How to Save Money for Your Next Trip
Create a budget
Start a savings account
Liquidate your belongings directly into your Travel Fund
Sell items, go through your closet, house, garage, and boxes to find items you are no longer using. Then you can either have a garage sale or sell them online at Amazon, Ebay or Craigslist. Selling your unwanted things can boost your savings dramatically.
Put all of the money you make from this directly into your savings.
Learn to love low season
When you travel in the low season you can save a ton of cash on flights, accommodation, tours… everything is so much cheaper. You’ll also find great last-minute deals as tour operators try to fill seats and you can do loads of cool things you wouldn’t typically have the budget for. Oh, and it’s also quieter and more enjoyable without so many crowds!
Work, work, work
Picking up a part-time job can be a great way to ramp up your savings, whether its working a bar, doing odd jobs for people, walking a dog or freelancing from the couch, there is a marketable skill that you could put to use. Do something that is different and exciting for you, that way you have more motivation to continue, it will help to fill up your spare time to.
Stop Buying: It sounds simple, but it takes a great deal of restraint; especially if you are accustomed to buying the newest gadgets or clothes, if you do need something try to buy it used. Cut out buying coffee at $5 a cup it really adds up, make a homemade brew and take it to work with you.
Limit Entertainment. Invite friends over instead of going out, go to places on days they are offering free admission, and look for other free things to do for entertainment. There are definitely plenty of things to do that don’t cost much money. Utilize happy hours, and specials or have a few glasses of wine at home rather that purchasing overpriced drinks at trendy bars.
Write a list when you go shopping and stick to it! Start eating healthier, unprocessed foods, stock up on vegetables over meat and dairy. Plan your meals around your grocery store’s sales and when you make meals, make enough for leftovers to take to work for lunches, or freeze some for a meal another night.
Cut your subscriptions and memberships: Get rid of subscriptions to magazines and any memberships you can do without. Go for a run, walk, hike, surf, or ride a bike instead of going to the gym, it’s much more fun and you get fresh air and wonderful sights.
Keep an eye on flights, and sign up to the airline emails and book when they go one sale, once you've got your dates locked in keep an eye out for accommodation sales!