Travelling has been always been on my agenda. And when it comes to travel, I will do anything to save. I mean, when people say they can’t afford to travel, a lot of it is just excuses (do you really need that $5 latte?). If you really put your mind to it, you can save. Cut all expenses that aren’t harmful to your life. Here are 21 ways to save for travel. (Tried, tested, and true!)
To start, you can cut back on brand name food items and buy the generic store brands. Consider becoming vegetarian–have a plant based diet and save on the cost of meat. Maybe get a roommate, move back in with your parents, or find a cheaper accommodation. Do you really need 500 channels and unlimited data? Cut back your internet plan or get rid of your cable television. Use Netflix instead! Save on your monthly hydro/electric bill and turn off the lights and unplug appliances and electronics when you’re not home. Bike or walk instead of driving–save on gas. On the topic of walking and biking, ditch the gym membership and get outdoor to exercise.
Next, find other ways to make money or save on existing expenditures. Does your job allow you to pick up extra shifts or stay late? If you’re a server, volunteer to stay late some nights in the restaurant–get those late night tables. Take ten percent from every paycheque and put it into savings. Sell your belongings; have a garage sale. Take unwanted clothes to a consignment store. Already work full-time? Get a part-time job. Switch around your banking and sign up for credit cards that offer travel points. Also, switch your checking account down to the lowest monthly fee. Quit drinking and eating out. This is the biggest expenditure and if you cut down on this, you will save tons.
And if you can’t afford a full-ride vacation, sign up for alerts. Based out of Vancouver? YVR deals will send e-mails every time there is an amazing flight deal. Use your points from Airmiles, Aeroplan, credit cards, etc. to book hotels, flights, and car rentals. While on your travels, buy groceries instead of visiting restaurants. Use hostels instead of hotels; try couch surfing; use Air BnB. Go on free walking tours. Instead of buying an international data plan, use free wi-fi from cafes, restaurants, hotels. Travel in the off-season.
If you really want to travel, you will make it happen. Where there is a will, there is a way.