Thanks to budget airlines, lots of flying promos, and affordable accommodations, traveling these days is not as difficult as it used to be anymore. There is definitely more ways to travel on a budget, that’s why more and more people are discovering the wanderlust and are beginning to plan some getaways and vacations.
If you’re planning on going on a vacation but afraid that you won’t have enough money to raise for it to come true, read on. Here are some tips and advice on how to effectively raise money for that fun holiday you’ve been dreaming of for years; ways that will help you in saving money for a vacation.
But your plane tickets in advance.
This is one of the things that you must concentrate on, over and above everything. By booking your plane tickets months in advance will allow you to avail of cheap fares. Aside from the possible airline promos you’ll encounter, you’ll also get the chance to save up a couple of hundred dollars for transportation alone, which means you can stay longer in the place where you’re headed. Remember that fares rise as your trip comes closer, so booking as early as possible is your best bet if you wish to raise more money.
Think twice before buying that latte.
You may have already gotten used to paying at least $3 on a cup of coffee every day, but try to stop yourself from doing this for a month—you may not immediately see it in the first few days, but trust us–this will make a huge difference in the long run. If you choose to get you caffeine fix at home, or if you buy less expensive drinks (this also applies to beer or any other liquor), you could save enough money that will make your trip budget so much lighter. Those $3 could go a long way, especially if you’re in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, etc.
Do odd jobs on weekends.
Now only will this make for an interesting hobby, it will also add a few bucks to your travel funds. If you have some free time in your hands, why not try doing some jobs that would both entertain you? If walking dogs is not too exciting for, you, why not try being a taste tester, video game tester, towel sniffer–the possibilities are endless!
Have a yard sale.
By having a yard of garage sale, you will get rid of lots of things you don’t need, will be able to have a clutter-free home, and of course, have a bit more money on the side. Indeed, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and if you find some time to sell some of your old stuff, you will sure have a few more bucks for a trip.
Work longer hours.
You can ask your boss if he has more tasks for you. This will mean staying a bit longer in the office, but doing this small sacrifice will definitely give you a few more money for your travel fund. With this overtime pay, you can have more money for things like meals and transportation come vacation time.
Try having more home-cooked meals.
Or, lessen the time that you eat out or order take-out. By having home-cooked meals, you can have a healthier diet and save some money for your trip. We all know that there are many restaurants out there that charge more than what they’re supposed to, and if you try to avoid these places, you will be surprised at the savings you can make.
Whether you’re planning on having a vacation in Greece, visiting museums in France, taking the kids to Disneyland in Orlando, or going hiking in Chile, you will need to save some money to make the most out of your trip. If you have other ideas to suggest, share them with us!