The Budget Bucket list


So, sure you spend most of your best hours at work… and you even have to tack on countless more hours to make the boss happy… you’d think you could live like royalty with all the cash you should be making. But, NO.

Is it time to throw it all in (or at least take an extended leave of absence) and do something that you deserve? We say YES… and, we will show you how to make living large an achievable and sustainable reality.

Here’s how to live like royalty without the price tag.

The sea change

Ever wanted to casually say ‘yeah I just got back from yachting in Antibes last week’? Well, now you can! You’ll be surprised the availability of used catamarans for sale at prices that offer real attainability. If you’re approaching retirement, have a nest egg saved up somewhere, or have been lucky enough to have landed a bit of a windfall – you might find that living a life of leisure on the open seas is now within your eager grasp!

Chartering a catamaran is another great way to make your seachange salivations come true – whatever your budget. Bareboat charters (aka demise charters) are particularly affordable and entirely customisable to your needs and the size of your party. You save costs due to the fact that no crew or provisions are provided on this type of charter – so, this is perfect for those who have experience as a skipper and/or have their boat licence/ are a semi experienced ‘yachtie’. If you love boating than this is definitely something worth looking into!

See the world

Haven’t quite ticked off all those holiday destination on your bucket list? Do you want to make it all possible without the insane price tag? For example, perhaps you have always wanted to go on safari? One savvy way to make this an affordable option is to consider travelling during off-season. Should your schedule be flexible enough to be able to allow this – you may be able to save yourself at least 40 percent off the regular cost!

Another budget-conscious way to see the world is to take a working holiday. Or, put your reviewing skills to good use as a publicist. This could mean that your travel is entirely (or in part) paid for via this arrangement. If you are particularly gifted with the written word and/or have a large and engaged social media following, you may be able to secure a deal as a travel writer. That sounds scintillating!

More bang for your buck

Feeling like a king or queen is best served by getting more bang for your buck, and a high level of luxury at an absolute steal! Your dollar can stretch a hell of a lot further should you make the move to a location that allows you to become one of the elites – at fraction of what it would otherwise cost you in your homeland. This option is perfect for retirees and for those who are done worrying about the pursestrings.

Relocating overseas can allow you to really live it it up – minus any of the associated financial stress. Some of the top places to move to for an extended (or forever) stay include Thailand, Spain, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Lavish retirement packages, cheap healthcare, ridiculously low living costs and palatial digs for a virtual pittance are some of the major perks associated with relocating overseas. What are you waiting for? Pack up your bags (and your crown) and make the move today!

Living large for less

YES.. you can live like absolute royalty without the price tag…provided you give yourself permission to think outside the square. Dream big… and you just might find yourself living large… for a whole lot less.


Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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