While we could travel on a budget, still, we would be spending, right? At the very least, we would still eat, sleep and ride on public transport – not to mention that we would likely buy stuff like souvenirs wherever may we go to.
So, where could we get our funds then? In this post, we have listed down a probable ‘well’ of resources where we could try to fetch as much funds as we could for our next trip.
FULLTIME JOB. Obviously, your job would be the biggest source in funding your trip. With its guaranteed fixed income, you would already have an idea of how much you’d earn in a specified period.
PART-TIME JOB. Not only would an extra job speed up your savings, but it would give you more cash which would certainly help in emergencies. So even car washing or baby sitting helps. You could have these on the weekends or just spurn the fulltime job altogether with multiple part-time jobs depending on goals.
PACK LUNCH FOR WORK. Wouldn’t it be more economical to just bring a packed lunch with you to work than buy lunch at a fast food? Besides, you get to consume healthy food here.
WALK. If your workplace is just about, say, 3 miles, why not just walk to it? Walk, not run. Running or jogging would just drench you in sweat. Meanwhile, walking at your pace would give you a nice daily ‘cardio’ without getting you that stinky, uncomfortable feeling. Just make sure to have sufficient travel time allowance.
CAR POOL. If you don’t want to walk and you have a friend who goes your way, then try to arrange for ‘sharing rides’. Like, having a ride on his car to the farthest point you share a way with. Do you follow? You can do this alternately if you also have a car, and the least that could happen here is that you save around half of your transportation expenses.
SAVE ON RENT. Now we go to accommodation, one of the biggest fixed costs one has to set aside if he were renting an apartment. Well, why not try renting out your spare room? This would obviously cut down on your own rental. Else, move back to your parents – or stay with friends or relatives at a discount.
QUIT MEMBERSHIPS. If you’re really looking to save, then consider cutting your gym membership (and other clubs and subscriptions) – instead, get creative by using your own stuff (like, chairs, luggages, etc.) in your workouts. You can also jog outside or even climb up and down your stairs.
CHEAP LEISURELY ALTERNATIVES. Of course, while we know you’re trying to save for travel, it’s also understandable that you’d look for leisurely things or activities once in a while. Thus, make sure to check and choose cheaper options or alternatives. Like, if you love coffee – as after all, it’s probably the most popular drink – go for coffee packets instead of Starbucks. Never overspend, but underspend. Remember, you’re trying to maximize savings, so don’t even use your credit cards instead look for discounts or deals when purchasing or doing something fun.
SHOPPING LIST. Speaking of buying, it then absolutely makes sense to list down what you need before getting out of the house. Yes, what you need – only. Not want. Stick to your list whatever it may be that if you can’t find the item, look for the cheaper option. Unless of course the item you’d buy is strictly specified.
GARAGE SALE. And surely, don’t you forget the immortal ‘garage sale’. Don’t concern yourself on how cheap it could become, after all, you’re disposing stuff you no long use. Besides, once you’ve sold them all out, it just all adds up – no matter how small the amount was at the start.
At the end of the day, saving is simply about finding ways – whether you sing on the street or do tutoring. Indeed, life is really just about hustling and certainly, seeking more income or saving money is at the root of it – especially if you love traveling.
Wait. And we’re not even talking about getting online jobs here! Hmm. Unless travel is all you want to do from here on in.
While a locale’s appeal has a lot to do with where we do wish to travel, many times, our budget eventually dictates where we would eventually go to – but of course, it would be somewhere that’s in our bucket list.
With that, how should we actually travel on a budget?
If you have not saved for a certain destination, then you would obviously rely on what’s on your disposal, on the money or spare cash you have. And most likely, even from savings that may not be intended for travel as well. Careful. Thus, determine the place in your bucket list where the funds you have is sufficient.
Sufficient means airfare (or whatever major transport fare), food, accommodation including spare for miscellaneous expenses have been considered. Thus, you should have thoroughly researched about your destination in advance.
This research should result or give you an idea on how much you should ideally spend each day. This means, a daily budget that mainly revolves around food, accommodation, activities and the expenses that go with it. Yes, we understand that travel could be more fun if it’s spontaneous; however, you’re a ‘budget traveler’ here, so…
Be disciplined and track your spending. Not because you saw something interesting, you’d already spend on it. Your research should have already covered whatever that could interest you beforehand, thence, stick to your budget.
Go for cheap or the cheaper activities. Sometimes, tours can be more expensive than doing stuff on your own, so make sure you do balance these things including vehicle rental, incidental food, and the time you would likely spend. Just be aware, the longer you take, the more likely that other expenses would appear.
Now, if you want to be more spontaneous in your adventures, then try some “free” activities, too; like, hiking. Ey, what a better way to explore the place and its culture in your travels than walk as you get to do some free workout as well!
Certainly, other fun places maybe far and require you to spend, hence, consider sharing your costs. Just as there are people that shares costs on tours where they divide the total fee amongst themselves, try that in other activities as well with those in your hostel or the spots where these adventurers gather.
Food. Accommodation. Means of travel. These three things are a given whenever we travel, and so especially as a budget traveler, always try to look for the cheapest way to secure them. Example, eat out in eateries. And if you have to try the locality’s specialty in more expensive restaurants, then just don’t go overboard. If you are looking at months of travel, then do try couchsurfing or even camping other than just booking on cheap lodges. Determine the cost-efficiency of using public transport, renting a scooter and hiring a private vehicle when going about the locality.
Avail of travel promos. If you have pre-planned your trip, as in, months ahead, then you are more likely to come across on travel promos than if you book yourself just a week before D-Day. And obviously, that’s the benefit of buying your tickets much, much earlier – you save a lot more, and so redirect your funds to food and fun activities for the trip at hand.
Work abroad. Wonder why others could afford traveling all-year round? Or why others could even extend their stay in places that are bit expensive? Well, more than just their savings which could eventually dry out, it’s because they do find work in places where they travel. Because they do odd or online jobs. So, if you dream of completing your bucket list and more, but you don’t have the budget to do so, then consider getting employed on the go.
Thinking of fixing your home? The clutter and all those stuff but just tight on your budget?
Well, we got you covered. Check out this video..
Umm… If you really think about it, a messy place could first be avoided if not minimized through ‘self-discipline’. Then..
Through ‘bins’. Yup, obviously, all you’d need is something to hold your clutter. But that doesn’t have to be expensive, just always be in the lookout for some bargains here and there, you know.
Like in Kathryn’s case, see, it doesn’t even have to be freakishly color-coded. Of course, you just have to know how to maximize space creatively — to know where to position your closets, et cetera in an appealing way.
For this week, let’s see how recycling plays an important part in creating or recreating your garden, your budget garden..
Hmm… notice how those used drums were utilized? Pretty neat, eh?!
By effectively calculating space and understanding what could grow nicely within it, you could remake your garden to your heart’s desire..
Still, cool as it is, weather should be given consideration when you think of putting such things like candles. And your budget? Well, if you’re already happy with just an under $2,000 garden makeover – then you could pretty much fix your area as how Jason did..
Otherwise, don’t be scared of playing with your imagination!
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