Whether you’re planning a vacation or hoping to travel long-term, one of the biggest barriers can be trying to save enough money. Because your trip or departure date is in the future, it can be difficult to put money away when friends are calling and asking you to go out and party, or those cute shoes are calling your name.
Here are some smart ways to save for travel:
Get your friends on board
It’s hard to keep saving when your friends are begging you to come out and play. One of the best things you can do is to let them know about your travel plans, and explain that you really need their help. People like to be needed, so tell them that the best thing they can do to help you meet your goals is to help you find fun, cheap ways to socialise.
Instead of going out for dinner each week, why not take turns having a potluck dinner? And instead of going out to a bar, how about drinks and a games night? There are plenty of ways to socialise, and as long as you explain to your friends that you’re watching your budget and how important it is that you save a certain amount of money, you’ll find it much easier to save.
There are plenty of ways to make money on the side, but many people fail to think creatively. If you’re the type who loves going out to the casino every few weeks, you don’t need to cut that habit completely. Try websites like 188BET and W88, which will allow you to have fun, play games, and make money, without spending a lot of money on drinks and dinner in the casino.
If you love doing crafts in your spare time, or you have a cool idea for a product, why not consider getting on Etsy? You can have your own business selling your designs and can even take your business international.
Another option is to try freelancing, and use your writing, coding, design, PR, or social media skills to make money on the side in your free time. You may even find that this allows you to travel for longer when you’re away from home.
Do you really need that gym membership when you can’t remember the last time you went to the gym? Cut it, and stick that money straight in your travel fund each month. Commit to working out outside, or look up some of the many great workouts on YouTube.
The same goes for luxuries like Starbucks. Make coffee at home, or allow yourself one or two coffees out each week instead of every day. Watch movies at home instead of the cinema, and choose between either Netflix or Hulu- there’s no reason to have both if you’re trying to save.
You may also find that you can get cheaper insurance, electricity, and internet, so shop around and see what kind of deals you can get.