There are some crazy articles on the Internet with all kinds of weird ways to save money for travel.
Sell everything you own! Work a ‘side hustle’! Never eat out at a restaurant again!
Sure, it can be hard to save up a vacation fund, but it shouldn’t be that hard! There are plenty of ways to save money and still live a normal life. If you’re looking to set aside some money for your next vacation, but don’t want to change your entire lifestyle to do so, here are a few easy ways to save money for traveling:
#1 – Automate The Process
Everyone knows that it’s helpful to have a separate bank account where you put money that’s earmarked for travel, but the hard part is actually remembering to put money into that account! With new services like Qapital, you can setup rules to automatically turn the stuff you do every day into travel savings. For example, you can round up every purchase to the next dollar and put that extra money into your savings account. Or you can add a few dollars to your travel account whenever you spend on a guilty pleasure like takeout food. Or reward yourself by saving some money every time you visit the gym, so your hard work pays off in the future with more travel.
#2 – Travel With George
Switching away from credit cards and using cash for your daily purchases will make you more aware of the money you’re spending, which will likely help to improve your budgeting anyways, but for an extra savings boost, take out any $1 bills you have left in your wallet at the end of the day and put them into a ‘Travel Savings’ jar. Those dollars will add up quickly, and you’ll have a nice little stash of cash before you know it.
#3 – Save Money Online, Travel Offline
When you shop online, use a service like Honey to automatically find any coupon codes that might be available to help cut costs. Then, take that savings and move it into a separate account that you’ve set aside for travel. You’ll still get the things you were shopping for, and you’ll still pay the same amount you were going to pay before, but now you’ll pay yourself a little extra that can go a long way towards your next trip.
#4 – Quit The Gym, Not The Fitness
We’re not saying you should stop working out, but there are ways to stay fit that don’t involve a monthly payment to the gym that you keep avoiding. If you love the classes that your gym offers, check out YouTube accounts like Tone It Up, which are filled with workouts that you can do at home, and best of all, most of them don’t even require any extra equipment that you’d need to go out and buy. Just get yourself a yoga mat, find a place to move and grove, and put the money you used to spend on your gym membership right into your travel savings account.
#5 – Cut The Cord, Keep The Entertainment
If you’re still paying the cable company for your TV fix, then it’s time to check out the new services that have popped up recently that let you get all the TV entertainment you love, without the huge monthly bill that you don’t. YouTube TV gives you live TV from 60+ networks for just $40/month, including local sports and news, and you don’t even need a cable box since you can access those shows from a device that you already own, like an Apple TV or a Google Chromecast. Plus you even get unlimited DVR so you don’t miss any of the shows you want just because you’re way from home. (And you can watch them anywhere with the YouTube TV app!) If you’re ok with giving up live TV entirely, you can still watch most of the same shows you love, just a day later with Hulu, which costs less than $10/month, and includes a wide variety of the most popular TV series, as well as a huge back catalog of past favorites. Once you’ve canceled your cable, you can take the amount you save each month and put it straight into your travel savings account, where you’ll quickly be on your way to seeing the things in person that you used to just dream about while watching the Travel Channel.