So you’re going on a trip.. Yay!
Planning for trips has to be one of my favourite things but when the reality of how much travelling will cost sinks in it can kind of put a damper on your excitement. I am a firm believer in the whole travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer but travelling isn’t free and you need to start saving money for your great adventure.
That’s going to be a tough one since you don’t want to stop living your day to day life before you go on your amazing trip just to save a couple bucks. But the thing is you’re going to have to decide what’s worth it and what’s not. In order to help you save money for travelling I’ve outlined some things that I do in order to save save save..
1. Figure out how much you need.. And start a savings account-
I know this sounds like a no brainer but when I started pricing out how much a 3 month trip to Europe would actually cost me before adding things like attractions and shopping I was a little daunted. I needed a lot of money to make it happen. So I started a savings account and now half of every pay check, no matted how big or little, goes into my savings. My cousin owed me a mere 45$ and I could have spent it on groceries but instead I stuck it in my savings. That will buy me groceries in Europe.
2. Find another source of income-
I know I know.. you’re busy as it is. I for one am already working a full time job and am trying to keep working towards my goals but as it is I could use the extra money. Maybe try Bar-tending or waitressing a few shifts a week. Tips are straight cash you can put away into your travel fund.
Do you have a unique trade like photographer, artist or making clothes? Maybe it’s time you opened that Etsy account or Society6 shop and start selling pieces of artwork on the side. There are 7 billion people in the world so you never know who’s going to like what you have!
3. Sell your old clothing on Treadflip –
If you haven’t heard of this you’re not alone. I only discovered this site and am still working out the details but from what I gather they do all the work for you! Perfect if you’re already busy with school or a full time job.
As long as it’s not passed that vintage to garbage stage. It works by them sending you a starter kit so you put your gently used clothing in, you ship it back to them (it’s pre paid) and then they photograph it, list it and sell it then deliver it. And you get to take home a certain percentage of the profits. Better than what you would have made having those clothes been sitting around for how long? The only con though is that they only ship inside America but it doesn’t hurt to look around for store like this in your country!
4. Get rid of old electronics –
Sell them on Ebay or Kijiji or maybe you have a friend who’s looking for a camera or a used phone. I know I’m guilty of having six cameras when I only really need one.. But if it’s just collecting dust set it free and use that money for new experiences.
5. Cut back on groceries –
I am the absolute worst with groceries. Especially when it comes to Costco and how I spend hundreds on bulk items that I really don’t need. I started being frugal and only buy veggies and fruit now with the odd veggie burger packs and granola. Do you ever look in the fridge and you can’t find anything to eat so you walk around and then go back to the fridge looking for answers? It’s time to start meal prepping and MacGyvering your food. I’ve started throwing all the random veggies in my fridge in omelettes or “mashes” in order to stop wasting food and spending more money.
6. I know you knew this one was coming – Cut back on social life –
I feel like the biggest lameo ever this summer but I know it will pay off when I book that ticket to Europe come February. It’s so easy to go out and spend $60 on a meal with friends or family and it’s even easier to spend twice that when going to the bar. I’ve become a hermit and instead of going out on weekends I’ll have people over. Which is really easy since I live with all of my friends.
7. Car pool to work or take public transit –
Gas is ridiculous. I’m lucky that I live and work with someone so we car pool everyday in rotation. It’s saved me so much money on gas especially now that I live in the city where as before when I was driving to work it would take me 30 mins there and back and I’d spend $80 every 3-4 days because my SUV is a tank. Find out if anyone you work with lives near you and go from there. If you’re unable then that’s still okay! There’s still plenty of ways you can save money.
8. Cut back on any memberships – Like the gym membership
There is plenty of YouTube videos out there that you can follow along with or you can get a one off payment exercise plan like the Kayla Instines or Sonia Tlev. All you need is a yoga mat and some motivation.
9. You don’t really need that dress –
This has to be the most painful one fore me. It’s summer and there’s all the beautiful clothes but really, do you need it? I’ve gone through my closet and I already have variations of what I want so really I can just work with what I got. After all it’s about quality not quantity so don’t buy those random shirts that you’ll wear once and that will be pushed into the back of your dresser. If you really want something, wait on it, see if you need it, and if you can’t stop thinking about it and you can afford it, go for it. Just remember what’s important to you and if whatever you’re buying is worth it!
What do you do in order to say some money? Do you have any fool proof tips to save money for travelling? Sharing is caring!