If you are planning on going travelling soon then I’m sure that you are concerned about having enough money do to it properly. Even though experiences in my opinion, are more valuable than cash in your pocket, very often these experiences come with a price. I want to share my top 4 tips for saving some cash before you head out onto the open road.
Just Say No
I’ll start with the most difficult one, saying no to parties, nights out, meals out, weekend breaks or holidays, whether it be with friends or family. This may sound callous but if you want to make sure your travels are the best that they can be, then squandering cash at home on places that are familiar to you seems like a silly thing to do. One important tip is that when people do ask you to go out, and you say no, set aside the money that you would have spent, this way you can see exactly how much you are saving by taking this tough and unpopular choice.
Sell, Sell, Sell
Be ruthless and rake around your house/room/apartment for anything that you simply don’t use, need or want anymore. CD’s, computer games, DVD’s and any other old tat that you have lying around can fetch quite a bit of money online and it is so easy to sell stuff these days online with sites such as eBay and Amazon. It is important not to be nostalgic during this process, remind yourself why you are doing it and what you will be putting your new wealth towards. I can tell you that in all honesty once you’ve sold something that you thought held value to you, you will quickly realise that it wasn’t really so valuable after all.
Stop the Frivolous Spends
Similar to saying no to parties and going out, frivolous spends can cause you a serious loss of money and it needs to stop, now. If you were to calculate all of the money spent on that coffee you bought the other day or the sandwich that you picked up here and there, you will be stunned. If you plan meals ahead, you shouldn’t need to buy food out, if it’s cheaper to take a bus or a train that to drive and pay for parking then do that, you’ll be saving in no time. It’s important to assess how much you save everyday to give you the encouragement you’ll need to continue. Stop the frivolous spends and you will soon see far more money available for your trip.
Get a Second Income
Whether you decide to pick up a second job such as bartender or restaurant work or begin to do some freelance work online, the benefit of picking up a second income is incredible when it comes to your travel funds. It will be time consuming, it will probably be stressful and it definitely won’t be enjoyable but you must look at the big picture here. Before I travelled I worked a second job as a take-away delivery driver, I hated it, but I use to carry around photos of the places in the World that I wanted to visit and it served as a reminder of why I was doing it. Don’t procrastinate, just go get that second income now and start thinking about how you’ll spend that lovely money on the road.