Money Travel Tips!
Traveling is definitely not the cheapest hobby one could have but it certainly is one of the most rewarding!
I’ve come to realize that a lot of people think it’s more expensive than it really is though. Heck, sometimes the deal’s even surprise me! For example, did you know that a week in Cancun can be more expensive than a week in China? Yup, I’m talking flight, stay, and leisure. Depending on the season there’s flights to Shanghai and Beijing for $500 and with the currency difference, you find an entire amazing home at Airbnb for only $60/night. Don’t get me wrong, Cancun’s fun and all but it’s right there. It borders the U.S. so in your mind there’s no way it’d be cheaper but depending on the season, it’s the same price as flying across the globe to experience a completely different culture. Crazy stuff man.
The way I see it, if I’m going to invest a big chunk of my money on something, it’s going to be something that helps me grow or changes me in some way and traveling does just that. So how do you get the money for it? Well there are a couple of ways..
Pay Your Trip Off Slowly
If you think about how much the entire trip’s going to cost, you’re going to end up overwhelmed by it all. Most trips out of the country are probably going to cost you more than $1k. That sounds like a lot of money (which it is) but not if you break it down. First, just focus on the flight. If your trip’s about 6 months away, let’s say, and you pay off the flight, you have plenty of time to figure out the details. The reason I say buy the flight off first is because almost everything is refundable.. except for the flight, which means you’ll have no choice but to find a way! Also, it’s probably going to be one of (if not THE) biggest expense you’ll have. Once you’re done with that everything else is manageable.
Once you’re done with that everything else is a bit negotiable. You can choose then whether you want to stay at a hotel, an Airbnb, a fancy place or somewhere that’s more affordable. Whether you want to rent a car or use public transportation and Ubers. All up to you what you think is best for your budget.
Have Multiple Sources of Income
I know, it’s easier said than done. I read a post once that changed the way I viewed things, it said, “It all comes down to one single thing, how bad do you want it?”
When I realized one job wasn’t going to support the lifestyle I wanted for myself, I set up a plan. I would have one job where the money would go straight to my travels, another that went to my savings, and lastly, the one I made the least from went to my checkings where I could spend freely. I think it works out well that way having different incomes go to different causes because you already know that your budget for the week is only from that one specific job. It’s draining but it can also be temporary. One thing I learned is that if you work really hard.. and I mean REALLY hard for two weeks, you make just as much as you would regularly in one month so you might reach your goal a lot sooner than you expected.
We’re so lucky to be living in a time where there are so many job opportunities out there. There’s always side jobs you can pick up where you set up your own hours so it can work around your current job. Whether it’s babysitting, delivery, chauffeuring, or pet sitting, if you need the money, do it!
(Random Casino, Las Vegas)
Do Your Research
A lot of places you’re going to offers loads of free things. Figure out which free museums are around the area, if there are package deals to the events you want to go to, if they have a good public transportation system, etc. Take advantage of everything you can. You want to know how much to plan for so you know whether to indulge in another beer when the waiter comes around or not. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals what they do for fun and remember that you’re not the first person who’s ever thought of taking a vacation in that city so read up on what previous travelers have done there for cheap.
Save a Little From Each Paycheck
Don’t tell me where your priorities are, show me where you spend your money and I’ll show you what they are.
-James W. Frick
It’s true. Whatever it is you want to do should be reflected in all areas of your life, including financially. If it’s truly a priority you’ll save that money and THEN waste whatever if leftover, not the other way around. The best way to save money towards something is to take it out of your paycheck as soon as you get it. That way you don’t feel the money being gone and before you know it, you’ll have hundreds or even thousands set aside just for this. At first, it might feel like a pain but once you realize how close you are to buying that new trip, you’ll be glad you did it.
$10 here, $7 there, it all adds up. If you don’t believe me then start writing down everything you waste in a week and I mean everything! That coffee in the morning, constantly picking the toll road, buying food instead of cooking.. Once you start realizing how much of your paycheck goes to these small little items and cut down on them, you’ll realize the money you have stretches out a lot more than it used to.
(Rick's Pawn Shop from the History Channel, Las Vegas)
-Make sure you tell your bank when you travel so they don’t accidentally block your account.
-If you’re a student, make sure to bring your ID because you get discounts in many countries for that.
-When you’re buying things remember to negotiate for prices, don’t settle for the first number they give you.
What are some of the things you guys do to save money while traveling?