You don’t need to be rich in order to save money to travel longer. You don’t have to be an Instagram model, Travel Blogger or save for years just to travel for 6 months. I’m certainly none of those things and I have been doing it for 7 years. You just need to be more creative with the ways in which you save.
Even earning the minimum wage of around £7 an hour in the UK, I managed to save enough to start my travelling adventure back in 2011.
If you are determined that travelling is your dream, you can make it happen. You just have to put the hard work in…and I promise you it’s completely worth it.
1. Cut back on luxuries
If you want to save money to travel longer around the world, you’re going to have to cut back on those luxuries in life. The luxury of travel you’re giving yourself is so much better than material objects. When you travel for an extended period of time, you realise that handbags, clothes and fancy cars are actually meaningless. You won’t remember the pair of jeans you bought yourself when you were 24…but you will remember the sound of the ocean, when you wake up to the sun beating through the bamboo of your beach hut THAT morning. You will make memories to last a life time.
2. Cut back on everything
By everything, I mean everything! Don’t go out, don’t go drinking, stay in (if you have any time left after working all hours to save) cut back on eating out and start being more resourceful. Even the small things, like using a refillable water bottle or refillable coffee cup instead of buying a coffee when you’re on your way to work. Every little helps when it comes to saving for your big trip.
When you’re eating your mountain of food in Asia for the same cost of one coffee at home, you’ll appreciate the savings that you made before you set off. Cutting back on a few things at home could mean the difference of a month longer travelling.
3. Sell Everything
I also decided to sell my car after I had been travelling on and off for about 3 years. I figured I didn’t need a car if I was going to be abroad for the majority of the time. I put the money towards my trip and don’t regret it for a second.
I can always buy a new car in the future if I’m based in the UK.
4. Move Back In With Your Parents
A great way to save money to travel longer, is to move back in with your parents. Of course you will still have to pay rent and contribute to bills and food, however this will be drastically reduced compared to living on your own.
Or perhaps for you, your parents would let you live there rent free! Even better.
5. Work 5 Jobs At A Time
After finishing my degree I decided I wanted to go travelling. I knew I had to get a job to save enough money for the 6 months I wanted to go for. However, given I wanted a temporary job and not too much commitment, the going wage for this type of job simply didn’t pay enough.
So..I got creative to save enough money to travel.
I found ways to make money alongside a 9-5 job. Having thought about the skills that I had, I decided on the following options:
⦁ Dog walking (not very well paid but enjoyable)
⦁ Driving people from A-B and charging less than local taxi companies
⦁ Cleaning and Ironing – I knew I could charge per item or hour
⦁ Waitress (I did this on Saturdays, Sundays and some evenings)
And there you have it. 5 Ways to Save Money To Travel Longer Around The World.
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