How To Save Money for Travel
How To Save Money for Travel
I was that girl that never had any savings. I did everything I wanted to…went out to nice restaurants and bars, went shopping, went to a bunch of music festivals every summer. This was all fun, but I straight up never had any extra cash floating around. When I decided to go to India for my first trip, I was forced to put a non-refundable deposit down. It wasn’t much, but from the minute I put that money down, I started to learn how to save money for travel.
After India, falling in love with both Cazzie and traveling, I was not about to give up my newfound obsession of seeing the world. Unfortunately for most of us, traveling requires money.
How do we do it? I’ve gotten that question time and time again. When we travel, we’re usually gone for months on end. People usually think we have some crazy money making scheme on the side. We don’t have endless supplies of money, or jobs that allow us to work remotely yet (holla at me if you’re hiring lol). Every time we’ve traveled, we do it the old fashion way. Save, save, save money for travel!
1 Set up a Budget: I cannot stress this enough. Put away a set number of earnings per month. Make it a habit. Every paycheck you get, pay your bills and then put a certain amount in a fund that you promise to yourself you won’t touch. A lot of banks have the option to automatically draft a certain amount of money from your account into a savings account. Do this. Seriously. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re sitting on a beach drinking mojitos not worrying about if you can order an extra one.
2. Cut out ANY and ALL Useless Expenses: This is a no-brainer. I know you think you need that new pair of shoes, or that that super nice dinner but guess what? You don’t. Get real with yourself about what you need vs. what you want. Easiest things to cut out are eating out, alcohol, shopping, and extracurricular activities. But you can also think about cutting cable bills and swapping for Netflix. Or opening the windows instead of turning on the air conditioning. We cook most of our meals at home, we stopped going to expensive trendy bars, and only buy things that we really think will be useful while traveling. If you get bored easily (guilty) buy a cheap cookbook and commit to cooking all the recipes in the book. It’s something to do, and you will also save money for travel by not eating out! .
5. Sell your Stuff: Alright, if you can pack your entire life into a backpack and leave everything else behind…do you really need that stuff you left behind? Like c’mon. Sell that stuff! If you don’t need it for 6 months, you probably don’t need it. Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and LetGo are magical and it’s endless amounts of people looking for exactly what you have. Even if you only make $100, that’s $100 you didn’t have before.
I know it’s hard. That’s why most people don’t do it. But if it’s worth it to you, then you’ll find a way to save money for travel! I hate giving up shopping and my nice dinners…but I also hate not traveling. For all my frugal backpackers and travelers out there, here’s to you and here’s to traveling. For everyone else, start to save money for travel now, and go on that dream trip!