So, you resolved to finally do some traveling by next year. Fantastic! We all know the wonders that travel can do for the soul and the mind, so having that goal is a step in the right direction.
However, saving up for some well-deserved downtime in some other place apart from your own apartment can become challenging. So, here are 23 ways you can save up for your dream trip in no time.
Join a local Facebook group that knows about all the great travel promos.
Use social media to your advantage. Some people live for travel deals, so make sure you stay updated on these pages.
Ask for cash or travel gift cards for every special day in your life.
Whether it’s your birthday or graduation, make it easy for other people and yourself — ask for cash. People will no longer need to spend time and energy trying to figure out what you’d want. And as the cash keeps piling up, you can afford to be more liberal with your trip budget in the future.
Eat cheap at home.
Instead of just focusing on eating cheap on your trip, you can also save more money for your travels by preparing and eating home meals that won’t break the bank.
Open a separate bank account for your trip.
Take the extra mile by not linking this account to your Internet banking so you won’t be tempted to spend it on things you don’t really need.
Credit and debit.
Banks are sneaky and usually charge foreign transaction fees when you're abroad. You can avoid this by opting for debit cards that refund any money charged to your account while withdrawing from foreign ATMs.
Start your vacation mid-week.
The cheapest airfares come aplenty on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. By adjusting your vacation schedule, you can save up to hundreds of dollars.
Be on the look-out for "mistake fares" and flight deals.
One man’s mistake is another man’s vacation ticket. In some cases, you can get the best deals from Singapore to Canada and back for as low as a few hundred bucks.
Two one-way flights are better than one.
Check out the cost of two one-way flights instead of a roundtrip one before booking your flight because sometimes they turn out so much cheaper.
Try out "hidden city ticketing".
For those who don’t know, hidden city ticketing is based on the idea that airline ticket prices are based on demand instead of distance. This means booking longer routes can help you save money than booking a direct flight. For example, if you want to go from New York City to Denver, booking a New York City–Denver–Calgary flight may just be cheaper. Just skip the last destination and you’re gold.
Travel during "shoulder periods".
Shoulder periods are basically off-peak seasons – including September when kids go back to school, early January which is after New Year's and April right after Spring Break – but these change in different parts of the world, which is why doing a bit of research is necessary. Also, since it's not a popular time to go, airlines and hotels usually give big discounts on airplane seats and hotel rooms.
Expand your social circle.
Do away with all those expensive accommodation expenses and ask to crash with a friend of a friend. This will only cost you dinner and a few beers and the best part is that you will be with locals who know the place inside-out.
Dear Bookworm, get yourself a Kindle.
As amazing as paperbacks are, they’re just too expensive and bulky. Investing in a Kindle will help you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars and help keep your luggage light.
Bring your own airport snacks.
Food prices tend to double right after you pass through security. Taking the time to prep your snacks at home will not only save you precious dollars, but will also keep you full and in a jaunty mood for longer.
Use the local public transportation to get anywhere.
Whatever it takes to get around, you get on it. Local vehicles are crazy cheap and are also your best chance to see a country and get to know its people.
Take overnight trips.
These trips may not always be comfortable, but they’ll get you where you need to go and save you a night’s worth of hotel fees.
Live and breathe the "six-block rule".
This means that you must never eat within six blocks of a major tourist spot because the prices have been doubled and the dishes are just usually… meh.
Stretch your money out longer by ordering just enough.
As with many things, moderation is key on this aspect. We get home mouth-watering the local food can be, but learning to reel yourself in will be the right thing to do.
Have a picnic in the park, or get breakfast from the grocery store.
If you get a variety of fruits, vegetables or other local specialties from a farmer’s market in the place you're in, you can have just as much fun as ordering at a restaurant but at much cheaper rates.
Eat where the locals eat.
Just because a restaurant looks cool and has a Michelin star doesn’t mean that their food is life-changing. Street stalls offer tastier and cheaper food. Look for the ones that have a crowd of locals waiting to be served to make sure that you’re not going to get food poisoning.
Ask the locals.
Ask them everything, including what something should cost. This way, you can avoid overpaying for anything.
Don't wait until you're hungry to start scouting for food.
Take some time to look around before you start getting hungry. This way, you’ll avoid choosing the most convenient option without considering prices.
Use apps when communicating with friends and family.
Make use of the gift of technology. All you’ll need is a good WiFi signal and you can already call and message your loved ones for free.
Get an unlocked smartphone.
Unlocked smartphones give you the liberty to buy and use SIM cards in any country you go to. This means you get to enjoy local rates that are typically way cheaper than what your current provider wants to charge you. Just make sure that you keep your smartphone safe from accidental drops and spills by using sleek and classy protection cases by Liquipel. Their SafeGuard Protection Package is a four-layer defense against cracks and scratches and comes with a $150 product guarantee. Get it while it’s hot in clear or black and start living life!
Saving money can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to start. But now that we’ve given you saving hacks that worked for us, we’re hoping you can get started today with ease, too!