Traveling can be an expensive proposition. Taking time off from work, spending money on airfare and accommodation and buying souvenirs along the way can all add up to a big hit to your wallet. Sometimes it can be tough to save as much as necessary for an upcoming trip. Being short on funds can keep you from enjoying your trip as much as you deserve. To avoid this, follow these tips to save up enough dough to have a wonderful travel experience.
Get Rid of Your Car
Well, you don’t have to get rid of it, but doing so sure would give you a lot of extra money to save every month. At the very least, you should reduce your car usage. Try to walk or bike whenever possible. This will get you in shape to handle the large amounts of walking that most travel experiences entail. It will also prepare you for the fact that you won’t be driving in most countries outside the United States.
Drop Your Gym Membership
If you follow the first tip to start walking and bike riding as much as possible, then you will be able to cancel your gym membership without suffering a decrease in fitness. This will allow you to save that money that was going to the gym for your travel adventure.
Stop Eating Out!
Of all the areas that people waste money on, eating out has to be near the top of the list. So many people eat out daily when they could be saving money by preparing their own food. You can cut your monthly food bill substantially by simply bringing your lunch to work. This quickly adds up. Instead of spending $10 on buying lunch, you can prepare a great meal at home for a few dollars. That simple move will allow you to save $40 a week. Follow suit by skipping dinners out and you can see how the savings will start to pile up, allowing you to splurge on your travel plans.
Have Fun with Friends at Home
You don’t have to live like a monk to save money for your trip. You can still have a good time with friends. You can make this good time a lot cheaper by asking people to come over to your place. This allows you to avoid the expense of spending money on expensive bar drinks and cover charges. You can have just as much, if not more, fun at home as you can out at a bar or club.
Cut the Cable
It is quite easy to live without the $50 or greater expense of cable every month. It is very easy to download any programs that you have to watch from the Internet these days. Instead of watching TV though, how about using your free time to plan your trip? Surf the Web for travel advice or check out travel books from the library to use your extra free time to make the trip as splendid as possible.
Make a Budget
One of the best ways to save money is to make a monthly budget and stick to it religiously. Take out your monthly expenses and put them in envelopes for categories like food, rent, entertainment, gas and the like. Once the envelope is empty, you will have to wait until next month to buy those things. This is a great way to force yourself to stick to a budget.
If you follow these tips, you will quickly find that the money you are saving is adding up to substantial amounts. The more discipline you exercise when saving for a trip, the more extravagant you can make your travel plans. Keep that in mind if you get frustrated by budgeting.
Kevin Caldwell wrote this article for canalstreethotels.com. Kevin enjoys traveling and sharing his knowledge and tips with other travelers.