If you’re planning to take a vacation soon you may assume that you need to save for a year or more before you leave the country. But if you play it smart, you can travel for a long time on just a little money.
Here are some ways you can save money for your next trip:
Earn on the go
There have been many articles written about digital nomads, and you’ll find many of them living in cheap destinations like Southeast Asia where their money can go further. While you may not want to quit your job to travel full-time, there are some ways you can make your money go further.
If you have a 9-5, why not pick up a little extra work before you leave? Some popular ways to earn extra money include freelance writing or design, , babysitting, or consulting. These options work well because if you do decide to travel for longer, you may end up ditching your 9-5 and using your side hustle as your main form of income.
Choose your destination carefully
If you’re planning to head to Western Europe, your money simply isn’t going to go as far as it would if you were in Southeast Asia or Central America. If you want to save some serious money, carefully consider where you want to go and what you want to see, along with your budget. You may find that while you’re desperate to see the Louvre, you’d also like to see Angkor Wat, and your budget will stretch much further in Siem Reap than it will in Paris.
If you’re like most people, you probably have closets full of things you never use. And many of these things will be valuable. Selling some of this stuff can be a great way to pad your travel fund, and you’ll have the added benefit of streamlining your life- it’ll be much easier to find your winter coat if you don’t need to go through a closet full of out-of-date clothes first.
Things like electronics and furniture can be particularly valuable, so consider listing some of these things on Craigslist or eBay to add to your travel fund.
Do your homework
You may find that it’s cheaper for you to go through a travel agent compared to booking it yourself. If you’re someone who has little time to spend comparing hotels and flights, it can be a good idea to give your travel agent a budget, let them know what you’re looking for and where you want to go, and you may be surprised at the options they come up with.
If you have some time on your hands, check out deal sites like Groupon, and sign up for travel deals from major airlines and tour companies so you’ll be the first to know when a great deal is released.
It also helps if you know your travel dates well in advance so you can be prepared if any great deals are released around these dates.