We recently went on a two month trip through Asia.
People thought we were a bit crazy.
We even thought at one stage that we might be a bit crazy, but we had a dream.
If you want something badly enough, you find ways to make it happen. And I guess that is exactly what we did.
We did not win the lotto and we don’t earn millions a month. We had a goal and a dream.
Saving is not easy. It takes hard work and commitment. But with a few simple life adjustments, you can make it happen. Just do it!
This is how we managed to save for our travels.
1. Plan your budget
Planning for your trip is important. And, no, I don’t mean researching for endless hours on what is the best resort to stay at or what the price is for a Thai massage. You need to know where you are going so that you can work out a rough budget for daily living costs. Daily living costs in Europe differs from daily living costs in Asia. So make sure you know where you are planning to go. Daily living costs include accommodation, food and other.
After you worked this out you need to make sure you know what the costs will be for flights, visa etc. This is how you will plan your travel budget.
2. You need to learn to say “NO” to your friends.
This is a hard thing to do. Especially when your best friend, who you haven’t seen in a month, tells you to meet her at a fancy restaurant for dinner. You will need to learn to say “NO”. But instead of ditching her, rather invite her to your house for a light meal and some wine. She is your best friend right? So surely she will understand and support you when you tell her about your dreams of travelling.
Try to catch up with people in a park, go for a walk or just chill with friends in your garden. Every time you spend money at a restaurant or bar, you miss the chance to save for your travels.
3. Get rid of your junk
Everyone has stuff lying around that they don’t use anymore. You can sell anything you have, that is still in good condition, by creating a yard sale or selling it online. This can be anything from secondhand clothing to electronics. Don’t try to be dishonest by selling broken things. Label all your stuff as secondhand items. Cleaning out your closet will also make you get rid of things that you can donate. So you are spring cleaning and doing a good cause at the same time! BOOYA!
4. Set up a separate savings account
The best way to keep track of your savings is to set up a separate savings account.
We set one up and every month, we deposited a little bit into this account. This way you are able to manage your savings more effectively.
5. Be strict with yourself
Stop shopping! You really don’t need to buy this dress that has now gone on sale. You are going to ASIA! Be strict on yourself. If you start making a list of all the things you spend money on daily, like that 3$ take away coffee in the morning, you might be in for a shock.
6. Cut unnecessary expenses
When you go shopping, take a shopping list and stick to it.
Cancel your memberships. I mean when last did you go to the gym? Or did you even read that magazine that you subscribed too?
Re evaluate on where your payments go to per month, and cut any unnecessary expenses.
7. Get creative!
When it was my birthday, instead of everyone buying me presents I don’t need, I asked everyone to rather deposit a small amount into our travel fund. Think of creative ways to make money. Sell your art to your friends or at markets. Help out at your friends shop over weekends and earn some extra money. Get your creative juices flowing.
8. Stay motivated and inspired
It doesn’t really matter for how long you travel, or for how long you have saved. Just stay focused on your goal. Make a visual board and put it up in your room. Leave yourself little notes around the house to remind yourself of your goal. Draw up a 100 day planner. If you want something badly enough, you will find ways to make it work.
“Find what makes you happy and go for it with all your heart. It will be hard, but I promise it will be worth it.”
― Charlotte Eriksson