Money-saving and sticking to a budget while you travel is hard and let’s face it, it’s not fun either. Turning down the opportunity to travel is even less fun. Losing control of your finances when you’re away from home could get you into an even deeper hole (that you might not be able to get out of).
There are many ways to save a few dollars while you’re traveling as well as ways to save up for future vacations while you’re home. Whether you choose a less expensive option for housing while you’re on vacation. Or make a pact to pack your lunch for 2 months leading up to your vacation, the money-saving adds up.
These tips don’t always work for me, but I try to keep these money-saving hacks in mind when I’m planning a vacation. That way I can relax and enjoy the moment rather than worry about how much money I’m spending or saving.
1 . Book an Airbnb apartment instead of a hotel, it’s likely cheaper, but even if it’s not you’ll have a kitchen. And you can save money on food by cooking at home a few times. I almost always eat breakfast at home when I’m traveling.
2. Go grocery shopping the morning after you arrive and stock up on breakfast foods and snacks for the road.
4. When you arrive at your destination use public transportation instead of Uber or Lyft. This applies to city vacations or places that have public transportation. If you’re going to a remote island, please don’t wait for the subway that will never come (just saying).
5. Create a separate bank account to save money for travel. Put $100 aside each month to spend on your next vacation — it adds up!
6. Next time you think about buying a new outfit, think about whether you actually need it? And if you have something that’s already hanging in your closet that serves the same purpose? I started doing this, not only to save money for a vacation but because I was running out of space in my closet. You’d be surprised by how much money (and space) you can save if you put more thought into each of your clothing purchases.
7. Cut down on the number of times per week that you eat out while you’re home and pack a lunch for work. But, don’t pack your lunch in wasteful plastic baggies, they should get banned, like plastic straws
8. Sign up for points with every airline that you use — eventually, they’ll add up!
Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees and we can’t all live off water and sunshine (I wish). I hope these tips will help you save a few extra dollars for your next vacation. I’ve got a few more travel tips up my sleeve here.