How to Save Money to Travel

By far the most repeated question we get from people is, “How can you afford to travel so much?” We are still surprised at the shock people receive when our response is just, “Anyone can do it.” Seriously. As most of you know, I am a teacher and Amauri works in customer service. We are not the highest earners and we did not win the lottery. So what’s the big secret? Simply put, we consciously work at reaching our goal. We just did it. 
Along the way, we both learned some valuable lessons. In our personal experience, we have found some tips to help us save for that dream destination.

Set a goal.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend trip to Miami or a year in Bali. It could be to save $200 or $20,000. The principle is still the same. When you know where you want to go, you will make an effort to get there. It’s amazing how different you will feel when you are making strides towards your goal and can see the finish line. It helps to think about this goal when ever you’re about to spend money on something stupid. We have even been known to put up pictures to remind ourselves of where we want to be to keep ourselves on track.

The hardest, but most important, way to save quickly is to reduce those extra expenses.

Extra expenses.

For us, this meant closing our membership at the gym, turning off our cable (everything is available online anyway!), feeding my book obsession at the library instead of amazon, brown bagging it to lunch, and eating dinners at home. That alone saves us a few hundred each month.  In addition, each week we put a portion of our paycheck into our savings. Every little bit helps. We understand that this can get quite challenging and everyone has a different budget, but these are small things you can do to make a big difference. Skipping a daily Starbucks alone could fund a trip. ($5 a day for 365 days? $1825! That is more than our budget was for Morocco.) 

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Which leads into our next tip…

Don’t spend money frivolously.

This one is tough for us. How a person spends their hard earned money is personal and subjective. If a woman truly values beautiful purses, why can’t she spend her earnings on an expensive Coach? If someone wants to party every weekend, how can we judge them? It’s their money. I’m not saying we don’t participate in these activities every once in a while, but for us, we would rather spend our extra money on a trip. This may not apply to you, and that’s ok. However, if you are saving for a dream travel destination, creating priorities and avoiding frivolous spending is a must. That is why goal setting is so important. It makes it easier to find what is necessary in your life to make you feel happy and cut out the rest.

It took us about two years to reach our first goal and after we met it, it was time to sell our belongings.

Sell extra junk. 

We’re not saying you have to do it to the degree we did, but through this experience we learned that people will basically buy anything on Craigslist. Old hangers? Shoes you never wore? Someone will buy it. What’s the harm in listing your old stuff? You just never know. You could earn a few extra bucks towards your goal!

Traveling costs money and saving can be a daunting task.However, your income shouldn’t matter.  It is still possible to save enough for your goal.  With a little creativity, determination, and yes, a bit of sacrifice, you can find ways to fund your travel dreams. We are proof of that. 
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2 responses to “How to Save Money to Travel

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