The Blogger Edit: 20 tips to save money for travel

July 8, 2017

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Hey lovelies! For this edition of The Blogger Edit, I’ve decided to interview some of my favourite travel bloggers on their last holiday, as well as their tips for saving money to travel. So, if you’re keen to go on your next trip but your bank account is saying ‘hell no sister’, then I suggest you keep reading. You might pick up a few new tricks on how to save money for travel…and find some more awesome bloggers to check out. Let’s get started!

Tips to save money for travel #1 – Make a budget…and don’t stray from it!

Seeing as I’ve been on my fair few adventures (I’ve travelled to 18 countries to be exact) – I thought I’d give my very own tip on how to save money for travel. My best tip for you all is to create a budget…and stick to it!  Map out all of your expenses, I’m talking about everything from rent to insurance and right down to that tall skim latte that you order every morning. By noting down all of these expenses against your income, you will be able to clearly see if you are living within your means (so to speak). The tip that changed my life forever, actually came from a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad (it’s a great read – and one you should totally check out!). Basically, the fundamental point was to pay yourself before your expenses. What that means is to allocate a set amount of money away for savings, and then to pay your expenses afterwards. You’ll find that whatever money left over is for your everyday spending. Don’t be alarmed if this leaves you a little short – you’ll then naturally start thinking of new ways to earn money, like changing your job or starting your own business.

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Tips to save money for travel #2 and #3 – Travel in groups and plan in advance!

Alexandra, Finding Romania

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Alexandra blogs for ‘Finding Romania’, a travel agency focused on sharing our experiences and thoughts for the beautiful country of Romania. Alex gives some killer advice on what to see and do in Romania…I certainly learnt heaps of cool things reading her blog!
  1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

A: Well, what I do for a living is promote Romania to the world but this time I actually went for a holiday in Lefkada,Greece; actually I am writing this now, in the last day of my holiday. What I loved most about this destination was that it is quiet, a perfect retreat for anyone that wants to recharge their batteries. Oh and yes, loving the ocean all around too.

  1. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

A: It did not take too long to save up because if you do book in advance, everything is cheaper. Also, we traveled here by car. So I would say maybe 2 months. We were a group of 8, so you can imagine that all expenses were divided.

  1. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

A: First and most important tip would be travel as a group (minimum 4 persons) because as I have said before, all expenses are divided. Also, in this case we rented a gorgeous villa with a swimming pool for all of us, booked in advance, and again, divided costs. And one more tip: plan ahead, talk to all members of the group, see what they lake and don’t like and find a middle ground.

I have reached a point in my life where I want to go on a holiday to enjoy, to relax, and not have to stay in hostels or eat in a 2 dollar diner.

What I am trying to say is that you can travel in style, on a budget, if you plan in advance for it.

Tips to save money for travel #4 and #5 – Be realistic and watch your expenses!

Christian, Randomtrip

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Christian (spanish) and Inês (portuguese) live in Madrid and love to travel! They love it so much that they are on one year leave from their jobs and travelling through Southeast Asia while doing some freelance work online to finance themselves. 

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

C: Our last holiday was a 2 week trip to Cambodia and Malaysia, where we visited the amazing temples of Angkor, learned more about the horrific Cambodia genocide, did a boat trip through the river to visit Battambang and finished visiting the paradisiac Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. We always try to have a mix of experiences and sightseeing in our trips (cities, culture, nature…) and we love to finish with some days just relaxing at the beach, which in this case were amazing as the rainy season was coming to Malaysia and we were alone most of the time on the Perhentian Islands beaches.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

C: 6 months, just after our previous 12 days holiday trip to Peru. Southeast Asia is a good area to travel to if you don’t have lots of savings as most of the activities, food, transports and accommodation are generally cheaper than where we live in Europe.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

C: The world is really big, so there are always options for every budget; be realistic with how much you can save and spend, and choose your destination wisely.

Also, if you are not doing it, note down your daily expenses (you can use an app like Settle up where you can note down all your expenses with your partner) and once a month check those expenses to see if there are areas where you can save more money.

Tips to save money for travel #6 and #7 – Make a plan and search for travel hacks!

Emily, emily robbb

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Obsessed with YouTube, pugs, and the city of London, Emily is a super interesting blogger! I’m currently loving her blog, which is about all things travel and style – if you haven’t checked her blog out yet, you totally need to!

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

E: My last holiday was actually for 6 1/2 months traveling around Europe. The part I loved most was the freedom of being on my own and forcing myself to make new friends along the way.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

E: It only took me a few weeks to come up with enough money for a one way to Spain. I actually worked several jobs across Europe in order to not dip into my savings account too much.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

E: Make a plan and stick to it! If I had decided to splurge on something instead of save I may not have been able to travel so long.

