When all you want to do is travel, everyday life can become a chore. You find yourself constantly dreaming about your next trip, or planning how early you can book your next flights. So if you find yourself in a WORK~SAVE~TRAVEL~REPEAT cycle like me – I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 tips for saving money for your future travels.
One. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE!
This one is sooooo important, hence why I’ve put it first! Okay so, I’m a shopaholic ~ I love going into town to ‘window shop’ but I inevitably used to come back with all sorts of stuff I just didn’t need. Once I started budgeting for my Round the World Trip (I’ll talk more about budgeting later!) I realised that £30 would easily sort us out accommodation and £50 was easily enough for a whole day in Sri Lanka, accommodation, food and all, meaning that the new top or make up didn’t quite seem worth it. I found it a lot easier to save money once I saw the VALUE it would have when I would be travelling.
Two. Shop around for your bills!
*Yawwwwwwwn* yep I know, the boring one but a super helpful one! Little changes I made to my phone bill, gym membership and using points card in supermarkets saves me upwards of £20 a month. It doesn’t seem a lot, but I have over a year to save for my round the world trip so £20×12 months = £240 for a quick 10 minute phone call to my network provider, and a change of gyms (to a one that is closer to me and cheaper! Win win situation right?) it’s really not bad.
Three. Saving your change!
So this is a pretty simple one, and a lot of people do this already! Save your change that you find in your wallet, there’s loads of different ways to do this. It could be you save all 5ps or 50ps, or you might save all the change you find in your purse on a Monday evening! Either way, this is a super easy way to save money without really thinking about it!
Four. The week by week challenge!
I’m pretty sure that’s not the official name ~ but it gives you an idea of what I’m going to talk about now! The idea with this one is you save £1 on a Monday, £2 on a Tuesday, £3 on a Wednesday etc etc. If you were able to do this every week for month, you’d save a whopping £112, or if you could do it every week for a year £1,344! If you think this seems a little steep, try splitting it with your travel buddy ~ 50p each on a Monday, £1 each on a Tuesday, £1.50 each on a Wednesday etc. Or if you don’t have anyone to save with, try doing 1 week a month, or every other week.
Five. Don’t be too hard on yourself!
I used to be obsessed with saving for my travels, so I forgot to also live in the here and now! Life happens, sometimes there’s a staff meal you want to go to in a swanky restaurant, or all the girls from uni are getting together for the weekend. Don’t let saving for travelling mean you stop making memories right now. If you miss a savings goal by £50 because you really wanted to let your hair down and go out for the night with your friends, you’ll easily make it up elsewhere. Don’t only live for travelling.
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