HOW TO SAVE MONEY TO TRAVEL THE WORLD
Once you really commit to it, saving money becomes a way of life. Trust me when I say, after you are on that trip you have worked so hard to achieve, you will always from then on, value your money.
When you see how far your money is getting you or how cheap some experiences are, you will forever compare it to the extravagant buys you once splurged on at home. It's all about being aware and conscious of your outgoings.
Still think you can't afford to travel?
Don't make excuses if it's sacrificing your dream! Never say 'I can't do it'. You can, think positive, make a plan and don't give up! It will be hard but If I can do it, so can you.
Follow the tips below to make Saving Money easier.
MAKE A PLAN & STICK TO IT
Sit down and write a goal of how much you want to save. Write this amount on post-its and stick it everywhere so you will see it often. This will keep it close to you, alive in your mind and attract your target to you. That's the easy bit.
Work out how much money from each pay cheque you want to save and transfer it to a separate Savings Account as soon as you get paid. Then, it's up to you to survive on your remaining pay. Dip into it a little if you wish but make sure you replace it the following month (meaning you will be left with less to live on after next pay)
Once you've saved enough for your flight and some extra, choose the date you want to leave and BOOK IT. I've heard so many times before from people, I'm leaving this date or that date but haven't actually booked it, meaning 9 times out of 10 they postpone it or don't go. If you already have your ticket, it will MAKE you get organised, save the rest of your funds and board the plane. I'd give yourself another 6 months - 1 year from when you booked your flight to your actual travel date, leaving you enough time to reach your saving target.
CUT DOWN DIRECT DEBITS
Make a list of all your Direct Debits and Monthly Bills then write how you can get rid of some or cut them down:
Car finances are a huge debt and restraint on people trying to save. Get rid and sell your car or buy a cheap run around. Start cycling, walking, using public transport or car sharing with a work colleague. Try and test a few methods to see what works best for you and find out what is healthier for your bank balance.
Either pay off your phone contract or downgrade your current phone. I do believe having a Smartphone nowadays is helpful while travelling because there are such brilliant apps to guide you on your journey. However, you don't need the newest model! My iPhone was bought from someone on Gumtree by a one-off payment.
When a new phone comes on the market, this is a good time to hunt for a new phone that's a grade or two below, they're always much cheaper than before.
Find a way to cut back on rent and household bills. Of course, living with your family saves you money and is the cheapest option but it's not possible for everyone. Try getting a friend to house share with you and split the costs or rent out a room in your house/apartment using Airbnb.
GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE
By this, I mean enjoying and appreciating the nature that surrounds us and using it as a pastime. Instead of going to the cinema, partying, going for lunch, getting your nails done, start exploring outside.
Walking, cycling, hiking or swimming is not only very healthy but free or costs very little. Spend time at the beach; walk in the woods; pack a rucksack and go hiking; have a picnic in the park; read a book in the garden; meditate in the forest or do some artwork outside. It's amazing what spending time in Nature does, not only to our bodies but to our minds. It will make you feel more motivated, alert and focused -- perfect for planning and preparing your dream trip!
For 6 months before one of my longer trips, I wrote down everything nearby to where I was living in Scotland that I wanted to see or do which cost next to nothing. These were visiting lochs and glens; finding waterfalls in forests; picnics outside and lots of walking. Find out whats near you and take advantage of the beauty of the world that costs nothing.
Little break from walking around Glen Affric in Scotland
CUT DOWN SOCIAL EXPENSES
Instead of heading to the pub for supper - set up the BBQ or take some food from home
Cutting down on eating out and heading to the pub is a HUGE save. This for me is my biggest downfall, I like to cook but prefer eating out, and when it's sunny outside, all I can think of is having a cocktail outside in a pub garden. This is because as much as I love spending time on my own, I love to see my boyfriend and friends too. Socialising and partying is a big part of my life at home!
Limit yourself to either eating out OR some social drinks once a fortnight (or less if you can manage). Invite friends round for some beers instead or take turns with them to host a dinner party like 'Come Dine with Me'.
Shop in cheaper supermarkets for the weekly food shop like Lidl or Aldi (Their stuff is actually better). Learn how to cook different meals with mostly the same ingredients so you're not buying dozens of different jars and bottles that will be opened once.
Instead of wasting money on take-away drinks, buy your own unique re-usable water bottle or coffee holder and make your own.
Have a BBQ & drinks in the garden if its sunny instead of going out for the day.
All of these small changes add up in a big way.
MAKE EXTRA CASH
Bar work means you can stay social while you earn
Top up your funds by clearing out your cupboards and sell your stuff. Use Ebay, Facebook and Gumtree to sell your things online or set up a table at a Car Boot Sale. You will be left with extra money plus less things to pack away or keep in storage when you're leaving for your trip.
Take on extra hours at work or find another part time job. This could be dog walking, baby sitting, bar work, car washing ---- anything. Weekend cash in hand work is great, not only will it make more money than one job but you will have less free time to actually spend.
SAY NO TO PRICEY CLOTHES, MAKEUP & BEAUTY TREATMENTS
When you're saving, shop less or shop for less. Clothes and makeup nowadays are so expensive and you think you might need it but you don't. If you are planning on buying a new item of clothing, for whatever reason while you're saving, stick to cheaper shops like Primark, K-Mart, Forever 21 or Target. Same goes for Makeup, swap expensive brands for drug store. Primark does a great range of makeup that has been reviewed as the same quality as makeup ten times the price. I love Primark! I only shop there now for everything! Also, I've just discovered the app Depop! Second hand clothes (usually just been worn once) for so cheap! Make the sacrifice and enjoy the benefit later.
Just before you leave on your adventure, try and not buy a whole new wardrobe (or backpack) full of hipster clothes and beachwear essentials. You will be surprised how much you can buy on the road for a quarter or the price.
Don't waste money on new makeup because you won't want to wear anything on your face apart from sun protection. Same for getting your nails done, wait until you're there if you really need it.
When I was saving at 18 for my first time leaving home and travelling, I don't think I bought new clothes for two years. Its all about making conscious sacrifices knowing that it will help make your dream become reality. Stop and think before you buy something new, do you really need it? Don't you have something similar in your wardrobe? How often will you wear it? Try and remember the experiences you will gain with the money you will save from not buying something that will be forgotten about in a few days.
Memories last your whole life, try to live minimally.
I know some of this advice is easier said than done but it's a lot like losing weight, getting fit, completing a project. Once you really commit to saving money, you will see the results.