Also, research “travel hacking” – one of my favorite topics to read and write about! Credit cards, airline miles, and lots more can be so useful if used properly!

Tips to save money for travel #8 and #9 – Quantify your money and sell things online!

Founder, This Big Wild World

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This Big Wild World was founded by a a thirty something girl from a huge family in the Midwest USA. She explores this big wild world with curiosity,  travelling simply to off the beaten path places usually with nothing but her camera and a carry-on. I love this blog so much – especially the articles on non-profit organisations around the world!

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

TBWW: Nicaragua! Although I’ve travelled loads, this was my first solo adventure. I loved having the freedom to do whatever I wanted on my own schedule. But, I also just found the people heartwarming and the landscape of NIcaragua breathtaking. One day you can hike up a volcano in the jungle and the next you can be motorbiking along the coast. I had complete strangers offer me free rides in the back of their truck when I was stuck, tours on their motorbikes and buy me beers when our hotel lost power 🙂

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

TBWW: My situation is a little unique! I left my 13-year career last fall to go back to school full time for an online Master’s degree. When I decided to do this, I built a financial plan that would allow me to go on at least 5 extended holidays. I really worked hard at saving for about 3 years to allow the time to go back to school and travel for about 18 months.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

TBWW: 

  • Sit down and quantify where your money is currently going. Honestly. It’s a pain but you will instantly see easy opportunities to save. For me, I started meal planning and cut out 99% of personal shopping.
  • Sell things online. I seriously had someone pay me $20 for a router my cable company told me was too old to use anymore. Someone also gave me $20 for an unlocked iPhone 3 I found in my closet. Each sale adds up! I made over $500 selling things I was going to throw away or donate. This has now become a regular part of my life as I strive to save more and simplify!
  • Holiday Saving Tips #9 and #10 – Understand what you actually need and create another bank account!

Tips to save money for travel #10 – Choose a country where your currency is strong!

Mink, My Travel Live Eat

 

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

M: My last holiday was in Canada where I went to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver for a month. I loved the diversity of its population as I felt like I was in a totally different country every time I visited a new province; for instance in British Columbia you would feel like you’re in Asia, and in Quebec you would feel like you’re in France. I found that so fascinating.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

M: It took me about 7 months to save up.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

M: 

  • Make a sacrifice by cutting out any unnecessary expenses in your daily life. Anything you ‘want’ rather than ‘need’, you should cut it as those ‘wants’ do accumulate and can become a big chunk of money that could easily be contributed towards your holiday.
  • Open another savings account dedicated to your trips. This one might be a bit different but I find this really helpful as it separates my holiday money from daily expenses. This will reduce the likeliness of you ‘accidentally’ spending your travel budget because that tends to happen a lot.
  • This applies to when I know 2-3 months before the dates which I hope to start a holiday, that my budget won’t be enough. If that happens I target a country or destination where my currency is stronger. For example, $2,000 in the United States is about $70,000 in Thailand, on the other hand in the UK I would end up with only £1,500; therefore Thailand is a better option.

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Tips to save money for travel #11 and #12 – Create another source of income and manage your expectations!

Celine, The Forever Honeymooners

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Celine is the founder of ‘The Forever Honeymooners’ and writes about her adventures, struggles and the daily grind. She was married  5 years ago and has learned that the ‘honeymoon’ doesn’t have to end – it’s a state of mind. Check out her blog full of good food, great conversations and travel!

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

C: Last February, we went to Iceland.  There are so many things to love about this trip! 🙂  Let me try to cut it down to three.

1) This trip was a surprise from my husband to culminate our 5th year anniversary celebration.  It started with a trip to Amsterdam, Germany, Prague in April, short Hong Kong trip for our actual anniversary in December, and Iceland in February.

2) We got to catch the Northern Lights for five of the seven nights we stayed.

3) It was a totally an alien world to me! Iceland is a land of contradictions, majestic volcanoes stand tall beside massive glaciers, magical waterfalls and rainbows.  Land of fire and ice, indeed.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

C: Around 8-10 months. 🙂

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

C: 

  •  On top of creating a travel fund, create another income source.  For us, we dabble in stocks and mutual funds.  Whatever we earn from that, we add to our travel fund. 
  •  Focus on the big rocks. Prioritize your top three goals and focus your efforts there. Added bonus is you get to simplify your life! 🙂
  • Be realistic. Manage your expectations.  Through the years, I got to learn my most memorable travels are not necessarily the grandest of destinations.It was when I was able to relax, let go, and not to worry too much about budget.

Tips to save money for travel #13 and #14 – Avoid window shopping and don’t lose hope!

