If you don’t have the kind of income that allows for plenty of extra savings, you’ll have to get creative on how to save for what’s most important…traveling. Here are some ways that I’ve saved money in the past for my adventures.
Change Your Lifestyle
Eat In, Not Out
Eating in is not just more rewarding for your travel account, it’s also better for you in general. Food, essentially is fuel, and if you want to run properly, you need to put the right kinds of fuel into your body.
Did you know you can actually put kerosene into your car and it will run? It may spit and sputter and cough, but it will run…at least for a while. The same is true when it comes to food choices. 1.5 hours after prep-time is best. Other wise inertia sets in.
Eating food after inertia sets in can cause one to lose their dynamism. This is directly related to the size of your sleep quota. Sleeping 8 hours per day means you’re on track to sleeping a third of your life away!
Eat in, eat healthy, operate better on less sleep, and work on ways to travel more.
Stop Drinking Or Change How You Drink
Going out for drinks is freakin’ expensive!! Super expensive. The bars don’t want you to know it, but it’s almost impossible to go out drinking and not spend at least $100 USD in a night. I get you’re young and it’s what everybody is doing. But, decide what’s most important to you…pissing money away (literally) or buying life experiences or priceless memories that you could never get inside a bar or in someone’s crummy apartment after the bar.
If you must drink, drink cheaper. I know it goes against all wine snobs’ morals to not drink from a bottle, but you can get real California wine in a box, now, for about $20 for 4 bottles worth. That’s about double the wine for the same price. Nobody will know it came form a box. If you must, transfer the boxed wine into bottles before your guests come over. It’ll be your fun secret and they’ll never know.
Okay, beer is kind of different. You can’t transfer good beer into the bottles of lower quality beer. Nobody will buy it. Just drink less…you really don’t need it. It’s all a mental thing. Traveling is much more rewarding.
Cut The Coffee Or Change How You Drink It
The average Starbucks goer spends over $1,000 per year for an oftentimes sugary and unhealthy concoction. But, you’re probably one of those that only sips black coffee. Okay, so a grande (their smallest size even though the name makes it sound huge) black coffee at Starbucks is still about $2.10. At once per day that could add up to over $765. I’ve bought tickets to Asia for less than that.
Brew your own coffee. It’s not that much work and it’ll reward your travel fund over time. Plus, the coffee you can throw down on at home will likely exceed the taste and freshness of a coffee shop cup.
With the national average of cigarettes costing roughly $6.79 per pack, that’s approximately $2,446.08 per year at a pack a day. That’s $1,223.04 per year at a half a pack per day. How much would that go towards plane tickets? A lot.
STOP smoking. It’s gross and nobody likes it, except you and only your friends that also smoke. If you live in a place like Illinois or New York, they’re over $10 per pack. Add that up!
Stop Frivolous Spending
I get that buying stuff is fun. It feels good to have everything you need and then some. It can even make you feel good about yourself for about five and a half minutes.
That spending adds up to an exorbitant amount of money over time. Smart phone apps, lottery tickets, snacks, bottled drinks, clothing, cable TV or satellite, fast food, etc. These are things that we naturally want to buy, so start stopping and taking a second look at that unnecessary purchase. Instead, take that amount and put it in your travel fund. You can thank me later.
Bottles of water add up to so much! Think about it. Buy 3 per day, that’s over $3 per day and nearly $100 per month. Buy yourself a copper water bottle and start adding more to your travel fund.
Drinking from a copper vessel has many health benefits that have been known for thousands of years in the yogic tradition.
Open A Savings Account
This amazing savings account offers no monthly service fees and reimburses all your ATM charges. I recommend not only getting on some type of auto-system that deposits money into your savings account weekly or bi-weekly, but to also go ahead and put in any extra money that comes your way.
Get An Acorns Account
Acorns is a genius little savings service that rounds up every purchase you make on your debit card to the nearest dollar, then invests it in the market for you. Although, I don’t believe in investing in the stock market for long periods of time, I use Acorns to save for about a year (without thinking about it), then I cash it out to put towards plane tickets.
In one year, I’ve racked up about $1,000.00 in my account. Just from making my normal debit card purchases. You can also link up your significant other’s card for maximum savings.