Dust off that Piggy Bank.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Saving money for travel, the age old dilemma. “How can you afford to travel so much, you’re so lucky!” First of all, it’s not luck. Here’s how I do it.
The first way I save moola for my explorations is by using different apps geared towards saving money. Digit and Acorns are my favorites. They are different apps, same premise. They round up money or take out a recurring amount of your choosing, and put it in a separate account. Acorns invests it into low risk or high risk stocks, etc – depending on what you choose. Over time, you will have some extra funds to put towards whatever you choose!
A literal piggy bank
Second way I save money, my piggy bank. It’s in the shape of a French Bulldog, but you get the point. I’m a bartender and I always pay for everything with cash, once a week I empty my change out into this little dude. I also have an empty candle jar I cleaned and I put all my tips in here. Every two weeks, I go to the bank. If I don’t see it, I don’t spend it!
Credit and rewards cards
To find the right card for you, I would highly recommend doing some research. Best way to find the card for you is without a doubt is through The Points Guy. I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred and I love it. I use my points to either pay off my balance or book more travel. You get 3x the points on travel and your points are worth more when you book through the site. It’s kind of free money. I booked four flights from Detroit to Jordan for my friends and I on my brand new card and got roughly $600 in cash back. That was basically my flight paid for.
NEVER PAY FULL PRICE
If you’re paying full price for a flight, you’re helping people like me score it for cheaper. I check different sites and different airports before I book anything. Check out my resources page for more information.
I put this one last because realistically, people don’t want to do this. No one wants to pick up a second job, work online at weird hours, or work odd jobs for extra funds. But if you have the heart for it, there are endless opportunities. There are so many freelance sites to check out if you have any skills. Fiverr, Upwork, Freeelancer, Craigslist, PeoplePerHour, etc. If you don’t have any marketable skills you can easily pick one up by taking some free online courses or you can apply for little jobs online. Teaching English, ghost writing, etc. If you need help, shoot me an email and I’ll help you find something.
Saving money for travel isn’t as hard as everything thinks. I also still have a social life even though I save my money. I still go out, just don’t drink a lot (or at all). I still have a gym membership, I just make sure to get the most out of it. I make my coffee at home, I cook a lot, and I grocery shop the cheapest way possible.
Everyone deserves to travel and I’m here to help you find a way.