that little secret of yours. Maybe if I apply it, I'll be able to travel more often ;)



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Alivia said...

Jenni, you are so lovely! This post, like all others, made me smile :) I'm off to peruse your pretty things on ebay!

Megan said...

oh. i have TOTALLY done that. and i have amirror. so.

I'm Jenn said...

Hi Jenni,

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I too like to scrimp on other things to support my addiction to travel. I love the Popsicle meals - if my husband weren't in the picture I would eat Ramen every meal - it would be only $1 a day to eat! :) I look forward to checking out your blog, I like your style.

~Jenn

Lillian said...

its amazing how resourceful we can be isn't it? nice work.

Mighty Burns said...

rock on.

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

The idea of a web cam mirror is actually brilliant, really.

And gelato is way more important than light bulbs, obvi.

xo,
melissa
www.bubbyandbean.com

Petite Voyageur said...

you have suuuuh gorgeous hair

erinj0 said...

love your frugal ways of living!! I would pick traveling the way you do any day if I was healthy!! It's so worth giving up the "fancy" clothes and unnecessary things any day!! :)

Chelsea Lane said...

ha. you poor poor girl. at least you get to have amazing experiences right? ;)

xoxo

artichoke said...

haha, such a cute post. Thanks for sharing your secret :D

Young People in Love said...

Genius. So when's the book coming out??? ;)

And yes! We ARE cardi twinners!!! Bonus.

nancy said...

as a wanderluster, I would honestly love to know some of your real money-saving tips!
and any tips you can give me about american adventures would also be greatly appreciated :D

Sarah Rall said...

Haha I totally use my photobooth mac app as a mirror every morning at work, so lame, but the lighting is so much better in my office!

Sera said...

haha, totally have done the use the webcam as a mirror thing, multiple times.