Arpita, Desi Travelers

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1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

A:  My last holiday was in the hilly terrains of Himalayas or you can say himachal pradesh. I was accompanieed by my family and friends for this week long trip. The one thing I love about it is that you can get a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can experience inner peace day in and day out. Furthermore, lightning a bon fire with a cup of hot cappuccino has its own joy which cant find anywhere.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

A:  It took me a month to save money for this trip. I had to cut down on my luxury expenses and phone recharges.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

A: 

  • If you are short of money to travel, then first and foremost you have to develop a hobby by which you can earn some amount of money. You can be part time tutor, bartender or anything that you think you love to do and are getting paid
  • Cut down your extra expenses for sometime to save money. Avoid window shopping and starbucks 😉
  • All the saving and struggle will be worth at the end. So don’t lose hope

Tips to save money for travel #15 and #16 – Pay for as much as you can before your trip and make small changes!

Annelise, My Kind of Awesome

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Annelise is a photo-taking, adventure-seeking, gypsy soul with an obsession for travel and finding delicious vegan food. I love her sense of humour and awesome travel stories! As it sounds, her blog is really ‘my kind of awesome’ (lame joke I know, but you should definitely check out her blog!)

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

A: We visited Thailand in March. The best part of the holiday was a day-trip out to Phang Nga and kayaking through the caves and around the islands.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

A: Not long, about a month. We paid for all flights and accommodation before we left and then organised tours and activities when we were there.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

A: 

  • Pay for as much as you can before you go. You can pay the holiday off in chunks and you won’t notice the small payments compared to needing one lump sum.
  • Think of things you can swap out of your daily routine that can save you money without feeling deprived. Instead of going out for dinner and a movie, we’d cook, make popcorn and hire a dvd. Instead of nights at the pub, we’d meet at friends houses instead and take in turns cooking.
  • Think of things outside the square. Sell some unwanted things on buy/sell pages, make a big batch of cookies so you’re not tempted to buy sweets, meet friends to exercise or join parkrun instead of paying for a gym membership. The options are limitless as long as there is a holiday waiting at the end of it!

Tips to save money for travel #17 and #18 – Cut down the nights out and make your own coffee!

Miranda, Miranda Knudtson

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Miranda is a 20-something located in Wisconsin. She has a passion for travel, adventure and insane adrenaline rushes. Miranda blogs about her experiences around the globe, as well as ticking the crazy things off her bucket list, like skydiving and swimming with sharks – I only say crazy because I’d never do these things! Check out what she’s ticked off the bucket list so far – link above!

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

M: My most recent trip was to Jamaica at a beautiful resort. I love the simplicity and ease of staying at an all-inclusive resort! We had unlimited drinks and snacks, as well as all of our meals provided. All inclusive resorts are a fantastic idea if you want to simply unwind and not worry about anything on your holiday.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

M: I had actually already had this money saved, as I took this trip as a treat to myself after graduating college.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

M: 

  • Less alcohol and partying! Yes, it’s a lot of fun to go to the bars with your friends, but it truly adds up after awhile! 2 nights out a week, with 3 (mixed drinks) each night can range from $55-60 on drinks per week, which can be $240 spent a MONTH. Buy a bottle of wine and hangout with your friends at home.
  • Make your own coffee at home instead of purchasing it from a popular chain. I had to break this bad habit for myself, and have saved $40-50 a month.

Tips to save money for travel #19 and #20 – Start freelancing and ditch the restaurant dinners!

Deasha, Travel n Fitness

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Deasha is all about living a balanced lifestyle that involves enjoying her travels and working at the same time. Deasha blogs about how she broke the 9 to 5 bubble and her worldwide adventures, all whilst earning money. She is super inspiring and motivates me to stay fit while on holiday too!

1. Where was your last holiday and what did you love most about it?

D: I went to Spain with my Dad. I loved it because I have been travelling so much recently that I have not spent much time with my family so it was great to chill out with him.

2. How long did it take you to save for this holiday?

D: Not long, because I was going with my Dad I knew we would not too anything to crazy. I had just moved back to the UK after 5 years of travelling and working abroad so I took my work with me too so that I could earn whilst I was on holiday and ease some of the cost.

3. What tips/guidance would you give others for saving enough money to travel?

D: 

  • Start to pick up some freelance work that you can do in the evenings and weekends. You can also take this with you so that you can earn whilst you are away.
  • Give up alcohol for a couple of months – hit the gym instead and get the beach body ready. You will be surprised how much you save.
  • Invite people round for dinner and have dinner parties rather than going out for meals. Ask people to prepare one thing each so that you are not doing all the cooking and purchasing.

 

I hope you liked this edition of ‘The Blogger Edit’ and have learnt about some awesome new tips to save for your next holiday! If you have a particular tip for saving money towards your travel fund, then please let us know by popping a comment below. Also, if there is a particular topic that would love to cover within ‘The Blogger Edit’ series, then please let me know!

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