Ditch the excuses! Creative Ways to Save Money for Your Next Vacation

Jessica Ufuoma

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Finance is a huge part of travel and for the most part, the biggest stumbling block between you and your next vacation. However, it doesn’t have to stay that way as there are several creative ways to save money for travel.

The key is to remember that the fastest way to reach your travel goals is to make it a priority. If you have limited finances, you’ll have to be intentional with savings towards your vacation. Here are 10 ways you can creatively save money.

Do a closet sale

If you haven’t reached out for it, or worn it in at least 365 days, chances are you do not need it and it is time to go. Doing a closet sale is not only great for decluttering your home, it can also be a source of extra income that you can put aside towards your travels.

Participate in a no-spend challenge
We live in such a consumerist society that forces us to buy things that we sometimes do not even need. Try going on a no-spend challenge for about a week, you’ll be surprised how much money you are able to save.

Get a piggy bank
Piggy banks are fun ways to save your loose change. If you need extra help, you can put it in your living room and label it “travel fund” so your visitors can chip in too.

Start a side hustle/project
For extra income, you can start a side hustle and profitable project. It is always advisable to have multiple income streams and this will come in handy if your dreams include traveling to an exciting new destination.

Go ATM/Debit card free for a week
A cashless society means more money to be spent. While a debit/credit card can be convenient, it can also rob you of your savings. Leave your debit card at home for a week and take only the cash you need. You’ll be surprised how much you are able to save.

Cut down on subscriptions
Subscription services have become increasingly popular. There’s always something to subscribe to; Netflix, iTunes, even the newspapers. Look over the subscriptions you have and take out the ones you do not need or haven’t used in a while. Put that money towards your travel fund instead.

Pack your own meals
I don’t know about you, but eating out sets me back a few couple dollars every month. While it is very tempting to do so, cooking and packing your own meals can help you save money every month.

Shop while on sale
Waiting to shop until items are on sale is a huge part of any savings culture. While that may not always be possible, it’s a great idea to incorporate this time and again.

Carpool to work or school
If you’re fortunate enough to have a neighbor who goes the same route as you to work or school, carpooling can help you both save money on gas (petrol) which ultimately cuts down on your weekly expenses.

Stay home
After all is said and done, staying home from time to time and “avoiding” expenses can prove effective, as long as you are not whipping out your credit card for some online shopping.

Bonus: For more results, open a travel fund -a separate savings account dedicated to travel and put the proceeds from the above activities into that account.

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